Clint discovered photography in his final year of high school and quickly became passionate about the process of making images. After a year building a portfolio, he applied and was accepted to the Carrington Polytechnic School of Design in Auckland where he studied all genres of photography before specializing in portraits and photo-documentary in his second year. His portfolio won Photography International Magazine’s ‘Hot Shot Student’ competition in 1996.
After graduating he began working on a freelance basis for magazines and suburban newspapers in Auckland before gaining a permanent position as a staff photographer for the new daily broadsheet newspaper the ‘Manukau Daily News’ in south Auckland. The paper ceased production in 1999 but on the strength of his work there he gained regular freelance work with the photo agency ‘Fotopress’ and the country’s largest newspaper ‘The New Zealand Herald’. At 23, he was the youngest photographer on staff and featured in the Qantas Media awards book in 2000.
He continued to do a wide range of assignments for magazines such as ‘North & South’ (documentary/current affairs), ‘New Zealand Listener’ (documentary/current affairs), ‘Trends’ magazines (Achitectual/Interiors), ‘Pacific Wave’ (documentary/editorial), and ’CIO’ magazine (Corporate portraiture) as well as contributing his landscape work to stock libraries with images on loan in New York and London.
After learning to fly in 2000 and 2001, his life changed direction and he pursued a career in aviation that saw him travel to Canada to fly for a small airline before returning to New Zealand in 2005. He is now with Air New Zealand flying the Boeing 777.
In recent years he has travelled to Thailand, Morocco and China and shown that his eye for strong composition, mastery of the technicalities of photography and flair for interacting with and capturing people from all walks of life has never left him. Clint’s ability to produce images with energy and movement has won him praise from editors of magazines and newspapers as well as from wedding clients. His re-entry into the world of commercial photography came in 2011 and he is now an active contributor to magazines and covers weddings internationally and in New Zealand.