Les­son Three

Life­style Mat­ters

Tracks - - Fiji -

To be suc­cess­ful as a surf pho­tog­ra­pher in the dig­i­tal age you need to be able to shoot more than surf ac­tion. Surf mags want dreamy line-up shots and en­gag­ing life­style pho­tos that give a trip con­text and nar­ra­tive. Brands want killer por­traits of their ath­letes in next year’s board­ies/sun­nies/wet­suit. The re­sort may want some prop­erty pho­tos in re­turn for a sweet deal. Some of the most suc­cess­ful surf pho­tog­ra­phers do all that and still work other jobs. Ord was a fire­man be­fore bit­ing the bul­let and go­ing full­time with the cam­era. It’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to make good money shoot­ing surf ex­clu­sively. You need to be ver­sa­tile to make it all work fi­nan­cially. And you need to re­mem­ber to put down the cam­era and en­joy the life­style you’ve worked so hard to at­tain. In Fiji that isn’t hard to do. Fi­jians are renowned for their good hu­mour and hos­pi­tal­ity and the Aussies formed bonds over the kava bowl. “The Fi­jians al­ways look af­ter me when­ever I’m there,” says Ord. “We played footy with them one day. It was a school oval, but it looked like it’d been hit with as­ter­oids, it had the big­gest pot­holes and these guys were run­ning across it like it was a run­ning track. Bare­foot and just shorts, no shirts, no shoes. I did my ham­string chas­ing down a Fi­jian. Thought I could get him but nope.”

Main: Dead tree walk­ing. In­sets: Fiji hol­i­day – Kava, rugby kicks and cam­era clicks.

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