Diana is an award-winning professional Australian photographer, passionate about animals and animal photography. Her background is in design, both as a practising, exhibiting designer and teacher. Photography has allowed her to combine a love of animals and art in her images. "My images help me share the beauty and fragility of what I see through my eyes and lens and the articles I write for my websites."
My favourite photographer is also tricky as I admire many photographers who excel in their respective genres. In wildlife, my favourite is Shelley Pearson, whose work has inspired me for years.
Best tip for other photographers:
My best tip for photographers is not to focus purely on technique and equipment. Learning to understand light and to 'see' a story, framing it in a way that creates a visual connection with the audience, is the key to making your images capture the viewer's imagination. A pin-sharp, perfectly exposed image can still be uninspired, but a photo that motivates an emotional response will hold the audience's attention regardless of the photographer's technical skill.
Favourite photograph (see below):
My favourite photo is a difficult choice as it changes as I grow as a photographer. Every winter on frosty mornings, I attempt to capture this behaviour in our resident Magpies, always hoping they will turn around and face the camera. However, I know they won't because they aren't singing to me. Instead, they are singing to the family in the surrounding trees in our valley. This image may not have the best composition or technique, but it resonates with other Australians and myself due to the iconic nature of the subject. Like many Australians, the sound of the Magpie's morning warble gives us a sense of home. Being able to capture that is very pleasing to me.