I was your typical little bush kid who loved searching for stones, playing with the menagerie of farm animals, helping dad in the yard or mustering on the motor bikes. Thankfully I have married a wonderful cook as I was a bit of a tomboy and never really spent much time in the kitchen.
We spent till grade 3 on a property just outside Tambo , then grade 4 till grade 9 between Bollon and Mitchell where our ever patient Mum taught us . We were School of The Air kids!!!
Grade 9 till 12 was spent on another property outside Aramac.
Lots of long bus trips to boarding school Downlands in Toowoomba, do not miss those at all, but loved boarding school!
When I finished high school in Toowoomba and not being entirely sure of what I wanted to be when - and if - I ever grew up, I decided to set sail for the motherland hoping to figure it all out.
To cut a long story short, after an amazing two years of traveling through Europe and working as a nanny in London I returned to Australia for my brother’s wedding. Still not sure what I wanted to do…I decided to chat with a careers advisor (I know what you’re thinking - how daggy). It made me decide that I wanted to go to Queensland College of Art to study photography. I knew then that was all I wanted to be.Happy to say I still feel this way.
I spent the next four years rushing between full-time work and study, often until late in the night, but I knew that this was what I wanted to do! In my final year of study I married my best friend Andy.
The next stage in my life was starting my business and having babies – at the same time! In 1996 Katrina Christ Photographer, was born!..
The challenge of balance between starting a business and family was tricky, thank god for wonderful husbands. I was shooting weddings every weekend with my amazing assistant - my twin sister. We would come home so exhausted and he would have dinner all ready with a foot massage.
In 2001 when my oldest girl Isabella was four and Marianne was one I decided to really give the business a proper go. By this stage I had decided to specialise in family portraiture. All of my blood, sweat and tears paid off because the business took off.
I decided whilst in hospital giving birth to my 3rd daughter that I would enter the Telstra Small Business awards and ended up as a Qld Finalist that year in 2003 and again in 2004.
18 years on, I have my successful family portrait photography business in a beautiful East Brisbane studio with my fabulous staff (Who you can read all about)
Seven years ago I set up a family portrait photography studio in Hawthorn, Melbourne which is owned and managed by Nami Clarke who was my studio manager here in Brisbane for two years.
We now have an online studio in Sydney which has been running for 3 years.
In 2011 I also received my Masters in Photography , via the Australian Institute of Professional Photography
My challenge through all of this has been to maintain the work/life balance; isn’t that everyone’s ambition these days? I work just under 4 days a week so that I can have time in my week to just be a mum and spend time with my family.
So as you can see, life is wonderful.
My goals are always to spend more time playing with my girls, to play more hockey (which I am loving, although twenty years ago playing I didn’t bruise quite so easily) going on more dates with my husband Andy, spending more time with family and friends, (and being the best role model I can be to my daughters)
Thank you Thank you Thank you to all my gorgeous family and friends and a special thank you to my sensational team, love you lots!
Brisbane studio of Katrina Christ Photographer - the home of beautiful family portrait photography