Sarah Matheson | About

Hi there, nice to see you. Well I can’t actually see you right now, but maybe one day…

I’ll assume you’re here because you want to know a little more about what I do and why, so let’s dive straight in.

I like photographing stuff.  Well, to be honest, not all stuff.  Some famous guy (Jim Richardson) once said “if you want to be a better photographer, you need to stand in front of more interesting stuff”. The stuff I find most interesting usually has fur, hair, feathers, scales or skin.  And a story.  Interesting stuff always has a story. And I love stories, and story telling.

My road to photography has been paved with food and pets. I am perhaps at my happiest while lying on the ground in a grassy park, with one dog licking my ear, a liver treat perched precariously on my head while I get a shot of another dog. No one said pet photography was easy. Well, someone might have done I suppose. In fact, there is every chance someone has at some point now I think about it.  Pet photography isn’t rocket surgery, but it does get you into very odd positions in strange places and you need to have a rock solid immune system, a lack of ego and a sense of humour.

A lot of my photographic experience to date has been through volunteering.  If you’ve looked at my portfolio you’ll see what might be a concerning number of dachshund photographs. There is a good reason for this, I promise.  We have two recycled dachshunds ourselves, and are part of a strong, vibrant local community dachshund group.  I’ve had a ball (not the kind dogs obsess over, the happy, dancey kind) photographing their monthly walks, annual fundraiser events, photo booths and fundraising calendars over the last five years.

I‘ve also learned a lot working  with the group Shutter Paws, taking pictures of rescue animals to help them on their way to wonderful new homes. Want to hear a good story, sit down with a nine year old rescue dog like Rocky for a while. I can't promise it won't be a tear jerker, but it will keep you hooked.

At the beginning of 2017 I took the plunge and enrolled in a Diploma of Photography and Photo imaging. It’s helping me learn about taking interesting photographs of interesting things that aren’t animals or birds. For example I’m learning how to get the attention of people without waving liver treats under their noses for one. And it turns out people are interesting stuff too.

These days people say everyone is a photographer. I guess it’d the same as saying everyone has a book in them. The question is, which books do you want on your shelf, to lend to friends, to re-read over and over again. Do you have photographs that you want to hang proudly on your wall, to treasure until you’re old and grey and pass on to your grandchildren?  If not, drop me a line and we’ll see if we can fix that for you. I bet you have an interesting story to tell.

I seem to be turning this into a novella, and I’m sure you have a busy day ahead so I won't keep you.

If you’re someone who likes to know the formal deets, I have a Bachelor of Arts in English and Comparative Literature, a Graduate Diploma in Computer Studies; I’m an accredited PRINCE2 and Agile Project Manager, and I’m currently studying towards my Diploma in Photography and Photo imaging.

Before you start to think that I can’t seem to make up my mind what I want to do when I grow up, consider how photography requires a special blend of creative and technical nouse. I believe in lifelong learning. If I’m still learning something new when my light goes out, I’ll be happy with that. If I’m able to help other people learn along the way, so much the better.


Bragging Rights, Awards, Publications, stuff I'm proud of and all that jazz

•    Highly Commended - Student Category - Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2018 - Capture
•    2 x silver awards WAEPPA
•    Winner of the class chocolate bar for best print May 2017 (ok, this probably isn’t a hugely prestigious award but it was tasty)
•   Volunteer Printhandler at the WAEPPA state awards 2017
•    Cover photo Dolphin Watch FinBook, River Guardians, 2016
•    River Guardians People’s Choice Award winner 2015
•    Dolphin Watch – Photographer of the year 2015
•    Contributor Long Dogs WA Calendar 2014
•    Contributor Long Dogs WA Calendar 2015
•    Contributor Dachshund Rescue Calendar 2015