our story

Leanne +
Stevie

Hi there! I’m Leanne, and the little monkey with me is my daughter, Stevie. We’re so glad you stopped by and would love to get to know you better. I have been a photographer for just on ten years now and it’s the longest and best job I’ve ever had. :)

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If you invite me to photograph your proposal, engagement, wedding or family session, I can promise you it will be an easy, down to earth and fun experience. I really pride myself on offering a personalised service and I want you to have amazing memories for years to come.

One of my biggest loves over the past decade has been volunteering for Heartfelt. Heartfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families that have experienced stillbirths, premature births, or have children with serious and terminal illnesses. These gifts are given to families free of charge and it’s a service close to my heart. I have been blessed with meeting many extraordinary families over the years and a lot of them I now call my friends. You can read more about Heartfelt's work right here and view some of my images.

Other things about me …

I’m an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse and up until I had Stevie, I worked part-time in oncology and loved working with patients. I studied before Stevie came along and the desire to move into nursing was born from my own losses and my work with Heartfelt. I also have qualifications in Business which I rarely use (ha!).

I love all things things that are light and pretty and clean and this is what I strive to create in my work. Right from when I first started studying photography I knew it was weddings I wanted to photograph and I've never stopped (and probably never will). :)

And in no particular order, here are some other little glimpses into my life: I share my home with two elderly four legged friends, Harry and Dax, whom Stevie adores (I don't believe they adore her quite as much). ;) We always start our day with cuddles in bed. I'll always be won over with chocolate. Always. Many years ago I decided to book a ticket to Hong Kong and I caught a boat to China in the middle of the night. I spent 6 months in Guangdong Province and then another 6 in Heilongjiang Province teaching English. I developed a love for Asia and travelled extensively to many countries on my own. I was born and raised in Southern NZ and moved here when I was 20. I often think about moving home ... some day I'm sure I will. :) I love lifting weights. I hate running. I'm a real night owl and a horrible morning person. My favourite place to visit in QLD is Mt Tamborine, pretty close to where Stevie and I live. Love it up there! And my goals for the future is to study graphic design, be a good mum and to have a nice stable life. Oh and to keep photographing kick-ass weddings. Because that's what I do best. :)

If you’d like to come and say hello and get to know us better, email me right here. :)

"My passion is photographing people, particularly candid moments, and this is really what I do best"

If you invite me to photograph your proposal, engagement, wedding or family session, I can promise you it will be an easy, down to earth and fun experience. I really pride myself on offering a personalised service and I want you to have amazing memories for years to come. 

One of my biggest loves over the past decade has been volunteering for Heartfelt. Heartfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families that have experienced stillbirths, premature births, or have children with serious and terminal illnesses. These gifts are given to families free of charge and it’s a service close to my heart. I have been blessed with meeting many extraordinary families over the years and a lot of them I now call my friends. You can read more about Heartfelt's work right here and view some of my images.

Other things about me …

I’m an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse and up until I had Stevie, I worked part-time in oncology and loved working with patients. I studied before Stevie came along and the desire to move into nursing was born from my own losses and my work with Heartfelt. I also have qualifications in Business which I rarely use (ha!). 

I love all things things that are light and pretty and clean and this is what I strive to create in my work. 





Right from when I first started studying photography I knew it was weddings I wanted to photograph and I've never stopped (and probably never will). :)

And in no particular order, here are some other little glimpses into my life: I share my home with two elderly four legged friends, Harry and Dax, whom Stevie adores (I don't believe they adore her quite as much). ;) We always start our day with cuddles in bed. I'll always be won over with chocolate. Always. Many years ago I decided to book a ticket to Hong Kong and I caught a boat to China in the middle of the night. I spent 6 months in Guangdong Province and then another 6 in Heilongjiang Province teaching English. I developed a love for Asia and travelled extensively to many countries on my own. I was born and raised in Southern NZ and moved here when I was 20. I often think about moving home ... some day I'm sure I will. :) I love lifting weights. I hate running. I'm a real night owl and a horrible morning person. My favourite place to visit in QLD is Mt Tamborine, pretty close to where Stevie and I live. Love it up there! And my goals for the future is to study graphic design, be a good mum and to have a nice stable life. Oh and to keep photographing kick-ass weddings. Because that's what I do best. :)

If you’d like to come and say hello and get to know us better, email me right here. :)

leanne + stevie

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it all started with my camera.

about us

FAVOURITE

things

travel

mt tamborine

nature

cycling

Häagen-Dazs

film

yoga

coffee

travel

we love a good selfie!

What movie could you watch over and over and never tire of?

"i have 3! love actually, the english patient and the sound of music (no judgement!)"

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What’s the best single day on the calendar?

"easter! 1. i get to eat all the chocolate i want and 2. i get to share this wonderful time with stevie"

02

What are you most afraid of?

"no joke ... getting eaten by a crocodile! living in the northern territory would never be a dream!"

03

Who would you rate 10 / 10?

"my chocolate lovin' - babbling - book obsessed - detail orientated - brown eyed - inquisitve - happy little girl"

04

What is the best book you've ever read?

"as a kid, hands down it would be the lion, the witch and the wardrobe and as an adult i would choose the alchemist"

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What city would you most like to live in?

"a pick between melbourne, new york city, london or los angeles. i'd also love to go back to china!"

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What are you addicted to?

"hmmmm ... i'd pick a few things here. 1. sleep. 2 coffee. 3 chocolate. 4. photography. 5. my girls laugh"

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If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be?

"that's easy, elvis presley! i'd also love to meet jacinda ardern because she kicks ass in my home country"

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