Hi I'm Kirstie!
I'm a small town girl, originally from a small sleepy beachside town outside of Adelaide. I moved to Darwin with my parents in my early teens, and met the amazing man I now call my hubby. Together we moved out of Darwin, travelled around Australia, driven from one end to other, even camped on the side of the road, and have lived in almost every capital city. My love for travelling is actually where the name for business originated, I love to Wander and explore new places and was fortunate to have spent eighteen months travelling and working overseas. Solas is Gaelic for light, which is a small nod to my families Irish heritage and of course my passion for golden light at sunset which is when I love most to take photos and create my art.
As fun as it was travelling and living in big cities, when my girls were born I realised how much I longed for slow paced lifestyle and to be beside the beach, and after a few years of city life our dream of raising our girls by the sea finally came true and we found our forever home right here on the beautiful Gold Coast. The beach is my happy place, is it where I go to find calm amongst the chaos and nothing makes me happier than to end my day watching the sunset, and the magic that happens in the sky once that golden orb descends below the horizon. I feel so blessed that I get to call this beautiful part of the world my home.
My two beautiful little girls, Isla and Lily are the are the centre of my world, they have brought so much meaning into my life, have taught me so much about myself, and it is thanks to them that my love and passion for photography has grown into what it is today.
I would describe my photography journey as a steady but slow one. It has always been a part of my life. I studied photography in high-school, learning the basics on an old canon film camera (even developing my own black and white film in a dark room!) and I always carried a little 'point and shoot' camera around (in the days before the convenience of camera phones) to capture the crazy adventures we had. However, it was when my first daughter Isla was born that my passion for photography was really ignited, and it has grown ever since documenting our daily lives.
Eventually the time came that my own family became a little tired of me pulling out my camera to snap their every move, and that was when I decided to make beautiful memories for others. I love nothing more than to capture real-life, the in-between moments when families aren't looking at me trying to force a smile, but rather looking at each other, playing, laughing, crying... just feeling all the feels that it is to be human and surrounded by love. I want that feeling to be documented forever, so when you look back in years to come that photo invokes a wave of nostalgia so strong it is like you are back in that moment once again.