Photography has been a passion for Brendan for more than 20 years. Since the age of 18 he has been involved in the photographic industry. For the past 10 years Brendan has also been heavily involved in the retail side of photography. Having started with Camera House in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne, Brendan relocated to Ocean Grove in 2006 to start a family and concentrate on his photography. Within weeks of relocating, he started selling his photos at local Bellarine Peninsula markets and via his website. It was then he approached Camera House in Geelong for a retail sales position and given his experience from the high pressure selling environment at the Melbourne store, he was offered the position on the spot. Within 2 years, Brendan had become the manager of Geelong Camera House, a position he held for 4 years.
Ocean Grove Camera & Photo was born out of Brendan’s desire to work in the town he loves to call home. An opportunity arose to establish his own photographic specialty store in the heart of the area he loves to photograph.
“While selling camera gear in larger cities has kept me busy, there will be nothing to compare to selling products in the area they will actually be used most. My customers will be able come to me for advice and feedback anytime they like. I encourage that. Also, having the ability to shoot the sunrise over Main Beach in Ocean Grove and have that photo hanging on the wall by sunset, gives my customers a new way to unleash their creativity.” – Brendan Waites.
Brendan’s photography has made it into homes around the world and he continues to capture stunning imagery most notably from his own backyard. He is proudly displaying a range of his own photos in his new store. Furthermore, Brendan is now imparting his knowledge onto his customers by offering a wide range of photography workshops in-store and on location.
It’s clear that Brendan has a drive to share his passion for what he does. A drive he hopes will inspire his customers to create some beautiful photography for themselves.