Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

{ on the Wedding Man} {Nigel Views Weddings Differently to Others}; Chronicle Journalist TONI MCRAE Looks at the Professional Life of Nigel Kilpatrick

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

{ on the Wedding Man} {Nigel Views Weddings Differently to Others}; Chronicle Journalist TONI MCRAE Looks at the Professional Life of Nigel Kilpatrick

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Byline: Toni McRae

It's time to focus on 5000 weddings any afternoon or evening soon, close on half a century of pointing the lens, and scores of important top flight cameras - and that's the story of Nigel Kilpatrick.

Or a smidgeon of it.

The Maryborough-born photographer recalls that when entering high school at the age of 12 and while doing a sub-junior exam (Year 9) he watched his teacher Wally Morgan twirling a black tank.

"I think I passed the exam but I remembered asking Mr. Morgan, 'Now Wally, what are you doing? He replied, 'Developing a film'."

In high school Nigel bought his first camera from Woolworths, a Hong Kong 126 that cost 1 shilling.

"It went with me everywhere in those days. My photos were printed by Kingstons and by Roy Hastings, who later on played a large part of sourcing photo equipment to start me out in my career."

Nigel was born to be a photographer.

"Immediately after questioning my teacher, Wally Morgan, I had to try making pictures and needed a better camera. I saw a Ziess Ikon in Don Bow's second-hand in Adelaide Street, for 10 pound, which was a lot of money in those days.

"I badgered my mum for the money and finally won and I was on my way.

"While doing my senior (Year 10) exams, two jobs came up - one with SEQ8 TV and one with Repco traders ACS.

"Along with classmate John Heselwood, we both applied for both. I got Repcos and that led to my interest in cars for the past 30 years. Johno got the TV position and went on to be head of Channel 9 News and the winner of many awards.

"I had already taken another path. At age 13 I did my first wedding in July of 1963. The couple were Alan and Maureen Underwood, nee Dingle, and the wedding was in St Mary's in Maryborough.

"Between my paper run from Grant's Newsagency, my job at Repco and photography, my boss gave me the choice to work for him or photography and you know what my answer was. …

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