Life isn’t always picture perfect. But I guarantee its defining moments are just as they’re meant to be.
I honed my craft shooting my cats and baby sister, before forcing my 110mm film camera into mum’s hands while I demonstrated my best poses, dressed in my Madonna T-shirt. I’d pore over images of Princess Diana, drinking in her poise, grace, and those incredible dresses. In my final years of high-school I upgraded to an SLR. Afternoons were lost to daydreams of my own darkroom, a portraiture studio, sell-out exhibitions and career highlights straight from the pages of my favourite photography magazines.
But life’s path zigged and zagged, and my dreams lay in waiting.
My 20s were consumed by an office job, a marriage and its consequent divorce. I backpacked away my 30s, living in Europe for many years and visiting more than 50 countries. Here, my love of photography once again tapped me on the shoulder, and a new love; my Aussie soul mate who I married in 2008.
Then, I became a mum.
There’s no doubt the torch I carried for photography was reignited by the arrival of my children. But the catalyst that transformed my hobby into the career I always dreamed of didn’t come without its challenges. I took just six months off work after the birth of each of my children, each time wishing with every fibre of my being that I could delay returning to my corporate job.
All I wanted to do was create.
When I engaged a local photographer for a family shoot, it immediately struck me that I deserved to feel as happy as her. Within days I booked into a newborn photography workshop and the rest, as they say, is history. Others say I’ve found my calling.
But I say it’s the way the universe had always intended for my story to unfold
I adore looking through pictures of my childhood – especially those with skewed expressions, or the tender moments caught when the guard is down. It’s my mission to make sure my children experience the same joy of photographs, so too the clients who invite me into their lives to capture their defining moments.
Preserved in the pages of our albums and wall art are memories and reminders of the path we’ve walked in this lifetime. Complete with delightful detours and deviations.
Smile, and trust you’re in the very place you’re meant to be. Let me capture you there. Yes, just like that. It’s perfect.