How it all started for me!
It all started for me in 2005. I had a degree in Multimedia Design and just came back from travelling around the world snow boarding until disaster struck, I broke my neck on the slopes (fractured C2) and had to spend the next 6 months in a neck brace following a major surgery. Although this accident seems terrible to some people, I was young and didn’t really comprehend the seriousness of the injury, so just continued life as if it was a small inconvenience.
The great news was, my flat mate at the time was creating wedding album designs for a photography studio in Port Melbourne and they were running behind in their post production department. So, with my multimedia design skills, I thought this would be an awesome opportunity to get my first job, begged the boss to give me a chance and luckily got my foot in the door in an industry I knew nothing about!
So, with my trendy neck brace on, I spent the next 6 months working at the studio retouching wedding albums. I quickly started to appreciate the amazing photography and for the first time thought, I want to be a photographer! Again, I was on a mission, I begged my boss to give me a chance and teach me his skills. And again, luckily he took me under his wing and taught me everything he knew over the course of the next year. My neck brace came off, and I started shooting weddings at the age of 22.
I will never forget my first wedding, big Greek wedding, 16 people in the bridal party, 8am start, full reception coverage PLUS 1.5 hours of night shots in the city and their hotel room afterwards!! Definitely jumped straight into the deep end, and survived!
Anyways, long story short, I moved on from that company and worked with a commercial/fashion photographer for a year, learning the ins and out of his business, followed by another year at a SUPER busy funky family portrait studio in Richmond, again absorbing as much information as possible. I then knew I was ready to start my own business.
I combined all the styles of photography that I had learnt over the 3 years, edgy fashion photography, high energy fun, silly, funky family portrait photography created my own style. I became a Melbourne Wedding Photographer and Epic Photography was born.