Me with my 3 little men (Harper, Ziggy & Scout)

Me with my 3 little men (Harper, Ziggy & Scout)

‘Miriam, I feel as though you have journeyed through some pretty big moments in my life with us and grateful you have captured them. Captured them in a way that’s respectful and goes beyond the lens and beyond an image and peeks into an essence, a rawness and vulnerability, beyond the smoke and mirrors and bullshit facades we all put up’ Chantel

‘Over the years Miriam has taken many photographs of our family. Each session has been entirely different with the exception of one thing, the anchoring presence of Miriam herself. She has a canny ability to adjust her style to the unknowns of the light and the weather, temperamental children and animals and awkward parents. The way Miriam documents life is like a hyper-reality, like nostalgic childhood memories or vivid dreams, she seems to be able to capture a mood that goes beyond the purely physical to the sometimes surreal, heart-wrenching, soulful, fleeting and magical moments that momentarily interrupt daily life. Some of the pictures she's given me have been lifelines in some of the most difficult moments of my life. There's a particular photo of me bathing my little girl that I looked at a lot when I was preparing to give birth to my son because in moments of doubt it really reminds me of the mother I have inside me. Her images validate our way of life and I know my appreciation will only grow more as the years pass and I look back with on affection on the days that were’ Emma

About me…

What’s in a name?

Well to me, a lot. Deciding on a name for your business is so personal, and kind of important. It was so hard for me, because for me it’s not just a business. My personal life, my beliefs, my art, my clients, my visions - they all kind of intertwine together. My business name use to be different. It was something else I use to be. It was the beginning of my becoming as a photographer. But 10 years later it just didn’t fit right anymore. I had changed dramatically, so had my work. It will be forever changing of course, but not too far from the foundation it’s on now. I sat on it for over 6 months, the name change thing. I weighed up the pros and cons of changing my name when I was already known as something. Then one day it came and didn’t leave. I was asked to photograph a family that was saying goodbye to their baby girl; who for many reasons I won’t share was leaving with her adoptive parents that afternoon. I photographed her mum and dad in hospital saying goodbye to their sweet girl. As a mother I can only imagine the gut wrenching pain this would cause. But I watched her mum and dad humbly and gracefully bathe her, dress her and love her. Of course you could see the sadness, but that wasn’t the tangible feeling in the room. What were tangible was love and hope and promise. It was after that the name & life is beautiful was born. Because life is beautiful. It’s also rough and hard and painful, but more importantly it’s oh so beautiful. I have since photographed the funeral of this sweet little girl. I think about her family all the time. This family will forever hold a place in my heart.

About my work…

How do I describe my work? I’m not sure what words to use, because really, all I want my work to do is tell the truth. A photographer I admire (Jeremy from We are the Parsons) recently said to photographers ‘serve them well. Be a storyteller. Show them they are loved. Tell the truth’. So that’s what’s what I can tell you about my work, I create imagery that tells your truth.

About me…

I strive to live a life uncommon; I am a wife & mother; I savour life intensely; I love passionately; I am slightly obsessed with the Beatles; I collect vinyl records and I believe imperfection is utterly beautiful.