Next events, previous events & office opening hours

  • You receive personal service and if I’m taking photographs for you or you’re attending a workshop, you have my undivided attention.
  • The nature of my work necessitates travel at erratic intervals – the dates are listed below as soon as details are confirmed.
  • There’s suggestions on how best to contact me when I’m travelling, down the bottom of this page. (Social media best for urgent enquiries when I’m travelling – email when I’m in the office.)

Dates out of the office + events we could cross paths at:

Late 2019 to 2020:

  • Working reduced hours 5 -25 November due to a family member’s illness.
  • Commission photography jobs pencilled in between late November 2019 to April 2020, from Far North Queensland to southern Victoria (suitable weather & seasons dependent).
  • Some drone workshops/presentations already pencilled in between February & September 2020.
  •  2020 is shaping up to be as much bedlam (commission photography, workshops, event presentations) as 2018 & 2019.  So discuss what you’d like and book early to ensure you get the dates you want.

ANNUAL OFFICE CLOSURES & POTENTIAL INTERRUPTIONS:

  • Christmas Eve to late January – shorter hours are worked in order to get ready for the 7 day/week marathon during the dry season.
  • February – tropical Australia’s highest rainfall month; it’s the height of the wet season and it’s not unusual for business to be interrupted by heavy rain or a cyclone.  I work long hours but rarely commit to travelling away between the last week of January and mid March because of this. Sometimes there’s interruptions to our power supply and postal, phone and internet services.
  • Public holidays – I work most public holidays & often on the weekend but in order to complete work without interruption, phonecalls are usually not taken (but emails answered).

Some of the most recent events etc attended (& office closures):

2019:

  • Melbourne (Victoria) – away 8 – 10 November
  • Innamincka (South Australia) ag drone workshop, RFDS wellness weekend – away 1-4 November.
  • Department of Agriculture & Fisheries, Innisfail (Far North Queensland) commercial photography – away 22-23 October.
  • Marcus Oldham agricultural college, Geelong (Vic) – ag drone talk for farm management students; away 15 -17 Oct.
  • World of Drones Congress, Brisbane (SE Queensland) – 26-27 Sept (away 20-27 Sept); presented a talk on drones in agriculture – current reality vs myths, and predictions.
  • RAPAD Outback AeroDrone Symposium, Barcaldine (CW Queensland) – 21-23 September (away 20-27 Sept); presented a half-day aerial photography masterclass.
  • Cobb & Co Festival, Surat (Southern Qld), 23-25 Aug (away 22 – 26 Aug). A commemoration of the last Cobb & Co Coach run in Australia – 95 years ago. Australian agriculture was founded on the sweat & loyalty of hard working horses and I love to see respect being paid to them. So I especially enjoyed being part of recognising this vital part of Australia’s inland history, and taking drone images.  I look forward to the next Cobb & Co Festival, the centenary – in 2024.
  • IRELAND & UK FARM TOUR:  16 July – 10 Aug 2019 (away 15 July – 17 Aug).  Ireland, Wales, England & Scotland; during the height of Britain’s summer – I escorted 25 farmers around a huge diversity of highlights – agricultural and otherwise. This particular tour had three unique features. 1) an unusual number of opportunities to converse with a large diversity of locals involved in agriculture, sometimes over lunch or dinner; 2) more events visited than any other farm tour & 3) Professional-standard photographs to remind everyone of their journey highlights. More details on this fantastic farm tour of Ireland and the UK on this blog page. Don’t hesitate to contact me by phone (07 4728 4922) or email if you have any queries regarding future tours, or you would like to subscribe to my Overseas Farm Tour newsletter.

One of the unique aspects of the 2019 UK & Ireland farm tour – the number of events and special occasions included in the itinerary. British Isles shows are still focused on agriculture and very traditional.

  • Atherton Tablelands & Cairns (Far North Queensland) – away 6-8 July.
  • The 3rd Drone World Congress, 2019 –  run by the World UAV Federation, Shenzhen, China. Plus 2 other drone events; Nanjing & Huizhou. 19-24 June (away 17 – 25 June). Presented a talk on drones in Australian agriculture, & innovative ways to increase uptake – at the conferences in Shenzhen & Nanjing.
  • NQ Dry Tropics – mobile phone photography workshops (in house), 13 & 14 June; Townsville & Ayr (North Queensland)
  • Blackall Cultural Association 2 day drone photography masterclass, Blackall (Central Western Queensland) 8-9 June. (Away 6 -10 June)  Funded by RADF & the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council.
  • Pooncarie Field Day (Western NSW), 4 May (away 5-6 May) – guest speaker – re drones on farms & stations – at a unique biennial event.
  • Commercial UAV Expo, Europe (Amersterdam, Netherlands); 8-10 April 2019 (away 2 April to 25 April). Presented on drones in agriculture plus involved in a roundtable discussion. Also Belgium, France, UK.
  • Wandoan Photography Challenge, South East Queensland, late March – delighted to judge this great regional photography competition in 2019. I judged it from home rather than on the spot, but mention it here as it’s a great annual opportunity for photographers within a 100km radius of Wandoan to win very generous prize money and see their work recognised.
  • Australian International Airshow & Aerospace & Defence Exposition, Avalon Airport, Victoria; 1-3 March 2019 (away 28 Feb – 11 March); plus commercial photography in northern Victoria & Tasmania. Avalon Airshow is the most comprehensive air show in the southern hemisphere.  A drone showcase was part of the 2019 airshow and I was invited to present an introduction to drones in agriculture. I love aviation so enjoyed it immensely, & hope to return in 2021!
  • Tintern Old Girls Association – presentation at the AGM, along with fellow former boarder & now film producer, Fiona Eagger. 6 March.
  • Late January to early February – floods in Townsville; interrupted postal and other services, apologies for delays.
  • Austrade lunch, Brisbane – away 30 January.
  • Commercial photography, Top End (NT) & Kimberley (WA); away 11 January until 21 January.

2018:

  • “ANZ Smart Farms & Ag Tech” forum at the Sydney Convention Centre (Darling Harbour); 3-5 December (away 2 – 8 Dec). Presented on ‘Drones – sorting fact from fiction, plus predictions’; and on a panel session re ‘Thinking outside the box – to boost ag tech adoption’.
  • “Introduction to Drones” full day workshop, Townsville. Saturday 10th November. A feast of useful content, all day, worth travelling to attend. Townsville drone workshop information.  An independently run event.
  • Commission photography for JBS Australia, southern Victoria; 29 October – 2 November.
  • Far North Queensland, 2-5 Oct; commercial photography.
  • InterDrone – Las Vegas. 5-7 September 2018 (dates away; 3 Sept to 17 Sept). I ran a workshop titled ‘Maximising still photography results’ – based on 30 years of aerial photography experience – first via choppers then in recent years, also via drones. Plus I was on a panel discussing drone photography & videography tips & tricks. The first Australian to present at North America’s largest commercial drone conference, & one of the few female presenters.
  • Australian Women in Agriculture conference, Shepparton (Vic); 17-19 Aug (away 16 – 20 Aug). Presented a theory session on drones in agriculture, then a hands-on drone demonstration at Dookie Ag College.
  • RAPAD Outback AeroDrone Symposium, Barcaldine – 11-12 August (away 10-13 Aug); presented 2 sessions – an introduction to drones on farms & cattle stations, and aerial photography.
  • Central Queensland, 1 August; Injune. Ran a full day ag drone workshop (away 31 July to 3 August) – ‘Putting drones to good use on farms and cattle stations’; plus commercial photography. For the Roma-based Maranoa Regional Council.
  • Cunnamulla, Quilpie, Thargomindah & Morven (South Western Queensland), AgForce multi-topic workshops.  17-20 July (dates away – 16 – 21 July). Ran rural social media sessions: ‘Putting social media to work for the bush’; plus answering drone queries.
  • Birdsville (Far SW Qld); (during the Birdsville Big Red Bash); 10 – 12 July (away 7 – 15 July)
  • ‘Digital Farmers: Bringing AgTech to Life 2018’ – 13-14 June; Sydney. Run by the Australian Farm Institute. Away 12-15 June.
  • ‘Basalt Bash & Beauty’, Mt Surprise (Far North Qld); 29-31 May (away 29th May – 31 May 2018). Workshops on using drones on cattle stations (‘Drones, are they the future? and can they help?’) and effective use of social media (‘Social meda – the do’s & dont’s’).  Organised by AgForce & the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group.
  • ‘Your produce, my plate, our future’ forum, Laura (Far North Qld);  (15-16 May; away 14-17 May). Run/organised/supported by AgForce & Cape York Natural Resource Mangement. Workshop on using drones on cattle stations.
  • Beef Australia, Rockhampton (Qld); 6th – 11th May (away: 5th – 12th May). As usual I was on a stand at Rockhampton’s Beef Week – but in 2018, rather than have my own stand in the Walter Pearce Pavilion, I was on Quadrant Australia’s.
  • Gulf Country, Queensland attending 2 workshops run by Northern Gulf Resource Management Group; drones & presentations; away 18th – 22nd April
  • AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award – Queensland finalist interview & announcement of the winner in Brisbane, 20th – 23rd March. (My Rural Drone Academy project was one of the 2018 AgriFutures finalist projects.)
  • Women on Farms Gathering, (Victorian Rural Women’s Conference) Mornington Peninsula (Victoria); away 15th – 18th March 2018. Workshops on social media/mobile phone photography, and an introduction to drones in agriculture.
  • USA; away from 20th February until 11th March.  Attended the opening of ‘Whispering grass – stories from Australia’s outback cattle stations’ – my exhibition in the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C.; opened by Australia’s Ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey.  There’s some info on the Washington exhibition blog post. I also attended a DJI drone photography academy day in North Carolina plus the New York City Drone Film Festival and Drone Day.

2017:

  • Victoria & Southern NSW – farm photography plus 2 day TAFE drone course training; away 7-15 December.
  • Mareeba (Far North Queensland) National Agricultural Day – Farmer Meets Foodie forum & Food Truck Feast, 21 November (away 20-22 Nov). #AgDay presention on making the most of social media; plus a panel session on social media for business.
  • Townsville (North Queensland)‘Politics in the Pub’ event run by Agforce – forum at the Commonwealth Hotel in South Townsville, with North Queensland state election candidates in attendance. 16 November (office shut in the late afternoon, only).
  • Narrandera (Southern NSW) – at the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering, ‘Women Culture Land – just add water’, 27-29 October (away 26 Oct to 1 Nov); ran 2 workshops: How to get the best photographs from mobile phones, and rural travel.
  • Townsville (North Queensland) – 24 October; ‘Managing risks: Securing the Future’ live export forum; run by Agforce in conjunction with ALEC (Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council).  Presentation: ‘best practice’ live export story (& traps to avoid).
  • Emerald (Central Queensland)Queensland Rural Regional & Remote Women’s Network conference, ‘Building vibrant communities, developing future gems’; 19th to 21st October (away 19-22 Oct); ran 2 unique workshops – How to get the best photographs from mobile phones, and rural travel.
  • Victoria & Southern NSW – away 5-12 October (completing magazine stories)
  • USA – attended InterDrone – the largest drone conference in the world. Plus workshops on drone cinematography & drone night flying. Away 30 Aug – 14 Sept.
  • Prairie (North Queensland) – Kooroorinya Ladies Day – 26th August (away 25-27 August); workshops on ‘Drones in Agriculture’, ‘Better Mobile Phone Photography’ & ‘Grants & Scholarships for Rural Women’.
  • Charleville (Western Queensland) – 27 July (away 26-28 July); ‘Managing risks: Securing the Future’ forum; run by Agforce. Workshops on drones in agriculture & mobile phone photography.
  • Corner Country trip (north-eastern South Australia, north-western NSW & far south-western Queensland) – 8 July to 23 July; for photography purposes (including an Outback Magazine story).  Remote area – limited communication while away.
  • Malanda; Atherton Tablelands (Far North Queensland) – 21st June (away 20-22 June); ‘Managing risks: Securing the Future’ forum; run by Agforce, the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group & the Queensland Farmer’s Federation. Keynote speaker: Drones in Agriculture. Workshops: mobile phone photography & how to use social media efficiently & effectively.
  • South-east Queensland; Brisbane – 3rd June to 6th June; ‘She Flies’ drone instructor training.
  • Far North Queensland – 9th to 12th May; tropical pasture field day on Olive Vale station, Laura & corporate photography.
  • Victoria & southern NSW – RM William’s Outback Magazine business story; away 13th April to 21st April.
  • Southern Gulf country (Qld); RM William’s Outback Magazine station story. Away 3rd April to 10th April.
  • Australian Women in Agriculture (AWiA) event at the Toowoomba Show Speaking about the ‘Trial and Terror’ involved in running an entrepreneurial rural business, triumping over obstacles (even when such persistence borders on crazy), the compromises women make and changes I have seen in the bush. Away 31 March to 2 April.
  • Northern Beef Producers Expo, Charters Towers – away on 3rd & 4th of March.
  • Queensland Rural Press Club – monthly luncheon in Brisbane; 16th February (away 15-17 Feb).  The February speaker was Simon Crean, talking about Australia’s place in the global livestock trade (and our live export industry).  The annual Rural Media Awards were also presented – this year I was delighted to win the Rural Social Media category.

2016:

  • Remote and Isolated Children’s Exercise (RICE) 40th anniversary dinner – Great to be invited to be the guest speaker at the 40th anniversary dinner, and take photographs of the children’s end-of-year activity day. (Away 8-12 December 2016). Loved visiting Whyalla, Port Augusta & other towns around Spencer Gulf (South Australia).
  • RICE – full day ‘Photography with Purpose’ workshop, at Mannahill, South Australia (Monday 31st October 2016).
  • NSW Rural Women’s Gathering, Broken Hill (NSW); ‘Rocks Rust Stars & Dust’. 28-30 October 2016; presented 2 workshops – “Rural travel around the planet – without costing the earth” and “Make photography work for you”.
  • QRRRWN Conference, Roma (Qld).  6-8 October conference days (away 5-9 October 2016).  Presented 2 workshops – “Rural travel around the planet – without costing the earth” and “Make photography work for you”.
  • BIRDSVILLE – late August/early September & mid May 2016; taking photographs & making short videos for the OBE Organic, a unique organic beef producing business; and the Birdsville Roadhouse.
  • HEADON PHOTO FESTIVAL OPENING & WORKSHOPS 29 April (away 29 April-3 May 2016).  I entered this prestigious photography competition for the first time this year and one of my photographs was a finalist.  It was included in the HeadOn exhibition in NSW Parliament House, from 2 May until 9 June, in the Fountain Court Gallery.
  • SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW (the show ran from 17 to 30 March 2016 & I had a stand in the Home, Garden & Lifestyle pavilion).
  • RIRDC RURAL WOMEN’S AWARD  As a Queensland finalist in this year’s awards, I was in Brisbane 23-25 February 2016 for the interviews and announcement of the winner.

HOW TO CONTACT ME WHEN I AM OUT OF THE OFFICE:

Quickest method: via social media.  Social media accounts are checked regularly when I have access to wi-fi or mobile phone reception; and these messages can be received by mobile phones in nanoseconds with just a sliver of reception, where the signal strength is insufficient to make a phonecall.

  • Twitter:  The best way to contact me when I’m travelling, if you require a speedy response.
  • LinkedIn: I also check Linkedin daily; as above.
  • Facebook & Instagram: I use these less often, but endeavour to check Facebook & Instagram daily when travelling.
  • Email:  When I’m in the office this is the best way to enquire.
  • Landline phone:  If it’s stated above that I’ll be away for longer than 2 weeks please don’t leave phone messages, as Messagebank automatically deletes phone messages past a certain age and they cannot be retrieved.

If you’ve sent a message and haven’t received a reply within a couple of days of the travel return date specified above, don’t hesitate to send me a reminder message.

General notes:

  • If ordering a special-event gift, please order well in advance to ensure your delivery deadline is met.
  • I am in the office most of the time but sometimes travel at short notice, taking photographs or for other business reasons.  It’s the nature of the beast – I must travel away to take photographs and share knowledge at workshops; and often to remote areas.
  • When there is a special offer deadline, all orders received prior to the specified deadline receive the special offer.
  • When I am away phone messages, emails and social media accounts are checked as frequently as possible however it is sometimes difficult.  I single-mindedly concentrate on the job at hand and work long hours when away, extracting the most out of every minute where I am. In any case, I’m often a large distance from the nearest mobile phone reception or mains power supply.  And if out of Australia, the SIM card I’ve bought often gets used up too quickly.  When travelling in Australia, I often drive 1,000km/day or more, so for rest/safety reasons it’s not feasible to be checking & responding to messages en route. Please note any specifically mentioned contact methods listed for specific trips away, above, as each journey is different.
  • If you have any queries when I am away, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the methods mentioned above.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused by office absences.  Ideally I’d have a bevvy of slaves, but alas not.

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