About Hayley

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As a child I was enchanted with the fairy tales my parents read to me, believing the world was full of magic and mystery. Through photography I bring to life the kinds of stories I adored in my youth. These are the stories that bend and break the rules of reality. Where magic is part of the fabric of the universe.

I am a self-taught photographer who uses trick photography and Photoshop to collage images from my travels into larger scenes, blending fantasy into the everyday, using characters, costumes, props and posing.

I also write a travel blog highlighting tourist destinations and showcasing my travel photography to inspire others.

My work has been featured in publications including PhotoPlus Magazine, the Huffington Post, Stubborn Magazine, Digital Photography School, Australian Avant Garde Magazine, Our Narangba Magazine, Bored Panda, and a number of book covers. My portraits have been winners and finalists in the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards, MAMA National Photography Prize, Bowness Photography Prize, Brisbane Art Awards, Myself Prize, Clayton Utz Art Awards, Milburn Art Prize and Contemporary Art Awards.

In April 2016 the Caboolture Hub Gallery featured my solo exhibition, ‘Exposing Illusions’ and my work has also been included in a number of group exhibitions. Please refer to my media kit for further information.

I live in Brisbane, Australia and work part time in a library where I love to be surrounded by stories. My dream is to travel around Australia creating photographic art in rural and iconic locations.

Please download a copy of my Media Kit for your reference.


In my camera bag:

Camera body: Canon 5D Mark III
Wide angle lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II
Zoom lens: Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
Extender for zoom lens: Canon Extender EF 1.4X III
Prime lens: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM
Flash: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
Flash trigger: Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter
Main remote: Wireless Camera Shutter Release Remote RC-6 for Canon
Long range remote: PIXEL RW-221/N3 Wireless Shutter Remote Control Release for Canon 5D series
Remote for special effects: Triggertrap Remote Release for Canon
ND filter: B + W 82mm #106 1.8 (64X) Neutral Density Filter
Tripod: Manfrotto MK290XTA3-3WUS 290 Xtra 3-Way Head Kit Tripod
Rain protection: OP/TECH USA 9001132 Rainsleeve – Original, 2-Pack (Clear)
Backdrop kit
Memory cards: SanDisk 32 GB Compact Flash Memory Card SDCFX-032G-X46
Storage: WD 2TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0
Backpack: Lowepro Pro Runner 200 AW DSLR Backpack