I'm both a coffee and a tea drinker who also loves a smooth gin and tonic. I love candles, cozy blankets, good books and open fires. In winter I live in either uggs or gumboots and I struggle in the heat, unless I'm lying by a pool. My favourite food is a creamy gnocchi but I also love sushi and good Thai curry. Indoor shopping centres are my worst nightmare and I adore travelling.
Prior to becoming a photographer I served with Victoria Police for almost 15 years, first in uniform then later as a specialist detective working with vulnerable and child victims. It turns out this was a good training ground for photographing families as I learnt to quickly develop rapport, to take in the scene before me, to take charge of chaos and to make quick decisions. Therefore emotional toddlers, stroppy teens and large and loud extended families do not scare me in the slightest.
I want you and your family to come as you are and just be yourselves, however that looks. If you are awkward, that's ok. If you are a bit of a dag or a dork, know that I am too. If you quirky or a little offbeat, that is the story we will tell. If you are nervous I will help calm your jitters. If your kids are wild I will embrace and work with it. If your family dynamic is tricky I will accommodate it. Your photos will capture what makes you uniquely you with no pressure to be anything you aren't. They will show your connection and not just what it looks like to be in your family, but more importantly, what it feels like.
My style of photography has been shaped by my parenting journey. I didn't set out to be one but my daughter's temperament saw me become an attachment parent. I always knew being in nature was good for little children but my appreciation of this has grown with each passing year. I used to worry about stains on clothes but these days my kids are often barefoot and grubby. I have learnt to sit back and let their play be child-led and I now love nothing more than watching them exploring and assessing and taking risks. It never fails to amaze me how much entertainment and joy they can get from playing with sticks and stones and hunting for bugs.
I feel blessed everyday to call this place home.
I feel so privileged that I get to share the beautiful forests and gardens of the Dandenongs with my clients. Whether local or from the suburbs, I love taking families on an outdoor adventure, even if only for an hour.