Cap­tur­ing ru­ral life

Cat­tle farmer turns hobby into pop­u­lar photography busi­ness

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - CAS­SAN­DRA GLOVER Cas­san­[email protected]­ral­weekly.com.au

RE­NEE Mulc­ahy has three pas­sions: her hus­band, her kids and her photography.

Liv­ing on an an­gus stud, Grim­stead, in Ur­benville, New South Wales, with her hus­band Cameron and three daugh­ters, Ge­or­gia, 10, Natalie, 8, and Bethany, 6, Mrs Mulc­ahy trav­els all over Aus­tralia pho­tograph­ing wed­dings.

“It started from stalk­ing my ba­bies, and then friends asked me to pho­to­graph theirs. Then it got busy and my hus­band said ‘you should get paid’,” Mrs Mulc­ahy said.

“Now a day wouldn’t go by with­out a cam­era in my hand.

“I’ve done a few on­line cour­ses but most of it is self-taught and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion.”

Mrs Mulc­ahy was born and raised in Bris­bane, which is where she met her hus­band when he was play­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive foot­ball.

At the age of 21 they were mar­ried. When Mrs Mulc­ahy fell preg­nant with their first daugh­ter they de­cided it was time to move back to the farm.

“Mov­ing out here was easy,” Mrs Mulc­ahy said.

“Some of my friends come out to visit and say ‘how can you live out here?’

“And I say ‘how could you not?’”

Mrs Mulc­ahy started her photography busi­ness, RNC Photography, in 2014 and has col­lected three cam­eras since then and is about to ac­quire her fourth.

“The last two years is when I re­ally found my­self with who I want to be and my style,” Mrs Mulc­ahy said.

“When I look back I’m hor­ri­fied at what I used to do.

“But the last few years have been my best.”

Mrs Mulc­ahy pho­to­graphs a range of events in­clud­ing wed­dings, fam­ily shoots and re­cently the War­wick Rodeo. She said wed­dings shoots were her favourite.

“So far the fam­i­lies have been amaz­ing and I feel very wel­comed and some­times I don’t want to go home,” she said.

“I’ve done 37 wed­dings this year and peo­ple al­ways ask how I do it.

“I think you have to love wed­dings to do it.

“This week I’m at Jondaryan Wool­shed. There is just some­thing about a coun­try wed­ding.”

Mrs Mulc­ahy said her fam­ily was very sup­port­ive and usu­ally went with her when she trav­elled for wed­dings.

“We’re quite a close fam­ily and they come along on most of my trips away. We turn it into a road trip, I’m not a fan of fly­ing,” she said.

“My hus­band is very ap­pre­cia­tive of my busi­ness and what it’s done for our farm. It’s the per­fect job for our fam­ily.

“Cameron played a lot of rep foot­ball and I al­ways did his trips with him. We’ve al­ways done ev­ery­thing to­gether and I think we’re a bit lost with­out each other.

“The girls are at a good age to un­der­stand. If they were un­der five I don’t think I could do this.

“It just seems to have fallen into my hands at the right time.”

Dur­ing tough times, Mrs Mulc­ahy said she was glad she could help out fi­nan­cially.

“It’s good be­ing mar­ried to a farmer to be able to help out

and have that ex­tra in­come.

“Es­pe­cially with the drought we’ve just come out of, it wasn’t very nice.

“We’ve had 10 inches in a month, so we’re com­pletely out the other side. We feel very lucky.

“I’ve ac­tu­ally had to de­sat­u­rate the green in my pho­tos.”

Mrs Mulc­ahy said her girls had be­come great mod­els and even had their own In­sta­gram page Grim­stead­slit­tle­pop­pets.

But de­spite their modelling ca­reers, all her girls want to work in agri­cul­ture when they grow up.

“They’ve been do­ing some modelling, they get sent clothes and ac­ces­sories from Wran­gler, Akubra, Ariat. They’ve been very spoilt,” Mrs Mulc­ahy said. “But they all want to work on the farm.

“The el­dest wants to be an AI tech­ni­cian, one wants to be a vet and one wants to sell all the cows and train horses.

“It can be hard to know what you want to be – I didn’t know I wanted to be a pho­tog­ra­pher.”

Mrs Mulc­ahy had a brush with fame last year when one of her pho­tos went vi­ral.

“There was a photo with the buggy that went vi­ral. So far it’s been viewed over 7 mil­lion times and shared over 30,000 times,” she said.

The cou­ple in the photo wanted to have dust in the back­ground, so one of the grooms­men de­cided to stir up some dust in a buggy.

The buggy pro­ceeded to tip and fall on its side, all cap­tured by Mrs Mulc­ahy’s cam­era.

“The gen­tle­man in the buggy was to­tally fine, he laughed and dusted him­self off and got an­other beer,” Mrs Mulc­ahy said.

RNC Pho­togr­pahy has taken off.

Mrs Mulc­ahy al­ready has 27 wed­dings booked for 2019, and 10 al­ready booked for 2020.

“I have one booked down in Wagga Wagga and one in Vic­to­ria,” she said.

“I am hang­ing out for an over­seas wed­ding – I’d go any­where.

“And where we live, you sort of know if you want to work you need to travel.”

❝There is just some­thing about a coun­try wed­ding.

— Re­nee Mulc­ahy

PHO­TOS: RNC PHOTOGRAPHY

BUSH TAL­ENT: Re­nee Mulc­ahy has a opas­sion for photography , wed­dings and the beauty of the bush PIC­TURED RIGHT: Bethany, Ge­or­gia and Natalie Mulc­ahy.

PHO­TOS: RNC PHOTOGRAPHY

BUSH TAL­ENT: Re­nee Mulc­ahy has a pas­sion for photography, wed­dings and the beauty of the bush.

Ge­or­gia, Natalie, Bethany and Cameron Mulc­ahy.

Natalie, Bethany, Re­nee and Ge­or­gia Mulc­ahy.

PHO­TOS: RNC PHOTOGRAPHY

LIT­TLE MOD­ELS: Bethany, Ge­or­gia and Natalie Mulc­ahy are the sub­jects of many of their mother’s pho­to­graphs.

Re­nee Mulc­ahy cap­tured the ac­tion with Alex Mearns at the War­wick Rodeo.

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