April Kendall started out offering free family portraits to people affected by the Black Saturday bush fires and from there have worked steadily taking family portraits, corporate portraits, products, sport, animals...she'll photograph anything.
April says that the look of someone emotionally exposing themselves is just the most beautiful thing and a genuine honor to witness. "I guess this project just shows that despite having scars which some would want to hide from the world these already very brave people are able to share their amazing stories and give the rest of us something to think about!"
Charmaine Lyons - Scar Stories Photographer
Charmaine Lyons is an Artistic Photographer who has been recording moments in time for over 20 years. However, only in recent years has she discovered the true purpose of her visual gift.
Through the use of her camera Charmaine captures and uses her portraits and minimalistic, abstract images as a way to portray a story and to share the humble beauty of the world that surrounds us.
“Come and see the world through my eyes’…….
Michelle Watters - Scar Stories Photographer
Michelle’s passion for photography in the areas of Landscape & Portraits is her driving force. Creatively, Michelle is always searching for that natural moment in life.
Michelle was asked by her cousin, who was diagnosed with a rare form of non-hodgkin's lymphoma, to utilise her talents to be a part of Scar stories. She was honored to be approached and has seized this opportunity to be involved & help, as this topic is close to her heart.
Lisa Auger - Scar Stories Photographer
Lisa Auger has been developing her photographic skills since 2004, trying new things and experimenting. She knew that by following the areas in photography that match her personality, she would get where she wanted to be, artistically and professionally. Lisa loves the outdoors and interacting with people. She has photographed family portraits, music and theatre performances, and food. Capturing the world is how she wants to be spending her life.
Lisa was diagnosed with Leukemia in her grade 12 year at high school. Her physical scars are small, but they are there. She wishes to set an example, through her Scar Stories shots, of how cancer survivors are walking among us always, even though they may not have the physical scars that reveal it.
Photograph by Elise Stephenson
Steve Tyssen - Scar Stories Photographer
It was only a few of years ago that he bought his first serious camera and he has since been enjoying shooting as many subjects and scenarios as possible. "I enjoy the personal experience you get from photography when you are struck by a certain scene and you capture and develop it in your own particular way." Steve believes that photography is about much more than just capturing the present - it is indeed an expressive art form. He enjoys shooting portraits of people in natural settings but he is also intrigued by landscapes and everyday places that he believes we take for granted.
Scar Stories is extremely close to Steve's heart because his younger brother Dave recently survived a life-threatening ordeal with tongue cancer. Being so close to what his brother had to go through has opened Steve's eyes to the important things in life and he realises better than most how difficult it is for people to regain their confidence after surgeries, especially with visible scars.
Georgia Brizuela - Scar Stories Photographer
Georgia Brizuela has been documenting delight through photographs and film for nine years. She has a personal photography business, Georgia Peach Pictures and so far has been in high demand by families and parents wanting to capture their children at each precious stage of their lives.
Adam Sebastian West - Scar Stories Photographer
With over ten years experience in the photographic and videography industry, Adam Sebastian West is renowned for his ﬂexible talent. Across an impressively diverse portfolio, Adam creates exceptional work in genres including architecture, interiors, aerial, adventure travel, landscape, lifestyle and portrait. The outstanding standard of his work is evidenced by Adam's many long-term client relationships, including those with heavyweight industry leaders in the above sectors.
In a world of digital abundance, Adam's point of difference is the ability to create work with a subtle focus on nature, while his creative genius lies in the ability to illuminate each subject's raw grace and natural magniﬁcence. Currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Adam's work has captured the attention of the international market – leading to extensive overseas assignments and travels.
Brihannah Rilstone - Scar Stories Photographer
Brihannah has always been interested in cameras whether it be the small and disposable or the bulkier Polaroid Macro SLR. This interest was encouraged by her family and she went on to study at Tafe SA in 2006 and 2007. Since then she has chosen to use the camera as her friend rather than to put food on her plate. She is still very passionate about cameras and enjoys learning more about them as a whole. Her favourite things to photograph include Photo Journalism, Fashion and Live Music she also enjoys a good old fashioned Happy Snap where possible (food shots included).
Scar Stories has been a great opportunity for her, to get out there creatively and meet some amazing people, who she might not of met otherwise.
Suzanne McCorkell - Scar Stories Photographer
SOUL Photographic Design’s, Suzanne McCorkell has been photographing meaningful Wedding and Portrait Photography for 12 years. Clientele is based on everyday people who engage in emotional connection and who value Professional Photography for storytelling and archival purposes.
Suzanne’s background in Cancer Care and fundraising for Cancer Survivors is how Suzanne got involved with Scar Stories.
A group of brave, amazing women and a passionate Professional Photographer made for a collection powerful images. Suzanne won the Moran Contemporary Prize for Photography in 2014 for her image of Chris & Bridie, and her image of the Tough Beautiful Chicks was awarded Silver Medals at both the State and National Australian Institute of Professional Photography Awards in 2013.
Lynette Letic - Scar Stories Photographer
Lynette has always been interested in photographing people, whether they are her own family, friends or people she's never met, using the camera as a tool to tell their stories and experiences. "I felt honoured to be part of Scar Stories, through which I had the opportunity to meet an incredible called Amy, who was honest and open. Working together with the camera, we were able to share her survival story."
Fiona Vail - Scar Stories Photographer
Photography is my love, my life, my true passion
I have always been fascinated with photography and my passion started at a young age. My father was a hobby photographer and it was while looking through his collection of black and white film that I fell in love. Staring at the faded images of my beautiful mother in her 20s, young love, memories that my father had managed to capture forever from one single moment. To me that was, and still is, incredible.
Over the past seven years, I have journeyed through North America, South America, South East Asia, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. With camera always in hand, I have found inspiration through capturing cultures, distant landscapes, customs and history. In early 2011, I made the decision to take my passion a step further and started Fiona Vail Photography, specialising in weddings, portraits, model portfolios and creative side projects.
I was introduced to Scar Stories through a friend I used to work with. Lauren was diagnosed with Cancer in her early 20s and has battled, overcome and made it to the other side – a huge inspiration to everyone around her. My nan was also diagnosed with Lung Cancer and sadly passed away, so I understand the impact the disease has on everybody. I was excited to be involved in this project and have found immense personal fulfilment through meeting two incredible young survivors, hearing their story and capturing their beautiful personalities with my camera. Photography for me is such a journey…. always changing, challenging and inspiring.
Steve is a commercial & music photographer based out of SE/Qld. In his early career, Steve was photographing the music scene for local publications and bands. With a healthy obsession for photography, he eventually found himself shooting international bands and festivals, as well as shooting stills in production teams for video clips and creating album art and poster work.
Today, Steve works primarily in the music, lifestyle, editorial and commercial industries. He works on-location and in the studio creating an ever expanding portfolio, honing his own distinct style.
Steve is heading up Scar Stories' Rock Scars project, recruiting high-profile bands to pose with young adult cancer survivors, helping them 'rock their scars'.
Analia Paino - Scar Stories Photographer
Analia Paino is an experienced and versatile people, award winning photographer who specialises in photographing women. A passionate advocate for women and a working professional she is an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography.
Her work includes portraiture - environmental and studio, high impact personal branding and engaging editorial style portfolio's for creatives i.e. models, actors, musicians, dancers, public figures. Analia also works on a commission basis.
Analia's warm interpersonal quality is a renown trademark that makes working with Analia easy. A creative problem solver Analia's style is highly engaged, collaborative and with an unfailing attention to detail. Her work is connected and authentic.