Chris Jansen is our photographer for the 2017 whale shark season. Our season is about to start, EKEKEKEKEKKKKKKK on the 26 March and it seemed fitting to highlight the Live Ningaloo crew for anyone interested.
When I asked Chris how he came here – I received a chronological account from when he met Kerry, his lovely wife, to now. He peppered in his funny (dry and very humorous) along the way, but I learnt five things straight away:
1. Kerry drags him to the adventures – more on that in a moment
2. He’s had a variety of experiences – we will take the liberty and say, Thanks, Kerry!
3. He’s thorough
4. He likes learning
5. He wants to help people
The funniest bit of the entire afternoon for me was learning his reason for getting a teaching degree. He told me he already had an IT degree and stayed longer to get his teaching certificate because he wanted to spend more time with Kerry – his girlfriend, now wife…Chris is like that, though, once he makes a decision, he’s in.
Through all his stories, the phrase, “I just wanted to help him” or “They just needed a bit of help” kept popping up. When I asked Chris about his goals, he said, “I don’t have any, I just want to have diverse experiences, continue to improve my photography, and help people. I think helping people keeps you mentally fit and healthy.”
Internally I jumped for joy because the gut check we took when we hired Chris came full circle at that moment – we chose right. Helping people out is what Murray and I just do, and it's great to have someone on your team whose caring chip is alive, well, and active – he’s part of the club already! Yahoo.
Serious note, though – Chris is no joke – he was exposed (ha) to photography at a young age. The adventures he’s has taken with Kerry have given him the opportunity to continue to hone his craft all around the world, and he’s now dedicated himself full time in 2017 with us in tow – we are excited to share the journey with him.
When I asked him what advice he would give travellers coming to the area, he said, “it depends on what type of person they are” I’m smiling thinking inside, another great answer…he gave some pointers, but wanted me to make sure to note that this is what he would do:
1. Get out and see some whale sharks :0)
2. Rent a car; you need to be able to get out of the town, enjoy the west side
3. Go camping in the National Park
4. Rent a paddle board
I can’t possibly pack Chris into one blog post. He has depth that goes beyond the 600 words I try to keep these suckers to each week. Hopefully, it piques your interest to dig in and get to know him a bit whilst on our tour.
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Chris’ dad, Jack is a fine art land based photographer, and you can learn about Jack on the Coiro Bay Camera Club website.
He originally came to Exmouth WA in 2009 and spent a fair bit of that year obtaining his dive masters and enjoying the area. He and Kerry decided they had to come back, LUCKY US!
He’s diligent and patient with his craft, spending gobs of time in winter water in Victoria to get the captures of a lifetime.
He loves teaching, especially teaching photography. He is keen to give anyone pointers and learn from others as well – Exmouthian’s this means you!
When he was teaching IT and Maths to school aged children, he made a point to show that being a well-rounded person with diverse experiences is important. Enter – nerd + dive master + photography lover = awesome sauce.
He was the only individual who contacted us and asked to have a conversation with us before sending in his resume. He stuck out to both Murray and I because he took the time to learn about Live Ningaloo, and he wanted us to know him a bit before asking for a job – it left a massive impact on us. We are lucky we nabbed him for the season, and we hope that you continue to follow his work, he’s a star!