*The photography in this post was some of my work back in high school.
I've always been a creative. As a little girl I would be drawing, sewing, gardening, basically anything I could create with my hands. I even used to create skin potions from squashed flower petals that I would yank out of my Nana’s garden. I’m not sure what first drew me to photography, I would always buy magazines for the pictures rather than the articles. I do feel a photograph is worth a thousand words and personally get moved (like an inner tug of my body) by imagery. To me it’s a way of communication, to tell a story and take that viewer on a journey. That is the ultimate goal, if you can make the viewer feel some sort of emotion by looking at your work, then you’ve achieved your purpose.
After high school I continued painting and sewing in my spare time, but put the camera down as I went on to get a 'real job' and studied a Bachelor of Nursing. After finishing, I knew deep down that something was missing, being a creative was a part of me and so was photography. I made the decision to go back and studied a Bachelor of Photography at Queensland College of the Arts. I received an award for my graduate folio and at last minute bailed out of my honours year to go travel Europe.
From this point I went down the natural progression of the industry, started out assisting, doing my own creative shoots and continued to look for opportunities to learn (eg. intern and mentorships). Then over time I begun building up my own clients.
I chose my high school (at the tender age of 12) solely on it having it's very own photography (and art) department, darkroom and all. I can still remember to this day walking into that room, my favourite image being a martini glass with snails climbing all over it (when I walked in the room, the picture was to my right, middle row. All the shiny trophies they had displayed in the room may also have given me a little nudge). Over the years I learnt how to develop my own negatives, prints, won multiple Ilford awards and had my work in national exhibitions such as Top Hats (top 10% of VCE students). I even turned down the opportunity to fast track my VCE Studio Arts, purely on the fact it meant I had one year less of shooting. In year 12 I was one of two students still using the darkroom as the age of digital swept over.