Three boys, two cameras and a laugh that scares cats from a room.
Yes, that’s me. Just as I love to take the time to find out about your individual quirks, traits and talents, I thought I might share some of mine with you. After all, I do love a good story (and don’t worry about the laughing bit, it can be controlled when required).
Describe your photography adventure so far. I was fortunate enough to receive my grandmother’s camera as a gift when I was 7, after she passed away. I was fascinated with a little box that could record images forever. So I used it to photograph all things I didn’t want to forget.
I got my first real camera at age 16, a Pentax K1000. I loved it. I became known to be shoving it in anyone’s faces who would let me and learned the lost art of manual film photography. It’s funny, my son found some old negatives in a photo album recently and I had to explain what they were to him as he had never seen them before!
I went on to study photography at art school for 5 years. I have always been drawn to photojournalism and spent my early years working on photography projects for publications. I eventually became a portrait photographer for a commercial studio, but always photographed weddings for friends and family on the side. I worked out a little while ago that I actually enjoyed the latter much more, and have pursued it ever since.
Now, I love everything about digital photography. My early years in film and traditional methods taught me the essentials of good photography, but now with digital equipment, Photoshop and all of the other programs available, I am limited only by my own imagination.
Although I have taken a few different career paths over the years, I can’t seem to shake the creativity bug – or rather, it won’t let go of me. And that’s where I am now, back to where it all began.
What is a lesson you have learned in your photography adventures so far? Although planning for a shoot is essential, often when you divert from it is when the magic happens.
What do you most enjoy photographing? People. And I love project-based work. I love having my own ‘mission’ on any shoot I am on, whether that be to capture a particular characteristic of a person, to convey a feeling or mood, or to tell a story. At the moment, weddings are the best platform for me to do that.
Most memorable moment at a wedding? Probably at my own wedding in 2013, when my husband and I orchestrated and successfully carried out our own secret mission – a flash mob of about 50 friends and cousins to surprise our guests. It was epic.
When you aren’t photographing weddings, what do you do? I spend my hours being a mum, educating children and teenagers, reading about art and design, playing tennis and eating chocolate.
What’s your typical Saturday night? If I’m not out catching up with friends or family, I’m taking our dog Vinnie for a walk, then curling up on the couch with my other half, our boys, some ice cream and an episode of Modern Family.
Where is your favourite place in the world? Sitting at the Buza Bar in Dubrovnik, Croatia and watching the sunset over the Adriatic Sea. Magic.
If you weren’t a photographer what would you be? A pilot. However if I didn’t have adult responsibilities and bills to pay, then I would be a wanderer. I would be exploring the world, meeting new people and listening to their stories.