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 am constantly shoving my hair back in a topknot. 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.
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.