Liam Worth is a multi-skilled creative, able to capture both video and still images of excellent quality. Liam’s worked hard to overcome challenges to become the professional photographer he is today. His passions include shooting weddings, landscapes, sport, and live music events …
Hi Liam. Tell us a bit about where you grew up and your family background …
Hi, well I was born in Taree and spent my early years there. I then moved to the Western Sydney area, before settling in Emu Heights for around 10 years. In that time my mother was involved in a car accident, just after she had dropped me off at school for the day. The accident did major damage to her spine, lower back and leg. I grew up pretty quickly after that, as a few of the basic things around the house could not be done by her anymore due to her injury, so I helped out with a lot of things.
I was Home Schooled through a college that operated in Marsden Park, NSW and Moreton Bay, QLD due to crippling anxiety I had about going to school and being bullied.
I played AFL and did Army Cadets to help with socialising and having friends, which I loved. I also have a love of music and taught myself to play the guitar.
At 16 I lived in Bateau Bay on the Central Coast for 12 months, before finding out that my father had been diagnosed with stomach cancer. After that I moved back to Taree to help him with his treatment and getting him to and from Newcastle every day for a period of time. After about six months, he was clear of his cancer.
Since then I have been in the Manning Valley and currently live in Forster.
How did you first become interested in photography?
I have always enjoyed taking photos with little point and shoot cameras and bought my first camera when I was 12, but the real love and interest came in late 2012, when I met Scott Calvin at Taree TAFE (a well known local photographer who works for the Manning River Times). His infectious personality and passion for photography and life in general, really got me excited about photography and the endless possibilities that are out there, as well as the journey and places that it can take you, doing something you love.
What are some of the courses/study you’ve done to help you learn more about both still photography and cinematography?
I attended Taree TAFE to study Information Technology/Digital Media when I left high school. I studied both Cert lll and Cert lV while getting my business up and running. In July of 2016 I enrolled in a Diploma of Photo Imaging online through Wodonga TAFE, to help further my understanding of the ever growing industry where new tech and programs are always being released.
Speaking of cinematography, what are some of the projects you’ve worked on?
I’ve been fortunate enough to work on some large scale projects like the filming of Ariana Shneider’s Musical Crystal Dreaming in October 2016 that will be released to DVD in the future. I shot a series of orientation videos for the Taree and Great Lakes Campuses of North Coast TAFE. I have also worked with Scott Calvin in the production of music videos, most recently for Robyn Green and her song titled Only You, and I have shot some music videos for local musician Jake Davey.
As well as all that, I shoot weddings with MMG Photo+Cinema based in Newcastle, which services all of Australia and some International locations.
When it comes to capturing terrific still photographs, what are your special areas of interest?
I love capturing the moment as it is and how I see it at the time. Weddings, live music and sports of any kind are the best for freezing time and making it last. However, I love nothing more than doing landscapes, where I can just go to a nice spot and see it from all angles and decide on the best spot to see it all, setting up the camera and waiting for the light to be exactly how I want it.
Who have been some of the people that have mentored you/supported you in your photography journey?
Someone who has always supported me is the man who gave me a big nudge in the right direction, Scott Calvin. He has always answered any questions I’ve had and taught me everything he knows and then some … Also tucking me under his wing and doing anything he possibly can to help, encourage and inspire.
I’ve also had great support from my parents, who are always willing to help in any way they can. My mother has helped me enormously, teaching me how to run a business and all the not so fun things that go along with it. I think having two parents with military backgrounds helped with the discipline and organisation that is needed.
In terms of both photography and cinematography, what are you able to offer potential new clients?
I am able to offer a service that is tailored to each individual client and their needs. If it’s your wedding day or an engagement shoot, corporate video to promote something, a simple portrait or high end fashion/glamour shot, even a print for the lounge room wall, I can tailor it so it is a one off piece that no one else has.
What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome in order to get where you are today?
One of my biggest challenges is overcoming anxiety. I’ve had social anxiety for a number of years, and it’s always something I am conscious of when talking with clients. Some days it is worse than others, but I know I have to push through it and put on my business head to do the job.
What are you most looking forward to?
I’m most looking forward to seeing where photography takes me in the future. Travel is definitely a must do, but at the moment I want to build my business to a point where I can bring on staff and give young people a go, as photography is a hard industry to break into.
Where can we find out more about you, or see other examples of your work?
You can find my work on Facebook and Instagram @liamworthphotographer and also on Twitter @liamworthphoto. I have a website www.liamworthphotographer.com
I always keep things updated with new content, so there is always something new to see.