There is more to being a photographer than just taking great photos. Have a read through today’s Q&A feature and find out all about the talent behind the lens.
Aurora Joy Photography, Romsey Victoria
How did you get started as a photographer?
I was at a cross roads in my life. I was a working teacher and had a young daughter and just wasn’t feeling the love for teaching in schools. I took some time off and decided to go back to my trusty camera and try to find myself again. From the moment I picked that camera back up I could feel it, the passion the creativity everything all come rushing back. After a few weeks of photographing everything I could I put my notice in to work and haven’t looked back.
I needed to find me, the real me, the me that had been hidden because of work, school and motherhood. I found her again!
What did life look like before photography?
I was a kindergarten to year 10 Teacher.
Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …
Coffee, set up, Coffee, photograph, cull, coffee, show, edit.
Do you have a special story to tell?
I photographed an amazing family and their little boy who was born 105 days early. Here is their story.
“Today marks 100 days for our little boy but yet we aren’t even at his due date. He was born 105 days early, 15 weeks exactly, which is something you can never imagine or prepare yourself for. He proved to be an absolute fighter and is our little miracle.
He spent a total of 87 days in hospital – 50 days in neonatal intensive care, 24 days in high dependency and 13 days in the special care nursery. This is a little summary of his battle. He needed 5 blood transfusions, 1 plasma top up, battled and overcame a deadly infection called NEC.
He spent 15 days on the ventilator which did all the breathing for him, 54 days on CPAP/high flow which helped keep his lungs inflated, 56 days of caffeine to keep his heart beating.
He had countless blood tests and needles and so many different long lines, arterial lines and cannulas. This little guy is seriously a legend.
He has fought so hard to be here and we are so thankful and blessed to be able to soak up every moment with him but especially to be his parents.
We thank Emma so much for being able to capture these moments for us in such a loving caring and patient way. Without you we probably wouldn’t have these photos of Mason”.
If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Can I have two things haha? High end maternity and outdoor newborns.
What is the best thing about your job?
Creating not only a photograph but a memory that will go on for generations and be treasured.
Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …
OUTSOURCING IS THE BEST!!!
There is a fair amount of admin haha sorry guys and girls but its the truth. I learnt very early on that outsourcing what I didn’t love doing was the best thing for my business. From all the emails, bookings, galleries, orders, deliveries and not to mention the other nity gritty paperwork that comes with being a photographer, it takes up a lot of time. So OUTSOURCE IT!
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
Probably still teaching but maybe overseas.
Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?
I’d buy a store front fully decked out paid in full so no rent to pay, marketing campaigns/ advertising for 10 years, new camera and lens and a few $1000 in couture maternity gowns, yearly holidays overseas with my family, oooh and a pony and alpaca haha.
You didn’t say it had to be one thing right haha
If you could photograph someone famous, who would it be and why?
Ooh that’s a tough one… It’s a hard split down the middle Ed Sheeran and Jason Momoa
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