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MEET THE TEAM

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Natalie
Managing Director
Leadership with a Global Vision

Natalie is the Owner and Managing Director of  Fotoworks. She has over 30 years experience in the school photography industry. Her wealth of knowledge and passion for the business make her a dynamic leader who takes great care of her team.

She is also a globe trotter and is always planning her next adventure. Her travels have taken her to all corners of the world where she has made incredible connections that have also benefited the growth of the business – keeping Fotoworks on trend and innovative.

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Mario
General Manager
Supporting Staff & Leadership

Mario's interesting background includes an Irish, Portuguese, Spanish, Indian, Scottish and Welsh heritage. He migrated to Perth from India when he was just 5 years old.

Mario has spent most of his career in the retail industry, managing teams since he was 18 years old, working his way up to a Regional Manager at Coles and then moving into People and Capability, becoming the Business Benefits Manager.

He has also spent 7 years both consulting and working with businesses on engagement and reward strategies and solutions for their team members and customers.

He loves cooking and would love to learn to paint and play the harmonica in 2023!

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Michelle
Business Development 

Michelle brings to the team over ten years experience in the education sector and spends most of her days out visiting schools. Having studied photography in school, she comes from the days of 35mm film and gained experience working in photo labs and as a portrait and wedding photographer. She has travelled the world meeting photographers and distribution partners at tradeshows for a manufacturer of high end photographic presentation products.

Michelle has her own business as a Personal Trainer and does her best to keep fit and healthy.

A huge lover of horses, she enjoys spending her weekends developing her horsemanship skills and any opportunity to spend time catching up with her family and friends, especially if it includes food!   

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Ally
Marketing & Design

Ally is our marketing and design guru, covering both print and digital content creation. A published photographer born from the days of 35mm, she brings with her nearly 30 years of extensive national and international experience across numerous categories in the Creative Industry, including her own successful business.

Ally has been an Army Reservist all around Australia for 20 years and is a multi-award winning artist, with one of her paintings hanging in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

 

On weekends you'll find her trail-biking, fishing, boating or wakeboarding, when she's not gardening with her twin boys or teaching them guitar and piano. She is also a snowboard instructor, having gained her qualifications whilst living in Canada for a year and has visited over 30 countries in her travels.

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Joy
Lab Care

Joy leads our Lab Care team, editing and printing images taken by our photographers. His knowledge of print and colour management and passion for perfection, ensures the best-looking images for our clients. 

Joy has worked in vast array of genres printing and editing photos. Starting as a graphic designer in the multi-media field, Joy discovered his passion for photography. Since then, he has used his ability to combine the two different mediums to show the world how he sees things through his lens.

Joy has an old soul with a love for all things tech. He prefers to shoot analogue film photos over digital. His remaining free time is spent programming, listening to 80's musice, exploring new technologies and making things with 3d printing!

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Sam
Lab Care

Sam is new to the Fotoworks team for 2023 and is Joy's Lab Care partner.

He is originally from the humble city of Sabah, Malaysia and came to Perth to study graphic design in 2017. By 2019, he changed his study path to photography and fell in love with it, so he went to TAFE to pursue this passion, graduating in 2021. Ever since then, he brought his favourite compact camera everywhere, to document the little things the rest of the world tended to ignore.


Sam started dancing at the age of 9 up until he was 18 years old, including the occasional secret dance in front of a mirror! He loves grooving to 90’s hip hop and RnB music.

 

Sam is also a lover of great food and enjoys a good cook up when he's home,

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Bree
School Care

Bree is our School Care Specialist, taking care of scheduling and coordinating of our school photo days. She is particularly passionate about organising our Northern Country photography run, being that she grew up in the Pilbara and understands the distances that the photographers need to travel. She has extensive industry experience and has worked in school photography for over 8 years and prior to this managed a photo lab for 8 years, as well as being a freelance photographer.

 

Bree she loves spending time and going on adventures with her husband Ben and Boxer dog Maxi.

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Mel
School Care

Mel is a valued member of our School Care team working with Bree. She takes care of printing all the photo order envelopes for schools in preparation of photo day. She also ensures that all goes smoothly on the day by finalising the details with each school.and works diligently to ensure that all photos are print ready. She's additionally the office all-rounder, helping out production with Print Care as well. 

Mel is an artist who enjoys drawing, sketching and making beautiful cards.

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Julie
We Care

Julie heads up our We Care team. You are likely to speak to Julie when you call our office as she is the first point of call for all customer service enquiries. Julie has over 10 years experience in the school photography industry and cares about your child’s school photos as much as you do. Whether it’s a studio booking or a query with your order, she’ll be happy to help.

Julie moved to Perth over a decade ago and loves quality time with her family. She enjoys socialising with friends on the weekends, long walks on the beach with her puppy Roxy, a good glass of champagne, and some well-earned retail therapy.

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Caitlin
Print Care 

Caitlin began in the school photography industry as a photographer and now works with the Print Care team to ensure that all our school photos are produced to the highest standard. She also adds the finishing touches to many of our promotional photoshoots to highlight the best of our talented photographers’ work. 

Caitlin has outside experience in a number of photographic fields, although mostly prefers the simplicity of taking her camera out with her dogs. She is dedicated to sustainability and her passion for the planet helps our team to ensure that we are always improving our eco-conscious techniques.

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Thaline
Print Care

 A passion for photography has followed Thaline since she was a child when she used to take photos of her family during holidays. She started doing courses in photography and experimenting with different cameras and lenses. 

 

Originally from Brazil, Thaline moved to Perth in 2008 where she pursued her dream of becoming a graphic designer by enrolling at Curtin. She soon found photography was also useful in her graphic design work.

Thaline quickly adapted to her new environment and made Australia her second home. On weekends, she enjoys quality time with loved ones, including her Shitzu, Luna. Whether it’s going out with friends or relaxing at home with family, Thaline treasures every moment with them.

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Deon
Print Care

Deon's background is in illustration editing since completing an Advanced Diploma in Photo Imaging. He helps out with image editing in our Print Care team. He is also trained in studio portraiture. 

Deon enjoys growing his own food and finding ways to utilise his small home space to maximise his produce yield.


A down to earth and grounded guy with a passion for sustainability, Deon would love to see more of Australia after really enjoying his past travels.  

 

Passionate about the environment of the particular region, hiking in WA's south west is high on his to-do list. With the Bibbulman track snaking through the area, many adventures are offered here that he is most looking forward to experiencing!

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SJ
Pack Care

SJ heads up our busy Pack Care Team, carefully ensuring quality control and that all your smiles are delivered safely and on time.

SJ has been doing School Ball and Graduation photography for seven years. Her favourite photography aside from this is landscapes and pets.

SJ is rather handy on the tools and enjoys spending time in her garage, building a variety of items from recycled wood. Her favourite builds are small decorative boxes and coffee tables made from old bed frames with both new and recycled materials, mostly salvaged from road side collection and saved from landfill. Then, if not for her own home or friends, SJ sells the items online.

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Connor
Pack Care

Born in the UK, Connor moved to Perth in 2012. He is new in 2023 to Fotoworks,  on a part time basis.

In his other career, he's actually a chef and his mum's favourite dish is his breakfast bruchetta! Connor's long term ambition is to own a food truck with his own twist on modern cuisines.

Another musician on the Fotoworks team, Connor plays guitar and is a passionate music and song writer, uploading the music he creates in his own home studio to public music websites. Having always desired to break into music, Connor planned to release a song at age 24.


An avid tattoo fan, his own collection is personal and meaningful and includes his lucky number - 24.  Online gaming is also high on his free time agenda!

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Elton
Lead Photographer

Elton is our lead photographer with extensive experience in the field. His expertise and dedication are highly valued and he's always happy to teach and share his knowledge. 

Characterised by his familiar cap, he has been with the company many years and is well known in the schools we photograph.

In his youth, Elton dreamed of being a superstar basketballer – with the legendary MJ – His Airness -Michael Jordan, being his hero. Now he is a dedicated father and family man who enjoys coaching his daughter's team.

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Musyani
Photographer

Musyani is an incredibly hardworking photographer who puts his best effort into every job. He’s travelled all over WA with our team and is loved by all.  He comes from a background in directing and producing film and television television in Ghana, which lead him to work at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Born in Zambia, Mus is proud of his African heritage and enjoys wearing the native attire. He also loves the beach and fishing during leisure time.

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Arnold
Photographer
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Photographer

Arnold has been a keen photography enthusiast of for years, but only started professionally in 2021 as a food photographer. 

Apart from photography, Arnold loves listening to and playing music. He listens to most genres, but pop, funk, and fusion jazz are at the top of his list. Some of his all time favourite bands are Bruno Mars, Backstreet Boys, and Four Play. In his spare time he will pick up his most cherished instrument - the electric bass guitar.

 

While not overly brand loyal, he prefers to play Yamaha basses over other ones.

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Bruna
Photographer

Bruna is Brazilian and passionate about photography. Her love for it started when she was a child and was given her first professional camera as a gift from her parents.

 

Starting out doing sports photography, Bruna now has her own photography business, focused on editorial, commercial and product still work.

 

Bruna spent 10 years in competition figure skating and earnt the title of Brazilian Champion! She also spent 5 years participating in American football but these days her free time is spent meditating or watching Disney movies.

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Cheryl
Photographer

Another new photographer to join our team in 2023, Singapore-born Cheryl came to Perth in 2019 to study Strategic Communications at UWA - 5 years on she is still here!

She has a background in volunteer freelance photography and nowadays, when she’s not working for Fotoworks, she photographs for an eastern states company for their Perth based events. Most of all she loves doing wedding photography and hopes to travel the world with it.

In her free time, Cheryl enjoys creating things, painting, and clay work and would love to pick up tattooing soon. She loves the beach and spending time amongst nature is always the solution to her worries - except when the flies and mozzies are out!

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Tash
Photographer

Natasha has been a passionate photographer and digital creative since studying at an arts and media focused high school in Melbourne.

 

Natasha is a part time graphic designer and is experienced in many forms of photography. She creates material for events and loves using her digital design techniques to give a unique and artistic flare to her images.

 

Natasha has also worked for many years as a swimming teacher and absolutely loves working with kids. School portrait photography naturally felt like the best next endeavour. 

 

In her spare time, Natasha loves to skateboard, craft, cook food and play music. Natasha grew up playing musical instruments such as the saxophone, guitar and drums and has just recently started to DJ.

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Connor
Photographer
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Photographer, videographer and all-round creative, Connors passion for getting behind the lens took off at a young age growing up in Kalgoorlie. Skateboarding was everything to Connor and his brother, so documenting it with a camera only came naturally. 

He moved to Perth to commence university and achieve a Film/Video and Photography degree. This led Connor to start his own small business, shooting weddings, corporate material, and everything in-between. Notable clients include ECU, City of Kalamunda, Teach Learn Grow and OACWA and Connors great attention to detail means he employs a creative yet professional approach to his work.

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More than anything, he loves hanging out with his floofy son - "Noodle" the Cavoodle!
 

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Jye
Photographer

Originally born in Canberra, Jye moved to Perth during the Canberra fires when he was five. A skateboarder with a background in surfing, he lives by the rule of not walking anywhere that you can skate to instead!

Jye has a passion for theatre amnd has been involved in Live Action Role Play (“LARPing”) at events where he joins up with around 300 other enthusiasts. In the past his role plays have included medieval fantasy, sci-fi, cowboys and even chefs!

Jye’s love of photography began when following his grandmother around as a child of just eight years. She was a photographer who primarily shot landscapes. He eventually studied Screen and Radio at university, but it was photography that took his heart. His first professional shoot was in 2016 and it was to become the first of many before joining Fotoworks in 2022.

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Tim
Photographer

Tim was born in Indonesia but grew up in New Zealand. He graduated from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) at the beginning of 2022 with a Bachelors of Creative Technologies, after which he then moved to Perth.

Tim worked previously as a photographer in the travel and tourism industry. He also has experience in real estate work and events but his favourite thing to photograph is landscapes.

 

Tim has a love of travel, as most photographers do! His favourite countries visited is a tie between Iceland and Norway. Travelling his home country of New Zealand is a top favourite. 

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OUR NEWBIES!
- a quick intro -

HILARY was an event organiser and stylist in Melbourne before becoming a stay at home mum for her 2 daughters. She loves the outdoors and enjoys meeting new people to go hiking with. Fun fact – just before starting work at Fotoworks, her daughters first year at school was photographed by us!

RICARDO has been photography professional for over 20 years. Born in Brazil, he worked as a photographer, teacher and lecturer. His artistic history includes several photographic exhibitions of unique works produced in Brazil, Uruguay, China, Italy and NZ. 

VANESSA has worked in the photographic and print industry for 20 years. She’s always loved history and the ability one photograph holds to capture a moment in time - she's spent many hours in family photo albums observing past time periods.

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