Back in Seattle with no camera of any sort to his name, Alexander Hallag decided he wanted to make films. This was “many moons ago”, according to Alexander. Because he wanted to be a director, he didn’t understand why he’d need a camera. “However, I quickly discovered that if I could shoot stills, I could work on sets,” so he went out an purchased his first SLR.
Around that same time, Alexander’s group of friends decided to form a magazine to chase the dream of free restaurant meals and concerts. Because he had the camera, he was designated the role of the photographer. And that’s when Alexander fell in love with live music photography, and he went to show after show after show.
Around 11 years ago, Chris Turner was asked by a friend of a friend to document their wedding for them. For a grand total of $500 and with a bit of reluctance having never shot a wedding before, nor any plan to make a career out of it, Chris photographed the couple’s wedding and had a blast. From that day on he spent his time figuring out what he needed to learn to become a professional wedding photographer.
“It took me a good while to really get into the industry without any kind of help. I’d say I’ve been making a full-time living off photography for the past four years almost, with the last two years being full-time self employed,” Chris says.
What started as a three-week holiday in New Zealand around five years ago ended up with Hakan Nedjat and his wife moving to the country just six months later, basing themselves in Auckland. They’d fallen in love with the place. He’d bought a Sony NEX-5R just before they travelled here so he could capture good quality holiday snaps to show friends and family. And that’s really how Hakan’s passion for photography began. Hakan was hooked, and eventually upgraded to the Sony α5100.
During his time with the Sony α5100, Hakan — who works as an accountant by day — started to experiment with photographing what he describes as astroscapes — beautiful scenes of the night sky in all its glory. “After seeing some inspiring photos of the night sky by very talented New Zealand photographers, I had to try it out for myself,” Hakan explained. “My first photos of the stars were so bad! I laugh when I look back at them, but at the time I was so happy with the results I was achieving.”
Imagine a life where you travel to every region in New Zealand every three months. You get to experience living in a luxury hotel for some of the time, while also sleeping in the back of your car in gorgeous locations, ready to capture a perfect sunrise. Sounds like a dream right? Well, it’s also Talman Madsen’s everyday life. The self-described photographer, adventurer, and storyteller says he’s embracing this lifestyle and couldn’t be happier with how everything’s going so far. And it’s not too hard to see why, when you hear Talman talk about just a few of his favourite experiences that he’s experienced with his Sony α7R II and Sony α7 II in tow:
“A few of the highlights have to be a sunrise doors-off helicopter flight around Tititea Mount Aspiring, climbing Mount Ollivier, spending 65 days on the road shooting in preparation for my book, exploring Milford Sound via helicopter, getting lost off-roading in a Trekker Adventures Land Rover Defender, coming face to face with Hoiho (Yellow Eyed Penguin), spending two months hitch-hiking around New Zealand sleeping in a tent, dancing under the strongest Aurora in over 10 years, spending countless nights under the stars, climbing Mount Ruapehu…”