Teachers

When we sat down to brainstorm who to invite as a speaker/mentor/teacher for The Family Narrative Australia, we knew that in addition to kick-ass photographers, we wanted to find people who represented a range of business models, target markets, experience levels, and teaching styles. We pulled together an amazing mixed bouquet of people who are different in so many ways - who they are, where they live, who they sleep with (or don’t sleep with), what they look like, etc. - but are all super-enthusiastic about this project and the prospect of creating real and meaningful change in the family photography world. Their strengths range widely and each will undoubtedly bring a new perspective to the group. We cannot wait to see this community come together!

AMY RUSHBROOK

AMY RUSHBROOK

Amy is a family lifestyle photographer and educator based in Melbourne, Australia. She specialisesin teaching and photographing love stories for appreciators of the unconventional under the Life:Unmade banner.  For Amy, Life: Unmade is so much more than a way of shooting. It is a way of living! Amy salutes the mess of life; the weird and wonderful human connections, and the beautifullychaotic and different. She loves working with those who are brave enough to just be themselves, and not feel like they need to project an image of perfection to the world. At home, Amy is Mama to one and coparent to two beautiful babes, and is happily strolling through life with her bearded love. Amy runs workshops throughout Australia and is an avid traveller of the world for both work and play.

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COURTNEY HOLMES

Courtney Holmes is an American born Sydney-sider who utilizes a documentary approach to create beautiful, emotional films and photos for families. At the age of 21 she met and married the love of her life who swept her off her feet and brought her to live in Australia where she's loved living ever since. Together they have had two young children who are her muses and the reason why she became passionate about documenting family life. Courtney draws on 18+ years of experience as a musician and storyteller to create a nostalgic experience for her clients in her work through the use of carefully hand selected music and thoughtful, intentional movement. Her work has been described as soulful, earthy, honest, and life-filled. As an experienced music teacher, Courtney was drawn to mentoring students on the art of creating films and is incredibly passionate about teaching her approach to filmmaking for photographers around the world. It is her dream that more and more families will have this legacy to leave to their children and grandchildren.

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SARAH BLACK

Hi, my name is Sarah Black. I believe in love the way most Melbournians believe in AFL. My work is fascinated with the exploration of it, chasing it into dark corners and hauling it into the golden afternoon light. A home and a family is the soft place to fall when you are spent and the safe space from which to reach into your dreams when you are inspired. I read books and poetry about these things, and ponder them on trams, and scribble about them into my own notebooks. I don't claim to have anything figured out (and anyway I believe in questions more than answers) but I am trying my best to live out my values in a way that is authentic and adventuresome, and just to walk as often as I can in the way of important and beautiful things.

The guy who scans my images at the lab once told me that he often couldn't tell my client work apart from my own family photos, and my heart thrilled at the thought of that! That in some way, the beauty I see everywhere, every day, could be distilled down into images that tell a story so similar to mine at its heart: I love, and I am loved.

In my spare time I’m a soccer/dance/equestrian/tennis/art mum of 4, partner to a truly great man, and all round explorer of the world. I’m not entirely sure how I’ve fit in a career photographing professionally for nearly 10 years, and shooting (and teaching) solely on film for the last 4 of those, but it’s still one crazy fun ride.

SUMMER MURDOCK

Summer is a wife, mom of four, lifestyle photographer, and educator who calls Salt Lake City, Utah in the US home. She has a real love for photographing her own kids who you will often see in front of her camera but also, enjoys telling other families stories through her lens. She is inspired by the weird stuff kids do, the great outdoors, and pretty light. Utah and all of its amazing landscapes is the perfect place for Summer to merge these elements in her work. She is always working on personal projects to push her creativity and explore her craft. For the past four years, she has taught The Magic of Light online workshop and is the co-founder of Illuminate Classes, an online photography school. When Summer doesn't have a camera in hand, she will most likely be found outside, in the sunshine, exploring, and going on adventures with her family.

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TRISH CHONG

Trish has been a documenter of love and its beautiful language for more than a decade through her Tealily Photography brand. Using a mix of digital and film mediums, her imagery seeks to find beauty in the day to day, embraces life’s subtleties, and continually strives to capture the way these connections make her feel.  She has always had a soft spot for the old-fashioned and the tangible, and is constantly torn between the call of the slow life while being planted in this continually evolving digital age.

Married to her high school sweetheart, she is now a mum of three and an avid memory keeper of her own family life.  Together with a friend in 2013, Trish began Life:Captured - a modern school of memory keeping that offers in person and online education with a mission to help others document their own stories and create tangible keepsakes for the generations to come.  

When not working, Trish thinks Sydney’s coffee and brunch scene in good company is pretty hard to beat, as is a trip to the beach with her family in tow, or a quiet evening spent curled up inside a good paperback.