De­vel­op­ing pas­sion be­hind cam­era lens

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

SUSIE McLaugh­lan learned to love pho­tog­ra­phy when her first child was born.

She started as a hobby pho­tog­ra­pher on a re­mote prop­erty, and es­tab­lished her­self as a pro­fes­sional with the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy in 2014.

“I love cap­tur­ing that in­ter­ac­tion be­tween par­ents and kids or sib­lings,” she said.

Susie owes her early learn­ing to pho­tog­ra­pher Sh­eryn El­lis and has built up a cir­cle of col­leagues to share ad­vice with.

“We’ll of­ten bounce ideas off each other so we’re get­ting cri­tiqued all the time,” she said.

Susie re­cently earned a sil­ver award for her por­trait of a young girl in the AIPP Ep­son State Awards.

It takes a score of 80 out of 100, de­cided on by a panel of five judges to claim a Sil­ver award; one of Susie’s en­tries achieved this re­sult, while the other three scored two 78s and a 77.

Had at least one more scored an 80, Susie would have been el­i­gi­ble for the Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards in Au­gust.

But Susie said it would be pos­si­ble for her to ap­ply as a wild card en­try.

The awards have been a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence: with one score at award level and the oth­ers just shy of the mark, Susie wants to re-ex­am­ine her sub­ject mat­ter.

“Just be­cause I see the emo­tion in it, I need to be able to get that story across to the judges,” she said.

“I don’t get to write a story with a photo; my im­age has to tell the story.”

“It’s re­ally nice to do some­thing that you love do­ing and get recog­ni­tion for, it means a lot to me.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SHUT­TER­BUG: Susie McLaugh­lan is grate­ful for be­ing able to turn pas­sion into a pro­fes­sion.

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