What's your background in photography - how and when did you start?

I started dabbling with photography around 6 years ago. I love being out and about in nature and began taking a few photos on my phone then I decided to get an entry-level DSLR and started following photographers on Instagram, watching videos on YouTube, and gaining knowledge about the basics of photography and how those elements work together. I also attended a couple of awesome photography workshops which were so inspiring and helpful. My goal was to get out of auto mode and use manual mode to create images. It is not an easy transition and is definitely something I am still learning!
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What do you love photographing the most?

This is a hard question because I enjoy taking photos of a few things but plants, birds, and insects are awesome! I love the detail and intricacies of macro photography - Seeing a subject up close and all the elements of the subject is something I really love and I enjoy the creative process of this genre too.
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What inspires you to pick up your camera?

Mother nature!  You can capture a stunning photo with the simplest subject that is often the most beautiful.  Flowers and plants can showcase an array of stunning colours and with a little creative composition, you can create a fantastic photo.
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From your point of view, what makes a good macro photo?

Creating an interesting composition of the subject - Taking the time to really think about how you can make the subject look a little different.
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What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced to get the photo you want?

Lighting and technical know-how. I am not a technical person so that takes a little extra time for me to get my head around! Birds can be challenging at times but they are also amazing creatures to try and capture.
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Do you have any fun / interesting stories from taking your macro photos?

Trying to capture some plants up at Whakapapa ski field during the winter!  Wow, it was so cold, and trying to take photos while not freezing my fingers off was an interesting time.

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What advice would you give to people just starting macro photography?

Keep going! And don't worry if you have a creative slump, just ride it out and get back into it when you are ready.  Watch tutorials and talk to other photographers.  I have met some awesome people on my photography journey. It is inspiring looking at other people's work so take that inspiration and use it to fuel your own creative journey.  Macro is such a unique and fun genre.
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Do you have any favorite photos? Tell us about them!

I have a plant in the garden with the most beautiful yellow and purple flowers. I really enjoyed playing around with the depth of field to try and make the flower really "pop" and try out different compositions.

I also have a photo I took of a cow that was looking at me over a fence on a rainy misty day. I loved how the droplets of rain were sitting on her eyelashes and ears. It made for a neat photo.

What else should we know about you and your photography?

I am by no means an expert but I love being out in nature and that feeling of trying to capture a beautiful moment in time. A sunrise or a sunset is so nurturing for the soul or just the simplicity of a beautiful flower and observing nature. The simple things can be the most beautiful.

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