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.
Stacey Rolfe Photography, Sydney Family Photographer
How did you get started as a photographer?
When I had my daughter, I bought my first ever manual camera. I wanted to take better photos than phone snaps, so I went on a one day beginners course and then just practised….and practised and practised. Eventually, I started taking photos of my friends’ babies, and then one day someone asked me for my rates. I’ve never looked back!
What did life look like before photography?
I was a lawyer for more than a decade. I trained in London, and moved to Sydney in 2014 on secondment. I used to work on big multi-national mergers, and large scale litigation. I ran my photography business as a small hobby ‘side hustle’ for years before taking the plunge.
Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …
I’m woken by my two kids far too early, and get them ready for daycare. Once they’re out of the house, I sit down with a cup of tea to deal with my emails and any admin tasks that I hate (if I don’t do these first thing, they never get done!)
I move onto my editing the afternoon, while I listen to a podcast or five. Then I head out for a sunset shoot at the beach or the park – my favourite part of the day by far!
Once I get home, I back up my SD cards while we do the bedtime routine. I do the first cull after dinner and edit a couple of sneak peeks. The rest of the edit waits for another day!
Do you have a special story to share?
I once had a client show up to an extended family shoot with an ABC film crew! It was actually great fun and added a whole new dynamic to the shoot. I heard some brilliant stories about my clients while I was clicking away! That’s actually one of my favourite things about extended family shoots – the grandparents always bring out the best in everyone!
If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Toddlers. I love them. I love their unfiltered view of the world. I love how all they want to do is PLAY. I love how pure their love is for their family.
What is the best thing about your job?
That my office is the beach or a park!
I also love that I get to create these beautiful memories that families look back on year after year.
Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …
I started this hobby because I wanted to take better photos of my kids. But it is SO HARD to take great photos of your own family. Especially toddlers – they just run towards mum behind the lens! That’s why we invest in our own family photos so regularly.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
I’d probably move back into Human Resources. I’m a people person, and I love problem solving.
Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?
The fastest computer on the market, and my own IT team. Technical issues are absolutely the worst thing about running your own photography business!
If you could photograph someone famous, who would it be and why?
I’m not really into celebrities. For me, it would need to be someone very down to earth, who would have a great adventure and a laugh with their children on the shoot. Laura Byrne would be great fun!
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