I love that creativity can’t be automated. You cant mass produce creativity. When I was 15 years old, my uncle took me under his wing and taught me the ropes of wedding photography. I’m so grateful that he did that. Not only because he gave me an opportunity and taught me a skill, but he also taught me the art of creativity. He taught me how to look at a situation and aim to see it differently. To see what many might not see.
Over 20 years later, and photography is still a huge part of my life. Or rather, creativity is still a huge part of my life and photography is the avenue it is expressed through. Applying creativity to a uniquely challenging situation and watching that come to fruition can be deeply satisfying and make beautiful art.
My skill set has allowed my family and I to be on a massive adventure. I started our photography business in Newcastle Australia, moved to New Zealand, then we took a hiatus and volunteered in Kolkata for a year. We worked with ladies rescued from the red light area, and it changed our lives and our perspective on so many things. We decided to do life differently, and the fire in our hearts burned red-hot to chase our dreams. We moved back to Australia with a desire to move to Myanmar and start a business to help some of the worlds most vulnerable. In 2019 the dream became a reality and we moved to rural Myanmar – it was an explosion of chaos and beauty. Myself, my wife and 3 kids living in a tiny 2 bedroom hut in the middle of nowhere! Life was good and we were living the dream. We flew out of Myanmar to renew our visa, COVID hit, and to our utter shock everywhere locked down and we couldn’t get back home. Sometimes life kicks you in the teeth and stomps on your dreams. However, we didn’t stay down for long. We dusted ourselves off and now we need to pivot, so we are back in Newcastle and back into what propelled me into my dreams in the first place – the art of photographing weddings, documenting new beginnings and new adventures for couples. The adventure is crazy and wild, and I’m just stoked that I get to photograph moments on the way.
When I photograph a wedding, I feel like I get a glimpse into couples lives. So I want to share with you some photos of my cool little family, so you can share in my world.