Capturing rural life
Cattle farmer turned hobby into popular photography business
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 Grimsteads little pop pets.
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
BUSH TALENT: Renee Mulcahy has a passion for photography, weddings and the beauty of the bush.PICTURED RIGHT: Bethany, Georgia andNatalie Mulcahy.
BUSH TALENT: Renee Mulcahy has a passion for photography, weddings and the beauty of the bush.
Georgia, Mulcahy. Natalie, Bethany and Cameron
Natalie, Bethany, Renee and Georgia Mulcahy.
LITTLE MODELS: Bethany, Georgia and Natalie Mulcahy are the subjects of many of their mother’s photographs.
Photos from Josh and Madeline Tattersall's wedding went viral as a groomsman rolled a buggy in the background.
Racheal and Kade Hutchison's wedding day.
Eddie Gill at the Warwick Rodeo.
Renee Mulcahy captured the action with Alex Mearns at the Warwick Rodeo.