Our Q&A series are a fun and fantastic way to find out more about the life behind the lens. We hope you enjoy this photographer feature today on the blog.
Joy! Images, Penrith Sydney NSW
How did you get started as a photographer?
Studied photography throughout high school & specialised at University (we used film & dark rooms in those days). Worked as a desktop publisher editing images for a year, before falling into television for 17 years. After having my first child i decided i needed something more flexible for my young family so i decided to go back to photography & opened my business Joy! Images in 2016.
What did life look like before photography?
Desktop Publishing- Real Estate photos & Political posters.
Television- 17years. Head of On Air for the LifeStyle Channels
Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …
Responding to emails, updating socials, updating website, thinking about marketing opportunities, editing outstanding galleries & doing in home newborn shoots in between. All whilst trying not to get distracted by that shiny new prop I saw online yesterday
Do you have a special story to share?
Artie was one of my premmie bubs. He’d spent 5 weeks in NICU & his parents were keen to capture some newborn photos. These sessions remind us just how important our job is in capturing these special memories for our families.
If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My children. Like most photographers I spend so much time photographing other people’s families I struggle to find the time and energy to capture my own family. I am trying to at least get 1 “professional” looking family photo a year.
What is the best thing about your job?
Being a newborn photographer- being trusted with a family’s most precious new arrival- often being one of the first people to visit following baby’s birth. Getting to have cuddles with newborns and being able to hand them back 😀
Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …
It’s a lot more work than just picking up a camera and pressing the shutter button. We dedicate alot of time to training and education. We don’t just need to know how to use a camera, but understand lighting, posing, editing, marketing, social, website maintenance, customer service- we are jack of all trades!
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
I’d probably still be working in television.
Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?
A state of the art studio with all the bells & whistles!