If you've clicked your way to this page, I guess you want to know a bit more about me and how I work. Here goes...
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), Master of Business (Public Relations), MPRIA
I got my first camera in: 1988 (so I could take photos at the cricket!)
Photography has been part of my job since: 1995
Style: Photojournalistic, elegant, romantic, timeless and fun (but not kitsch). Most albums are a mixture of photojournalistic (candid) and directed images.
Service area: We're based in Brisbane, but cover the area from Byron Bay to Noosa, including hinterland areas like Mt Tamborine, Samford, Maleny and Montville, at no extra charge to our clients. We're happy to travel further if you're happy to pay basic travel costs.
How did you get into photography?: I worked as a journalist for six years and took the majority of the photos that accompanied my stories. I got to work with some of the best photojournalists in the country and they were generous enough to share their knowledge and teach me how to take great photos. I also did a couple of TAFE courses to boost my technical knowledge and hone my practical camera skills. In 2000, I worked for an online women's magazine and spent a lot of time learning the art of digital photo editing. When you spend hours every month retouching photos of models, actors and other celebrities for ads, fashion spreads and gossip pages, Photoshop becomes your best friend! When I eventually made the jump from news to public relations, I continued taking and editing photos for publication, this time in magazines, brochures, posters, reports, displays and websites. I started photographing weddings in 2005 - more by accident than design. I took some photos at a friend's wedding, and she liked them better than the shots taken by the photographer she hired. The rest, as they say, is history!
Why do you do it?: Because I love it! I'm rarely without a camera in my hand and have always enjoyed documenting life as it unfolds around me - whether that's parties with friends, the antics of my puppy, people walking down the aisle, the arrival of a new baby, a beautiful landscape discovered while away on holiday, or a day out at the cricket or school camp when I was a kid - I'd be the one snapping away with the camera. I'm also passionate about helping people look their best in photographs and I think that is something everyone wants from their wedding or portrait photographer! When I'm shooting a wedding, I'm always looking at ways to use different angles, lighting and composition techniques to bring out the best in people and capture the emotion - the essence - of the occasion and everyone involved.
What equipment do you use?: I'm a Canon fan, so it's Canon 5D's all the way with me! I always have at least two professional camera bodies with me during a wedding (usually three - better safe than sorry), as well as six different lenses and two flash units. At most weddings I'm probably carrying around about $15,000 worth of gear. That way I'm prepared for just about any technical problem or lighting situation that might crop-up.
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