This interview was originally published on Redbull.com. You can see it here..

“Swimming with sharks” – three words that, when combined, most people don’t like the sound of. But, as this incredible clip attests, they’re three words that Lee Burghard and the team at Wild Shutter Imaging have absolutely no fear of.

Specialising in underwater filmmaking and photography, Lee and co. are no strangers to jumping in the water with a bunch of things with teeth. But they’re not phased by it.

Paradise Found: Moments from Tiger Beach was shot at Tiger Beach near Grand Bahama Island, in the Bahamas. The spot is famous for its Tiger Shark population but is also home to Lemon Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks and Nurse Sharks, among others. We caught up with Lee to find out more about his out-of-the-ordinary 9-5.

Your website says you focus on ‘aquatic life’, ‘night skies’ and ‘nature landscapes’ – what is it about the natural world that inspires you to try and capture it on camera?

I’ve always felt this connection to something much greater than myself – especially when I’m underwater diving or out exploring in the natural world. The experiences and moments I had in these places were often hard to put into words, but with a camera in my hands all of that began to change. Filmmaking and photography gave me an opportunity to try and capture those experiences and share them with others.

For me, nothing compared to the that total sense of freedom and adventure I experienced when I was out on the ocean diving and filming. I decided to pursue my dream job, launched Wild Shutter Imaging back in 2014, and haven’t looked back since. I wake every day and go to work doing something that I absolutely love.

Where has your work taken you? Do you have any favourite shoot locations or experiences?

I’ve been fortunate that my work has taken me to so many beautiful places. I’ve been able to dive and film in a variety of locations across the Caribbean, Bahamas, French Polynesia, Micronesia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Each place has had its own unique marine habitat, environment, and local culture to experience, so picking a favourite is difficult.

If I had to choose one, it would be probably be Palau – a small chain of green mushroom shaped islands located in Micronesia. The amount of marine diversity there is truly stunning. Colourful reefs covered in hard and soft corals, jellyfish lake, manta rays, giant schools of fish and dozens of reef sharks on just about any dive…Palau is very special place.

Tell me more about Paradise Found – the clip is very cool. Most people wouldn’t be caught dead in the water with all those sharks. Was it safe?

Thank you! Paradise Found is a short film series we’ve begun shooting that highlights some of our favourite remote scuba diving destinations around the world and what we love about them. The short film “Paradise Found: Moments from Tiger Beach” highlights an area near West End off Grand Bahama called Tiger Beach.

Tiger beach in particular is a really unique place because of the diversity in sharks we see. During our dive trip there we had four different species of sharks including Lemon sharks, Nurse Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, and the famous Tiger Sharks. It’s a very safe and well run dive operation by Reefhunter and a good friend of mine Michael Dornellas.

You were swimming with bull and tiger sharks, right? Aren’t they supposed to be some of the most aggressive?

Sharks often get a bad rap with humans as being aggressive, deadly, or man-eaters, but as you can see from the video that was certainly not the case. Their behaviour towards our small group of divers was nothing but calm and graceful throughout the entire dive.

Globally, sharks are being killed and fished out an unsustainable rate primarily due to the shark fin trade in South East Asia. I think dives like this are great ways for shifting peoples misconstrued beliefs about these animals and creating advocates interested in the preservation of sharks within our oceans.

What does the majority of your work actually consist of? How do you guys make a crust?

We specialize in offering underwater video production services for marine environments and wildlife. Since we started in 2014, we’ve helped create films for all kinds of projects ranging from documentaries, tourism promos, and marine conservation just to name a few.

We believe in creativity and focus on applying an artistic approach to all of our work. That combined with a commitment to delivering a fun, professional, and personalized experience to our clients are the essential tools behind our growing business and success.

What’s the most difficult thing about what you do?

In my experience, I think that the most challenging aspect of this type of profession is that it’s all about continued growth and creativity. I find that I’m constantly pushing myself to try something new, unique, and different with my work. I try and look at every new project and challenge as an opportunity to further enhance my skills.

What’s the most difficult thing about what you do?

In my experience, I think that the most challenging aspect of this type of profession is that it’s all about continued growth and creativity. I find that I’m constantly pushing myself to try something new, unique, and different with my work. I try and look at every new project and challenge as an opportunity to further enhance my skills.

Do you have any advice for anyone who might want to get into a similar line of work as you?

More general advice than anything. It’s easy to get stuck into job that you’re not happy with because it “pays the bills” or is where all your experience or education lies. Instead I would say pursue what your passionate about, whatever that may be, and remember that you can always make changes anytime in your life.

If you can get up every morning and go to work at a job that you really love, everything else will fall into place because you’ll be putting your heart into it.

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