It would be nice if I could say I have degrees and certificates in Fine Arts or Photography. But that just isn’t the case. I started photography as a hobby in my early 20’s, taking random images of street scenes, landscape and eventually candid photos of people at BBQ’s and events. It just seemed so much more natural to me to capture moments and the expressions in ordinary circumstances. When my images started showing up in local magazines and exhibits, I realized people really liked what I captured.
Eventually I was asked to photograph a friend’s wedding (she LOVED my candid shots) and that’s where it all began. I was hooked and had found my passion. I apprenticed with some of the top wedding photographers in my city and learned through blood (literally!), sweat and tears. I made a lot of mistakes and learned on the fly. One can’t afford to make the same mistake twice at weddings! Very quickly I was consumed with bookings of my own and decided to quit my ‘day job’ (check out my former wedding website). Weddings led to maternity shoots, which led to newborn shoots, kids, families and so on. Fashion shoots were incorporated into my weddings and eventually I was asked to do fashion and editorial spreads for magazines. All those experiences have been invaluable to me. I’m not sure I would have learned all that in a classroom!
15 years later I have limited my work to candid portraiture. I love to capture and create pieces of art. To tell a story through images. To give something to a family that they can keep for a lifetime.
Tina is a member of WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photography International), WPPM (Wedding & Portrait Photographers Malaysia) and, most recently, PSNZ (Photographic Society of New Zealand). She is currently awaiting acceptance into NZIPP. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and social media around the world.