Amanda LaporeWe’ve all heard stories of how online communities can impact people’s lives, like connecting with long lost friends, finding love, landing a new job, making business deals, etc. Recently something exciting happened to a friend of mine and all because of the power of tagging on social media.

My good friend Nathan, a finance manager for a leading retail chain, recently got invited to attend a swimwear photo shoot for DNA magazine at the Ivy pool bar in Sydney.

Not one to miss the opportunity of half-naked models, Nathan took along his trusty everyday digital camera. Excited about some of the shots and the great time he had, he promptly posted the photos to his Facebook page and diligently tagged the organiser, photographer and models.

I must admit when I saw the shots I thought they were taken by a professional photographer and was pleased when Nathan told me he had taken them himself.

I was even more pleased when Nathan told me he was asked by Unseen TV to photograph Amanda Lepore, European transsexual icon and entertainer, at the opening of the club Nevermind.

Luckily Nathan’s father is something of a photography buff and was able to lend Nathan his heavy duty Canon Eos 1D camera. So not only did he look the part, he produced some pretty good photography too.

Check out Nathan’s photo shoots.

So Nathan has gone from a few happy snaps during a casual afternoon of cocktails and swimsuit models by the pool, to the opening of a hot club, photographing a high profile entertainer for an online entertainment video network, in the space of two weeks because he tagged the right people!

Since then, Nathan has been inundated with requests for him to photograph numerous events, including the DNA magazine Christmas party.  

Here’s to Nathan’s transformation from accountant to photographer to the stars! At least I’ll be able to say I knew him when ….