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. I tried to recall where my love of photography first started - it was 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 and 2017, 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. To me a photo can capture the essence of a person, sometimes in just one frame, when this happens it overwhelms me. I love looking at life behind a lens. I've photographed weddings where I've been completely and utterly engulfed with emotion - it is truly something to behold. My job as a Photographer is to capture those fleeting moments, and record them for you to keep - that's what brings me true joy.