Cover Story from November
2014 Issue of Darwin Life Mag:
At some stage, we have all viewed our life’s lot as a fickle friend. Living to work or working to live is a question many of us struggle to answer. Some of us hold on to dreams to one day pluck up the courage to say goodbye to the daily grind and show the world what living your passion is really about. But the thin line between taking action to fulfill lifelong dreams and facing the daunting grips of reality can be enough to make anyone bury their head in the latest staff meeting minutes.
What makes Northern Territory photographer George Fragopoulos so successful is that he gave his ‘dream job’ a shot and has never looked back. ‘Challenging but fulfilling is a good way to describe it. Not many people know that I am actually also a registered Chiropractor’ says George.
Many people in Darwin now know George as the mastermind behind the lens and responsible for many sought-after wedding, portrait, and corporate photos. Now operating a successful studio under the newly branded George F Photography, George is also an Australian Institute of Professional Master Photographer.
Starting his early years in Darwin and later moving to Melbourne, George found his calling in a photography class at high school. As he grew older, the vision to establish himself as a professional photographer was a natural progression. But many people warned him that the path less traveled often ends in failure. In short, the statistics on the amount of photographers who actually make a full-time living operating solo painted a grim tale for young George. ‘I decided to get a real job and liked helping people, the life of a Chiropractor seemed like a pretty good fit,’ explains George.
Throughout University, George continued his love for a great photo working with Melbourne-based XSiGHT Photography and Video. Growing his skills under the guise of a hobby, George assisted world-renowned photographers Jerry and Nick Ghionis.