PPAQ Photography Awards | Meet the Judges: Clare Lacanau

As a specialist newborn photographer I am able to combine my two biggest passions in life, art and working with infants.

Born in Hereford, England and spending my formative years in Africa helped me develop my keen interest in the arts. There is so much to appreciate there when you open your eyes to it. Add to that a father with a passion for photography, my destiny was always going to be behind the lens.

We moved to Australia when I was nine. I pursued music, and started playing the flute in the various ensembles at school and continued on after school as a flautist in the Qld Wind and Brass orchestra.  My passion for photography grew when I received my first SLR camera for my 18th birthday. It still has pride of place in my studio to remind me of how far I’ve come.

I spent 9 years in early education while raising my own family of three beautiful children, mainly teaching music to infants and toddlers. When I finally decided to change my focus to fulltime photography it was only natural that I was drawn to newborns and with my previous training it was a perfect fit. I have been in business as Clare Lacanau Photography now for 4 years and I’m loving the interactions with new mothers and their babies.

I understand the importance of capturing all the wonderful moments and milestones that seem to fly by. My passion is to make sure my clients have beautiful archival quality images that record their family’s memories. My hope is that my images will become priceless family heirlooms.

I am currently a council member of the Professional Photographers’ Association of Queensland.