I’ve always found huge pleasure in visually beautifully things – of course images, but also textiles, crockery, the bare branches of trees silhouetted against a winter sky, the sharp clarity and detail in a child’s iris. In my early 20s I discovered that photography, a skill I’d previously assumed belonged to my siblings and spouse but not me, was something I seemed to ‘have an eye for’. The joy of sighting something beautiful or unusual through the camera lens was surprisingly addictive. I have never really looked back. I find photography the most wonderful creative outlet, and an incredibly expressive way to tell stories or share important moments.
Although I like to capture the beauty in objects I see – the texture of the knotted wood in a signpost, the way the paint peels around an elaborate door-knocker – my true passion lies in photographing people. I take some posed shots, but truly love to try and capture more natural moments. For me photography has this wonderful capacity to capture, in a split second, important moments and relationships. It’s challenging to catch the fierce joy of a toddler pulling a kite along a beach, or the tenderness of mother stroking a baby’s head, but it’s so worthwhile.
Along with photography, one of my big passions is babywearing. What began as simply a way to hold my baby close to me and give me free hands for making lunch has turned into so much more. I love the carriers themselves – the beautiful patterns, colours and textures of woven wraps are endlessly fascinating. I am part of worldwide community and have made wonderful, close friends. I am also very lucky to have the privilege of regularly hosting ‘tester’ wraps. This is where I have found my two hobbies intersect nicely, as I have worked on the challenge of capturing the beauty of woven wraps and the closeness this brings to parents and babies. I Initially I worked primarily with myself and my children as the models, using a tripod and IR remote to shoot. More recently I have branched out into using models, and I’m enjoying the extra creative opportunities this affords me. My reviews and photos are published on my blog, Adventure Woven in.
Currently I shoot with a Nikon D40X and either a Nikkor 50mm 1.4 AF-S or Nikkor 35mm 1.8 AF-S lens. I enjoy shooting with these prime lenses, which give great quality images. I’m hoping to upgrade my D40X soon as I shoot primarily outdoors and would like greater flexibility for shooting in low-light situations.