Tom Rex Jessett | T-Rex Photography
Tom Rex Jessett is a driven freelance photographer - addicted to travelling the world and capturing its beauty
Hi, I'm Tom! The guy who takes the photographs - thanks for stopping by my website.
I live and work from my home on the North Shore in Auckland, New Zealand. I feel blessed to be living in one of the most beautiful countries on the planet as New Zealand has always held a very special place in my heart. Originally from Britain, I've predominantly been living overseas since 2010. Visiting over 30 countries in that time frame has taught me many valuable life lessons, given me the opportunity to learn and share different cultures and values, as well as gaining a vast appreciation for the finer side of planet earth.
Known as 'T-Rex' to many of my friends, I have always had an interest in photography. However, since buying a compact DSLR in 2012, my interest developed into a passion. Having worked my way quickly through camera systems from a Panasonic Lumix to a Canon crop sensor, it wasn't long before their limits were reached and the obvious jump to full frame came. I now shoot with a top-of-the-line Canon 5D Mark III, a low light powerhouse that complements and aids in achieving the visions that I want to portray. Along with Professional Canon L series lenses and a combination of Nisi filters, I take having the right equipment for the job very seriously -- if you want to create consistently strong work that can deliver time and time again, you have to invest in the right equipment for the task at hand.
My passion for photography grew at the same time as the rise of the social media platform, Instagram. With a keen interest in social media, I was soon hooked to the platform -- a fundamental part of the growth in my photography has come from the inspirations and willingness to succeed on Instagram. As my interest in photography grew, along with my interest in sharing with others -- it certainly wasn't an instant success story -- but, as skills and style developed over time, so did the recognition. Now I am recognised as a valued member of the Instagram community with an engaged and fast growing follower base with my @trex.photography brand.
A rise in the ranks on Instagram has led to many opportunities being presented to me to promote and educate people via social media -- notably in the tourism and destination marketing industry within Australia and New Zealand.
I have also found time to work with a charity through my photography addiction. In March 2015 I took an ambassadorial role with This World Exists, an education charity that is helping change lives in the developing world. I now use my travel stories and photography to help propel This World Exists' ideas into reality. In September 2016 I volunteered on my first adventure with the charity in Cambodia and in 2017 I will be going one step further and leading groups in Nepal.
As a self taught photographer, I am always learning -- everyday's a school day after all. With this attitude, I continue to develop new techniques and I am continually pushing myself to improve. As part of my T-Rex Photography image, I have always believed that photography should be shared and enjoyed by anybody who is interested. With photography being a common hobby among professionals and amateurs alike, I have, therefore, always been keen to help others develop their own skills, which led to the development of my photography workshops.
When I'm not photographing, I like to unwind with a coffee or have a social beer with friends. Travelling has always been the main past-time and I particularly love hiking!
If you want to say Hi, send me an email!
T-Rex Photography Partners
This World Exists - Charity Ambassador | www.thisworldexists.org
Official NZ Nisi Filters Ambassador and Reseller | www.nisifilters.co.nz
Supported by Kathmandu Gear & Olympus Australia