Having always enjoyed taking photographs, Emma Fleetwood says that it wasn’t until after having had kids and getting her hands on a DSLR for this first time that she realised just how much she actually loved it. In 2012, with their second child on the way, Fleetwood says that she “was a bit disappointed the fancy new camera didn’t really take better photos, as I was still using it in Auto”.
Realising that she needed to improve her skills, she signed on for a course, Camera Creche, with her baby in tow. Having come a long way since then, Fleetwood has invested a great deal of time and energy into learning as much as she can online, as well as experimenting. She joined her local camera club in 2014, and then the Australian Photographic Society and AIPP as an emerging member in 2017.
What started out for Fleetwood just photographing her own kids has grown into a love of a wide range of subjects. She’s since set up a home studio for newborns, babies, and families, but says she also loves photographing pets, animals, landscapes, and architecture. This interest in architectural photography stemmed from her having worked in the industry prior to having kids.
In 2018, Fleetwood received her first photographic honours, becoming an Associate of the Australian Photographic Society (AAPS). In the same year, she was also named AIPP South Australian Emerging Photographer of the Year. Currently, she’s developing her portfolio as she continues to build her client base. Entering national and international awards and working towards further photographic honours is also high on her list of priorities. “I hope to be able to travel further afield to experience a wider range of scenery,” Fleetwood says. “And I would love to build up enough client work to obtain a sustainable income through photography.”
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