Traveling extensively as a child, I spent a few years in Turkey and in Iran where I got my first plastic camera for my seventh birthday: a simple device which was great for early experimentation in black and white film with limited success but lots of passion. At the age of 16 I met my first photography mentor Tim Keating who nurtured my emerging talent and appointed me Year Book editor at the International School Bangkok. My reputation as a talented photographer quickly grew after graduating with High Distinction in Photography.
My strengths in IT [B.Sc and MBA] led to a successful corporate career as a business analyst, where I worked on a number of key international projects both in Israel and in NZ. My young family moved to Auckland in 2001 after a successful and inspiring four week farm-stay tour around New Zealand. After settling in the North Shore, the family quickly integrated into the NZ way of life and social fabric. I became a volunteer teacher at a community Sunday school.