Andrew Maccoll

Commercial Photographer
Sydney, Australia

Andrew Maccoll is currently one of Australia’s highest achieving visual creatives. His career started quite young as a darkroom printing assistant while studying for a Bachelors degree in Visual Arts majoring in Multi-Media. Andrew has taken portraits of celebrities such as Bill Clinton, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, P!NK, and many more. He currently has 3 portraits in the Australian National Portrait Gallery.

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How long have you been a photographer?
22 years
Who or what got you started in photography?
My father was a photographer
What have been the highlights of your career to date?
3 Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery in Australia, Photographing Robert De Niro, P!NK, Eric Bana, Kelly Slater, and a heap more people.
Who are some clients you work for now?
IBM, The Ritz Carlton, NBC Universal
How would you describe your style?
dark, moody, real, light filled
What do you love most about being a photographer?
Capturing the essence of something or someone
Was there a turning point in your career, when things started to take shape?
When I hit advertising that was a tipping point as it validated who I was and what I was hoping to achieve
Have you had a mentor or an advisor in your career? What did they teach you?
My father... and pretty much the majority of my technical skills
What would you recommend to someone just starting their career?
Seek advice... and then make all the mistakes you can make fast... then know you can do anything
What have you struggled with in the past and how did you overcome it?
financials, client billing, knowing my worth...
Finally, what has been the best piece of advice you have ever received in regards to photography or business?
Use one light!