So, what really matters?
What would you keep alive forever?
Did you know that you can, in real-life photos?
I believe your life runs like a movie in real time, and photography gives you the power to hit ‘pause’ on the best bits.
You’re a business owner who leads with purpose.
It means you’re paving your own way.
You may be travelling solo or as part of a team.
You’re creating something for the next generation.
Your journey is uncertain, challenging and exhilarating.
You know stats and facts are not enough to connect with the people.
You’re aware your personality is missing from the conversation.
I attended the second oldest photography school in the world – RMIT University.
The legacy of that training was what do you want to say?
What do you want to say, with the camera as the tool of choice?
Surface stuff doesn’t interest me.
But you fascinate me in your capacity to create, strive and succeed.
It makes for a great story.
So your story comes first.
Together we capture what you’re most proud of. It unfolds in real time. It feels comfortable and relaxed.
The magic lives in the moments between the moments.
The ones you promise yourself you’ll never forget.
Your photos are carefully crafted to be true, soulful and resonate.
People say they feel real or alive.
I’m asked back, and a journey begins.
In time these images form a record of your legacy.
You may be curious, what does capturing the real you cost?
Often people spend a lot more on other photographers but leave with pictures that somehow miss the mark.
I harness curiosity, intuition and fun to hit the home run.
There’s one of me and I can only be in one place at a time.
To get started on capturing what really matters to you, get in touch.
What really matters to me?
Being adventurous, curious and creative.
I am, (in no particular order), intentional, honest, no-nonsense, kind, supportive, gentle, patient, deep, feminine, soulful, grounded, earthy, intuitive, innovative, an explorer and a creator.
Why am I telling you this? So you know how I roll, how I will handle you, and what I’ll harness so we can create something you love.
Feel like a chat? My details are here.
Your story, like a fingerprint, is uniquely yours.
As soon as a moment happens, it becomes a memory.
If it isn’t captured, it’s as though it never happened.
You’re busy creating your legacy, my role is to keep it alive in photographs.
Great photography isn’t expensive, it’s priceless.
Because it acts as a daily reminder of what really matters in your life long after the moment has passed.
Angela Dadds, feeling connected in her favourite place.
- purpose is to unearth the human angle in business leaders.
- mission is to show who you really are, not just what you look like in pictures you feel proud to show.
- vision is to record your legacy as it unfolds in real time for future generations to see.
My principles in action …
- Conversation – we start here
- Connection – we form this
- Confidence – you feel this
- Create – now we can
Monique Bayer, founder of Walk Melbourne Tours, two times author,
shares her passion for Melbourne’s stories through food.
Ready to find out more on how I could help you? Let’s connect.
The back story
I spent three years learning the craft of photography at RMIT. Immersed in films, chemistry and darkrooms, my budget was ‘$1 a shot’ which meant that every capture really counted.
The studio environment always felt alien with flash equipment, backdrops and fabricated posing. In stark contrast I was drawn like a magnet to working in real life circumstances with natural, available lighting.
As a new graduate I was advised to get a mentor, learn the ropes and go out on my own at some stage in the future.
The rebel in me decided to open my own business and photograph weddings – even though I knew nothing about either. After four years it was sailing along well. But something was missing – that couldn’t be …it…surely…
I followed my urge to explore new creative territory. I thought I needed a year (which turned out to be more), so I hit the road.
I loved the freedom of travelling. It inspired me, pushed boundaries and demanded I create in new ways. I experimented with landscape, street, food, portraiture, family, architecture, theatre – you name it, I tried it. Besides the growth I experienced as an artist, I feel grateful to have all my important moments recorded forever.
Notes, copious notes.
I pondered if I were to have an exhibition, what would I want to say? I realised that regardless of what or who I’m photographing, I’m always looking for the personality of my subject, and their special connection to their world.
That’s me, age 5, in the middle, on a trip to see my Dad’s American family.
From the highway my Mum saw this amazing field of Californian poppies and I clearly remember her saying let’s pull over and get a picture.
Apparently I still like rolling around in random fields.
I contacted my wedding clients who had started families and proposed I capture their ‘family portrait’.
But I discovered it was the moments between the moments that were worth capturing because they were real and fleeting.
Tina touches Ella’s round, soft belly.
I then widened my viewfinder to include professional lives as well, typically in a business capacity where it all began with a single person and a big idea.
To me, the most satisfying element of being a photographer is in capturing what lights you up, your juice, that ‘thing’ that is often internalised, delicate and fleeting.
I also love challenging the idea that photography should be staged, posed and awkward. Real-life isn’t like that at all.
Archie keeps guard while Anna and Michael work.
I see what’s playing out like I’m watching a movie.
What’s happening here that you’ll want to see twenty years from now?
I give pause for thought to important moments that would otherwise be lost to memory in the busy-ness of life.
No-one knows your story like you do. Purposeful planning is key to allowing unscripted moments to unfold naturally at the time of capture.
I create a safe and fun space so you can do/be/say all that’s required to get your story captured in a way that’s true for you. We work from a collaborative standpoint so that you will leave feeling seen in your best light.
Sarah and Helmut celebrate the day their bakery opened in Berlin.
Have questions? Let’s get on the phone to get those answered.
Digital photography unleashed a whole new set of problems that didn’t exist in film days.
Learning all the technical elements was a stressful challenge that I finally conquered after two years. Many enthusiasts struggle with those same problems I experienced.
To set them on the right path with their digital photography from the ground up, I created the first of its kind in the world, The Camera Road Map, which includes my book ‘Memories at your fingertips – organise your digital photos like a pro‘.
Ann gets her book copy signed at my book launch.
Some things you may not know about me
1. 2011-15 leader of 5000 enthusiast photographers in Berlin and Melbourne
2. BA (Commercial Art Photography) RMIT University 1999
3. Accredited Professional Photographer with the AIPP
4. Award winner Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP)
5. Published Australian Institute of Professional Photography Awards books
6. Published Australian Commercial & Media Photographers Awards books
7. Runner up ACT AIPP Family Photographer of the Year Award 2011
8. 17 years professional experience in wedding, family, business, events
9. Solo exhibitions Leaving Traces and Bottling Memories in Canberra & Berlin
10. I have an uncanny ability to sniff out a great cafe up to 1km away. Truly.
What they say
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I live in beautiful Melbourne, Australia. It’s my home. Canberra is my home away from home – my family lives there and so do many of my older clients that have known me from the very beginning. I have family clients in far flung places like New York City, Ottawa, Toronto, London, Berlin, Hamburg, Cape Town, Sydney…and other lesser know places. Berlin is my inspirational playground. If the planets align then once a year I go mid-year…
If you’d like me to come to you, that’s easy, let’s look at our schedules and tee it up. Or, if you’re up for something more ambitious (ie, global) – a plane ride is never that big a deal.
A little bit of planning is all it takes.
PS This is my first photo, responsible for my life long addiction. I was nine at the time. I remember holding that little black box up to my eye, feeling the cold metal button under my finger, hearing that ‘clunk-click’ as the warmth of that room was transformed from a fleeting moment into something permanent. I especially love it because it’s my handsome parents and we still own that pepper pot. We’ve long since stopped putting candles in old wine bottles though.