GIVE her a camera, some great lighting and a subject or two and Nadine Kennedy certainly knows how to work her magic behind the lens.
The 40-year-old has had a love of photography since she was a little girl and proved she could produce something pretty special after winning the Central Highlands Development Corporation Inspired by Women photo competition last month.
Nadine said her winning photo, titled Nanny’s Love, was inspiring to her because it caught the adoration and love a grandmother has for her grandchild in a single image.
“It was just one of those quick, candid moments I was able to catch,” Nadine said.
“The look of pure joy on her face when she looked into her granddaughter’s eyes inspired me and I think that’s something a lot of grandmothers would be able to relate to.”
The mother-of-two said she entered the competition after reading about it in the paper.
“I liked the idea that it was to do with women and I think it’s important to support those kinds of events,” she said.
Nadine said she was “tickled pink” when she won the competition and said her $250 cash prize would go towards a new lens for her camera.
The Emerald mum said her love of photography was hard to explain because it was her passion for so many reasons.
“I just love capturing moments you can look back on and keep forever and I love looking back on things and seeing how much they have changed,” she said.
“You never have too many photos.”
With photos in the 2010/11 flood book, Nadine said capturing images from a helicopter was one of the best opportunities she has had.
“It was very sad though, to see the damage the floods had done,” she said.
Since moving to Emerald 18 months ago, Nadine has set up her own business, Emerald KIDS Photography, which specialises in blooming bellies, brand new babes, babies and beautiful kids.
Nadine also offers baby naming day packages as part of her business, which are a modern alternative to christening ceremonies.
The package includes a naming ceremony by an authorised marriage celebrant, as well as cute photos from the day.
Nadine’s website, www.emeraldkidsphotography.com.au, is currently under construction, but you can view some of her work on her Facebook page under Emerald KIDS Photography.
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