I live in the
Makakahi Valley, Raetihi on a farm with my partner Neil where
a lot of my inspiration comes from my environment and farming
four fab kids and an ever increasing number of grands.
As a keen
gardener I have a wilderness garden where I entice native
birds which I then photograph.
I studied commercial photography at UCOL
in Palmerston North in 2000 and have since had exhibitions,
photographed commercially, joined the Whanganui Camera Club
and entered many competitions.
member of The Photographic Society of NZ I have gained an
associateship in 2008 with a set of images taken in a shearing
In 2012 I won the Jeff Moon
trophy for nature projected image with a Bush Robin image.
I opened The
Barbed Wire Gallery in Raetihi and love the art it exposes me
to, the artists and art appreciators that I get to meet. I
love Raetihi as a place as natural as you can find with great
light, interesting people, fantastic wilderness and horses in
the main street.
Lately I have joined with Sarah Proude
and we photograph as Sarah Leonie Photography.
We love combining our talents to
photograph weddings, portraits and any job that comes our
totally passionate about photography, am always chasing that
elusive perfect shot and rarely go anywhere without my