A Freelance Photographer Career from Scratch: Matt Bond – Paid to Play, Episode 21

I wonder whether I’ve done Matt Bond a disservice. The most important thing to him is being a great freelance photographer. He’s all about the quality of his work and building his reputation on it.

In fact, one of the first things Matt asked me when we were discussing the interview was this: Could I avoid dwelling on the injuries that caused his switch in career?

Frankly, I don’t need to. Matt’s already racked up an impressive list of photographic achievements since he started his business in 2012.

He’s done portfolio shoots for models, publicity work for comedy gigs and fashion shows – he was even the photographer for Sesame Street’s most recent visit to Cairns. If you have any doubt about Matt’s skill, just follow the links in the show notes to his website and galleries!

If that’s not enough, Matt offers courses that demistify the complexities of even basic photography, teaching people how to find their way around their digital SLR cameras!

Still, you tend to view those achievements in a new light when working them meant Matt was in constant pain just from standing up.

Matt’s photography career was, in a way, his Plan B. Heck, after his leg injuries made him unemployable and put a career in music out of his reach as well, it was his Plan C!

Yet when Matt discovered his new passion, he embraced it and let nothing, not even pain, get in his way. It’s a story all of us folks who dream of getting paid to play can learn from.

In the end, we did spend much more time on just how Matt went about building his career, from his first portrait shoots to how he organises and executes his projects. So please listen to a great interview with a  skilled photographer who lets nothing get in the way of his passions!

(CORRECTION: I originally had the start year of Matt’s business as 2010, and I think I mentioned it as such in the episode intro. It was actually 2012 – which makes his achievements even more awesome!)

Are you curious?

What handicaps have you had to overcome in order to live your passion?

What careers or vocations have you experimented with in the past?

How have you donated your time, abilities and resources to help others?

Show Notes

Matt Bond Photography

The Web Site

Matt’s Work

The first portrait shoot: Olivia and Nathan

The shoot with Sarah Jane

People, Places and Groups

Jeff Rufino, Cairns Local Marketing

Olivia Walker (Facebook)

Sarah Jane Griffiths (Facebook)

Australian National University School of Music, Canberra

Human Nature

Song Connection (Facebook)

Featured image from the Matt Bond Photography website.