I first picked up a DSLR in 2011. I couldn't believe what I'd been missing out on! I had always had a keen interest in art, photography and visual expression, however I particularly enjoyed the creative freedom that came with using a professional digital camera; the ability to manually control and manipulate the technical aspects of each frame, as well as the creative. Prior to this, I had only used point and shoots - phone, digital camera, basic film - and photography had never been front and centre for me.
After becoming acquainted with the Canon 7D, I realised I had a true blue passion for taking photos, and always had (I produced my first album at the age of 5 using an old Kodak Box Brownie that I unearthed at a relative's house). It was a bloody revelation. 'Go West!' I thought to myself, let's make this a real thing. I endeavoured to learn the finer technical elements of this craft by leaving my job at a high flying Ad agency in Auckland, and getting stuck into a Diploma in Digital Photography in 2013.
During the course, I was encouraged to enter the Nikon D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition. Thinking I had no chance - but what the heck, it would be a laugh - I entered an image I'd taken for one of my papers. Much to my amazement, it won the Monochrome Category for 2013. Boom. I felt quite good about that.
Portraiture holds a particular interest for me. Human nature: people, faces, their expressions and the stories these silently tell through images, endlessly fascinates me. I love the mundane, the commonplace, the everyday, and drawing attention to the beauty in those things (that's my Art History degree coming out). I also love the "fly-on-the-wall" style of photography (otherwise known as Documentary Photography, of course) snooping around in the shadows and all that.
In this vein, I produced and printed a photographic book for my Diploma, titled Piece & Riot. I became the 5th unofficial band member to Kiwi indie rock band, Clap Clap Riot, tagging along behind them everywhere they went for about a month, documenting band life and trying not to knock over amps in the process. I don't think they minded me too much, and I was pretty stoked to find my efforts earned me a solid A+ in my final paper.
I am now based in Queenstown, New Zealand as a full time mum to a young lad and a (very) part time creative. I am always keen for collaborations, projects, inspiration and banter, so if you like what you see, please do get in touch!