Growing knowledge......my role as an Educator
I have had a number of mentors in my life that have helped me achieve big things.....safe to say, I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for others willing to share their knowledge and skills with me.
Now it's my turn to give back!
As a pioneer in the genre of birth photography, I have beaten my own way through the brush, formed my own paths and turned a very specialised and private photographic genre into a successful business that beautifully fits within my own desires to change the world. I can talk about birth photography until I've run out of breath! There is so much to share about this amazing genre.
However, as an experienced presenter with skills in many areas, my educator role extends past the likes of birth photography....into the broader photographic areas of family, motherhood (bump to baby) and documentary/photojournalism photography. I love to teach all these areas and share my skills and experience with the world.
My personal journey (in both life and photography) has also directed powerful keynote speeches and inspirational/motivational presentations that bring about a feeling or desire for change in my audience (often bringing them to tears)......whether that is changing the world with photography or changing their immediate world.
To date I have spoken at photography events and conferences within both Australia and around the world, including as part of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) and Wedding and Professional Photographers International (WPPI) in both 2017 and 2018.
Growing the industry.....My ROLE AS A JUDGE
I have entered photography competitions for many years. They have helped me to push myself and grow my skills and craft more than I can say. Without having my work peer being reviewed, critiqued and judged against other photographers, I would not have studied the foundations and makings of what make an image good.
I've judged at multiple competitions around the world, including birth photography specific awards, camera club competition and professional events such as the Queensland Professional Photography Awards (QPPA).
It is always an honour and a privilege to support our industry through judging and I enjoy helping other photographers learn, grow and develop their skills in the same way that I did.