Events Photographer - Greg Beadle
Your business name:
Tell us a bit about your business:
Beadle Photo offers photographic and video content to a global client base. The majority of requests we receive are to capture the energy and emotion of events including Ironman World Championships and Tour de France for Oakley, The World Economic Forum Annual meetings, The Cape Epic, BMW media product launches, international sponsored and client events. Other requests include executive portraiture, architecture, motoring and sports related commissioned image and video content.
How long have you worked as a photographer?
10 years as a professional, having started taking images on slide film from the age of 3. My Grandfather was the president of the SA photographic society so one may see it’s in the genes...
Do you feel it was an instant success or did it take a while to find its feet?
I was surprised at how quickly I managed to gain traction in the ‘marketplace’. Looking back I believe it helped to have a background in business, particularly sales and marketing which allowed me to converse comfortably with corporate clients and made it easier for me to find ways of adding value to what they were wanting to say to their clientele/ target market.
If any, what kind of jobs did you have before your career took off?
I had what my parents felt was an abnormal career, often changing jobs jumping across industries switching from employed to self-employed and back a good few times. I spent 6 years selling Land Rovers in SA and the UK, Advertising and Marketing Director for Men’s Health magazine for 3 years, my own fruit delivery company called ‘Eat Me’, ran my events company hosting a national offload triathlon series (pre-xterra), founded a national real estate magazine, opened a Bentley dealership in Cape Town for Imperial Group, tried my hand at selling luxury power yachts, written two published motorcycle adventure travel guide books and now own a shared office/ co-working business called The Bureaux in Cape Town.
Do you feel that you chose your "passion," or did it choose you?
I made a conscious decision in 2009 to take my photography seriously and upgraded my gear to a Canon 40D and 24-70mm L 2.8 lens. Over the past ten years, the passion has ebbed and flowed. On some days it is pure hard slog work thinking why on earth am I doing this, while on other days I feel like it’s the only thing I ever want to do.
What made you decide to follow a creative career choice (though possibly risky) rather than something more stable?
I am not one to sit still for long and enjoy a balance of business where I fuel my interests in different ways, some days property business and some photography. It is not easy to juggle different businesses and there is little time for R&R but right now I would have it no other way.
Have you ever doubted your talent? If so, how did you work through your doubt?
I feel that most photographers have doubts in their work more often than they may admit. Being as subjective as any other art form it’s hard to know what other eyes will see as beauty compared to your own version of beauty. I feel that you can never over communicate with a client when it comes to a brief for a shoot. The more you shoot, the more you learn, through trial and error, what questions to ask upfront ensuring you are thinking like your client does, minimising the doubt you may have in your work wowing your client.
What is your favourite accomplishment?
A happy client makes my day. I feel that you are only as good as your last shoot. In photography there are no guarantees that you will get the next job. You can sign an outline agreement, build a great relationship with your client, believe that this will be your client forever and then suddenly something changes and you don’t have access to that business anymore. If I can make a client happy after each and every shoot, I am accomplishing my version of success
Tell us about any workshops you may offer:
Time is my biggest challenge at the moment with an overloaded calendar but I will be hosting at least 3 workshops still this year. The best way to find out more about these workshops is to follow my instagram account where I will be posting info on upcoming courses.
What is your favourite lens and why?
The Canon 100-400 Mk2 lens is my favourite lens. It was not easy trading in my 70-200 2.8 for this lens and I took my time renting the 100-400 for a few months before committing. Shooting a more candid style this long lens gets me in close without any hint of my subject being aware of having their image captured. You also don’t have to lug a 400mm fixed lens on planes and trains. You have all that scope in a lens the same length as a 70-200mm. This lens is impressively sharp, particularly in low light, hand-held conditions. Probably Canon’s most under-rated long zoom lens at the moment
Are you working on any out of the ordinary projects at the moment?
Hard to say what my ordinary is anymore. I shot 215 corporate head shots in 6 hours this week. That’s under 2 minutes per subject including a change in wardrobe.
JUST FOR FUN
What is playing in your CD player/iPod right now?
When driving I generally don’t have any audio happening. It’s my only real quiet time
What’s your favourite ’90s song?
Am I allowed to say U2??
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
I think of everything when I’m alone in my car. It’s always the time when you can’t take notes that you think your most prevalent thoughts/ new ideas, right?
What were you like in high school?
I was a quiet, awkward little boy trying to work myself out. The Spud books are pretty relevant to my boarding school life
Knowing what you know now, what would you tell your high school self?
Chill man, don’t take life so seriously
YOUR CONTACT INFO
Your website: Beadlephoto.com
Instagram handle: Beadle_Photo
Facebook: Greg Beadle