Jemm Photography is a collaborative venture between Gina Ralli and Tamara Messina. Both fully accredited professional photographers with the AIPP, keen takers of pictures and all round nice ladies.
Hi, I’m Tamara.
Wife, mother, daughter, aunt, sister, friend. I make a mean Lasagne, and love love love a great coffee. The sight and sounds of 80’s music and brat pack movies has this weird ability to completely alter my personality as if I’m channelling Pat Benatar or Ally Sheedy. (Who, you ask?) I’m strong in my convictions and won’t back down from a challenge, yet the mere distant sighting of a creepy looking spider can send me into a complete tailspin. I have an uncanny knack of retaining random and obscure facts that makes me very popular at trivia nights, yet I can’t recall what I had for dinner last night, or where I put my watch, or “what did I come into this room for?” I love to travel and explore new places, but I am in my element at home.
I live in a crazy busy, noisy house with four boys – one big one and 3 little ones. Oh and the necessary four legged white fluffy female attempt at evening out the gender inbalance. Roxy. I’ve heard that the definition of a “boy” is noise, with dirt on. Well that’s my house to a “T”, but I love it, and wouldn’t change it for all the coffee in Italy. My boys are loud, rambunctious, messy, and cheeky, but they are also polite, intelligent, affectionate, helpful, compassionate and thoughtful. They drive me insane, but keep me sane.
With a background in finance that spanned 20 years, I decided a change was on the cards after the birth of my third child. I have always dabbled in some form of “art” over my lifetime– painting, pottery, musical instruments, but it wasn’t until I picked up a camera that I had that light bulb moment. And the rest, as they say, is history. I love it. I just love it. There is nothing better than being able to capture *that* picture – you know, THAT picture? The one where as soon as you see it, the corners of your mouth start to turn up – you can’t help it. The one that you will look back on in 5 years, 15 years, 20 years and smile, and remember…..
Hi, I’m Gina.
Born a Pommie, I began my Aussie life when I was nine years old. I’m a keen supporter of the oval ball (when the Hawks are winning!) and love a good snag on the barbie…although I’m still partial to bangers and mash too! I can’t cook or sew, I’m a terrible gardener and although I fancied myself as the next Broadway star, I’ve been told that I’m a pretty bad singer. However, I’m a very accomplished shopper, a proficient tea and coffee drinker (and pretty handy at knocking down a few scotches too) and must have at least one piece of chocolate a day in order to survive. I’m a neat freak, a perfectionist (maybe a little OCD), have a bit of an addiction to watching crime shows and I’ve also been known to take a pretty good photograph every once in a while. 🙂
Before I was reborn as a photographer I spent 15 years in the corporate world but I could never really answer that question about ‘what I wanted to be when I grew up.’ So I kept working, fell in love, got married, had a baby. And she changed my world…..
From this point I was never without a camera in hand. It became an obsession to document everything she did; everything she experienced; and try to portray all that she is through every photograph – cheeky, sweet, gregarious and totally squishable. And it also made me see all other things around me differently…more clearly. The way the sun touches the edge of someone’s hair so it looks like gold, the sparkle in someone’s eye when they laugh, the love between a couple by the way they rest against each other. I’d found a way to hold onto all those beautiful, genuine moments in life.
So now I chase that elusive ‘perfect picture’ – for myself and for each of you. Where the light is right, the emotion is real, and the story is captured…..