We love the people who wear our glasses. Most of all we love their stories. Here is one of them.
Meet Todd, an award-winning photographer from Brisbane who captures ‘I do’ moments for a living. A relative newbie to the glasses scene, he’s a fan of the wooden Birthday Suit.
- Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do for a living?
My name is Todd.. I live in Brisbane with my awesome wife Alyda & daughter Maggie – she’s almost 2.. I live an active life.. I’m a thinker – a student – always learning & my mind is always open.. I photograph people & things for a living – mostly weddings, but also some fashion, architecture, and corporate stuff.. It’s been my (and Alyda’s), full-time gig for the last 9 years..
- What creative projects are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on a street photography personal project at the moment.. To be honest though, it’s slow going right now due to Maggie being pretty hands-on, but I’m chipping away at it.. Maggie’s super cute and very distracting..
- Coolest wedding/s you’ve ever worked on?
My favourite weddings are wide & varied because I like them for different reasons, but when I think about it – a tiny backyard wedding that really hit me in the feels, crazy big budget mega party dancefloor weddings, a couple married by Darth Vader, a wedding pulled together in 2 weeks, weddings I can’t tell anyone about, the list goes on.. It’s a pretty amazing job really – so diverse, & I meet lots of awesome people.. I love it.
- Who or where do you go for inspiration?
I get inspiration from lots of sources – all outside of my own industry.. Cinema, architecture, art, pop culture, music (and music video clips), all affect/flavour my work I think..
- You’ve won a heap of photography awards – what’s the secret to your success (or can’t you tell us 😉 )?
I’ve never made photographs thinking “I’m making this so I can enter this award or that award”.. I’m on my own journey of artistic exploration & whatever I make comes straight from my heart fibres.. When submitting for awards, I look through my recent work & think “what am I most proud of, & what best represents the place I’m at in my journey.” If the judges respond well, that’s great, & if they don’t understand it or appreciate it, that’s fine by me – I’m still proud of my work.. And while I don’t call myself a “fine art photographer” by any stretch, I’m still expressing myself visually & artistically, and an artist must always lead with the heart.. The brain is the support crew that serves the heart..
- What do you like most about Sneaking Duck?
I really like your originality in design, and your ‘Try at Home’ service.
- Favourite Sneaking Duck glasses?
I’m quite new to the “I need to wear Glasses” club.. I’m wearing the Birthday Suits & I love them.. I travel a bit for work & have received some sweet feedback from excellent random people, like “nice glasses!” and “are your glasses made of wood? Cool!” … Oh, and I also have a pair of Green Teas..
- If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I’m ok without great super powers – I’m not ready for the responsibility.. I really like Scott Pilgrim, although I’m not very good at fighting..
- Three things you can’t live without?
Music, my bicycle, the beach
To find out more about Todd Hunter McGaw Photography or to check out his work, see the links below:
Image credit: Alyda McGaw