Q&A with Simone Lennie of Simone Elisabeth Photography, Gold Coast QLD

We love sharing these personal profiles of our favourite Australian professional photographers! Find out all about the person behind the lens in our Q&A series.

Simone Elisabeth Photography, Pimpama Gold Coast

How did you get started as a photographer?

My husband bought a DSLR for me one Christmas when we had our first baby. I then bought a macro lens and photographed every tiny detail of my girl so I wouldn’t forget. It kind of snowballed from there.

What did life look like before photography?

I was in the corporate travel industry! For the most part I enjoyed it, I loved chatting to my clients, the last minute joys of booking flights as my clients were heading to the airport! I needed a change though and I needed flexibility to be able to be there for our children & all their activities!

Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …

Send my husband to work, send my kids to school, set up, reply emails, photoshoot, load gallery & send off proofing gallery, pack & clean up, go wait in the car for kids and write blogs / social media / phone calls. Head home, argue with the kids over homework, dinner, edit. Repeat.

Do you have a special story to share?

Oh there are so many cute stories but one of my favourites was during a cake smash.
A lot of babies are very cautious to start with before they get into the cake. This little dude though, as soon as he saw the cake, he just face planted into it! He had his Mum and I in stitches the whole session.

If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Oh this is so tough! I would say cake smashes, they really make me laugh, it’s such a great time. Though I really love cuddling newborns. Impossible question to answer.

What is the best thing about your job?

Handing over the photographs to the parents, knowing they will be looked back on for years, shown to their future Grandchildren…as we do with our own photographs.

Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …

We spend about 10% of our time photographing. Every other minute would be spent editing, marketing, business & furthering our education (I’m very passionate about the last one).

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?

Probably working in a small office as a receptionist maybe, something that was flexible (though that’s nearly impossible to find these days?)

Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?

Probably a dual camera strap to use for weddings.

If you could photograph someone famous, who would it be and why?

Anh Do – he’s busy painting and learning everyone’s story, I’d love to photograph him and have him tell his own.










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