What do you do?
I’m a photographer. I run my business, Free Spirit Photography, from home which allows me to look after my two children. I mainly do family and wedding photography as well as portrait work. However, since moving to Bright I’ve done bit of everything including helping local businesses improve their online presence.
Have you always done photography?
I’ve always loved photography. I very enthusiastically took bad photos for a long time and eventually when my partner and I stopped travelling and settled back down in Australia I had a chance to fill in all the background knowledge. Beforehand I could always capture what I could see but my technical knowledge wasn’t great. When the kids were little I spent a lot of time learning those skills.
What is the key to a good photo in your work?
I think it’s taking photos that don’t look like there’s someone photographing the subject. So not interfering with what’s happening but just taking a photo of what is already occurring. Whenever I take photos for people the aim is to create that genuine feeling so that when they look back in 20 years they actually recognise themselves and they’re not just doing some weird cheesy pose.
I understand you’ve been helping to promote some local business recently, too?
Yes. Last December I profiled 12 small businesses in the area for no reason other than I thought it was a good idea. I took photos of the businesses and just posted them on my website and on social media with the message to shop local and invest in your community. I’m doing that again at the moment after people said really liked seeing it last year. It’s also been a really nice way for me to support other small businesses and get to know other people.
How long have you been in Bright?
We’ve been here two years in March but my partner and I spent a lot of time up here when we were younger. When we first came back to Australia from overseas we did a winter at Mt Hotham as ski patrollers and then ended up in Geelong. We then had kids and realised the suburbs weren’t for us because all the things we loved to do weren’t easily accessible in the city. Gordon’s a fireman and when the opportunity for him to transfer to Wangaratta came up we jumped at it.
What do you do in your spare time?
We love the outdoors and living in Bright everything we love to do is right here on our doorstep. The kids do mountain bike club, they climb and abseil with us and we also enjoy rafting and skiing.