Born and raised in Johannesburg, I am privileged and thankful to have parents that would head out to the Kruger National Park and various other Game Reserves in Southern Africa at every opportunity to make sure that my sister and I could experience the great outdoors. As soon as I matriculated in 2009, I left the bustle of city life and never looked back. I spent the next few years in the town of George in the Western Cape where I completed my Diploma in Nature Conservation.
My first experience with photography was in 2005; when my father received a small Kodak point and shoot camera for his birthday. I commandeered this camera and would use it on our family holidays out in the bush. It was with this very camera that I took a photograph of a herd of elephants drinking at Tlou Dam in the sunset at Madikwe, and this image won me my first photographic competition. This sparked my interest and passion in photography.
In 2007 I got my first camera, the Fujifilm FinePix S8000, I used that camera extensively until the day it got stolen. This turned out not to be such a bad thing, as I selected my next camera, a Nikon D5100 DSLR with the kit lenses. I attended a basic Adobe Lightroom course and did the Nikon course which is included in the purchase of the camera.
Things got serious with photography once I successfully completed my FGASA Level 1 (Field Guides Association South Africa) and joined the work force as a guide, I have been incredibly fortunate working in many prestigious reserves as I had open access to the subjects of my photography while working in the bush.
I am now a professional photographer working and living in White River, just a short drive away from my home-away-from-home, the Kruger National Park. I love the challenges of photography, now not just wildlife but in many other various categories, but my number one passion will always be out in the bush, camera at the ready. Some of my work has been published in Getaway Magazine, Country Life Magazine, Africa Geographic, Kruger Magazine and Sappi Birds of Southern Africa.