From the Moulin Rouge to the Young Australian Photographic Journalist of the Year, discover more about Sandie here!
Hi there! I’m Sandie!
Born in Paris, France, I moved to Australia as a young child with my family. There wasn’t any particular moment when I suddenly found my passion for photography – it was simply always there!
It all started when I was a mere glint in my father’s eye. My Mum was a dancer at the Moulin Rouge, my Dad the sound guy.
Obviously, the only possible next step was for the two of them to get married! Even though I was a Moulin Rouge baby through and through, we moved from Paris to Perth when I was just 4.5 years old.
Perhaps it was the travel back and forth between these two cities, or perhaps it was growing up surrounded by creativity, but I’ve known forever that photography was what I wanted to do.
I loved the idea that every day would be different, I loved that I wouldn’t be stuck at a desk, I loved that I’d have a chance to be creative day in and day out. Thankfully, I love the reality too!
I started taking photos in high school and didn’t stop until I found myself working as a photojournalist for the West Australian. Here I won the Young Australian Photographic Journalist of the Year by the Walkley Foundation, which only pushed me to keep working and keep learning! I truly believe a picture is worth a thousand words, and I love telling stories through photography.
For me, wedding photography wasn’t exactly love at first sight, it was more of a slow burn. I began photographing weddings back in 2006, simply because the opportunity was there. With time though, it grew to be one of my favourite things. Photographing weddings is a unique chance to spend my most important days at work surrounded by joy and love and beautiful couples who’ve entrusted me with their most important memories. Not only that, photographing a wedding is a chance to document a real and important story.
2020: ABIA Wedding Photography Winner – WA
2019: Brides Choice - Wedding Photographer WA - Winner
2019 : ABIA Wedding Photography Winner – WA
2018 : ABIA Wedding Photography Finalist – WA
2017 : Silver Award AIPP WA Epson Professional Photography Awards (wedding)
2017 : ABIA Wedding Photography Winner – WA
2016-2017 : Wedaward – international wedding photography contest – 4 images
2010: Young Australian Photographic Journalist of the Year (by the Walkley Foundation)- finalist
2009: Young Australian Photographic Journalist of the Year (by the Walkley Foundation) – winner
2009: Photographic finalist – Media Reporting section of the 2009 WA Youth Awards
2006: Ewan Robinson Perpetual Memorial Award, for the most impressive set of photographic images by a graduating student – TAFE
2003 – 2007: Six first places, two second places, one third place cover prize through the Ilford Photographic Competition for tertiary students.
2002: Exhibited in the Young Originals Exhibition