Having fallen under the alluring spell of Mother Nature at a very young age, I’ve always been in awe of what she has to offer. As a child I spent a lot of time outdoors exploring nearby bush land with the neighbourhood kids and camping in, what seemed like, the middle of nowhere watching the stars sparkle across the night sky. I was fortunate to be able to take summer trips to local beaches, rock hoping along the shores while exploring tidal pools and hike through lush national park rainforest trails with my family on weekends. I remember the rainforest hikes fondly. The sound of cascading waterfalls carving their way through mountainsides and everything around me seeming to come miraculously to life with unique songs, drowning the sounds of modern day humanity.
As an early teen that love for nature seemed to suddenly converge with a keen excitement for photography when I was introduced to one Ken Duncan. I stood in his gallery mesmerised – not only by the colour that seemed to bleed from his photographs, but also the intrigue of the untold stories they held. Fast forward through the somewhat testing years of high school, and the surprise birth of my daughter, and I found that excitement for photography reignited with the discovery of National Geographic Magazines. The stories they told of wild landscapes unseen, I wanted in. Being able to capture that embodiment of incredible natural beauty, through a few pieces of flawless glass, a mirror and some 21st century technological wizardry was something I knew I had to master.
I’ve been lucky enough over the last few years to experience some incredible places, both close to home and abroad. My loving, super supportive, husband and now teenage daughter coming along for the ride. They’ve always been patient while I find the perfect spot to set up my gear, change my mind and look for somewhere else, chase that ever elusive perfect light, wait for those pesky clouds to clear so the Milky Way can illuminate the black night sky or sit at my computer longer than necessary instead of spending time with them and I thank my lucky stars each day for them both. I can’t wait to explore more of this enormous mass of towering mountain peaks, lush green rainforests, deep turquoise oceans and rolling green meadows that we get to call home.