I find these things hard to write. How do I let you know about me in a few sentences? So I’ve decided that instead of explaining how I found my love for photography in some cliched way (I borrowed my mother’s camera on a holiday to Germany), how about I give you the real deal. Some raw facts on who I am as a person. I hope that reading this lets you get to know me better and you feel some kind of online connection to me.
I am 30 years old and was born into a big family where girl’s rule (and sometimes they drool)! I am the fourth of five girls and I take so much pride in my big family and everything it has taught me. All five of us sisters are very different in some aspects and then very similar in others, making each of us bond together in our own unique ways. We all grew up in a big brick house in Mackay, Queensland around the corner from the beach. I’m lucky that I get to go back home often for work.
I have my father’s sensitivity and my mothers creativity. I have my father’s affections and humour and my mother’s protectiveness and courage. I have my father’s uneven ears and squinty smile and my mother’s style. My parents are my favourite people in the whole world and I love that I can see a mix of them within myself.
I moved to Brisbane when I was 19, Hong Kong when I was 25 (but travelled around a lot because I wasn’t a big fan of the hectic city) and now I’m living in the trees, near the sea in northern NSW (near Coolangatta/Byron).
I’m a qualified Speech Pathologist – I studied for 5 years and worked for 6 months before taking the big scary leap to do photography full time.
I’m not doing a thing with my degree but it’s not really wasted because it was at college is where I met some of the most incredible humans in my life. So there’s the win.
A crooked horizon in a photograph annoys me a lot, so does listening to someone eat on the phone.
I am extremely punctual… it freaks me out. Sometimes I actually try to be late but that usually results in me arriving right on time.
I have the world’s cutest dog. Her name is Eadie (rhymes with needy – how fitting) and she is a red toy poodle. I spend more time with her than any other living thing, so we are pretty bloody attached.
My boyfriend, Boyd, is a fellow North Queenslander. He is genuine and loving and loyal and handsome and creative. We fell in love sooo quickly but nothing has felt more right.
I have the most fantastic best friends from all walks of life, that all give me something different. They’re my shining armour.
I love thrifting! I can spend an entire day going from thrift shop to thrift shop. I love buying things that have a story.
I have an incredible super-power of making people open up to me. I am also a vault and nonjudgemental.
I feel the cold really easily but I still don’t own any warm clothes. I struggle through winter and embrace the warmer months with as many adventures as I can.
I love picnics, arm tickles and guacomole.
I’m bloody good at Mario Kart – Yoshi is my man (lizard).
Give me the ocean in any country and I feel at home.
My favourite animals are dogs and orang-utans. I also love whales, elephants, dolphins, penguins, turtles, horses, giraffes and zebras etc etc! Massive animal lover.
I love to hug.
I love observing people’s mannerisms and I feel happy when people smile with their whole face.
I get a great thrill from scaring people. I find their reactions so damn hilarious. But don’t try and scare me, I hate that.
One day I hope to teach people what I know and mentor beginners. I often wished I had a mentor when I was starting out.
I love love. I often get a lump in my throat when I’m photographing weddings and I have cried a few times.
So hello, I’m glad you have found me and I would love to capture part of your story.