Neal Walters is a Melbourne based photographer and videographer and Canon Ambassador best known for his work in directing, filming and producing music video clips for Australian and international artists as well as live photography. With clients past and present such as; Parkway Drive, The Smith Street Band, Converse, UNFD records, Tonight Alive and many more you’ve probably seen
his work before and not even realised it.
YOU’VE RECENTLY BECOME A CANON AMBASSADOR, IS THIS SOMETHING YOU’VE ALWAYS STRIVED FOR?
amazing opportunity in my life. I’m at a point now where i’m coming up with my own ideas for workshops and ideas for shoots and working with Canon
they allow me to just do it. I’m taking a small group of photographers to this years BIGSOUND festival to do a workshop on shooting live music and i couldn’t
be more excited.
YOU’VE DONE A LOT OF TRAVELLING OVER THE YEAR, ANY PARTICULAR PLACE THAT STANDS OUT TO YOU?
BIGGEST PET PEEVE?
People that don’t wave at me in traffic when i let them in or let them overtake me.
Traffic in Melbourne is always pretty nuts and It’s the simplest of things to do to just put a hand up and wave
and acknowledge me and when people don’t do it it makes me furious to the point where i just want to speed up and cut them
off on purpose hahaha That and people that say acronyms in real like…..omg
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY?
Black and white portraits for sure. Apart form landscapes everything looks better in black and white and even if the client wants it in colour
i’ll always do a version for me with my edits and a version for them.
WORST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
I could see that people were actually taking this crappy advice on board and it just proved to me that it wasn’t a place or an environment i wanted to be in.
WHAT GETS YOU UP IN THE MORNING?
so every day i’m doing something because i want to do it and because i want to work with those people. Working with bands like The Smith Street Band,
The Bennies, Northlane and Tonight Alive is always fun and i know that we’re working on something that we’re all excited about and will be happy with the end product.
ON TOUR OR IN THE STUDIO?
Tour for sure. Tour is the place where you can get the most natural and emotive photos. Not even necessarily on stage.
My favourite photos are always ones in the green room or just in the van on the way to the show. It’s where people are
most themselves and aren’t thinking about if i have a camera in my hand or not.
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU’RE YET TO DO?
The thing i’ve always wanted to do is shoot film in India and that’s what i’m doing this December.
Work wise i’m just taking every day as it comes and trying to progress myself as a person and my photography.
I have a pretty small friendship and client group that keep me honest and striving to better myself so that’s my focus
because once i’m not passionate about something….i’m out!
IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY THAT STILL SURPRISES YOU?
I’ve met and continue to meet some of my closest friends this way and i wouldn’t have it any other way.
WHAT’S A MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE THAT’S TAKEN YOUR BREATH AWAY?
on a passenger ship somewhere in Sweden or the time i climbed the lighting rig during a Northlane set somewhere in Europe just to get a good view
really stand out to me but the moment i first met and got to hold my nephew Lucas is the moment i like the most. When i hold him nothing else in the world
matters, it’s just me and him in that moment.
Keep up to date with Neal’s work on his INSTAGRAM and make sure you check out his past works on his WEBSITE.
He’s creating incredible photography all the time so you’ll find it hard not to get lost within his large body of work.
Much love x