Why I am a photographer
I suspect I became a photographer from seeds planted long before I seriously picked up a camera. I remember my family always taking photos as a child and every holiday would involve a video of our adventures. Holding onto memories from my life has been such an important goal, so much so I have attended Neuro Programming courses. Looking back, it is no surprise that I wanted to hold these memories and images of my childhood exploring the world, fix them in a way I could point to and say “look, isn’t this amazing?”.
My first real appreciation of my photography came many years after starting. At first, I kept doing it because I enjoyed it, enjoyed the memories being captured, enjoyed creating beauty. Studying it highschool, I was lucky enough to learn the ‘old school’ way of film photography and film development. The smell of the darkroom chemicals and the hands on approach to making this art I loved was immensely enjoyable. One day, my science teacher had posted on the school noticeboard he was selling his Pentax film camera, macro lense, 35mm lense and a few filters to go with. Through my excitement and joy, my grandmother gave me the money to buy my first real camera. From there started my journey into photography and seeing the world in a whole new light.
My motivations have not changed much since then. Fashion and wedding photography became for me a great combination of things I loved–– beautiful people and locations, loving to tell stories and a fascination with holding onto memories. Wedding photography met many of those interests. My other interest in fashion meshes well with the fact that photography has always been involved in the most trend setting fashion designers of its time. Constantly having inspiration to shoot such unique images has pushed me to creating, making and telling stories that have been untold.
Photography became a career for me as life had a way of changing paths without knowledge or planning. I married my amazing husband in 2010 and found myself moving interstate nearly every year for his work which meant my other career goals of being a dance teacher had to be sidelined. However I realised when it came to a turning point in my career, that one constant skill, love, dare I say ‘drug’ I was addicted to was photography.
I’ve always been pleased and flattered when people spend their money to hire me for their wedding or fashion work. It is gratifying to earn my living from doing what I love to do. Of course, much of my time is spent doing email, on the phone, in meetings and planning various projects, but the photography is the core reason behind it all.
My photography is my life’s work, and I plan on making the most of what I love to do. Not many people in this world have the opportunity to discover what makes them ‘tick’. I am very lucky and honoured that what I do contributes to other people’s happiness and memories also!