Syd Mannion is a professional photographer with over 30 years of experience. He began his photography career in London working as an assistant for four commercial photographers in Kensington. Then he went on to freelance working in major European countries before moving to New Zealand.
I love that I have made my living from what I enjoy most - being creative. I love that my contribution fulfills others' lives.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done every possible type of shoot. I have photographed cars (studio and location) I have photographed models for fashion shoots and food shots for start up restaurants or even those with a celebrity chef. I have - sorry to repeat myself - successfully photographed every genre of the advertising spectrum - and then some.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
My awards and honours have been in the realm of successfully earning my living via photography for the entirety of my working life. I did once enter a competition and won the award for best image, which gave me a new set of studio lights, but by the same token I was invited to lecture at Auckland's Whitcliffe Art School several times, I was invited to be on the judging board of the Auckland University of Technology for their 3rd year students, and I was also asked to give a lecture and be a judge for UNITEC students.
A fun fact about this photographer
I may have already alluded to this, but on the one day that there was a famous advertising photographer coming to my college to give a lecture I was hiding in my darkroom and did not intend to go. The two previous year students were forced to go, and the head of the department knocked on my darkroom door (yes, those were the days when there was film, chemicals and darkrooms) and asked me, that as I was the ONLY member of the 3rd (and final year) would I please attend the lecture to represent the 3rd year students. Begrudgingly I did. The first and second year student were actually disrespectful and condescending, but I surprised myself by being impressed. So after the lecture I approached the photographer, a successful photographer from London, if I could have a job, and he said "yes."