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How does being an international photographer combine with family life? Ask Dave Kennedy

October 21, 2015 by


Some may find it pretty challenging to wangle family life while conducting a successful career as an international photographer. Dave Kennedy is a Lifestyle, Kids and Sports photographer who lives between Cape Town, Dubai and France with his family. Dave juggles the personal and the professional perfectly, and moreover getting a real buzz out of it!

Dave shares his advice for newcomer photographers, his inspirations and beautifully sincere stories of his own that led him to his life as successful photographer.

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PP: You mention that family is a rotation point of your oeuvre and life overall. How has becoming a husband and father reflected upon your photography?

Dave Kennedy: It’s strange because I never thought that becoming a husband and father would ever have an impact on my work, but it has. Raising a child is such a magical and real experience and I think that rubbed off on my work somehow? Of course I started taking pictures of my two girls from birth and after a while I really saw the beauty of shooting kids and the images that I was creating.

It’s innocent and natural and there is magic in that. We are lucky enough to live footsteps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, so I am constantly taking pictures of my family – My family is my inspiration.

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PP: Which of the places you have lived in (Cape Town – Singapore – Dubai – Czech Republic – Austria – France) was the most uplifting for your career?

Dave Kennedy: I think it all started in France. My oldest Daughter was born there and we spent a good 6 months living with my parents on their farm in the Lot and Garonne area. The French country side is incredible and I think taking pictures of my new family and the French landscape there sparked a love for shooting natural moments.I have lived in quite a few places in my life and I’ve taken and learnt different things from each. I think that’s what you do as Photographer.

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PP: Your work has very strong vibrations, do you always create a story behind the image?

Dave Kennedy: Yes I do. Each story has a direction. I tend to create stories of things that I really love to do….Things that inspire me in real life tend to make really good stories.

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PP: Who of canonized men of art have inspired you throughout your career? Was it mostly photographers, or representatives of other forms, maybe artists, musicians, writers?

Dave Kennedy: It wasn’t one person. Photographers take inspiration from everything and it’s a journey. You never stop learning and being inspired. It’s a constant change or evolution of your style. I find myself learning all the time. There are of course images that have inspired me along the way, but I would say that it was my experiences that shaped my style.

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PP: From your body of work, which piece would be the one you are most proud of and why?

Dave Kennedy: I would have to say it’s a small story I shot with my wife and Mojo (family Pooch) in France a few years back. Mojo recently passed away from cancer which was heartbreaking for my family, so having these images to remember him by are lovely.

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PP: Can you give any professional tips for the newer photographers in this industry?

Dave Kennedy: The industry is tough and I’ve seen a lot of people who have been chewed up and spat out. I think a lot of people take the job way too serious and too personal. Be yourself, be nice and treat people with respect and remember that at the end of the day we are all here to have fun and create beautiful things.

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PP: How does collaborating with Production Paradise help you with your marketing as a professional photographer?

Dave Kennedy: This is the first time I’ve advertised with Production Paradise and I’m super happy with the results so far. I’ve booked in two jobs already from their mailers that they sent out and the traffic on my site has seen a huge increase.

We would like to thank Dave Kennedy for taking the time to speak with us. You can see more of his work on Production Paradise and his website.

If you want to show off your latest work to the industry in the next edition of Production Paradise’s Spotlight or Showcase magazine, contact us now at showcasemagazine@productionparadise.com or spotlightmagazine@productionparadise.com

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