I've been a professional 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 as a newspaper journalist before moving through radio, television and corporate public relations. 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, at 40, decided 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 every tourism authority in the region, many in Australia and south-east Asia, and several on the African continent and in the Middle East.


Sixteen books of my writing and photography have been published to date.


I have a son (26 at the time of this update) who has no intention of following in my footsteps but has been happy to join me where he can, and a Samoan partner who captivates me as much today as she did when I met her 12 years ago. I only really want for 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 on the edges 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.