I first fell in love with photography over 20 years ago when my high school art teacher introduced me to the art form. Instantly, I was hooked, spending most of my time volunteering at local photo labs. Now, in 2020, I’m located on the Sunshine Coast, working as a portrait photographer, liaising with local businesses.
In 1991, I was a former graduate of the Queensland College of Art and was awarded the AIPP Qld Student Photographer of the Year. Then, in 2000 I was able to begin my first business venture, ‘tebani photography’ where I quickly established a name for myself in wedding and portrait photography. I’ve since been honoured with awards and had the privilege of being exhibited and published nationally and internationally.
As well as digital, I’ve had former training with film, which, in my opinion, gives the best grounding and knowledge for photography. I enjoy mixing digital with analogue, blending both their unique qualities together to create something beautiful.
Through the years, I began partaking in many expeditions where I got the chance to capture, the raw and unfiltered side of life. Documenting people, places and objects around me, in ways others don’t see. No photo is a mistake and with each shot of the camera, I want the viewer to identify with my style and feel the emotion captured through the lens. One of my favourite quotes, which drives a lot of my ambition, is from Magnum Photographer, David Alan Harvey.
“Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like.”
Photography has given me a great power and courage to travel and explore unseen sights and make connections with people I otherwise wouldn’t. A goal of mine is to continue to enjoy my time, capturing the hidden side of life and sharing it with the world.
Australian Photography Magazine, Aust Capture Magazine, Aust Commercial Photography, Black & White Photography UK Magazine, B&W US Magazine, Australian Geographic, ‘N’ (Nikon) Magazine UK, The Guardian Australia, Loud & Luminous Book 2020 (a Celebration of Australian Women Photographers)