Natsumi drained her life-savings for an SLR camera at the age of 16 - and proceeded to tramp around south-east Asia and Latin America with it, finally losing it somewhere in Mexico. Then in 2010, despite having survived an honours thesis in political science
at the University of Melbourne, Natsumi somehow found herself working on Australian Geographic magazine's well-respected picture desk. There she spent 18 months (six months as acting picture editor) searching out pictures and commissioning assignment work from the country's most sought after photographers and seeing literally thousands and thousands of images cross her desk. In 2012, she was offered the coveted job of AG staff writer, which is how she makes a crust today. Natsumi has worked as a picture researcher and picture editor across Australian Geographic, its calendars and dairies range, children's magazines and books, and their coffee-table tome, '25 Years of Australian Geographic Photography'. Her photos have been published in Australian Geographic, AG Outdoor and Eclipse magazines. These days, though she's often lucky to have some very talented photographers by her side, she always has a spare camera slung over one shoulder - just in case.
Louise is a documentary and wedding photographer, based in Brisbane. After four years of full time study, she graduated from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Photography with Class 1 Honours,
majoring in photojournalism and social documentary photography. Louise is the current picture editor of the Australian Photojournalist, an annual journal that seeks to publish stories which aren't seen in mainstream media in order to create awareness about current, key issues in our world. When not working on the APJ, Louise is a wedding and portrait photographer with her business 'Ginger and Spice Photography'. However, Louise's true passion is documentary photography and telling stories through her images, and she has shown her work in nine exhibitions to date. Easy going and happy to chat to anyone, Louise loves passing on her knowledge and discussing photography with anyone she can!
Michelle is one of our assistants who has possessed a keen interest in photography ever since she can remember. She has travelled extensively and fell in love with the way photography can capture moments and places in a way that not only
holds those memories forever, but enable her to share them with other people too. After completing one of our very first 1 Day Photography Courses at Adelaide Zoo, Michelle elected to study the Evolution of Photography at university and has since been able to appreciate both the art and technique of photography and what goes on behind the lens. With a particular love for photographing animals (her work hangs in Adelaide's busiest veterinary Centre), Michelle is full of energy and when you meet her someday, she would love to hear of your adventures and what piques your interest in photography.
Sarah started out as a self-taught photographer, her first published photograph being on the real estate board of her parents house in 2004. She then went on to do voluntarily work as a photographer for a local magazine during the Melbourne
Fringe Festival in 2006, and started to win some photography awards. In 2010 Sarah attended one of our Melbourne one day course, and then joined us for our Tasmania and Galapagos photo safaris in 2011. Since then, she has jumped and excelled at every photographic challenge thrown at her, from shooting her first wedding, stepping into the realms of product and portrait photography, as well as coordinating and directing photo shoots. Her warm, friendly persona makes Sarah a delight to be around, and she has simultaneously built her career in the non-profit sector, combining her various passions of people and wildlife with her love of photography. Sarah is enthusiastic and strives to try or learn something new each time she picks up the camera.
Simone is a bright, friendly and approachable member of our team. She’s always had a passion for art and creative expression, and ever since experimenting her first disposable camera when she was just twelve years old, Simone has developed
a passion for taking photos. Having studied photography at school, Simone then purchased her first DSLR in 2010, completed a specialist fashion and design course, and attended one of our 1-day photography courses at Perth Zoo, where she says “everything just fell into place” and she hasn’t put her camera down since. We instantly recognised her engaging energy and quick understanding of the camera, and are delighted to now have Simone helping our new course attendees gain more enjoyment and ability from their shared passion.
Jamie is a Melbourne based photographer, who attended our very first Melbourne photography course back in 2009, fell deeper in love with photography and went on to graduate from RMIT TAFE in 2012, completing a cert 4 in Photoimaging.
Jamie then started her own studio photography business Jamie Theodore Photography' specialising in family & children portraits and also delving into fashion, romance and couple portraits. She has always had a passion for photography, and even from a very young age, Jamie would be the one bossing her family and others around to get into a photo, and now she's lucky enough to be doing it for a living.
It's the ability to capture the moment and keep it forever that Jamie enjoys, to have fun with it, play around with it and see what creative effects she can create. Jamie is a lively and energetic part of our team.
Hollie is in her final year of a Visual Communication and Design degree at the University of Newcastle, and after attending our 1 Day Photography Course she went on to start her own company called Evolution Photography and Design.
Conservation is close to Hollies heart; she sees photography and design as a catalyst to influence the world for the better, as a voice for those who are not able to speak for themselves. Outside of study and business, Hollie volunteers with Hunter Animal Rescue, taking amazing studio photos of the animals to help them find their 'forever homes', and also enjoys finding and photographing the small things and fleeting moments which otherwise go unnoticed, yet are so beautiful to capture and a joy to share.
Hollie is really excited to be a part of Chris’s amazing team, and loves helping other photographers discover the world's hidden beauty which their camera can reveal, and of course the fun that sits alongside photography.
21 years old and based in Sydney, Leïla is a self-taught photographer and writer passionate about people, exploring the world and storytelling through words and images. Completing her Bachelor of Communications in Journalism in November this year,
Leïla is available for freelance work, projects & adventures worldwide. Check out www.leilajoyphotography.com