Region flock to local snapper
CAPTURING children smashing cakes on their first birthday and toddlers dressed in fairy wings is all part of a day's work for Phoebe Waldron, who has traded her teaching books for a camera.
When her children, Connor and Hayley, were born Phoebe said she left the world of early childhood teaching and dabbled in the art of photography.
Her business, Mulberry Photo Art, bloomed and now Phoebe spends her weekends booked out with photography jobs as she snaps away, capturing families in locations around the region.
She said she was surprised with the success and only had a few days spare for the next few months.
"I'm shocked at the travelling people are doing. I find it humbling. Clients are coming from Mackay, Julia Creek and Rockhampton," she said.
"I was always a keen hobbyist photographer and I guess you turn into a mumtographer.
"I love doing it. It's my passion."
She works from home in a studio with plenty of props ready for newborn baby shoots, family portraits and cake smashes.
"It's lots of fun. You get the little one-year-old with a big cupcake and you shoot from the beginning to end. It's messy but so worth it," she said of the creative memories.
"I strive to photograph relationships. It's the emotions that I want to capture.
"I just can't wait to download my camera and get sneak peeks up to share with families."
Resident Belinda Piggott was looking for a photographer to capture her family candidly to frame on the wall and said she chose Phoebe because her images were natural and fun.
"I didn't want to go to a studio with a black background," Belinda said.
"She brought along a bike, fairy wings and just made the most gorgeous shots. They were natural and a little bit different."
Capturing children in the moment is often quite a task and Belinda said Phoebe managed twins Amelia and Sam perfectly.
"At the time they were three years old and they're not easy to take photos of. Phoebe was able to capture them," she said.
She said it was the "cherry on top of the cake" when Phoebe contacted her to see if twins Amelia and Sam could be photographed in a Hansel and Gretel-themed shoot for her portfolio.
"I've got them all up on canvases and we've sent them to all of our family. They just love the way they were captured," she said.
She said there was one moment when Sam broke down in tears and stomped off.
"It's the most gorgeous photo. I know the story behind it and it's hilarious," she said.
"That's the type of thing we wanted captured. The real moments."
Visit mulberryphotoart.com.au to see Phoebe's creativity.