Amy is a fun, happy and laid-back mother of 2 and family photographer based out of Melbourne, Australia. She has a unique eye for capturing the beauty in simple everyday activities with her clients. She strives to capture emotion, movement and moments in her work, which she does over and over again.
How did you learn photography?
I've always loved carrying a camera around, from when I was a little kid, to traveling in my late teens and 20s. I fell in love with the idea of becoming a pro photographer when I was getting married and met lots of wedding photographers (I really wanted to leave my city job!) Then it was a combo of part-time courses at the amazing Central St. Martins in London, followed by a few great online workshops with Clickinmoms, In Beauty & Chaos, and Bloom. I've always loved visiting art galleries and studying the masters, so I think that's seeped into my learning process too.
What year was the then picture taken in?
My "then" picture was taken in 2011. I called it portfolio building back then, but it's quite clear that I was just trying to get all the practice I could ha! It's a sweet moment and I hope the lovely mum still likes it, but the processing and composition (etc!) leaves a lot to be desired.
What did you do to better your photography skills?
I take lots and lots of photos. I work really hard to develop new skills and never stop learning. I am constantly inspired by others in this community. This thing that started out as a hobby, has now become a passion that I never stop thinking about and I am a little bit addicted to (I know I'm not the only one.) It has made me see this beautiful world with new eyes and I love to capture so many different subjects. I mainly photography adorable families, but two of my favorite photos this year are a triple exposure of Bondi Beach and some creepy crocs in Queensland. You just never know what your next favorite image is going to be, so I just keep shooting and learning!
What is one piece of advice you would give to a new photographer to help them excel in their craft?
Find your sources of inspiration amongst contemporary photographers and the masters. Visit galleries, watch movies, read books, and travel. Inspiration comes from so many corners. Also, find the right voices to listen to. Not everyone will like or understand your art, so you need to find your audience and accept compliments and criticism equally and with curiosity. And one day down the road, if LOOKSLIKEFILM asks if you would like to be featured on their blog, say, "YES," even if it scares the heck out of you!