I’m a small country town gal living in the ‘Big Smoke’, if you can call the beautiful Sutherland Shire that. The truth is, I never really knew what I wanted to do when I left school. My dad always told me I should work with computers, at the time i couldn’t think of anything worse but after realising ‘chef-life’ wasn’t all it was cracked up to be I decided to utilise my computer skills and studied Graphic Design at the CATC. Although I very quickly realised that my passions lay within retouching, It took a few years of graphic design work (and a big push from my very supportive now-husband) to take a plunge to focus on growing my skills as a professional retoucher.
The easiest way to get better, is with practise, so I purchased a very cheap, very nasty set of studio photography lights from ebay and away I went (they broke after 3 photoshoots in case you were wondering). I began shooting purely to become a better retoucher however it snowballed quite quickly & I was being asked to do photoshoots year round until I was booked up months in advance! Somewhere along the way i realised I actually really loved photography. I loved the creative aspect of putting together concepts and ideas, set design, styling, hair & make-up ideas, meeting with clients… and then there was the work of course. Sometimes feeling out-of-my-depth, yet always pulling through allowed me to grow and evolve to place i would never have expected.
I have since been running my photography business for 6 years specialising in alternative portrait photography…
So much has changed since the beginning of my story, I’m now married, have a beautiful family of my own, and as my memory starts to slip a little from time to time I realise just how precious the fleeting moments are and i’m passionate not let them slip away.
A lot of things became important once I entered this new life stage, one of which was to try and freeze all of their glistening stages, the way they smile, they way laugh, they way they hold you hand and give you ‘that’ gaze, that only you know.
Now more than ever, I understand the importance of having photos to remember all of the important stages we are lucky enough to experience in this one and only life. From Weddings, birthdays, engagements, pregnancy… I’m here to capture that, for you.
Featured images of my very own off-beat bride wedding shot by Alicia Lansdown Photography. Family photos by Sophie Lea Photography.