who am i?
My bouncy curls and bright blue eyes give away everything you need to know – I’m a cheeky, eternal optimist and a hopeless romantic, who loves to laugh and cry (both frequently happen on a daily basis because I feel all the feels). Intimate wine and cheese dates with my nearest and dearest are my favourite, I love to dance in my kitchen while cooking, and making pancakes with my family is a Sunday morning tradition.
Dan [my husband] is the best guy I've ever met – he is my whole world, and gives me the kind of love and joy that Disney princesses get in their happy endings. Cheesy, but true.
The next destinations on our bucket list are Tasmania, Japan, New Zealand and Iceland (can I add ‘the whole world’ to this list…?!).
I'm also utterly mad about indoor plants - my home looks like a jungle (I've got 60 indoor plants so far!).
Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, Walt Disney, Phil Dunphy (the dorky dad from Modern Family) and I also share the same personality type, which I interpret to mean we share a silly switch, a love of making people laugh and a passion for filling the world with as much love, kindness and laughter as possible.
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It all started when…
When I was 18, my life plan looked like this: go to uni, study law, become a lawyer. Not because I wanted to be a lawyer, but because I'm a nerd, and I didn't know what else to do.
After graduating from uni, I felt like my imagination had died. I was a shell of my old self, who loved to knit and sew and bake and create things; and I was miserable. So I threw myself into the first creative activity I could think of - which was baking and decorating cupcakes.
The first camera I ever owned was a Canon 40D that I bought for $300 from my old roommate, so I could take photos of my cupcakes and start a baking blog. The blog went nowhere, and I took the first job I could find as a family lawyer.
I hated my job (I never wanted to be a family lawyer, because I hate conflict and feel all the feels); and it was a pretty miserable and stressful existence.
Even though I had stopped baking cupcakes, I kept taking photos and eventually I turned the camera on my friends and family, and began just documenting life.
Photography became a huge creative outlet for me, and kept me from going totally insane - especially when I discovered a passion for capturing people's love stories.
This business started as a side hustle while I worked full time as a lawyer, and it became quite an ironic existence – divorcing families Monday to Friday, and photographing weddings and happy families and sweet babies on the weekends – but it kept me balanced and kept my belief in love alive.
I only lasted four years as a lawyer, and in December 2015 I was lucky enough to wave bye-bye to lawyer life for good, and embrace photography full-time.
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What it's like to work with me...
Being a lawyer was a humbling experience, and taught me the importance of living authentically and doing things that make you truly, deeply, ridiculously happy - it takes some people their whole life to truly understand this, and I feel incredibly blessed that I learned this lesson so early in life.
Now I get to capture love stories and call it "job" - but to me, it's so much more than just curating a collection of pretty photographs – it’s an unexpected adventure, a dream come true and my whole heart.
Being able to capture your love story (whether it is a new kind of love, a steady love or a sixty years old kind of love) and bottle all those feelings for you in photographs which you will hold onto forever, makes my job the best job in the world.
At my core, I’m a lover, not a fighter, and now I embrace that part of me wholeheartedly. Love means everything to me
Whether I am photographing a wedding, a darling little babe or a sweet family – I am always inspired by love, warmth, joy and intimacy.
Your time in front of my camera will be fun and full of natural emotions and interactions - there's no boring posing here!
I'm all about capturing what it feels like, not just what it looks like. Who you are, your raw + genuine emotions, and all those little moments you never even knew existed - I like to call them the 'blink-and-you’ll-miss them' moments, and capturing them for you is my specialty.