I am a Social Media Manager. I help businesses and public figures find their social media voice. Transforming their image to align with their purpose. Businesses such as Emerald City Hotel Management Group, Australia. How do I do that? My undergraduate degree (BA Fine arts, UNSW) fine-tuned my creative conceptual skills. My Masters (MA Art Therapy, UWS) deepened my ability to create imagery that has an emotional connection.
I worked as a photographer for 15 years and have written a book How to Look Good In Photos. These tips are from 15 years as a professional undergraduate trained photographer, and also my modelling experience (from many years ago).
I am a former model (now a mum of two) who adored the travel experiences offered to me. In fact, that was the only thing I liked about modelling. I knew it was not my vocation when after modelling for Porsche and Playboy in Germany all I could think was
"Great, now that's done I can eat a triple chocolate ice cream." And after touring around Korea and being on Korean TV in a swimsuit, I thought "Awesome, now all the photos are taken I can hit the buffet breakfast tomorrow." I'm not exactly #inlovewithkale. I was much more suited to my photography career. Below are some pictures from my modelling days when I was in my 20s!
I believe in the power of community. I am very lucky to have amazing friends and a strong community (you know who you are dear friends). I have also met some inspirational people on my travels who dedicate a huge part of their time to helping our larger community. I would like to give them a shout out as they are an inspiration to me.
My husband Jean- Claude Branch and I were very lucky to meet the Prime Minister of Australia and his amazing wife Margaret Abbott. We also saw the former Prime Minister Bob Hawke sing Waltzing Matilda at a private function. It was also my privilege to chat with him afterwards about art and the importance of creativity. Mr Hawke was the most charismatic person I have ever met! Call me lucky but I also got to meet Peter Garrett, national treasure. From his music career to his political career. Who doesn't love singing to Midnight oil!
I love giving back to the community. Helping the paraplegic turmeric farmer Hoa Phan in Vietnam by raising money via Kickstarter was life-changing for me. Hoa Phan is a farmer and mother from Vietnam who became a paraplegic while giving birth to her son. I can't imagine what becoming a paraplegic from a birth complication is like. I and am so proud that our Kickstarter campaign selling chocolate gave Hoa Phan a new wheelchair, medical assistance and a scooter made for people with a disability. I will continue to support and enjoy a friendship with Hoa Phan throughout my career and life.
Thank you for taking the time to read about me, my passions and my inspirations.
Kate Branch Xx