CAMILLA & MARC Resort 19 Backstage MBFWA

I'm a self-taught country guy that loves shooting women's fashion & beauty.

To give you an insight into what makes me smile, my passion in life is inspiring people though images.  For me, it's specifically fashion and beauty, not because of the purported glamour, but because I get to work with a team of creatives that are often just as passionate as me.

Three years ago I became 100% committed to succeeding as a fashion photographer, after (and I’m no longer embarrassed to say this) I was fired from a successful-but-hazy 10 year career as computer programmer; go figure.

Since then I’ve embarked on not only working on my craft, but also immersing myself in fashion industry knowledge and relevance.

It’s on my vision board to transition into the high fashion field of editorial work in the Australian publishing industry within the next 2 years - Vogue, BAZAAR, Elle, Grazia et al.

I’d love to Intern at Elle, from 1 day, up to 1 week - to try and understand how it works from your side, and how I might be able to help with my creativity and camera, and to make some new industry friends along the way.

Your thoughts?

Shooting backstage with Charlee Fraser & Georgia Fowler at Camilla & Marc R19, MBFWA18.

CAMILLA & MARC Resort 19 Backstage MBFWA

Dave Blake - CV

Profile

Dave Blake is an Australian-born self-taught Fashion and Beauty photographer (and ex-IT nerd, with over 10 years of past-life experience as a computer programmer). He has a passion for inspiring others through editorial-style fashion and beauty imagery. His work is recognised for the use of warmth, movement, and sensuality of the feminine form.

Goals

  • Understand the inner workings of Australian Fashion & Beauty publishing (from the publisher's perspective), and how I might be able to help with my creativity and camera, and to make some new industry friends along the way,
  • Transition into the high fashion field of editorial work in the Australian publishing industry within the next 2 years.

Fashion Industry Experience

  • 2018, 2017 MBFWA (M1 Media and Backstage)
  • 2017 Miami Swim Week (Media)
  • Major client list includes Adidas Australia, TagHeuer Malaysia, Mango PR, Swimwear Galore, Port Douglas Tourism et al.
  • Working relationships with Viviens, IMG, CHIC, Scoop, The.Mgmt, Kult

Core Skills

  • Photography & Video (shooting, assisting, digi-tech, retouching, video editing)
  • Shooting Fashion, Beauty, Street, Runway, Backstage.
  • Technology
  • Collecting coffee and picking up dry cleaning (I've watched the Vogue Documentary)

Work History

2015/06 - present Photographer
2013-2015 IT Consultant; ATO; Brisbane
2012-2013 Executive Producer, TheFarm Digital Agency; Sydney
2011-2012 IT Consultant, Avanade; Sydney
2009-2011 IT Consultant, The Hyde Group Charity; London
2008 IT Consultant, Dolphin Enterprises; Vancouver
2005-2007 IT Consultant, Hewlett-Packard; Canberra
2003-2005 IT Consultant, ATO; Brisbane

Education

Bachelor of Information Environments, University Of Queensland 2002
AIPP Mentoring Program (Photography) 2015

Interests

Photography, Art, Food, Coffee, Wine, Yoga, Meditation, Travel, Fast Cars

References

"Simply put, Dave is a fantastic operator. His proven experience coupled with a strong commercial understanding positions him so well to deliver imagery and campaigns to an exceptional standard. He is great to work with, asks the right questions and goes above and beyond. Dave is highly adaptable and can deliver on such a wide range of briefs and projects – he just gets it. I would highly recommend Dave, and his work.”
— Lauren Hunt, PR for Adidas Australia

"Dave is not only exceptional at his craft but has a sound business mind and is an amazing connector of people. A rare yet refreshing combination. 
Generous in his willingness to coach and share his skills & experience to enhance the abilities & knowledge of the creative professionals that he works with, along with his personable, positive nature and sense of humour make him brilliant to work with. Dave’s priority is not only to delight but exceed client expectations and as a natural enquirer constantly engaged in re-educating himself within his profession, you can be sure that he is at the top of his game, producing exceptional results every time. Dave has become a significant part of my professional network and I highly recommend him."
— Jenni Sellan, Freelance Fashion Stylist, Digital Runway Stylist & Fashion Writer


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