About Me

My name is Bex and I’m a sports photographer with a passion for women’s sports!

Mission

To celebrate women's sports and outdoor adventure.

Inspiration

I am inspired by women who rock at sports and outdoor adventure; women who are strong, brave, skilled, graceful, fun, bold and passionate.

I play football (soccer) and I’m inspired by women who play football at a national or international level. They inspire me to keep improving my own ball skills, to work on my strength and flexibility and fitness, and to get out there and play with skill next time I'm out on the field.

I'm also inspired by my friends who rock at their sports, like Elise who is a rock climbing queen! Or Nicola, who is a mum of two and has competed internationally in World’s Toughest Mudder competitions. Or Maria, who is insanely fast on skis and can leave most guys in her dust. These women inspire me so much!

 

Working holiday in the Rocky Mountains in Canada

My Background

Growing up on the West Coast of Auckland, surrounded by wild beaches and rugged coastline, I spent a lot of time outdoors, at the beach or going on bush walks through the Waitakere Ranges.

Every summer, my family would go camping somewhere new; to a beach in the Bay of Islands in Northland, or to the Abel Tasman great walk in the South Island, or black water rafting at Waitomo to see the legendary glow worm caves.

During winter, we would get up insanely early and drive to Mt Ruapehu to go snowboarding, then at the end of the day we would pitch tents at a nearby DOC campsite. There is something unforgettable about using a bucket to scoop your own drinking water out of a freezing cold river surrounded by ice and snow! 

Throughout my teenage years, I belonged to a group called Christian Surfers, where I met my husband, Tim. We would go on surfing road trips around the North Island, getting up a dark o'clock so that we could arrive at the surf just as the sun was coming up. Since then, Tim and I have travelled around New Zealand in our converted van, with our giant brown dog, Mango.

 

Playing football for Norwest United

Sports and Outdoor Adventure

I've always loved sports.

I've played football (soccer) since high school and am still obsessed with it, over 15 years later! That's me, in the photo, wearing blue and white. All year round, I play different combinations of football: winter 11-aside, indoor soccer, futsal and summer soccer!

I also love jogging (I think it’s pronounced “yogging”), yoga, snowboarding, and rock climbing.

 

Photography

I've loved photography since I picked up a black-and-white film camera at high school. And I've worked in the photo industry since 2006, including a few years as a military photographer in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. My favourite memory of the Air Force is travelling to different Army and Navy bases to play football for the Air Force and then the Defence Force.

 

Photographing the World Masters Games with my favourite assistant!

Family

I live at Bethells Beach in West Auckland with my husband, Tim, our son and daughter, and our giant brown dog, Mango.

We are blessed to be surrounded by the natural beauty of the Waitakere Ranges, with its bounty of bush walks and rugged coastline and wild beaches.

 

Natural Beauty

I am a big fan of natural beauty, of faces without makeup. I believe we look beautiful without it. And not just some of us, but all of us. But we women are so often told that we are not beautiful unless we wear makeup. That we are not good enough, not acceptable, unless we change our faces to look more attractive.

So I'm a whole-hearted endorser of natural, makeup-free photo shoots! Let's be freakin' proud of our faces and our bodies, just as they are, no enhancements, because we can do amazing feats with them, like climbing mountains and running marathons and creating little humans!  

And I believe that who we are as people is far more important than what we look like. As the saying goes, "it is kindness in a person, not beauty, that wins our love."

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