so this is me...
Annabel Naudé, BaCreativeIndustries (Major in Photomedia), head photographer, owner
I moved to Australia at Christmas, 2005, from a little town just outside of Vienna, Austria. I went to school in Moedling, a sweet town founded in Roman times and built up in the middle ages, where my interest in photography became especially apparent in the last four years of school. I was photographing my favourite actors and actresses at the musical theatres around Vienna, London, Adelaide and Melbourne and making my first steps as a professional when these actors and actresses became increasingly interested in my photography for their portfolios. I won my first photographic competitions at the tender age of 17 and my interest grew from there.
After graduating from school with honours my path took me into the realms of the University of Vienna's science and medical departments, but photography stayed in the back of my mind. I became an active member of the local Viennese art scene and did photography courses at Austrian TAFE. A fantastic opportunity arose and I was ready to try something spectacular: to apply for a job in Western Australia. I waved good bye to my friends and family to go on my biggest adventure yet, to move to another continent on my own.
My eyes kept getting drawn to the magnificent landscapes, interesting people and fascinating animals I kept encountering and so I finally enrolled to study photography full-time at Edith Cowan University in 2006. In my last semester I chose to do an internship at a prominent portrait and wedding photography studio in Perth. After three months I had done my first professional shoots in the studio, been second photographer at more than a few weddings and learned so much that I was happy to accept a full-time position as photographer and soon studio manager at the studio.
That was in 2008. In 2010 I founded my own portrait studio, you & me photography, and have never been happier. Since then I have done hundreds of portrait, wedding, commercial and even sports shoots with clients from all walks of life. But even outside of working hours I enjoy grabbing my camera to capture beauty in the extraordinary and the mundane.