Tracey’s early passion for art led to her pursuing a Fine Arts Degree at Otago school of Fine Arts.
After graduating she decided to travel to London and embarked on further photographic qualifications with the NY Institute of Photography for two years.
Upon returning to NZ Tracey took up a role in Wellington as a cartoonist for TVNZ and twelve months later returned to Rotorua with her first husband John and baby daughter Natalie.
A few years later Tracey accepted a position at the Daily Post as a Press Photographer which spanned into a twenty-year career, achieving the position of Chief Photographer.
In 2007, she decided to open a studio and pursue her own style of photography in the commercial arena.
Since that move she has been awarded a Fellowship of the NZ Photographic Society, 3 bars to her Fellowship of the NZ Institute of Professional Photographers and Associateship of The Federation of Fine Art Photographers, also NZIPP NZ Professional Photographer of the year 2015 and Documentary Photographer of the year 2017.
In recent year’s Tracey has been appointed as a listed Judge for the PSNZ and to the PSNZ Honours board for the past 4 years.
Her community involvement has also included a term as The President of the Rotary Club of Rotorua Sunrise and President of The Rotorua Riding for the Disabled.
Tracey’s other interests include the restoration of her 100-year-old Villa, participating in a variety of adventure activities such as bungee jumping, hot air ballooning and swimming with sharks, black water rafting, dancing and spending quality time with her little rescue dog May.
Her plans include more trips abroad to explore and photograph the diversity of cultures on roads less travelled.
Tracey’s presentation will cover her most recent project documenting the people of Ethiopia and some of the highlights of a news photographer. We’ll also see some samples of her commercial and portrait images which have earned her many awards.