I’m Christian. I’m the guy behind Paper Bear. I grew up in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs as a first generation Australian. My parents arrived by boat from Egypt in the 60’s.  I love Melbourne, I reckon it is the best city in the world.

I’ve always been interested in photography. I remember as a kid sneaking into my dad’s wardrobe to steal his camera so I could pretend to take photos. 

That was a long time ago but the obsession is still real. At parties in my heyday I was always the one that would have a camera with them and would stop mid conversation to take a shot.

These days life has changed and my hard drive is filling much faster with family photos than it is with party shots. But now I’ve got the best job in the world of sharing my passion for photography with my own kids.

my life in one photo

my life in one photo

Some random stuff about me

  • I’m married to an absolute rock star Mel, she is a legend. I literally wouldn’t survive without her. 

  • We have two boys and are expecting our third little person very soon.

  • I grew up on rad TV shows like Seinfeld and The Simpsons.

  • I love coffee - life feels better after coffee. 

  • I don’t like rules. I like to challenge myself to break them and see what happens.

  • I hate anchovies. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to eat them. Hair and salty slime is the worst food combination. 

  • I love the sound of vinyl - my favourite record would be NWA Straight Outta Compton.

  • I drive a 1970s Datsun that is loud and blue. I like old cars.

  • I’ll literally do anything for the best photo - I regularly wake up at 5am to shoot at first light. One of the best experiences you can have as a photographer is being awake while a whole city sleeps and you watch something rad like a sunrise above the Acropolis in Athens.

Acropolis at sunrise

Acropolis at sunrise

Becoming a wedding photographer

About 10 years ago I got my first DSLR camera. Mel bought it and I hijacked it. It triggered something for me and I became obsessed. People would joke with Mel “does Chris ever let you use your camera?”. Since then I have taken hundreds of thousands of photos and I am still obsessed.

When Mel and I got married we had so much fun with our wedding photographer and ended up referring her on to all of our friends and family getting married - she became a regular fixture at weddings we attended and a good friend of ours. I asked her one day if I could help shoot her next wedding. She was awesome and said yes.

I realised I was not helping her as much as she was teaching me. I had heaps to learn! Wedding photography, like anything you want to be excellent at, is about practice and working hard. I’ve learnt so much since then and today I have Paper Bear and I get to have fun shooting unreal weddings.

Photography has taken me all over the world and I just love it.

Waiting for a rock star couple outside  The Bakers Wife , Camberwell,Victoria

Waiting for a rock star couple outside The Bakers Wife, Camberwell,Victoria