Monday, April 07, 2014

Slumber Safari, Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Last Friday, on our second last day in Melbourne, we went to Werribee Open Range Zoo for their brilliant Slumber Safari, which I read about in Peppermint a few issues back. I booked this trip 6 months ago, an anniversary present to Martin who was still recovering from surgery at the time. Now here we were again, a week after my own surgery and our last little trip before his second surgery—the fifth in his lifetime—on the 1st April.

When I went through these photos I was left with 400 final, edited shots. There were so many photos I loved of our stay that I found it almost impossible to choose which ones to post here. It was as amazing as it looks; guinea fowl and bunnies and kangaroos roaming freely, exotic plants scattered throughout the lush green zoo grounds and of course the wide expanse of the savannah, with all the animals grazing and wandering gracefully through it. I felt as if I was in some other place, and it was easy to forget the Melbourne CBD was just 45 minutes away.

Sunday, March 23, 2014


A few weeks ago we travelled westward to Stanthorpe to visit a friend of mine for their biennial Apple & Grape Festival. The first time I went to Stanthorpe was for this exact reason two years ago, but it's interesting to see how my eyes have changed—how I have changed. The way I shoot is so different now. I don't feel as if I noticed as much back then.

I feel that being present in the moment versus capturing the moment is the constant plight of the photographer. We are both there and not there, seeing everything and yet nothing, being everywhere but nowhere all at once. It's a busy state of mind to be in.

Something that has definitely remained constant and strong is my fascination with the Australian countryside. It doesn't seem to matter how often I drive through it or how often I breathe its air, there is always something unique in it that I connect with.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Atavist Books, Fortitude Valley

Last week Brisbane said goodbye to the cutest bookstore its ever seen. Atavist Books has been gracing Winn Lane for two years with its wooden walls, cosy space, old book smell and just recently, its Tuesday night book club held
every 6 weeks.

The closure of one of Brisbane's few independent boutique businesses is, yet again, a strong reminder to shop local as often as you can.

It seems like not so long ago that I was reading about Atavist in Frankie magazine, marvelling at the photo of this lovely, tiny store. Now here I was, taking photos for Sian (the woman behind this delightful pint-sized shop) before Atavist closed its doors for the last time.

Friday, February 07, 2014

February Fundraising Gift For You!

If you'd really love to have photos of you that aren't arm-length selfies taken on your phone, I could totally help you with that.

As some of you know, I have been fundraising for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). I recently hit the halfway mark for my fundraising and I'm aiming to smash the last half of my target before the middle of the year.

If you donate $100 or more on my fundraising page between now and Friday, 14th March and get a 2 hour portrait photoshoot from me (approx. value $400), as a gift to thank you for your generosity and support. Portraits always make a great gift for your family, your lover, or even yourself!

The Details:

  • This offer only applies to people living in South-East Queensland (Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast)! Trust me, if I could fly interstate to thank you for your support, I would. Hugs would be given.
    For reals.
  • The more you donate, the more time we can spend taking photos!
  • Five high-resolution photos will be given to you when editing is complete.
  • This photoshoot gift doesn't just apply to couples. Professional headshots of yourself, photos with your pet, your sister/brother, your best friend—whoever you want, really!—are more than welcome. 
  • We can take photos at a location of your choice, whether that's at home, in your backyard, at your local park or at the beach. 
  • Photos can be taken anytime between now and August, even if the donation period is only for a month.

Bonus: Sharing is caring

  • If somebody donates to my page because you donated and shared either this post or my fundraising page on your Facebook or Twitter, you can get an additional hour added to your own photoshoot.

Don't wait! Get sharing & donating for a good cause and get some pretty photos to boot. To donate and find out more about the cause, head to my fundraising page. Questions? Email me:

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Behind the scenes: filming for Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Two weeks ago I filmed four of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary's koalas as they flew to their new home in Chimelong Safari Park, China. I was thrilled to be part of such a unique experience—it was the first, and may very well be the last time I get to film koalas, let alone film them on the tarmac.