She grew up on a sheep and beef farm backing onto the Rakaia River, and after leaving home moved to Methven for a year to do the Mount Hutt Outdoor Pursuits Course. This involved many (character building) activities; rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and snowboarding, alongside completing her open water scuba diver certificate and finishing the year with the infamous 3 pass tramping expedition.
Tammie then went on to study contemporary photography, (just before cameras went digital) and afterwards ended up down the graphic design path. This lead to web design – three areas that complement each other.
With Landlife Images always alongside it, in 2006 together with her husband Nick she bought a web design business. They sold the business in 2012 and did a bit of travelling, which they continue to do when the opportunity arises! Aside from that she enjoys running, books, her vegetable garden and anything house plant related. The house is becoming a bit of a rainforest!
What got you into photography and graphic design?
I always enjoyed playing around with Dad’s old Olympus OM-1 – probably more than he enjoyed processing films of blurry, badly exposed photos! We also had a family member who was a photographer and taught me a bit about how it all worked. Then after studying photography I decided to look at graphic design, as both industries tie in with each other and it was another creative outlet!
What sort of photography do you most enjoy?
Anything to do with weather! Landscapes and photo journalistic type stuff as well.
What sort of design do you most enjoy?
I love the sort of jobs where I have free rein to be creative. But in contrast, I also enjoy the sort of ongoing work that many companies need month to month; newsletters and advertisements for print and digital to name a couple.
Favourite places you’ve visited?
Montefalco in Italy, Aitutaki, the San Juan Islands, and the Chisos Mountains in West Texas were pretty amazing.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A Photographer or Meteorologist. I wasn’t strong enough in physics for the last one!
Top 3 favourite songs?
Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Just Breathe by Pearl Jam and pretty much anything sung by Chris Cornell.
Tammie is currently working full time as a photographer and graphic designer for Landlife Images, offering both services. With 14 years working in web and graphic design, she has a range of experience from logos, flyers, booklets and business cards, to recipe books, posters, car/window signage and most other types of printed material.