“I’m doing what I love – photographing people. All of my travels and jobs have helped me build a connection with people. To me it’s not a job; it’s a lifestyle that I chose and love and need.”
For over 40 years, gm photographics founder Graham Monro has been honing his craft as a professional photographer. Whether he’s on the beach or in a client’s home, Graham is always learning and says that every job makes him a better photographer. The most rewarding part of Graham’s work is when clients display his images on their walls at home: “How good is that? The professionalphotos that we take become a family heirloom!”
Graham is continuing to build gm photographics “We now have the best team ever, so it’s even more fun to come to work.” When he’s not taking photos, Graham is mountain biking and kayaking.
Lauren Mitchell – Studio Manager
Managing the studio’s operations – Lauren is a creative artist with over 19 years of business and professional photography expertise. Lauren is dedicated to her craft inspiring and connecting with clients and the team. “I love the variety – from meeting clients for the first time, directing and styling shoots to helping design their album or art works for the wall.”
Lauren takes an honest approach to her work: “I’m always pushing for us to produce the very best quality and give the best possible customer care. For me, the referrals from our clients are the most rewarding part – it means we’ve done a great job.” It’s this drive that keeps Lauren and the team striving to maintain their high-standing in the photography industry and be recognised as a global brand.
Lauren was a guest speaker to international industry peers at the WPPI Conference in Las Vegas. She also presents for Canon, The AIPP and is the author of two professional photography books.
Simona Janek – Professional Photographer, Stylist, Hair & Make up Artist
Simona is a professional photographer and makeup artist with over 20 years of experience working on red carpet events, runway fashion shows, magazine shoots, advertising campaigns, TV, music videos and hundreds of weddings.
A wife and a Mum to twin girls, Simona combines hair and makeup with a contemporary style of natural light boutique photography that is simple, elegant and modern. “I am passionate about my craft! What I enjoy most is the transformations I create – from a natural look to a more stunning and confident person. I love to guide you to achieve the exact look you desire whilst still remaining true to your personal style, be it glamorous, classic, beachy or vintage. I believe that you still need to look and feel like you. Together we can create a more polished version of you… bringing your best features forward.”
Tim – Professional Photographer
“I try to tell a story with every photograph I take, so someone who wasn’t there can look at the photos and know exactly what was going on.”
Tim says he became the professional photographer he is today with “patience, persistence and passion!” Tim’s photography style is personable, relaxed and discreet, helping people feel comfortable in front of the camera: “I like to think I’m friendly and easy to work with – never getting in the way or being too intrusive.”
Tim unwinds by listening to music and is a drum and bass DJ. But his main hobby is taking photos, saying “my work is my life!”
Joy – Professional Photographer & Studio Design Consultant
Joy is a true creative with a professional photography and design background. “I adore photographing families and kids and everything in between!” Joy is also an amazing design consultant with wedding albums and portrait wall art.
“I love to capture someone’s unique personality and turn it into a work of art that everyone in the family can cherish forever. What I find truly inspiring about being a photographer is the ability to freeze a special moment in time.”
Nicole – Creative Team Manager
Nicole is a very skilful and experienced creative artist with a passion for art and light. A specialist in both weddings and newborn photography, Nicole is the ultimate creative. She has worked with gm photographics for over 15 years and has been in the photography industry for more than 20 years. Nicole has a graphic design background seeing her head up the creative team in the studio.