It’s often been said that our lives are heavily influenced by the people and environment we surround ourselves with. I was born in Perth, Western Australia as a first generation Australian. My parents emigrated from Italy in 1966 with my older brother, sister, and my mother’s family. It was here that I was born into a country so far removed from my Italian ancestors and yet it was this heritage that influenced me the most. As a small child I used to love visiting my Italian grandparents. I remember the times when my grandma would blow the dust off her old family albums and I would sit there for hours browsing through my family’s history. These historical photographs inspired and intrigued me. I recall in particular my father and mother standing over my shoulder, narrating to me the story of their childhood, their parents, cousins, aunties, uncles and all those who influenced their lives. These stories and events that occurred in my parent’s life, long before I was born, fascinated me to no end. I had to go to Italy—I dreamt of being there—and finally, at age 22, the dream came true. During my visit there, I fell in love with everything Italian: the rich history, the culture, the fashion, the architecture, the friendly people, and of course those cobblestone roads. In late 2013, we were fortunate enough to travel to Europe again, and we are sure it won't be the last time. Through my many travels with my husband and three children, I have been able to explore my love of photography in many of the different forms, seeking to capture people’s curiosity, play, interaction, personality and various emotions in a natural and artistic way. As a photographer, I make it a point to surround my subjects with familiar, interesting and personally important locations that allow for more natural photographs to be taken and thus make for more joyous, interesting and engaging images. These locations may include such natural settings as your favourite park or the beach. I also provide studio images in my home, for babies and young children. I’m also willing to travel to various locations other than our beautiful city, and to date have been fortunate enough to shoot two weddings in Sydney. People often comment on my style, describing it as “evocative”, “wildly romantic”, “dreamy”, “heartfelt”, and “able to capture that candid moment”. My goal as a photographer is to produce photos that make people smile, recollect important memories in their life, and bring extreme joy upon each view of those special moments that happen at the blink of an eye.