Tell us a little about you!
I was born in Zimbabwe, deriving from a mixed Irish/African background, and have lived in Brisbane for 28 years now. My professional background was working as a Mechanical Technician in the soap and wire products industry, before moving into the Print Industry. My working life began in Zimbabwe, Botswana; before I moved location to right here in Brisbane.
I’m a proud father of three children who have all graduated from Uni and are doing really well in their chosen fields.
I’ve always been interested in photography and used to do Sports Action photography semi professionally over weekends. My other interests are Travel, Soccer, Latin Dancing and taking the dogs out to the beach.
As a huge lover of travel, do you believe that this passion of yours has triggered a love and career in the photography industry?
My passion for travel has definitely influenced my decision to apply for a Real Estate Photography franchise. The amazing ancient buildings of Machu Picchu, Petra and the Pyramids I have been lucky enough to see definitely embody the ‘How the hell did they do that‘ factor. The old Churches and Castles in Ireland and Europe have a mysterious and historical beauty about them that had me intrigued, and the incredible architecture in Dubai demonstrates a limitless kind of feeling that had me hooked on real estate from the beginning.
What’s the biggest challenge you have overcome as a new business owner?
For me, the biggest challenge has been to understand and put operational systems in place at the same time as converting my understanding of an older model P.C, into an Apple and Macbook updated system. Technology is forever evolving and I struggle to keep up at times!
Why Real Property Photography above others?
Real Property Photography offers large territories to prospective franchisees, and came across as very professional in all aspects of the business from day one.
Why franchising above starting your own business?
I think the franchise system does the groundwork that would take an individual a very long time to get sorted. I also find the support system excellent and the editing team we have are incredible.
As a new business owner what are you most proud of?
As a new business owner I’m proud that I’ve had the guts to jump into a complete career change. From troubleshooting and repairing machinery to professional photography is a huge learning curve. I’m learning something new on a daily basis and confident that things will get easier for me.
Do you believe you could have been up and running this quick had you launched independently?
There is no way that I could get up and running this quick as an independent in this industry.
What has RPP enabled you to get up and running?
I think that RPP have left no stone unturned with this business model. I’ve learnt so much from Nik and Kat about improving my photography technique, and the support and efficiency from Lauren and Chloe has been second to none. I must also mention what a great job the editing team do. I feel that I can turn to any other RPP franchisee if I need advice or help to as everybody is in the same boat and always happy to help!
In your opinion, what is the most important aspect to consider while shooting property?
I think how a photo is framed and the attention to small detail is most important.
In your free time do you enjoy other areas of photography?
I enjoy taking photos of family dogs on the beach in my free time but would like to do macro photography of tiny creatures in the future.
Where do you see your business in a year from now?
In a years time I would like my business to be well established in my area and have a good working relationship with many real estate agencies.
If you could give yourself one piece of advice at the beginning of your franchise journey with Real Property Photography, what would that be?!
I don’t think I could have given myself any other advice at the beginning because I feel that any problems that I’ve encountered were and are still part of a growing process that will make me stronger and stronger!
What is one of your favourite quotes?
‘There are only three types of people – those who wait for things to happen, those who make things happen and those who wonder what happened‘ ( Not sure whos quote but my father told me that many years ago )
‘ I love chocolate but when I go fishing I put a worm – I don’t like worms but that is what the fish like’ ( Dale Carnegie )