Why I am here
Spending my days pouring over Vogue, sketching skeletal designs and erasing curves in Photoshop.
High heels and higher stress to make up for a shrinking self-esteem.
And then along she came.
Not softly or quietly. She came skidding, tumbling, somersaulting into my life.
I taught her how to sit: she taught me love.
I taught her how to roll: she taught me loyalty
I taught her how to jump: she taught me LIFE
She made me want to dedicate myself to celebrating soulful eyes, cheeky tails and warm snuggles. Thanks to her, I discovered that my days would be better spent filled with people who love their furfamilies, sketching designs to help animal charities and erasing leashes in Photoshop. Muddy knees and comfy t-shirts - 100% happy in my own skin.
Without my girl, there would be no Ragamuffin Pet Photography.
I owe Lyra everything. She is my everything.
I live with my gorgeous man Benjamin, our scruffdogs Maple and Lyra, their feline sidekick Will and our bearded dragon, Hufflepuff Lizardnardo (Puff for short). They inspire myself and my art every single day.
I was always going to be a photographer. By the age of 16, I had started winning awards and exhibiting my photography internationally. I studied fashion photography in London and then New York on a scholarship. In 2008 I moved back to Melbourne to complete my BA in Photography at RMIT. Photographing perfect, beautiful people was fun, but deep down I was aching for something more. More meaningful, more passionate, more SOUL.
And so, at 20 years old I launched Ragamuffin Pet Photography. I didn't have a speck of business knowledge, but there was a camera round my neck, my heart full of love and my scruffy little family my side. Eight years later, my days are spent creating beautiful portraits for people who are crazy about their own furry family, and I couldn't be happier!
Exhibitions, Awards and Publications
Photography exhibited at Federation Square, Melbourne
Photography exhibited at the Refectory, London
Photography exhibited at the Calumet Gallery, London
Photography exhibited at Musee de l’Elysee’s, Paris
Photography exhibited at the United Nations, NY
Photography exhibited at the Grand Hall, Kingston
Photography exhibited at the Labyrinth Museum, Berlin
Photography exhibited at the International Conference Centre, Burkina Faso
Photography exhibited at Shoot First Exhibition, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne
Photography published in “Paws for Charity” Book
Photography published in calendar “Misunderstood”
Photography featured on the Daily Dog Tag
Photography featured on Hair of the Dog Pet Photography Blog
Photography featured on the Innovation Generation
Photography featured in the Little Muse Collective
Photography published in (AA Publishers) Holiday Photographer of the Year
Photography published in The Fashion Journal
Photography published in Beat Magazine
Photography published in Ilford Images Magazine
Photography published in Fashion Moda Magazine
Photography published in La Geneve North Magazine
Photography published in Pulp Magazine Online
Overall Winner of Ilford Tertiary Photography Competition (First Year)
President’s Scholarship at School of Visual Arts for Digital Photography
Winner for Practical Photography Magazine Holiday Photographer of the Year Competition
Winner of the Guardian Unlimited Travel photography competition
Winner at Tate Modern Shoot Experience Competition
Winner of the Japan Visitor Photography Competition (first round)
Winner of the Asia Visitor Photography Competition (final round)
Winner of the ACDSee Home photo Competition
Second Place in NYAS Photography Competition
Short listed for Digital Fotofusion Gallery Photography 2007 Competition
Short listed for Shoot Nations Photography Competition
Short listed for Konstam Food Photography Award