I am a born and bred Sydney girl ,a former model, author and photographer. I have been the resident photographer on a far away island (tough job), attached my camera gear to a large telescope at an observatory (biggest lens ever), worked for many years as a professional portrait photographer, written a book on how to look good in photos (exhausting) ,and I create fine art.
I have a BA in Fine art from UNSW. This training fine tuned my creative skills. My fine art work has been exhibited at at TAP Gallery Darlinghurst, The Australian Affordable Art Fair, St Vincent's Private Hospital Darlinghurst, the University of New South Wales, the University of Western Sydney, Cremorne Point Manor and Glenferrie Lodge Kirribilli. You can check out my blog for my recent artwork. I sell my work through Sattchi Art.
I am very proud of my book How to Look Good In Photos. From smart phones selfies, to professional cameras at big events- there is always a picture being taken. From the dating game, to the boardroom, and even your holidays. Images are captured so learn my tricks and look your best! These tips are from 15 years as a professional undergraduate trained photographer, and also my modelling (experience from many years ago). Modelling was a great opportunity to travel and gain another perspective of photography. But I have never done more sit ups in my life! I represented Australia at the Miss World University Pageant, a UN affiliated pageant. But I love good food and between you and me, after finishing modelling for brands such as Porsche and Playboy I went and enjoyed a honey comb and chocolate covered french vanilla ice cream;) Here are some pictures from my modelling days when I was in my 20s!
I also have a Masters in Art therapy from the University of Western Sydney. Studying Fine Art and Psychodynamics was nothing short of amazing. To learn how to express yourself not only conceptually (Art college helps there) but emotionally is very freeing. With my interest in Eastern Religions, Yoga, Aromatherapy and Music therapy- it's quite a recipe ;)
I am a proud wife, mother and a successful kickstarer campaigner. I needed a new creative challenge. I look after the branding, marketing, PR and social media. I tell the Chocumin story and welcome people to this amazing brand which I am so proud of. But my most important job is being resident taste tester of all Chocumin chocolate.
I also believe in the power of sisterhood. I am very lucky to have amazing friends (you know who you are dear friends). I have also met some inspirational women on my travels who take a huge part of their time to help the female race, and would like to give them a shout out.
My husband Jean- Claude an I were very lucky to meet the Prime Minister of Australia. It was also my privilege to meet his amazing wife Margaret Abbott. As a former director of a childcare Mrs Abbott had such an amazing community spirit. As a country we are lucky to have had a Prime Minister who’s wife was aware of modern parenting’s exciting but sometimes challenging issues. Also being pregnant at the time it was also very poignant for me.
Tracey Spicer. This amazing woman is definatley an inspiration. Her ted talks the lady stripped bare is fantastic. Also she is a great role model for Mothers and daughters and starts conversations about parenting that we need to have.
Helping the turmeric farmer Ms Hoa in Vietnam by creating a kickstarter campaign to raise money was life changing. Ms Hoa is a farmer and mother from Vietnam who became a paraplegic when 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 Ms Hoa Phan a new wheelchair, medical assistance and friendship.
Thank you for taking the time to read about me, my passions and my inspirations.