As Portrait Equality only has a limited number of cameras to offer on loan, we are constantly having to say ‘maybe next time’ to our applicants. Along with that we encourage them to try to find their own way to give pictures, not just take them. This may be by getting their own Instax camera to take, or if they are going to be based in one location for a few days, getting them printed/developed at a local shop to hand out. The whole purpose of our project is to see more families have a family portrait, by any method.
Fortunately there are fantastic individuals who give back through providing family portraits on their own. They become our guest photographers when they wish share their experiences and photographs with us through Portrait Equality.
Meet our first guest photographer Lee and the project she has started:
Lee Docherty is a photographer based in Mt. Beauty, North-east Victoria. She is best known for photographing wedding and portraits utilising the spectacular Victorian high country as her backdrop. Big mountains, beautiful long grass and even crisp winter snow feature in her work.
Before turning to photography, Lee was an Occupational Therapist in Australia, Singapore and the USA. She specialised in humanitarian services, including working with the American Red Cross in disaster relief.
After returning to Australia, Lee has now turned her eye to photography, but combines her two work experiences and passions to conduct a project called ‘The heART Project’. This project involves turning photos of disadvantaged women and their children into a photo book that they can keep for a lifetime. When Lee isn’t working you will find her cruising around in her turquoise 1973 beetle, with her three kids in the back seat.