A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MY JOURNEY INTO THE UNDERWATER WORLD
Hey there and thanks for dropping by, here I'm going to share with you my journey into the diving industry and where how it all started. (the short version)
I grew up in Warrandyte, Victoria, Australia and from a young age I was in very much involved with many ocean based activities such as sailing and snorkelling. So it's really not a surprise where I ended up now as I was always fascinated by the sea. Back in 2011 after finishing university (I studied design and photography), I took a little trip to Thailand with my sister. There I decided to try diving for the first time and completed my PADI Open Water on Koh Tao. As many before me it was here I discovered not only a deeper love for the ocean but also a love for the island life style. A few months later I was back in Thailand and starting my Divemaster Internship. I spent a few years travelling and working as a Divemaster before making the move to a small Island near Bali called Nusa Lembongan. I ended up training to become a dive instructor and I lived and worked there for 3 years. It was here that I found my love for underwater photography. As I spent every day in the water, I was constantly inspired by the abundance of macro and megafauna we had in the area. A perfect location to kick off anyones photography skills. I bought a basic camera set up and would frequently practise underwater photography when ever I wasn't teaching. It quickly became a bit of an obsession, and I slowly bought more and more pieces of gear to upgrade my set up. Not long after that it became my aim to move from teaching diving and to land a full time job as a photographer. I had my eyes on Ningaloo Reef in Australia as it seemed the perfect place to work as a photographer and to build a portfolio.
And here I am now! I moved back to Australia in 2020 at the beginning of Covid, and in early 2021 I started my first job as a professional photographer on the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. Being back in Australia again I was able to work and save for a professional full frame camera set up (Canon R6 with Nauticam Housing) and begin my new career. I now live full time in Exmouth, Australia and work on a whale shark tour boat where I take photos of all sorts of majestic marine creatures every day. It really is a dream come true for me and I implore every passionate ocean lover to visit this little slice of heaven if you get the chance.
Looking back on where my journey started, it really doesn't surprise me that I ended up where I am now. And I couldn't be happier with my choices. After finishing university I was really headed to land an office job as a graphic designer. When I made the sudden choice to become a dive instructor it really did take a lot of guts to make this decision. It not only meant leaving all my family and friends behind, but also losing all sense of security by moving to a developing country and living in some very remote places and earning a comparatively low income. I'm so grateful that I get to spend every day out doors and in the water swimming along side all sorts of amazing animals. Every day is an adventure and it absolutely doesn't ever get boring!
You can follow more of my aquatic adventures on Instagram @brookepykephotography
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