Photographer living in Sydney
Monique Harmer has over 19 years of experience as a photographer in rural NSW. Producing photographs for newspapers both nationally and internationally, as well as magazines and commercial use. Monique has a keen eye for detail. Monique strives to provide high-quality images that exceed your expectations and uses innovative ways for commercial clients to broaden their networks.
Photographer: Monique Harmer
My love of photography began as a teenager. At the time I was given the use of a great little Nikon and dark room to develop film and experiment with printing on weekends. After completing my HSC I followed my love of photography at the Canberra Institute of Technology studying B&W photography. I have continued to study within the creative industry through Visual Arts and most recently a Diploma in Digital Imaging.
In 1999 I commenced work for Rural Press as a photojournalist. This gave me the insight into a different style of photography, of which I am still very passionate about today.
My aim is to capture a moment in time the bride and Groom will cherish forever. I shoot weddings in a photojournalistic style unless otherwise specified. Consequently, I am able to produce a collection of beautiful natural photos of the day as it unfolds. Occasionally I set photos up to capture a spectacular background behind the bride and groom or when requests are made.
Most of all I love working with children, their innocence and personalities are expressed in their facial expressions and eyes. Like animals you never quiet know what they are going to do next, capturing it is the fun part.
Now available – Studio portrait photography incorporated with creative lighting techniques.
My previous roles have given me a unique perspective, enhancing my ability to adapt to new and challenging work environments. My team and I produce a diverse and comprehensive collection of images for my clients. I discuss and plan photo shoots with my clients. Identifying the scope of the project its timeframes and budgets. Also analysing business requirements when needed. My team and I work collaboratively with clients to meet their advertising and marketing needs within a budget. This enables me to meet outcomes by ensuring an agreed understanding of the purpose of a project. We use our time and resources with efficiency, as most projects have tight timeframes to meet publishing or media deadlines.
“I have spent my entire professional life creating, editing, critiquing or teaching photography and working with photographers. It has been the way that I have experienced much of the world. In a deeply personal way I feel an image is a poem about time, about “staying the moment.” Photography can defeat time. Images can keep the memory of a loved one alive, hold a moment in history for future generations, be a witness to tragedy or joy. They can also change behavior, stimulate understanding and create a sense of urgency that will move people to action. Photography is the universal language that speaks to the heart.”
– Sarah Leen, Director of Photography, National Geographic
“As far as I am concerned, taking photographs is a means of understanding which cannot be separated from other means of visual expression. It is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one’s own originality. It is a way of life.”
– Henri Cartier Bresson