I don’t remember when it started, I just remember that I’ve always taken photos.
Firstly on film, a point and shoot, my pets when I was a kid, our kids and holidays, and then it grew as a hobby, I started to “see” images and I wanted to learn more.
In 2009 Black Saturday happened – it changed our lives and our priorities. I saw an ad for a Course being run by Mornington Photographer Tom Putt and he was donating the fees to the bush fire relief (I think I liked him already!). He started talking about shooting in manual and it was my lightbulb moment – it made sense – I never shot in “auto” again!! (thanks Tom – great guy, awesome photog – check him and his studio out if you get a chance!!)
With my newfound knowledge and enthusiasm I joined the Latrobe Valley Camera Club and it was like coming home – I found my tribe – warm and fun and generous with their knowledge and passion for photography. I love it so much I was President for 3 years!!
With my families love for travel and exploring Australia it was probably inevitable my love of photography would eventually rub off on them too. Anthony has a love of landscape and Astro photography, Brad and his Izzy are both wildlife buffs with added astro and landscape interest, and Danielle is my right hand girl at weddings with her gorgeous portrait and candid work. Even the grandsons are showing promise and love selfies with Nan!
“Born Free” was my favourite book growing up and my biggest wish was to always travel to Africa. I got to do that in 2010 and 2012 on photo safari with Chris Bray Photography and then visited 2015 Galapagos and South America. I cried when I saw my first elephant and wept when we went to the place where “Born Free” lion Elsa was released back into the wild. Africa has a piece of my heart now and forever.
In 2016 I attended my first Refocus Retreat for women in photography – 4 days of learning from some incredible industry names and again I found my happy place – inspiration and friendship, laughter and learning – community above competition. I went believing I needed to learn structured posing and studio lighting and left knowing that the way I photograph people is intrinsically part of who I am – unstructured, relaxed and natural – and I’m OK with that. It was the first time I defined myself as a true Photographer.
This change in my mindset came in handy when I suddenly had to reconsider my career toward the end of 2017. Whilst I’d never been interested in running my own business, I did know that I know longer wished to work in a toxic environment where bad management and bullying were condoned. What I also knew was that photographing people made me incredibly happy and fulfilled.
I’m a bit of a bird nerd (a twitcher), and am passionate about wildlife photography. We also live on a property where we maintain habitat and encourage native animals and birdlife. I have been known to stop mid conversation and exclaim “oh look, a birdy!” (even once when I was snorkelling! FYI – It was a pair of Osprey)!
And so “Little Birdy Photography” was born, and now I get to do what makes my heart sing!
It’s the people you meet along the way – their stories, their love and laughter, and the memories we make together that make it such a privilege to do this. Its not a job, it’s a blessing!
Making memories is how we tell our stories – let me capture the moments of today that will melt your heart tomorrow. Contact me for more information about how we could work together.