This is everything to me.
Why do i do what i do?….
So, I have never been good at writing, that’s the truth. I have always wanted to tell ppl why I do what I do but never found the right words. Anyway here it is, if you want to read keep going, if not, that’s cool.
A bit about me. I am an avid sports fan, netball was my life but i have recently retired, i have two gorgeous boys, i can’t live without coffee (or wine mind you), my favourite movie is Dirty Dancing, Music is my outlet and gets me through a lot of tough times, my fave dessert is Cannoli, Sunset is my favourite part of the day, my dream is to travel to New York, roam the streets with my camera & just snap away, exercise is super important to me both physically and mentally and i love a bit of online shopping. Random yes. So, my love for Photography started at a young age, I have always loved taking photos. Truth is, when I finished school I never knew what I wanted to do. My main subject was business studies in year 12, all I knew I wanted to do was start my own business. After school jobs in hospitality, a short stint in a law firm and then at the age of 22 opening my first business in a fitness centre. All of these things taught me so much, but I knew deep down this wasn’t what I wanted for the rest of my life. One day a photographer took a photo for me. A photo of my grandparents sitting on a bench looking at each other, they didn’t know the camera was there, he just captured them in their most natural state, I recently lost my Papa and my Mamma is suffering Dementia, this photo makes me so damn happy every single time I see it, because these two people are two of the most important people in my life and i will always have a memory of them at their happiest. Sounds silly but that is the photo that started me on my journey.
I was fortunate enough to start working with, what I can only say, as one of the most talented photographers out there, did a lot of on the job experience, many long hours, I studied long and hard for years and then eventually I took the leap and started my business. In between all of this I had 2 kids. Needless to say, it has been a challenge but at the end of the day I have found my forever job. I hate using the word job because honestly it doesn’t feel like a job to me. Every time I pick up my camera I feel happy and I feel like I have purpose. I am now a single mother of 2, and to be able to do what i love & provide for them i am so blessed for. Truth is being self employment may sound glamorous but reality is, we work long hours, i’m often emailing at midnight, working when everyone is in bed, missing out on things, but i do it because i love it, i want to work hard for my kids, give them a strong work ethic, and give them the life they deserve.
Really, all I want to do is capture moments, real moments, sometimes the photos I get are not the most technically correct, but if there is a fleeting moment and the emotion is there I will get it and at the end of the day that is what it’s about for me. If anything I have learnt in the last 12 months, anyone can pick up a camera and take a photo, but I am fortunate enough to see things ppl may not see. Life is short, one day all you will have is a photo and a memory of a person or a moment, and for me to be able to capture that for you makes me truly happy inside. No matter what is going on in my life, when I pick up my camera, I want to be able to get those memories for you that one day you can look back on and smile. Life is fleeting and busy and sometimes we forget to take things in. If I see a moment and I feel it I take the photo, simple as that. I am not one for the posed, fake smile, say cheese moments, honestly, if that’s what you are after, I am not the right fit for you. Every shoot I do, to this day, I can truly say, that I put everything into it, from my first communication with you, to the prep and planning, to the actual shoot, to the post production, every single part of it, I care, I care a lot and every shoot is important to me, because I know it is important to you. All i want is for people to look at my photos and not just see it, but feel it. Emotion is what i look for, reactions, love, happy, sad, whatever it may be, i want to get it. No ones photos will ever look the same, because no person or moment is the same and that is super important to me.
It has taken me a while, but I have realised, you only live once, we need to do things that make us happy, spend time with the ones we love, create memories, don’t sweat the small stuff and be in the moment, because you only get one shot at this life and there ain’t no refunds. Live well, love hard & be happy, My favourite quote of all time is this..
Certain things in life are a long way getting there, but once you do, Its just F&^(ng Spectacular – Eddie Vedder
Go for gold guys, it is so damn worth it.
BTW if you got this far, firstly cheers for sticking it out!, secondly, check out some of my faves below, if you feel something than job done !.