Maree, is an award winning and passionate photographer and busy mum. Her involvement with animals started at an early age and she's tried her hand at everything from showing a dog to it's Australian Championship and rescuing orphaned lambs to fostering and re-homing over 24 dogs in the last few years. Her passion for photography and love of animals have collided and she has created herself her "Dream job". Referred to as "Aunty Maree" to many clients and breeders she is often commended on her patience, calmness and natural gift working with animals.
Originally studio manager of a corporate and industrial photography studio, her struggle to find quality staff resulted in her picking up the camera. Her hands on training, by an internationally acclaimed photographer meant that her skills surpassed that of students being formally trained and in no time at all she was capturing everything from mining equipment to weddings. From here she became business partners with her mentor and later went on to launch her own successful boudoir and fashion studio, which she sold to extend her family. What's always come first for Maree are her children, she wanted to create a way to stimulate herself mentally and creatively but be available to her family........her home based studio is the answer. Maree often donates her time to charity, particularity those associated with the rescue and welfare of animals and she is the official & recommended photographer for Newcastle animal referral and emergency center.
CRUZ Junior Assistant in Training
With Maree as a mum, it's no surprise that Cruz has grown up with a love for animals. He is calm, confident and knowledgeable with a desire to learn, so he has commenced training to assist his mum in the studio with the the view to developing valuable skills to work in the family business.
Like most 12 year old's he has a love for gaming particularly Minecraft and goes weak at the knees for his favourite two breeds Pugs & French Bulldogs. Cruz has appeared on the NBN news in relation to his efforts with dog rescue, been published in 4Furbabies magazine and helps with studio fundraising efforts.
Cruz's brain over processes smells to a point it can make him sick, so if he suddenly disappears when your pooch relieves itself he's just catching a bit of fresh air!