I've been a tourism photographer for more than 20 years (no story here about me picking up a camera when I was three years old).

I wandered around the world as soon as I left school, came back to Australia to do uni and was awarded a cadetship and began work as a newspaper, radio and television journalist. Deciding that wasn’t for me, I took off again as a travel writer, then landed in Papua New Guinea where I spent two years writing my first book about tribal fighting, compensation, and sorcery.


I returned to Australia to run regional tourism authorities in two states but threw it all in at 40 to pursue my passion to travel widely as a full-time author. Thankfully, by the time I was up to my third book, I'd developed some ability as a photographer which I combined with my background in marketing, to offer my services to tourism authorities.

I focused mainly on the South Pacific in the first instance because of my interest in traditional culture in the region. Since then, I've been commissioned by tourism authorities in Asia, the African continent, and the Middle East.


I have a son (26 at the time of this update) who has no intention to follow in my footsteps, and a Samoan partner who captivates me as much today as she did when I met her 12 years ago. I only really want a dog, but I travel too much to have one.


Otherwise, I live in Brisbane for about four months of the year where I renovate, garden and fiddle around in the realm of fine-art, awaiting the next opportunity to travel and capture a better photograph than I did last time.


A successful promotional photograph starts with knowing what you want it to say and who you want it to appeal to - before you even bring the camera to your eye.



E-mail: david@kirklandphotos.com

Mobile +61 7 417993792.