I'm a Canadian-Kiwi photographer now living in Sydney Australia, specialising in performing arts, live events, editorial and corporate / commercial work. Having trained as a lighting designer for theatre, dance and opera, my work is driven by that experience and my knowledge of how to light a subject for an audience. Photography is quite similar to lighting in a lot of ways - except the camera is the audience, rather than the source of light.
As a box office manager in Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand, I also developed a keen eye for the kind of images that attract people. It's pretty easy to see from most marketing which shows are going to sell, and which aren't - it's almost always a single image that does or doesn't work for the show.
(And as if that wasn’t enough, I played a photographer in Peter Jackson's King Kong, as well!)
I'm a founding member of the Kage Collective, an Accredited Professional Photographer with the AIPP, and I've been a guest speaker at the PSNZ and AIPA Image Nation national conferences, photographic societies around New Zealand, and at the National Museum, Te Papa. I also run workshops on low-light photography. Articles on my work have appeared in D-Photo, The Photographers Mail, and F11 magazines.
(Also, for those who were wondering: it's pronounced CAT-oh, like a cat, rather than KAY-Toe, like a cake.)
Some of my recent work has included:
A few of the places my work has appeared are: