MBW – What moves you the most in your life?
Jim Pollard – First and foremost that’ll have to be the family. My wife Vicky and our 2 kids Charli and Toby. And of course old Moosedog. I’m also massively moved by landscapes (built or natural) and light. I get pretty moved by the opening scene of Lion King too.
MBW – Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
JP – We’re based in a small village, at the bottom of a local ski resort here in New Zealand. We’re surrounded by mountains, literally. I’ve lived more than half my life amongst them, so I guess they’ve shaped me in more ways than I know.
MBW – In what way, if any, does your location influence your work?
JP – Well when you’re surrounded by the amazing landscapes we have here, it’s easy to get complacent. You just know every shot will be ‘epic’, but that bores me massively. So I really try to push myself to see it differently each time to play with the landscape, the weather, the light and of course the dynamic of the subjects.
MBW -Explain your daily routine
JP – Get woken up by the kids. Drink a brew of coffee, try to help Vicky with the kids to school (always a losing battle). Walk with Moosedog down to the river below our house. Shower, breakfast and scan emails. Turn big computer on. Edit, Edit, Edit. Lunch. Edit, Walk Moose. Welcome kids back from school. Edit. Beer. Hang with kids. Dinner. Edit. Kids to Bed. Hang with Vicky. Bed. Somedays I’m off to shoot. Some I travel. And others I’m on adventures with the family.
MBW -What is the most useful piece of advice you’ve been given?
JP – Every line in the Holstee Manifesto. • What do you struggle with at the moment? Insecurity of my art, my place in the world. • Do you remember the saddest moment of your life? The day my Grandfather died. That was rubbish.
MBW – What would you say about your perception from your youth till now?
JP – I think a teenager me would be blown away that I’m living in New Zealand (I grew up in the UK), in a house my wife and I built ourselves, with 2 amazing kids and my own business that takes me all over the world. I also suspect he’d probably kick me in the shins for not snowboarding more, especially seeing as I live 12 mins from a ski resort.
MBW – What would you like to give for your legacy?
JP – My children and a decent world for them to live and love in. • How did you came to photography? Always loved it, have been taking photos for as long as I could recall. I was in a weird no mans land for 6 years after finishing one career, I needed something that would drive me, sustain my family and fuel my creativity. I had no idea that would be photography.
MBW – What did you want to be growing up?
JP – Architect and Park Ranger.
MBW -What has been the most defining moment in your career?
JP – Learning that I have the confidence to believe in myself. Saying that I’m still constantly surprised at myself. A weird blend of insecurity and confidence.
MBW – Or do you feel there was a turning point, monumental time, or series of events in your life that you were felt as though you were on the right path in regards to your photography career that brought you to where you are now?
JP – Yeah I remember shooting 3 consecutive but vastly different weddings in my first year and being extremely happy with the results of each one.
MBW – Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
JP – The world around us, it never fails to inspire me.
MBW – Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?
JP – Myself and my family being happy, healthy and comfortable, that’s all I want.
MBW -What creative training do you do outside of your work?
JP – Music, books, art galleries, big walks in nature, podcasts, travel, friends.
MBW – How do you know what a piece of your work is finished and needs no additional work?
JP – Ha it’s never finished. But it’s a never ending battle between your own standards and that of your clients. It comes down to time and need.
MBW – What was your hardest/painful creative failure to deal with and what did it teach you?
JP – Probably getting turned down for membership to a national professional photography body. It made me focus on doing what I love and want to do, not what anyone else wants or expects me to do.
MBW – If you were no longer able to use a camera, how else would you express your creativity?
JP – Painting and music.
MBW – Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
JP – Yes and no. It’s massively important to know you’re not alone in the world, not the only one going through it all. On the flip side it’s easy to be consumed by feeling unworthy amidst a community of perceived legends.
MBW – Do you have any advice to share with people about the lifestyle of a wedding photographer?
JP – Yeah it’s a business not a hobby. Have integrity, be strong, be true, work hard, play harder, keep your eyes wide open and embrace the fear and remember it’s just photography.
MBW – Thank you so much for your time, it is always a pleasure to know more about awesome people and connecting with them.