I hold a Bachelor of Arts and Grad. Dip. Professional Writing through Deakin University, Victoria. I started photography at a young age when I was given a Kodak Instamatic 133-X camera using Kodak 126 film with a four bulb disposable flash unit. I have that camera to this day, although it has been a while since the camera saw any service. After this, I then moved on to Minolta and Rolleiflex SLR film cameras.
Previously, I co-owned and operated a retail firm in Melbourne selling optical and photographic equipment including Nikon, Minox and Leica cameras among other products, and in 2001 I was selected to attend the prestigious photography school, the Leica Academy in Wetzler, Germany. At present I shoot with Nikon photographic equipment, but the Leica bug never goes away.
In 2004 I moved to Tasmania to join The Examiner Newspaper as a journalist/sub-editor. From 2004 until late 2007 I was involved in writing and taking photographs for the feature properties in that publication’s weekly Property Guide/Domain and its Travelways magazine as well as planning, writing, sub-editing and photography for general features. During this period I started working as a freelance photographer/journalist on a part-time basis for a number of clients and publications.
In 2008 I worked as The Examiner’s Design & Production Services manager, before leaving at the end of that year to provide my photography and communications services on a full-time basis, launching my business Bret Salinger photography + communications.
Bret is an accredited professional photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. The AIPP is Australia’s peak industry body for the photographic industry.
Bret is a member of Australian Commercial + Media Photographers – providing a united voice for Australia’s working photographers.
Anjie has been working with Bret since January 2011. She came to me with a Diploma in Graphic Design from the Tasmanian Polytechnic. Her role as production assistant sees her doing loads of interesting projects – from taking photographs and editing photos to wedding album and brochure design. She assists Bret with real estate and as second shooter for weddings.
Her take on design: “Design is all around us, it informs, inspires and beautifies … and it is a world full of amazing work to keep me focused on improving as a designer. In my own time I enjoy playing around with typography, vector illustrations and print design.”
Anjie is an accredited professional photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. The AIPP is Australia’s peak industry body for the photographic industry.