Do what you love and never work a day in your life. I have the happiest job in the world and it’s nothing like working. There’s a feeling I get the first moment I see my brides on their wedding day, you cant describe it! Their smile and aura and glow, they always look so breathtaking.
I love when the grooms have that kind of nervous awkwardness until he sees his bride for the first time. Then comes the beaming smiles from family and friends after the ceremony, congratulating the ecstatic newlyweds.
It’s thrilling to think the memories I capture will be talked about and cherished long after your wedding, and long after I have left the earth. Generations will be looking back at those wedding photographs captured. Photography has a purpose and becomes more valuable with time.
It all started when my dad bought a Canon T -50 in 1989. I’d go to the basketball and take photos of the Perth Wildcats – I used that camera more than my dad! Then, at 18, I started at the local Kodak express store, completing my one-year traineeship and helping establish a Photo lab in Mandurah.
From there I ran a lab in Fremantle until 2000 when life threw me a curveball. I left my job and headed to Europe. I came back to a position at a wedding studio! My knowledge of labs landed me the job but more importantly I meet the biggest mentor in my life – both professionally and personally.
After a decade of shooting weddings, I took time off to raise my family. In this time, I started thinking about owning my own business and then I got my big break – literally!
I severely broke my arm in 3 places whilst 4x4ing.
Faced with the possibility of not being able to hold my camera, my only option to get movement back was a steel plate,13 screws, a 5-hour operation, and a wicked scar.
My love of photography kept me going and now I get to be a part of the happiest day of most people’s life.
Was it worth it? You bet!