My name is Kathy Aylward and I’m a natural light photographer based in Brisbane, Australia. My love for photography started when I was 17 years old and saved up to buy my first SLR camera. I enrolled in a class with Doug Spowart, one of Brisbane’s Award winning photographers to learn the art of photography.
After my children were born I purchased my first DSLR and my love of photography was once again reignited. I began photographing our everyday life at home as a Mother. Documenting my kids’ childhood became a passion of mine.
I love photographing in a documentary style and want to capture the emotions and connection between people using natural light. I love capturing moments that will be treasured for years to come.
There’s a quote that sums up Motherhood, “The days are long but the years are short”. Everyone photographs events like Christmas, Easter, Birthdays and holidays, however it’s the ordinary everyday life, the in “between” that’s equally important. Remembering my son’s first Lego creation or my daughter taking her new Dora shoes to bed with her when she was 2 would have been a distant memory and perhaps forgotten.
I have participated in various photography projects over the years. In 2009 I completed my first Project 365 where you take a photo a day for a year. Other annual projects like “Week in the Life” documenting 7 days in your life and “December Daily” where you document the 25 days leading up to Christmas are favourites of mine. Currently in my 5th year of “The 52 Project” where you take a photo of each of your children once a week for a year documenting their childhood.
I shoot with Canon professional equipment and have taken many courses over the years, including one with Tim Coulson, a leading Photographer in Australia. I’ve designed and taught Ultra Beginner’s Photography Workshops for Mum’s and also offer one on one private tuition. My work has been published online at the Pretty Presets for Lightroom Fanpage and regularly featured in their newsletter. I have also been featured on the Self Portraits of Motherhood blog and For the Love of the Photograph blog.