I started by almost sharing the above on my own FB page then I thought, nah bugger it I’ll put it up on my wedding page and show everyone who I am when not playing paparazzi at weddings!
I have a little “Thakey” family unit, comprising of wifey and two kids who love the ocean and beach as much as Mum and Dad. In the background I have a very helpful brother who can be seen (generally hungover) at wedding expos helping out to spread the Nick Thake brands, along with a graphic designer for a Dad, who helps with all my printing/ advertising needs, and Mum who is amazing at helping out with the kids i.e. stopping them beating down my office door when I’m editing! My business is small, but is reliant on solid help from everyone in my family. Shout out to Wifey for ongoing support and encouragement (and the cute pic above) x
Aside from shooting weddings I am also a Marine Scientist and Commercial Diver, I studied at Murdoch Uni many moons ago, started my career in pearl diving in the northwest with MG Kalis and then worked in the Oil and Gas/ Mining industry specialising in coral health and water quality - it was great for many years living the dream earning awesome money researching corals for a living. Once the mining boom quietened down and the health and safety people focused on squashing scientific diving in industry I found myself at desk waiting for something to happen… and it did!! No sob story about redundancy here, I got an awesome pay out and the opportunity to make a huge lifestyle change to focus on my photography skills, and so became Nick Thake Photography…original huh?!
I started shooting weddings part time in 2008 so was no stranger to the scene, I set out to bring in new clients, build the business and haven’t stopped since. I’m often asked “has your style changed over the years?” - I personally don’t think so, my main focus (dad joke) has been to constantly improve myself and this is something I strive on. I’m highly critical of my own work - ask my wife! I take every comment/ feedback review on board in order to provide a better service to my next couple.
Aside from documenting weddings and trashing the odd dress, I’ve had some amazing photography/videography contracts over the years including reef rehabilitation in the Seychelles, documenting the health of WA’s coral reefs with the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and more recently I’ve seen an increase in aerial work using my CASA RePL ticket (drone). I consider weddings my full time career, but will never turn down an amazing diving photography/drone trip somewhere exotic if it arises and suits my calendar!
I’ve proudly had several publications in magazines/books and contributed to the Netflix documentary “Chasing Coral”. If you are interested in my other lines of work, have a browse of the website and check out the gallery www.nickthake.com/artwork and check out a video I produced recently with AIMS Shoals to Shore
I probably should finish it there else this will turn into another essay (see my FAQ blog), but I will close on saying I love the versatility my job brings, meeting so many awesome fun clients and the more family time I have created by going it alone. If you have any enquiries, or questions please use the comments below or email firstname.lastname@example.org