What’s your link to Townsville?
I moved from the Central Queensland town of Clermont to Townsville to complete my university studies at James Cook University. I spent three amazing years in Townsville living on campus, enjoying the beach lifestyle and balancing university with a freelance photography and design business. I came away with a Bachelor of New Media Arts, double majoring in Digital Media Design and Digital Imaging.
Where are you now?
I’m now living in Brisbane, running two photography businesses alongside my business partner Andrew Jarvie.
We own Life Portraits, a portrait photography business specialising in portraiture, weddings, fitness and photography training as well as LP Commercial, a commercial photography business specialising in events, corporate portraiture, advertising and marketing imagery and media and editorial distribution. We travel across Australia to deliver a professional service and a fun experience for all of our clients. Between the two of us, we’ve been in the industry for a combined 35+ years, collaborating our skills in photography, journalism, media, branding, design and PR. Our clientele is so diverse that each day is exciting and we’re always photographing something new.
What’s your next project?
Under our LP Commercial banner, we’re contracted by a number of large event organisations for event coverage. Our next big event is the Australian Commercial Radio Awards and Conference in Melbourne and the Australian Liquor Awards in Sydney. Under the Life Portraits banner, we have a number of fitness photography sessions with bodybuilding competitions now in full swing, as well as preparing marketing for the family photography Christmas season.
Within the Life Portraits brand we have a sub-brand called LP Training. We travel across Queensland delivering photography workshops to community and photography groups, either funded by RADF grants, personally by photography groups or commissioned by Council or business groups.
What’s happening with your personal life?
I’ve just returned from a month holiday tripping around Europe with my partner Corey, of course with camera in hand! We visited my family in Ireland then over to Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Switzerland, Rome and finishing with a nine-night Greek Islands cruise. I captured some beautiful images of our travels and it will be a trip to remember! We’re now in saving mode to prepare to buy a property next year.
How did your time in Townsville set you up for success?
Studying in Townsville to fulfil my goal of becoming a successful creative businesswoman was an opportunity of a lifetime. Between the amazing experiences through my degree at JCU, the friends I made, the trips over to Magnetic Island and relaxing at The Strand I have some of my best memories in Townsville.