Please introduce yourself in 20 words or less.
My name is Michael Snedic and I am a pro wildlife/nature photographer and owner of WildNature Photo Expeditions
Was photography your first career choice?
No, I started out as Dick Smith’s Private Horticulturist!
How did you go about photography being a hobby to doing it full time?
My mentor was Master Photographer and Documentary-maker, Glen Threlfo, who ‘taught me the ropes’ 21 years ago. I started presenting photo workshops and tours 15 years ago.
What is the favourite part of your work?
Seeing the looks on photo tour participant’s faces when ‘the penny drops’ and they start getting great photos! Also travelling to amazing parts of the world to photograph and present photo tours.
Over the last few years, what type of photography/videography work have you been doing?
I’m a wildlife/nature photography specialist. Highlights have included photographing tigers in India, tens of thousands of King Penguins in South Georgia, Humpback whales close up in Antarctica, a Walrus swimming under my zodiac in the Arctic, Ribbon Seals in the Russian Far East and being metres away from Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda!
Are there any projects you are working on at the moment?
Currently planning trips to Alaska, India, the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as around Australia!
What type of gear are you using at the moment and what is the one piece of equipment you wished you had?
As a Nikon School tutor for Australia, I use all Nikon gear. I currently own D850 and D810 DSLRs, 300mm f2.8, 70-200 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8, 14-24 f4, 200 macro plus Gitzo tripods. No wish list…
What excites you about travel and photography?
Finding new wildlife subjects and wilderness locations to photograph and present photo expeditions to. Meeting like-minded people and absorbing the amazing diversity of cultures!!
What are your sources of inspiration and do you ever go through times when you think “let's move on from this type of work”?
I get inspired by photographers such as Paul Nicklin, Frans Lanting, Ansel Adams and others. No, have never wanted to move on from this type of work – why would I? : - )))
What is the worst piece of advice you have heard given to someone that wants to make a career out of photography?
“You will never make it this industry if you stick to wildlife and nature photography”. How wrong were you, buddy? : - )))
What is the one aspect you find the most difficult about running a photographic business?
The never-ending ‘behind-the-scenes’ computer work etc
If there was one destination you could travel to and photograph where would it be?
I’m ticking off the list but the moon would be cool!!