The only photographs I’ll ever regret are the ones I didn’t take.
I’m Dida. I’m a mother of three, visual artist and photographer.
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a passion for photography and visual arts. As early as year 7 you could find me in the darkroom at my school developing black and white film and making prints. As I grew older I searched for a particular look and unsure of exactly where to find it I studied various art forms like theatre and film but always circled back to photography. After two years studying art photography in Norway I moved to Australia and started my bachelor degree. Then one night, in the Australian outback, it all clicked. I had found my own way of light painting. And for years that’s all I wanted to do. I finished my bachelor with honors degree with a main focus on art photography and specialising in light painting and then completed my Masters of visual arts, again with a main focus on photography.
Amidst all this I had children.
Documenting our lives became my main focus once I finished my masters with a newborn at my breast and a toddler at my heel. I struggled to combine my life of new mum and artist working at night. But photography remained my passion and my outlet, and over the years the photos I took of my family went from being intended as mere snapshots to artworks in their own right. And so I started photographing during daylight as well.
My specialty is staged photography and visual storytelling. I love everything strange and quirky. If you’re after something a bit different to your regular family photos you’ve found the right person.
These days people are quick to call themselves a photographer as soon as they have a camera. And so it can be almost impossible for clients to navigate the sea of image takers and know exactly what they’re hiring. I have a background of 14+ years all in photography alone and I am proud to call myself a photographer. At the end of the day though, the diplomas on my wall aren’t what matter. What matters is a deep passion for the image and for creating work of the highest standard that will long outlive its subjects.
I will always recommend hiring a photographer whose work you like. If posed studio shots are your thing, then I am not the one for you. If you love my style and want me to capture you the way only I can then definitely shoot me and email or give me a call. I reserve the right to say no to any job I don’t feel is a good fit for my style because at the end of the day we both deserve to be happy with the result.