BIOGRAPHY

I’m a photographer who specialises in flora, fauna and macrophotography.

 

While photographing wildlife is what I truly love, over the last 20 years my photography career has taken me on a varied and interesting journey.

 

After gaining my degree in art, design and media at Portsmouth University in the UK, I worked as a cruise ship photographer. This fast-paced work honed my skills in travel, portrait and social photography.

 

I then left the life at sea and moved to London where I worked at a respected studio that hired its services to the top magazines and photographers.

 

This was a time when film was still used for magazine shoots. So I worked in the darkroom as a colour hand printer. We produced beautiful, hand-printed fashion images for magazines like Vogue.

In 2002 I moved to Sydney, Australia and fell in love with the nature here. I was in awe of the parrots. (I still am!) And I am in constant admiration of the colourful native trees and flowers.

 

In Australia I trained as a wildlife rescuer and carer and now specialise in bird rehabilitation.

 

I now combine my interests in wildlife and photography by creating projects and exhibitions where I can convey a conservation message. And I support wildlife organisations by donating prints or a percentage of my sales.

 

My photographic techniques align with my respect for nature. I do not have a studio and do not use flash. Instead I rely on natural light. So I’ve spent many hours in aviaries to get the shot that I like.

 

I use a macro lens, which requires me to get quite close to the bird. I also use a very shallow depth of field. So the focus has to be spot on. This technique requires a lot of patience, as birds don’t stay still. But the results are worth it.

 

My work has won numerous awards, I’ve published several books and I’ve appeared on ABC Radio National.

 

I’m a fully accredited professional photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (Masters  level). And I love to share my expertise by teaching macrophotography and photography for beginners.

 

Meanwhile at home, I share my space with two cockatoos, two galahs, princess & regent parrot, all of whom are rescues/rehomed pets.

An ant's view of the world - ABC Radio National - Blueprint for Living
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