“When I started shooting commercially, I was 20 years old. It was a boom time in our industry, and our small part of Australia was becoming known for having some of the top models in the world. Faces like Gemma Ward and Jess Gomes were coming out of Perth and being booked all over the world. The model agencies were putting together teams of Perth photographers, makeup artists, and stylists to shoot all their upcoming models. We would shoot 3 model portfolios a day, and every portfolio had to have a range of different looks and different light setups, from natural to studio lighting. This was where I cut my teeth on learning how to use studio lighting for models and beauty.
As the years have gone by, my lighting has evolved, and I’ve found my own style, but I believe without initially teaching myself many different ways of lighting, I would never have known what style best suited my work. So my advice to those starting out is to experiment and try as many different light setups as you can so you can discover what sings to you!”