Professional Photography, Books, Workshops, Farm tours

Thanks for visiting my website.

I'm a professional photographer who grew up in the bush and I've specialised in agricultural industries and rural regions since given my first camera in the 1970s.

This website was created when there were no other Australian rural information websites online, long before social media was invented. The website and has since grown into a bit of a beast (500+ pages, including the blog).

So here's a quick summary of what my business now includes, in case you get lost:

I also produce magazine stories and hold photography exhibitions, amongst other things.

If you have an interest in rural Australia you would have bumped into my work somewhere - though you might not be aware of it.

Why did Australia's largest cattle stations grab my attention and not let go? More information can be found in About Fiona Lake.

Overseas Farm Tours

I have done a lot of travelling over the years and it has been great to put my unusual combination of skills to use on farm tours run by Quadrant Australia. Quadrant is Australia's largest farm tour company and a long-term customer of mine. The next farm tour is the farm tour of Ireland and the UK, in July-August 2019.  If you would like to get to know the authentic side of the British Isles countryside, while in the company of a great group of Australian farmers (memorable conversations and a lot of laughter), then this is the tour for you.  More details on the 2019 Farm Tour page.

Outback Books:

To date I've produced 3 books featuring more than 800 of the best photos I've taken on more than 60 of Australia's largest cattle stations. I can personally sign books for you if you would like me to, and mail them worldwide. Some of the photos in the books can be seen in the website header (top of this page); and the cover of the latest book is above.  Thousands of copies have sold and many buyers have generously taken the time to send me email messages saying what they think. Some of these fabulous messages can be seen on the Testimonials page.  These books are loved equally by people who have lived on cattle stations and by people who've only dreamed of life in the outback. You may find they are the best books you've ever bought, as others have.

I love hearing other people's stories - so if you'd like to, please don't forget to tell me a bit about yourself when you order - whether you order online or over the phone.

Purchase Australian Outback Photography Books Purchase Australian Outback Greeting Cards

Some career highlights to date:

  • One of the few photographers to have had an exhibition opened by an Australian Governor-General (Major General Michael Jeffery) & Australian Ambassador to the US (Joe Hockey)
  • An ABC Television 'Landline' feature
  • The first Australian appointed to the 3 person panel judging the International Federation of Agricultural Journalist's 'Star Prize for Photography' (photos entered from more than 30 countries)

2017:

  • Winner of the Queensland Rural Press Club 'Social Media' award
  • Winner of the Queensland Rural, Regional & Remote Women's Network 'RRR Storyteller' award

2018:

  • Agrifutures Rural Women's Award finalist - Rural Drone Academy project.
  • One of the Queensland Government's 'Community Digital Champions' & '100 Faces of Small Business'
  • In September - to be the first Australian presenter at InterDrone, North America's largest commercial drone expo.

Other milestones/some history:

  • 2017 - CASA Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) & Remote Operator's Certificate (ReOC).
  • 2014 - Overseas speaking engagement; 'Farmers on Film' Festival; Nantwich, UK.
  • 2013 - First worked on an overseas farm tour (taking photos in Ireland & the UK for Quadrant Australia; & produced a personal tour book for the passengers)
  • 2011 - The National Library of Australia included my website in 'Pandora', an ongoing project which records websites deemed to be of cultural significance, in perpetuity
  • 2009 & 2015 - Published second & third outback cattle station books
  • 2005 - First book published, featuring photos of Australia's largest outback cattle stations (I first approached book publishers in 1986)
  • 1999 - First solo art exhibition (Jupiters Casino, Gold Coast)
  • 1993 - Wrote & photographed first national magazine story
  • 1992 - Produced first postcards featuring cattle station photos (& sold them across northern outback Australia)
  • 1988 - Started taking photos from the air (as well as from horseback)
  • 1986 - Commenced working on a book of outback cattle station photos
  • 1982 - Started selling photos (I started taking photos on the farm I grew up on, in the 1970s).

About this website (& how do you find what you're looking for?)

  • This website broke new ground when it was created back in 2003 and it's a venerable antique, in online terms. At that time very few rural businesses had websites; Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram and Google Translate hadn't been invented; and blogs were still relatively new (and rare). The website is now a behemoth, with a truckload of information squirrelled away on more than 500 website and blog pages on remote Australian life, working on cattle stations and visiting the Australian outback - as well as comments on topical issues. 
  • Please use the sitemap and view the blog categories if you are having trouble finding what you are looking for.
  • One of my favourite parts of the website: the pages of translations for agricultural words and expressions in other languages.  These 'ag translation' summaries are still the only ones online.  Collating all this information took many weeks of research & these lists are still being expanded. 
  • Now there's also a lot of information on agriculture and Australian cattle stations included in my social media accounts. Particularly on Twitter; which is where many of my mobile phone travel photos and short videos end up.

Australia's largest outback cattle stations - in summary:

These vast outback stations (ranches) are spread right across the top half of the Australian continent - a sparsely settled remote region measuring more than 2,000km north to south and more than 3,000km from east to west.

Quite a few Australian cattle stations are more than 10,000 square kilometres (3,860 square miles) in size and run more than 20,000 cattle in average seasons.  Several now run more than 100,000 cattle.  Yet most northern outback stations still prefer to rely on stockhorses for walking mobs and on many, stockcamps are still usual for at least part of the year.

Many of the scenes and activities that I have taken photographs of over more than thirty years no longer exist. When I began, digital photography and social media did not exist. While living in on some of the remote stations I lived on, I would have laughed if you told me one day there'd be television, internet & phone services provided by satellite.  I have seen a lot of changes and what I do is unique - worldwide. These are topics I'm sometimes asked to cover in workshops & other public speaking engagements.

Social Media Accounts:

And less frequently used accounts:

Sometimes I'm roaming around the countryside:

  • As this is a one-person business you receive personal service - but the office is closed when I'm travelling. 
  • This blog page lists the dates when the office will be closed and regions/events I am attending.
  • Don't hesitate to contact me (details below) if you have any queries regarding my outback books, cattle station photos, Australian greeting cards; commission work, photography workshops or farm tours. 

And please consider buying some of my outback books. You receive personable, memorable gifts for people who are hard to buy for, and the funds help me to continue the rural advocacy work I do. In particular, reaching the most vital audience - those who are least familiar with agriculture.

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