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Auckland Female Photographer
the Lady behind the Lens
"The appearance of things change according to the emotions, and thus we see magic and beauty in them,
As an artist I had great difficulty in finding a career that suited me, which is why I initially studied law. After completing my law degree and working on my articles, I felt like I still haven't found my passion in life yet.
For many years it never really occurred to me that I could turn my focus to photography. I always assumed that photographers were highly technical people - they were the ones who aced their science tests and spent every waking moment in a dark room (if it is not yet clear, I do not exactly fit this description). Fortunately, I came to realize that there is more to photography that meets the eye.
Photography involves so many things at once: it is a combination of working with and understanding people, using your artistic talents and off course applying the technical stuff (which, once you get the hang of it, is like riding a bike). What I love about photography is that no given situation will be the same as the next, as will no person, place or circumstance will be the same. Photography is an exciting career that initiates on the spot creative thinking. It is indeed an art - an art, shared.
So in 2007 I started my photography business (beginning with portrait photography) in South Africa. In 2009, after moving to NZ with my husband Dion, I continued my business here in the land of the long white cloud (and beautiful green grass!) and have since started specializing in wedding photography. Apart from my own business, I also worked part-time for an international agency based in New York (Louvel Claudine Inc) - which specializes in the buying and selling of stock images - between 2009 and 2012 and won second prize (gold) for the 2011 Autumn Prestel Awards. Many of my images were sold to international companies during my time working there. In Oct 2012 I also offered my services as the only official portrait photographer at the Auckland Fetish ball 2012 and since gained a lot of experience in working at events with large groups.
The one area where I still lacked experience in was being able to perceive what the person behind the lens has to go through. I therefore decided to volunteer for some artistic modelling to other photographers in my spare time for a couple of years (if, for no other reason than to see what the person posing for the lens has to go through - their concerns, anxieties, excitement and above all, their expectations). And if I learned nothing else, I certainly learned how difficult it is to be on the other side of the lens for a change!
This is why you will find me a very friendly, relaxed, down to earth 33 year old photographer. At the end of the day, my number one concern is not for myself or my own ego, but for the people that I am photographing. I feel it my duty to try to capture the essence of each person and the energy of the moment. Especially with wedding photography it is what makes these photos so special. Sparks of love don't just fly around in the air - they can be captured in a photo forever!