ABOUT ME

Welcome to my world, a space that’s now yours too. Here’s my story, let’s go on a little adventure together.

/ MY PHILOSOPHY

Photo credit to Gary Morgan, my partner in crime

Why do I harp on about capturing all the shades of a woman? I believe in celebrating womanhood in all its glory, embracing all the shapes, sizes, colours and belief systems that it comes with. Our lives might not always be worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster film, but your legacy is one that deserves to exist in photographs!

After all, there’s only one of you in this world. I believe that you are enough, that you are awesome exactly the way you are right now…forget the flashback to 20 years ago or that 15 kilos you’ve been waiting to lose, the time is NOW. I believe that the way you look is way less important than who you are. That’s why I’m so deeply passionate about creating beautiful photographs for women, rather than of women for someone else.

As women, we wear so many hats, our journeys are so diverse. Every day is a new beginning, a new experience. We skip from priority to priority, today we are into the family and kids’ stuff (the kids are growing up so fast, I really need to organise that family photo shoot), tomorrow’s all about treating ourselves to a bit of me-time(aka I’m a woman hear me roar – I want some happy photos of myself), and the day after we are back to work (you need fresh branding photos right?). We flit from one moment to another, and when the kids go to bed, you cuddle your hubby and soak in the love…which by the way, have you actually got a decent photo of just the two of you??

Wherever you are in your life, I’ll meet you there. You might not see what I see, which is why I want to show it to you. See yourself from a photographer’s eye, your beauty, your power, your resilience, your strength. To me, you’re incredible.

“Oh my goodness is that me? I look bloody  amazing!!” – this is a along the lines of what I hear from my clients again and again. The tangible empowerment and your joy and pride in seeing the finished photos is something that will never fail to give me goosebumps.  

I absolutely love what I do, and I hope you will too.

/ LOOK FOR THE WOMAN

or “cherchez la femme”, as the French would say

I’ve been a photographer for nearly two decades and when I made the huge decision to move across the hemispheres, continents and countries in 2014, I discovered the never-ending happiness that came with following my passion. Portrait photography soon became my full-time business and I have not looked back once. Constantly learning, evolving and improving, I love what I do. Every day, and with every shoot, I get the opportunity to step up and continue to master my craft. 

When I’m not behind the lenses, I’m a busy mum to my gorgeous 10-year-old Taya and our little Tommy baby aka my stalker, a British bulldog. I’m also wife, hopelessly in love with my best friend, who I met just over 3 years ago – he’s my rock. As a full-time business owner, portrait photographer and DYI social media manager, it keeps me on my toes, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. 

All stories have a beginning and here’s mine. The day where I first dipped my toes in photography was the day a girl paid me $100 to capture boudoir-style photos for her partner. That very day was the moment that I realised I want to keep inspiring women through my photography. 

I’ve spent many years finetuning my craft and evolving my philosophy, but one thing remains the same – I work with women of different ages, shapes and social roles, and what I’m confident about is that my photography is for women rather than of women. I’m here to capture YOU, for YOU. 

/ MY WHY

Why am I so passionate about photographing the shades of a woman?

Because it’s my life too. Let me tell you a story. 

As a child, I loved having sleepovers at my grandma’s. She had an old shoebox with old black and white prints. To hold those prints in my little hands, asking my grandma to tell the stories behind them, it was pure MAGIC. By far, my favourite photo in the collection was a shot of my mum on her first school day, she looked exactly like me at that age. Till this day, I still get the same warm feeling and shivers when I see the photograph. It’s incredible. 

But aside from that one photo, I rarely get to see another photo of my mother because she didn’t like being photographed – and trust me, I get it. Most people don’t like being photographed because we feel vulnerable in front of the camera. The last and only time we were in a photo together was when I was 7, shot in a boring photography atelier in the 80s. And honestly speaking,  I didn’t really have a decent photo of myself with my daughter either, as I would always be the one behind the camera (mums, doesn’t this sound all too familiar?). 

A few years ago when I was at a friend’s venue launch event, I randomly took a photo of one of the guests with her daughter. It wasn’t even a real photo session, but I was mesmerised by this mother-daughter bond. Through my lens, I was looking at their connection, seeing their glow and happy smiles. And at that point I realised that often, I get so carried away with creating beautiful stories for others that I’ve never taken the time to capture one of myself for myself.   

The next day after the launch event, I set up my studio gear at mum’s home and took some portraits of my mother, my daughter and I –our generational photos, from my tripod. I printed them large and proudly displayed our fine art portrait in a beautiful Italian frame on the wall – one at mum’s place, one at mine. Since then, I’ve made the deliberate effort to  take a photo of us every year on Mother’s Day. It’s our new tradition. It’s an example of celebrating happiness, life, love and connection for my daughter. This EXPERIENCE in itself was life-changing for me. 

Through my photography, I am in the business of inspiring confidence and connection amongst women, and I want every woman to truly feel like they exist in my photographs. Not in iPhone selfies, but in real prints. And I want everyone to feel the way I felt that day – unbelievably happy, strong and empowered.

Warmly,
Marina

/ LET’S GET STARTED