Snapping all over the world
IT'S hard to feel sorry for Lismore-based photographer David Freund when he tells you he's been "working hard" in Bali and Los Angeles.
And later this year he will travel to Paris (twice) and London for photo shoots.
Have we mentioned that he's also becoming quite successful? Mr Freund has sold work to major corporations such as Disney, Microsoft, NBC and Viacom.
"I've even sold work to Oprah," he said.
Not too many people can slip that sentence into every- day conversation.
From his base in Lismore Mr Freund photographs weddings, portraits and commercial work.
But he now spends a lot more time doing stock photography, through companies like Getty and iStockphoto.
"I've been doing it for about 10 years now," he said.
"I am starting to get a really good idea of what sells and what doesn't."
He jets all over the world for his work, but Mr Freund admits it's not all glamour and prestige.
"I'll get up at dawn and often I won't finish until after dark," he said.
"Sometimes it's hard finding reliable models.
"At one recent shoot in London I had booked nine models, but not a single one turned up.
"I've got shoots coming up in Paris, so for that I'm flying in models from Berlin who I've worked with before and I know I can count on them."
Once Mr Freund returns home to the Northern Rivers after his exotic adventures, he is often stuck behind a computer for months at a time.
That's when a supportive family makes all the differ- ence.
"I have a very understanding wife," he said.
While his stock imagery is now taking off, Mr Freund also had recent success at the prestigious Australian Professional Photography Awards.
He received three awards, with his fourth work miss- ing out by only two percentage points.