Hi, I’m Scott Maxworthy but most people call me “Scotty”, “Maxy” or “ScottyMaxy” (yes, I know – it’s what we Australian’s do – ie abbreviate everything and add a “y” ). I have been a photographer since a kid but considered a professional photographer for the last 12 years.
I love how a photo can instantly impact our emotions – make us laugh, smile, cry, think or desire – it’s optically stimulating sensory minimalism!Scott Maxworthy
I’m usually the one behind the camera asking questions in order to get to know you better so that we create and capture together that “magic money shot(s)” that you will love.
Hopefully, this page will give you a better understanding that you’re not just hiring a photographer, buying a print or getting a photo tip, but working with someone who loves photography; is very passionate about creating your quality images and who is also happy to share what I’ve learnt along the way.
We are all creative in some way, have a unique purpose (what the Japanese call “ikigai“, lessons to learn and paths to follow. As the photographer, my role is simply to help create and capture your need or moment to achieve your results, whether that’s a corporate profile shot; an event, a fashion shoot, a product shoot; an artistic nude or any idea you want to creatively explore.
A good photo will tell a story and can instantly impact viewer emotions – it can make us laugh, smile, cry, think or desire something and then when combined with today’s communications technology it can then be instantly shared with friends, family or fans around the world.
Photography is about producing work that expresses a thought, opens views, engages an audience and generates results – to create music for our eyes that makes us want to sing and dance.scott maxworthy
As communication media “photos” are very powerful – unlike reading, listening or watching a movie, within milliseconds we subconsciously interact or ignore – an instant high-speed superhighway connection between the eyes and the brain.
As an artist, photography is about producing work that expresses a thought, opens minds, engages an audience and generates results – to create music for our eyes that makes us want to sing and dance.
When did I get into photography?
I’ve been fascinated by photography and media for as long as I can remember. It can be creative, informative, entertaining (or none of the above) and can take us back in time or to other destinations.
My photography journey began as a kid when my dad was a guitarist in an Aussie rock n roll band and Kings Cross was the hub of entertainment in Sydney. Creativity and entertainment (and the local Sharks footy team) were part of our DNA – rock n roll music was the soundtrack for us four kids from the “The Shire” growing up on the beaches of Cronulla.
At seven I remember sitting on my grandmother’s floor at Gymea going through her shoeboxes full of old slides of her and my granddad’s road trips around the country in an old Ford Chevy – those shots would have been way back in the 1940s and I loved how a photo could capture a moment in time and trigger lifetime memories.
My first camera?
I was about the age of 12, in the late ’70s when my mum and dad bought me my first camera – it was a Ricoh Rangefinder with a fixed lens and shot film – at first black and white film was cheaper than colour, you were limited to 12 to 36 shots and processing would take weeks to come back from photo lab.
I’d shoot all the usual stuff around me – family, pets, friends, holidays etc and over the next 10 years I continually upgraded camera kit whilst constantly taking photos –
I was obsessed with Ken Duncan’s landscape photography and moved onto slide film with the rich vibrant colours of Kodak Kodachrome 64 and Fuji Ektachrome.
I sold my first poster print when I was about 16 – it was a kookaburra at sunset.
Who else has influenced your work?
As you’d expect my parents, family and friends enthusiastically supported my work.
My great aunt and uncle were also keen photographers and they would give me their old copies of LIFE Magazine and National Geographic, through those magazines I travelled the world as a kid, I fell in young love (and lust) with beautiful black and white photos of Hollywood movie stars and models; I was challenged by images of war and suffering but also awed and inspired by nature and sporting legends.
I still remember I was about seven years old crying the first time I saw Nick Ut’s, 1972, The Terror of War. The shot of a screaming naked young Vietnamese girl and kids running after being hit by napalm.
Life is precious.
Growing up my older brother Brett was also a very talented young actor and singer so there were quite a few days as a sibling tag-a-long on film sets, TV studios, photoshoots and casting sessions. The aim of all that content to entertain and those actor photoshoots to get the next gig (as it still is now).
In my teens, I was heavily into landscape photography and it was, of course, pioneers Ansell Adams and locally Australian Ken Duncan but I loved Rolling Stone Magazine’s Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Henri-Cartier Bresson and so many more.
My photographic hobby to a professional
After leaving school I worked for Australia’s biggest magazine publisher (in finance), then moved into the emerging computer industry (in marketing), travelled the world, ran a pub, played in bands and in 2000 started a “.com” businesses – a camera with me always. (Like my grandmother shoeboxes full of slides and photo albums).
It was in October 2006 on my 40th birthday when I made the switch to from film to digital photography buying my first Digital SLR camera – an Olympus E-330 with a standard kit lens.
Mass digital photography was a media and communications game-changer and disrupter – in just a short time everybody with a mobile phone could suddenly shoot and share quality shots around the world.scott maxworthy
That was a massive game-changer – as a photographer all of a sudden I could instantly switch between low ISO speeds for landscape shots and high speeds for portraits.
Instead of having to process film photos at the lab you could instantly see and edit on your PC and print to an affordable printer.
The world of photography had fundamentally changed providing the ability to inexpensively experiment, fail fast and constantly learn.
I also remember those early days of Photoshop and the massive initial learning curve.
Tragedy, reflections and following passion.
In 2007 my dad (and best mate) suddenly died in a boating accident which fundamentally rocked and changed everything I was doing. His voice echoed in my dreams “follow your passion” and I made a decision to focus my energies less on making money and more on people, creativity and photography – instead of landscapes to focus on portraits, creativity and making the effort to learn and master.
In 2008 my old Olympus kit was sold and I upgraded to a Canon 7D (because it shot great video) and I teamed up with some local video production guys which began my digital video production journey.
In 2013 I joined the Cronulla Sharks Football Club as their brand and communications manager and had the great joy of shooting years of fans, players, staff across all the business units – food and beverage, commercial, sponsorship, merchandise, membership, game days and events.
The highlight capturing the Sharks 2016 Premiership (after 50 years) – millions watched it on TV and hundreds of thousands of people openly celebrated and cried.
So, What now?
Enjoy life with my beautiful wife-to-be Kim and great dane Harold living on the southern beaches of Sydney and creatively there are three key area’s right now –
- Focusing on my photography business across creative portraits, fashion, my love of dogs and capturing special events.
- Artwork & composite images – I’ve built a green screen production/ photo studio and to take this to the next level for commercial projects.
- Digital marketing and our virtual 3D studio and livestream video capabilities.
Thank you for visiting and if you have any questions or want to make a booking then please contact me. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or subscribe to my newsletter (coming soon).
I hope that’s shed a bit more light on who I am but more importantly, it’s about capturing you.