Mining Photography was established in 2005 to service the growing demand for professional photographic services in the harsh and remote mining sites in northern regions of Western Australia. Our staff are experienced in the mining and resource sector and more importantly, enjoy the remote locations where this sector of commercial photography sends them.
Our core staff have been involved in mining and minerals processing for 20+ years and are familiar with the expectations of working in potentially dangerous and sensitive environments when undertaking assignments in the mining and resource sector.
Andrew Cutten – Photographer / Manager
Born and raised in Western Australia’s goldfields region, Andrew is familiar with all aspects of mining, having studied at Curtin’s Western Australian School of Mines (WASM), Kalgoorlie campus. The indoor outdoor work balance and the exposure to computer aided design (CAD), something of a new technology back in the 90’s, was the initial attraction in plotting this career path.
Sporting opportunites saw Andrew relocate to Perth, which invoked a shift in his career. With a strong civil background, Andrew moved into a Civil Designer role, later to become a Design Office Manager, working on large infrastructure projects for the likes of Rio Tinto, BHPB, FMG and Roy Hill during Western Australia’s mining boom. During this period, Andrew founded the Mining Photography business to help fuel his passion for photography, whilst also filling a gap within the photography market.
Andrew’s thirst for knowledge, and love of technology has seen Mining Photography and its clients benefit through the addition of the cutting edge technologies in the photographic world. Andrew has 20 years experience within the mining industry and eight years experience as a commercial photographer, being an accredited professional photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). Andrew’s personal work can be viewed on his andrewcutten.com website.
Bill Cutten – Photographer
Photography is not new for Bill, with his father earning an income as a commercial photographer back in the late 60’s, though the his taste for this career path did not evenuate until 2005.
Having moved from his home state of Victoria back in the early 1970’s, Bill travelled west, and soon found work in Western Australia’s goldfields. A surveying role with Barrier Exploration followed by five years at Anaconda Australia gave way to coastal employment in the town of Esperance working for the then Esperance Port Authority (now Esperance Port Sea & Land). Thirty two years at the port saw Bill service a number of roles, including that of Operations Manager, Risk Manager and from the 2005 onwards, their in-house photographer. So commenced Bill’s creative new career into commercial photography.
At Mining Photography, Bill is our expert when it comes to photographing projects from the air, having developed a selection of camera mounts and mounting devices to assist in getting the perfect shot. With his camera of choice being Canon’s EOS 5D MkIII, Bill is no stranger to the latest technologies on offer.
If Bill’s not capturing the next significant construction project in WA’s goldfields region, he’s more than likely capturing a local sporting event, be it a triathlon or the little athletics. Photography is one of Bill’s passions, as is his continued contribution to the Goldfields community.
We’re proud to be associated with the Australian Institue of Professional Photographers (AIPP).
“An accredited professional photographer is someone who consistently produces great images, and, someone who is prepared to ensure they are properly trained, they understand the importance of investing in their photographic education, and someone who constantly improves by submitting their work for peer assessment.”
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When it comes to hardware, we predominantly utilise Canon camera bodies and lenses for the image quality, ease of use, and build strength. With its high shutter count rating and rugged build, the 5D mkII (20+ megapixels) is currently our camera body of choice for our time-lapse rigs, with the 5D mkIII a favourite amongst our photographers for its performance in low lighting conditions.
Quality imagery starts with quality equipment, and that’s why were proud to use the hardware of the these reputable companies.
Gone are the days of simply processing a roll of film and delivering these images to the client. With the advent of the digital SLR and the continued developments in the digital world, a professional photographer now requires a suite of software to stay competitive in the modern world in deliverying high quality products to their clients. Our workflows have been refined over time to produce the best possible output for our clients. Our current suite of software includes:
Adobe Creative Suite PhotoNinja Quicktime Pro LR Timelapse Final Cut Pro i1 Profiler
Systems and Procedures
With a strong background in the mining and resource industry, both operational and construction, our systems are built about reliability, efficiency, quality and the elimination/reduction of risk whilst performing a task. We employ this philosophy on all aspects of a project, be it in the field, or at the post processing work station.
We plan so that your job is executed safely and efficiently.