Hi, I’m Scott Maxworthy, but most people call me “Maxy”, and I have been a professional photographer for over 25 years.
Photography is about capturing light on form and creating work that expresses a single thought in a single frame which engages an audience and generates action and result – to create music for our eyes that makes us want to sing and dance.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 quality images and who is also happy to share what I’ve learnt along the way.
We are all creative and have a unique purpose (what the Japanese call “ikigai”, lessons to learn, and paths to follow. As the photographer, my role is to help create and capture your need or moment to achieve your results, whether you’re searching for a corporate photographer, event photographer, a fashion photographer, to create personal fine art, an artistic nude or any idea you want to explore creatively.
I love how a photo can instantly impact our emotions – make us laugh, smile, cry, think or desire – it’s the joy of giving.Scott Maxworthy
A good photo will tell a story and instantly impact viewer emotions – it can make us laugh, smile, cry, think, or desire something. With today’s communications technology, your photo instantly shared with friends, family, or fans around the world.
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 growing up during the seventies in”the Shire” in the southern suburbs of Sydney, and I distinctly remember sitting in my grandmother’s loungeroom going through her old shoeboxes full of old photo slides of her younger years – the 1940 road trips around the country in an old Ford Chevy with my pop, I think those early memories help lay the seeds for wherever we may go.
About the age of 10, my parents bought me my first camera – it was a Ricoh Rangefinder with a fixed lens, and I shot black and white film (as it was cheaper). Back then, you were limited to just 12 to 36 shots per roll, lighting was whatever was available, and processing would take weeks to come back from the photo lab.
I’d shoot family, pets, friends, holidays etc. but in my teens, I was obsessed with Ken Duncan’s landscape photography and as I upgraded my camera gear to my first SLR, I started shooting slide (transparency) film with the rich, vibrant colours of Kodak Kodachrome 64 and Fuji Ektachrome.
I remember I sold my first poster print when I was about 16 – it was a kookaburra at sunset to a mate I surfed with.
Who else has influenced your work?
My parents 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 and the eyes of those photographers I travelled the world, I fell in young love (or was that 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.
In my teens, I was heavily into landscape photography and, of course, pioneers Ansell Adams and locally Australian Ken Duncan but also loved Rolling Stone Magazine’s Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Henri-Cartier Bresson, and so many more.
Turning professional and digital photography
I’ve had a diverse career path for over thirty years. After leaving school, I worked for Australia’s biggest magazine publisher, then moved into the emerging computer industry (in marketing), travelled the world, ran a pub, played in bands, and 2000 started a “.com” businesses, but through all that have had my a camera with me.
In October 2006, on my 40th birthday, I made the big switch from film to digital photography, buying my first Digital SLR camera – an Olympus E-330 with a standard kit lens.
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 worldwide.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 processing film photos at the lab, you could instantly see and edit your PC and print to an affordable printer.
The world of photography had fundamentally changed, providing the ability to experiment, fail fast and constantly learn inexpensively.
I also remember selling my processing equipment and 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 decided to focus my energies less on making millions and more on people, creativity and photography – instead of landscapes to focus on portraits, creativity and making an effort to learn and master.
I sold my trusty old Olympus kit, and I upgraded to a new Canon 7D (because it shot video) and teamed up with some local video production guys.
After six years of freelancing in 2013, I joined the Cronulla Sharks Football Club as their brand and communications manager. I had the great joy of shooting years of fans, game days, players, cheerleaders, 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.
2020 and beyond – 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, fine art, my love of animals 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.
I hope that’s shed a bit more light on who I am, but more importantly, it’s about capturing you.