Developing passion behind camera lens
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.”
SHUTTERBUG: Susie McLaughlan is grateful for being able to turn passion into a profession.