Born and raised in south east Queensland in a family of artists, creativity was ‘in the genes’ as they say. I had a wonderful childhood growing up in semi-rural farmland west of Brisbane with both parents working from home in their artistic pursuits and my older brother and I climbing some trees, eating fruit straight from other trees and generally enjoying the wide open spaces.
I have always loved photography from my first introduction using my Grandma’s Kodak 300 instamatic camera which took 126 film, and some rather ‘creative’ photos. Then, with great care, I was allowed to use Mum’s Canon T60 35mm film camera as a teenager. It was with the Canon T60 I received my first photographic award. I went on to study at Griffith University in a Bachelor of Creative Arts with majors in literature and visual art. While it wasn’t part of the course curriculum, there was a very brief opportunity to experience the photographic darkroom, and I jumped at it.
The pivotal moment in this journey was the arrival of the Nikon D40 digital SLR camera, and later the D700. With the DSLR I started to take photography a little more seriously, volunteering to photograph friend’s weddings, children, birthday parties, portraits and holiday destinations.
I decided photography was the career path I wanted to pursue and was accepted as a full time student at the Brisbane College of Photography and Art in Fortitude Valley. The course was intensive but I was able to reignite my love of the darkroom, working mostly with black and white film and enlargements and also E6 colour positive film processing. I mastered studio lighting both for portraits and also commercial products and generally improved my photography to a professional standard.
While I have thoroughly enjoyed photographing in the commercial and industrial sector, I absolutely love being able to capture precious moments in people’s lives. From newborns to weddings, I take the slice of life approach to capture that moment in life, unrehearsed and just how you experienced it.