I completed high school and then went to study tertiary education Photography. For many years after I received my Diploma, I travelled, worked hospitality jobs and lived in numerous areas of East Coast Australia and Canada.
It wasn’t until in later years, when I was on my annual G-Land (popular surf destination in East Java, Indonesia) surf trip that I started to take photos again. Photos of the luscious Javanese jungle, the perfectly structured waves and of course Mother Nature. It was in this beautiful place I noticed my passion for photography bloom again.
G-Land is still a special place for me. It's known to be spiritual place and I’ve been going every year for 7 years now. Once I discovered my passion for photography again here, I almost instantly decided to take up photography professionally as a side-hustle to my full time role at the time.
I was living in Torquay, Victoria at the time and the weather was very grey - not the best for the style of photography I wished to succeed in - that is, lifestyle. I decided to move to Sydney and then I ended up moving to Bali! It was a very last minute decision. I had no savings. I planned to live there for 1 year to grow my business and my social media. But I ended up staying in Bali for 2.5 years!
After 2.5 years in Bali, my partner and I decided to move to the South West of Western Australia, as it’s be closer to Asia for my photography work, and the South West has a large health and wellness community which we’re both very much apart of.
And here we are today! I’m still building my business locally, as it takes time and I travel back and forth to Bali for large projects, usually every 6-8 weeks.
I love the South West! The natural beauty, the friendly people, the beaches - I say are the best in the world. If you’re a surfer (which I am), you wouldn’t look anywhere else!
You travel a lot in your line of work? How do you stay healthy while travelling so much? Any top tips?
I always travel with protein powder in sachets, they're easy to travel with, lightweight and simple to use with a shaker, always carry on, as you never know if you're to be delayed in a remote Asian airport with not much REAL food. I travel with nuts, seeds, trail mix, 85% cacao dark chocolate, natural peanut butter and organic rice cakes, these are the best snacks for all my travels, sometimes cans of salmons! (I learn from Chris, my partner) and always carry a reusable bottle so I'm never out of water.
And when ordering meals, I eat very clean, no processed foods, no refined sugars, just real food.
You do lots of photoshoots for renown wellness resorts. Was this niche sparked by your interest for health and wellbeing or was it the other way around?
It first started when I collaborated with a women’s health retreat in Bali in April 2015, while also participating in the retreat. It was at this retreat that I chose to take my photography to that next level.