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The Art of Writing Your Own Bio

On October 12, 2013
By Connie
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It’s hard writing your own bio.  The first few drafts always make you sound like a wanker.  How do you make yourself sound awesome without sounding pompous, or worse, boring.

I flicked through a lot of photographer bios and I learned that most bios are boring and forgettable.  I started to wonder, do I even need one?  It’s one of those things where if you write one that is average, no one remembers it.  But if you write one that’s great, you become a bit more memorable.  I wanted a bio on my website that makes people think “Hey! I want to meet her!  Connie sounds like an awesome person to work with.”

I found that my favourite bios included some humour or heart, or something that showed little glimpses of that person’s personality.  I wanted to meet the photographer who ran that marathon over mountain tops – with his camera.  I wanted to meet the photographer who was sent to Afghanistan “on holiday”.

Then there’s the question of whether to include a photo of yourself.  Photographers are notorious for hating getting their photos taken – that’s why we grabbed a camera in the first place.  We know only too well that just one photo can say a whole heap about a person.  So what do I do?  Below are a few options:
Portrait_web                      Eclipse_Connie

The first is the photo on my LinkedIn profile.  The second photo is a snap while on location somewhere in Queensland shooting the total solar eclipse back in 2012.  (Check out my slick homemade solar filter on my lens. Duct tape and tissue box.  Just call me MacGyver!)  I also have a number of images that range between the two.  Am I the professional in the formal portrait or the goof functioning on 4 hours of sleep in the snap shot?  Clearly I’m both, but I can only choose one photo.  See my conundrum?

It took me a week of going back and forth before I settled on the final version of my bio, sans portrait.  I have a hard enough time choosing a Facebook profile photo.  If I waited for the right image, I’d have never launched my new website.

It’s funny to think that your life can be summed up in just a few lines.  I wanted to jam in lots of snippets about myself, but I didn’t want it to drag on either.  I didn’t want to sound too stuffy, but I needed to be professional.  Fun, but not immature.  How will people judge me?  What do I want them to think of me?  And then it turned into… is this how I judge myself?

I was, perhaps, over-thinking this a bit too much.  The problem was that I had too much to say.  That might be one of the reasons why I started this blog.

About Connie

I was that geeky camera chick who spent her high school lunch breaks in the darkroom.  I still miss the smell of those stinky developer chemicals.  Sort of.

Born in Canada, I graduated with top honours in Applied Photography at Sheridan College before spending several years assisting and producing for  some of the best commercial shooters in Toronto.  After gathering a wealth of valuable skills and getting my first DSLR, I bought a plane ticket to Asia.

It was my first backpacking adventure, but I managed to survive nine months from Seoul to Singapore with only some shoddy mandarin and a lot of luck.  I had the time of my life. So I did it again.  Seven months of zig-zagging around India and Nepal taught me ingenuity with limited resources, clarity when surrounded in chaos, and how to eat with just my right hand.

Sydney became my new home in 2008, and I’ve been enjoying the sunny weather and great coffee ever since.

Today, I’m a fashion and product photographer extraordinaire.  Based at Studio 8 in the northern beaches of Sydney, I relish the challenge and precision of studio lighting.  My clients are drawn to my clean, stripped back approach to every project.  My simplistic yet direct style is refreshing and elegant in a market full of heavily Photoshopped images.

When I’m not in the studio you can find me hand folding dumplings or scaling walls at the rock climbing gym.  I’m also really good at winning board games (or my friends are just really good at losing).

 

Accolades

Finalist – Shoot The Chef 2013
Top 5 – Australia’s Emerging Travel Photographers of 2010 – Capture Magazine
Winner – Best Marketing Imagery Award 2010 – New Mardi Gras
Semi-finalist – Shutterbug Awards 2010 – Shutterbug
Short-listed – Travel Photographer of the Year 2009 – TPOTY
Finalist – Cultural Explorers 2009 – STA Travel
Winner – World in Focus 2007 – Photo District News
Top Emerging Photographers of 2007 – Photo Life Magazine

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