About the Guest
David has ‘been at it’ for a good thirty years. He’s gone through countless cameras and accessories, and now knows it’s exactly what his dad originally said it was: Light and expression. If we were adding a few more things – terms like style, elegance and solid technical excellence would be listed. He has lectured to professionals in Asia, New Zealand, Australia, UK, Ireland, Canada and the USA.
He was chosen by Kodak (Australasia) Pty. Ltd. as the Australian ‘Mentor’ for the testing, devising and shooting of the advertising, promotional and comparative photographs of Kodak Portra film followed by a series of Kodak sponsored lectures to professional photographers in the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and India.
Competition results include over sixty awards for excellence in wedding and portrait photography, including the 2001 Australian Institute of Professional Photography Victorian Division Print Awards, and “Victorian Professional Photographer of the Year” which he repeated in 2003, and garnered accolades from New Zealand, Austria, America and England.
He has won the Grand Award for excellence in portraiture twice at the American Wedding Portrait Photographers International convention in Las Vegas and ‘Grand Award – Wedding Digital’ in 2003 – always from a considerable field of world-wide entries.
In the last eight years, he worked with Fujifilm Australia on the professional testing and promotion of their pro-digital cameras, namely the S2, S3 and S5, and equally closely with Epson Prographics Australia, and remains a self-named ‘enthusiastic Epson supporter’ working with the 4800/3800 series printers for all his work.
David has a history of over 25 years in state, national and international judging, in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada and the USA. He panel-chairs the ‘Premier Category’ for first time entrants at WPPI to great acclaim from participants due to its total emphasis on education and helpful, positive feedback.
He is a Master of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (II), a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a Master of the WPPI Honours system, and a recipient of the Accolade Lifetime Achievement Award from WPPI. David is also an accredited member of the PPOC in six categories. Since his move to Toronto, he has won PPOC Wedding Album of the Year twice.