Image courtesy of Twinewood Photography.
What's your relationship to Kingston?
I moved to the Kingston area two years ago. When I first moved to Melbourne from London four years ago, I rented a small apartment in South Yarra which was wonderful but I longed to be closer to the ocean and now I live in a beautiful house a stone's throw away from Mentone beach. In a normal, non-covid world, I love to attend the local exhibitions, plays, and arts & crafts markets, that are frequently hosted by the local galleries, theatres and creative spaces, and endeavour to immerse myself in the arts through classes and workshops wherever possible
I am predominantly a photographer although I also work with a select number of clients on illustration and graphic design work.
Born and raised in England, I studied Fine Art and English Literature at university and worked as an art and design columnist in London during my education. After qualifying as a secondary school teacher, I moved to London to teach and painted from a little studio space in Hackney Wick. Although I thoroughly enjoyed being in the classroom, I felt that it didn't allow me to embrace my creativity as often as I would have liked so I did what all good millennials do - I went travelling. I travelled solo for five months and took this time to really observe the world around me and rediscover drawing and photography, and learnt new skills in each place that I visited including weaving, jewellery making and how to make accessories out of worn out car tyres.
I moved to Melbourne 2016 to pursue my love of mindful creation and begin my creative business, and haven't looked back since.
Describe your creative business or arts group
I work with small business owners and brands to create visual content that reflects the heart and soul of their business through carefully crafted and captured product photography and thoughtful personal branding headshots and portraits. Learning about my clients' business values and capturing what makes their brand unique and magical through the medium of photography is such a rewarding and inspiring job, and I feel so lucky to be able to tell such incredible stories through my imagery.
I have been incredibly lucky to have met and worked with so many talented and kind hearted individuals since then who share my values of mindful practice and eco-conscious living, and I'm always on the look out for other beautiful souls to add to this growing community.
What was your first experience of art?
Gosh! I have been "that arty girl" for as long as I can remember. I started private art lessons in primary school and entered my first art competition when I was 9 years old but I think my earliest memory of creating was in my grandparents garden. I used to force my sister to play "art attack" with me - it was a popular children's TV show back in the UK, I'm not sure if it was as popular here or not - and we would find all kind of random objects from around the garden and house to create large scale pictures with. Plant pots, bed sheets, cutlery. You name it. We would gather it all up and then puzzles these mundane objects together to create a picture on the lawn.
How has the current situation changed your approach to making art?
It has certainly been challenging. My client work is limited to product photography and I haven't been able to capture portraits or personal branding imagery for the majority of the year. I love meeting new people and learning their stories; I find that meeting new people helps spark creativity for me and allows me to consider things in different ways so it has been challenging to feel creative in isolation.
In saying that, it has also forced me to look inside my own soul and take some time to figure what I want to create and the stories that I want to tell through the medium of photography which has been really interesting.
What motivates your creative business or arts group?
People. I have always enjoyed supporting others, learning from them, and helping them to achieve their goals. I see my photography as a supportive service, allowing business owners which a deep passion for their product or service to do what they love every single day.
What are you looking forward to after the pandemic?
Brunch! I am most looking forward to travelling again, exploring more of Victoria, and being inspired by nature and the beautiful souls that I hope to meet along the way.