I take photographs in my spare time as a hobby. This mostly consists of bird photography, but I often tend to use my pets as models too. When I studied at Massey University, I took a few photography papers to try and get more confident behind the camera. I am by no means a professional photographer but sometimes get lucky enough to get some pretty cool shots!
In my current role at Corrections, I often head out to our detector dog or staff graduations to get some photos for social media. These photos are often used in our strategic documents, such as the Annual Report. I've been published on a few covers of our external documents and a lot of my images end up on our social channels.
Below are a few photos I am most proud of.
I have always loved being out in nature and find New Zealand native wildlife amazing. The images of the Tui are all unedited. The photos were taking with a Canon standard zoom lens, on a Canon 550D. My grandmother is a keen bird watcher and feeds the birds at her house every morning so it was a perfect opportunity to snap some shots.
These images were taken when I was on the trapline I help maintain in Remutaka Forest Park, Wellington.
This is one of my favourite images due to its bright colours. This image was taken at Australia Zoo a few years ago.
A Kakariki at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre | Mount Bruce.
Various images taken at Pukaha Mount Bruce on a weekend trip to see the beautiful New Zealand wildlife. Above is a Stitchbird, Kaka and butterfly (not sure its species name).
A beautiful Tui showing off its bright feathers at Pukaha Mount Bruce carpark.
Pictured are my three pet cats and dog, Bear.
Corrections Officer graduations.
Working for Department of Corrections has given me the opportunity to become an honourary extra member of the dog team. We've done a lot of work with our detector dog team at Corrections, photographing events like graduations and helping design dog cards for the community. Here are just a few of the dogs we have, plus a few dogs that work for Police.
These kittens are at Arohata Upper Prison as a rehabilitation initiative in collaborating with the Kitten Inn to help women in prison gain empathy and raise kittens, often days old until they are ready for their FURever homes.