My whole life I always feared the question : " What do you do ? " , there were things I knew I loved but I could never seem to package them into a "career".
Photography has always been a passion of mine ever since I studied film in 1994 ( 14 years old). I loved all aspects of of this process form the clique of the shutter to smell of the fixer in the darkroom. I took photos wherever I went but when it came to taking it one step further and becoming a "professional" I managed to always talk myself out of it, saying its too hard, its competitive, I don't like the fashion world and on and on. The truth was I was scared of failure and needed to go full circle around to come back and find that same little girl with her camera.
I have absolutely no regrets that I didn't pursue this passion earlier as I do believe that life gives you what you need most at any current time. I needed to learn my own value through long winding road of self searching.
Last year I bought my first ever digital camera not knowing how I was going to justify the cost I went for it. I started to document my yoga practice and my life using Instagram as a publishing platform. My dear friends and inspirational teachers', sisters Michelle and Clare Merrefield, suggested I start to offer my services to Yogi's as I understand the practice and am able to capture its magic, Michelle also offered me my first commissioned job as her photographer shooting covers for her new DVD's ( sold across the country at Kmart and BigW). And then it became a "career" growing by word of mouth. I photograph yogis mostly but also people looking for a portrait. 18 moths ago I would have never saw this coming, I lacked the vision that arises from a deep self trust that anything is achievable, the story is yet to be told and age or social statistics mean nothing unless you allow them too.
I'm forever grateful for the friends and family who believed in me all along, I'm thankful for my beautiful clients who make this job feel like anything but work, and of course I'm thankful to you my friends for taking the time to read my expressions.
Its never too late to change direction or start something new, all it takes is trust in the whispers of your heart.
Thanks to my assistant Leon Bryant for these beautiful snaps.