Photography is my passion, and for 26 years now I have been lucky enough to do something I love. Whether it is for my own exhibitions or family portraits, the best thing about being a photographer is that you get invited into some amazing places by amazing people.
Many couples tell us that they could never work together, but Vicki and I have been doing it since we started our photography studio in Launceston,Tasmania and luckily we manage to juggle it. Having very defined areas of responsibility helps, and our personalities complement each other so that everything gets done.
Whether it is to capture in a portrait, the joy of growing up in a loving family, as a witness to a wedding, or to document some of the diverse range of business and industrial endeavours. It is the diversity that has kept us at the top of our game for so long.
Five times Tasmanian Professional Photographer of the Year, a Fellow of both the Australian and New Zealand Institiutes of Professional Photography, Philip is Tasmania's only Grand Master of Photography - one of just 20 in Australia. While it is great to win awards and be recognized for the work that you do, for me it is still, after all these years, the thrill of capturing the moment in a way that resonates with people who see my images that gets me up in the morning.
When we go on holidays (and I like going on holidays!) I always have a camera, and I am always looking for images. This conflicts with my other passion which is fishing, and often I am not sure whether to grab my fishing rod or my camera ( I usually end up with both, weighed down and conflicted, but happy!!)
Years ago I saw a program on TV which pointed out that there are some people who are Starters, they have great ideas, and are enthusiastic at the start of a project but are never good at the fine details or at finishing anything. That's me! Luckily, Vicki could be the poster girl for the Finishers! Her attention to detail frustrates me sometimes, and she is like a dog with a bone when it comes to finishing projects. Between us, it all gets done far better than either one of us could do by ourselves.
Born in Albury NSW she moved to Sydney to study and pursue a career as a hospital specialist architect - a career that eventually brought her to Launceston as a site architect on the Launceston General Hospital . We were meant to be in Launceston for 18 months - that was over 26 years ago!! As studio manager, and designer, Vicki ensures the smooth running of the studio, and looks after all the design work that comes in, from album and book designs to commercial layouts and design panels. Generally it doesn't take people long to come to the conclusion that Vicki does all the work and that Philip is just the primadonna artist!
Apart from running the studio and keeping Philip under control, Vicki is mum to two beautiful girls who are well on the way to making their own mark on the world, and best friend to Chilli, a staffy/kelpie cross who hangs on her every word and is always available for walks.