Ailsa Woolard

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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.

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