Peter Mckinnon is a Canadian photographer. He was a normal guy like any of us with a fancy childhood. During his early teenage he was gifted a camera as part of the marriage of his sister. He after taking his first shot in that camera was mind blown seeing the photo. He started moving around his neighborhood and started clicking more photos.
One day his friend Mike showed him a digital SLR and removed the lens from the camera and showed him how the mirror flips inside the digital SLR. He started saving money and bought exact same model of camera. Then he joined a stock website and started making money from stock photos. But at the same time, he thinks himself as a great photographer until he went to a small camera shop for a job. He had great landscapes in his portfolio but had less knowledge in the gears and products used in photography. He was asked what a light meter was and had no answer for the question.
On that same day he found that a great photo is not something that he takes by just pressing the shutter button of his camera. He went and started finding more about photography and more knowledge just made him confused. He started working for some photographers. He learned so much from these works. He decided to become a full-time photographer. He was obsessed with shooting mountains. He says that the mountains call him to take a photo of them, he also finds the true meaning of his life in those mountains when he is alone in the silence of those mountains.
During his childhood, his parents took him to the Moraine lake in Canada. He had no knowledge until then there was a place that beautiful. He after returning from the trip always wanted to go back to the place and want to take a photograph of Moraine lake and he made that his bucket list shot. Years later he went back to the place and took a shot of Moraine lake surrounded with the snowy mountains and that was his most favorite shot he captured in his entire photography career.
One day he got a call from his manager/friend that his Moraine lake photo will be printed into a 30$ Canadian coin. Also, the coin will be a limited edition one. That was something that he couldn’t even imagine.
Today he is a famous photographer with brand collaborations and photography gears made in his name.
I choose Peter Mckinnon for this post because he is a true inspiration towards anyone who want to excel as a photographer. Also, many of us can relate easily with Peter Mckinnon. He was a normal guy who struggled to become the level of greatness he is today. I always find answers for my photography queries in a video he posted in his YouTube channel.
Do check his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3DkFux8Iv-aYnTRWzwaiBA. Great channel with a lot of helpful videos for anyone who want to take their photography to next level.