In 1994 we decided to try a bit of a change
in life. We bought a one way ticket from London to Queensland,
ending up in Cairns. It was a great step forward.
Uni degrees and industrial research experience
in chemistry are of limited benefit in Cairns. It was time for
a change in career. Before moving to Cairns, a lot of my time
was spent enjoying extended holidays for travel and photography.
So it wasn't too much of a change to move to full time photography.
In the quiet season I still like to get
out of Cairns and take my camera to see some of the rest of the
world. Every year I try and get away to at least one overseas
destination. In particular I look for the local wildlife. Unfortunately
for Lisa, I tend to avoid the luxury hotels and go for slightly
off the beaten track destinations. After visiting at least 45
countries, that travel coffee table book is long overdue!
In 1996 we were living along Pine Creek
Road near Gordonvale. We named our new business Pine Creek Pictures.
We are not married so the logical step was to start with wedding
photography. The weddings were fun but after 600 of them and ten
years we thought it was time to see what other people did on a
Saturday. A lot of our wedding customers started coming back with
their children for family portraits. So we changed to photographing
kids instead. This has worked very well and we still enjoy photography
familes and kids. We have also shot a lot of sport over this time
and this has also proved very popular..
After moving studio three times, we settled
on the current location in 2002 at 247 McLeod St in North Cairns.
Apologies to all those people who come and try to find us when
we are out photographing on location. Please ring first. 0419
Both kids and sport require the same skills
in photography. Split second timing of that perfect moment is
combined with a natural instinct for great light.
For families and kids, personally I love
the natural outdoor look combined with the textures of rural Australia.
Kids are far better to photograph when they are just running around
and having fun, eating rocks and falling in the mud. We used to
go to some great rural outdoor locations around Cairns. However
slowly but surely they are 'developed'. So we started to encourage
families to come out to our home in the scenic Little Mulgrave
Valley. Our home here was the original farm house and barracks
for the area and is excellent for photography . Images from the
nearby Little Mulgrave River also look lovely.
In recent times I seem to find myself doing
more commercial photography and we have developed a steadily expanding
business photographing corporate portraits. These business portraits
can be done in our studio or also incorporating the company's
premises to present a unique image.
After 20 years photographing I must have
photographed almost everything in every situation. This experience
is invaluable and helps me to tackle any assignment with confidence.
I'm not sure how many people I've been lucky enough to photograph
over the years but it must be many thousands. Thanks to all of
you for letting me into your lives for a short while.
Despite being very good with the camera
Lisa tends to leave most of the photography up to me.
Looking through our website you might notice
how the horses do tend to feature. Lisa is very passionate about
her horses and spends as much time as possible competing in Dressage,
Showjumping and Cross-Country. The horses also like to join in
with the photography from time to time. Other times they do need
to be bribed with a carrot which is usually close at hand. They
are quite used to small children and are surprisingly very calm.