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At the age of 17, Cundletown teenager William (Will) Snape already
runs his own photography business, is completing a diploma at TAFE NSW
Port Macquarie and counts Ray White Manning Valley as a key client.
He was given his first career break last year when the local real
estate agency contacted his TAFE NSW teacher, looking for a talented
young photographer with a ‘fresh perspective’ to help the business
take a different approach with property photos.
Will has done quite a bit of work there now and has welcomed other
clients in recent times. He brings a range of equipment to his shoots
and often utilises drone technology – something his TAFE NSW Diploma
of Screen and Media course covers.
“Because I’m a contractor I can work my own schedule and map out what
places I go too and in what order, I have the freedom to be my own
boss to a large extent,” Mr Snape said.
“Most of my work is going into houses and showcasing the look and
feel of it, taking photos of each room, making sure the colours and
lighting look great. I also create walk-through videos and do some
artistic work, depending on what the agent wants. It’s interesting work.
“Droning is a key tool in my arsenal, it’s one of the camera
techniques we use at TAFE NSW. I fly it up from the property, showing
the size and façade and then the surrounding area, such as the
proximity to beaches. The trick to really good drone work is smooth
motions and being in control. Normally when you fly there’s people who
stand next to you, watching it and asking about it. There’s a lot of curiosity.
“It’s a new technology so it’s hard to say where it’s headed. It’s
definitely a great way to showcase a property and I can see it being
commercialised a lot more, such as in transport and delivery services.”
Ray White Manning Valley principal, Rob Chapman, said, “Will is a
very enthusiastic young photographer. He listens to what the client
wants and produces very good work.”
Will has taken a strategic approach to achieving his career goals so
early in life.
“When I was a lot younger I watched videos of people doing action
sports on YouTube and I found a real love of film and photography.
There’s something about capturing the moment and being able to replay
the moment to yourself and others – there’s something really
satisfying about it,” Mr Snape said.
“I’m very interested in the combination of media and business. I
wasn’t interested in doing the HSC because the subjects on offer
didn’t suit me so I started researching TAFE NSW courses and
discovered I can get to university quicker and easier by studying
there. As soon as I found that pathway I took it.”
“Once I finish my diploma I plan to do a uni degree that my diploma
gives me guaranteed entry into. It’s a double degree – creative
industries and innovation and entrepreneurship. I’m really excited
The TAFE NSW Diploma of Screen and Media can also be studied online,
when and where it suits students, via TAFE Digital. For more
information visit www.tafensw.com.au or call 131 601.
Media contact: Kristy Sheppard, TAFE NSW Media &
Communications Business Partner, 4923 7784 or 0407 450 860.