From beautiful Lake Macquarie, growing up around the water has fostered a deep love and curiosity for the life it sustains, particularly for marine mammals. My earliest childhood memories include drawing orca, and a room filled with orca images and plush toys.
A few years ago, I took my first solo trip overseas. While watching Orca and experiencing the natural beauty of Washington State, I had a revelation.... I needed a better camera! and so, in 2012 I bought my first DSLR camera. The goal was simple, I wanted to capture images of whales and other marine life that did justice to my experiences. I wanted to create images that savoured the excitement of every moment and that gave you the same gut feeling you get as you watch a 40-tonne humpback whale erupt from the ocean's surface.
In 2012, I completed a double bachelors degree in Music and Teaching at the University of Newcastle. I always thought I would teach through the week and watch whales on the weekend. In 2013, I began working as a naturalist and deckhand for ecotourism company, Imagine Cruises and in 2014, I did not return to teaching. Working in ecotourism has enabled me to share my love of the marine environment with others and has also provided a platform to develop my passion for photography.
As a founding member of the Marine Parks Association, I enjoy using my love of photography to help update and maintain a population census of our Port Stephens resident Bottlenose Dolphins. This has bettered my understanding of our dolphins and allows me to provide others with a more intimate look at their day-to-day lives - to personalise each experience for guests onboard our vessels and hopefully forge a deeper connection and respect for the animals and the environment they inhabit.
Thank you for taking the time to check out my work. I hope you find as much joy viewing these images as I have had creating them.