As a child, I wanted to be many things when I grew up. A tennis player, a circus performer, a chef, a writer. While all of these things seem a little random, they all focus on one thing: entertaining and delighting people.
And while I never ended up in any of those career paths, I found an amazing life calling that does just that - and that calling was portrait photography.
I said it too: ‘I hate having my photo taken’.
When I hit university, however, my perspective changed. There was no choice but to be in front of the camera for small university assignments, and I began to embrace being in photographs because of it.
It hit home when my grandfather passed away, and I didn’t have any portraits of him. I felt ashamed that I had been studying a three-year photography course, and never once sat down with him to take his portrait.
Enough was enough. It was time for me to embrace photographs. A wake-up call that photographs go beyond ‘yourself’.
It is my belief that portraits increase self-esteem, create self-love and celebrate our beauty.
Not only this, but photographs are one of the single most important treasures that future generations will have of us.
Sitting on the floor of my parent’s living room, a cardboard box and old envelope in front of me. Sprawled out are dozens of small photos. Small enough to fit in the palm of my hand.
These were the memories of my Grandparents in their youth. And the everyday moments of their young family in suburbia.
Forming a connection to these lost moments was powerful – I felt connected to a history that I was never a part of, yet at the same time it seemed I always was.
I learnt the importance of capturing the now. The everyday. The people we love – together.
I’m so grateful for the opportunities people give me to capture their memories.
Based in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, I’m so lucky to be surrounded by trees, wildlife, mountains and my dogs. I have been so lucky to have worked out of my first studio in Lilydale, and now my current studio in Ringwood East.
When I’m not photographing, I’m spending time with my partner and our dog Felix. We both love to travel, visit new restaurants, and photograph the natural world.