Ever since I was little, I wanted to do something that was important enough to leave my mark on the world. I wasn’t blessed with the ability to be a study-bug or drive scientific breakthroughs, but I was given the gift of sight and a natural flair for creating the kinds of photographs that caused people to pause long enough to recall the joy and love they've experienced in their lifetime.
Dad was the avid photographer in my family. He was always either shooting a film (with terrible voice-overs!) or capturing stills of our time together. The importance of documenting our time while we're here on earth just became a habit that naturally flowed into my career. For me, photography feels more like intuition than a refined skill. And while most families take photos as regularly as my dad did, the result is often an array of images albums without a complete family shot.
I've been photographing most of my families since they've had their first baby, and then again as they've welcomed their second, or third, or fourth. It’s an incredible feeling to know you're part of the defining moments of a family's life. I love knowing that the images I create won't just be celebrated today - they'll be handed down as the kids grow up, so they too can share their story with their children.
People say to me, "I don’t want too many photos on the wall..." and "I don’t want a big album that sits and collects dust... "
Yep, I get it. But I’m the kind of person who believes in the importance of the tangible, so I like to offer my families two options:
A selection of photographic prints for your walls and to give away as gifts to the grandparents.
A small, modern storytelling book that's not just for you, but for the kids to keep. So they can look back at this time in their life and the fun things you did as a family as they point you out to their grandchildren and say, "That's my mum."
My grandparents passed away by the time I was five years old. My memories of them are very limited - beyond these, I have just a handful of photographs and stories from Mum and Dad that help me recall who they were and the things we did together. I look back on images taken by my dad of my twin brother and I in a pram in New Farm Park, and it hits me just how fleeting time is. (That's the problem with intangibles, isn't it?)
My greatest belief is to share my passion and purpose of my work. Even if I don’t photograph your family, perhaps I’ll bring a storyteller to life within yourself.