this is me


Any photographer can take a photo, I WANT TO takE moments. Moments where the emotion is felT AND THE MEMORIES ARE MADE.

I'm a wife, mum and photographer. I have a passion for photography and I'm lucky enough to be asked to capture some of the most special, intimate and happiest times in people's lives.  How lucky I am.

Who am I?

Hey there! I'm Cortney, a proud Wollongong native and a devoted wife and mum to a busy and funny little boy.

Photography isn't just a passion for me—it's practically in my DNA. I inherited this love affair with the camera from my dad, an avid surf filmographer back in the '70s. I grew up surrounded by images of his coastal journeys, immortalised in his classics movie "A Taste of Salt," which once graced the silver screen of the Regent Theatre in Wollongong.

In high school, I constantly found myself gravitating back to the art rooms, with the darkroom becoming my happy place. There's something truly magical about the alchemy of film developing and the anticipation of seeing those images come to life. That sense of wonder has never left me—it's like capturing a tiny slice of eternity with every click of the shutter.

What truly sets my soul on fire is capturing the raw, unfiltered essence of human connection. Whether it's a shared glance between lovers, the infectious laughter of children at play, or the quiet moments in between the big ones, I thrive on freezing those fleeting emotions in time. It's a wild ride knowing that a single frame can encapsulate a lifetime memory, preserving it for generations to come.

Curious about the name Powder Puff Photography? Let me take you on a journey back in time, about two decades ago... It all began with my passion for makeup artistry, which led me to establish my very own makeup artistry business under the name Powder Puff Makeup. As I honed my skills and carved out my niche in the makeup world, I found myself continually drawn back to the creative expression: photography. So rather than reinventing the wheel, my husband wisely suggested that I keep the name "Powder Puff" and expand its horizons to encompass my love for photography. And just like that, Powder Puff Photography was born.

So, if you're looking to immortalise your story in a way that's as unique and vibrant as you are, I'm here to make that magic happen. Let's embark on this journey together, capturing the beauty and authenticity of every precious moment along the way.

Welcome to Powder Puff Photography, where every shot tells a story—and yours is waiting to be written.

Ten Fun Facts About Me

Hey there, fellow human of the universe! Get ready to dive into the wacky world of "Ten Fun Facts About Me." Buckle up, because we're about to take a wild ride through the rainbow-filled, pea-hating, and chocolate-craving adventures of yours truly!

  1. So, picture this: At the ripe age of two and a half, I didn't just toddle around—I twirled my way into the world of ballet, all set for a future career as a ballerina.
  2. I also strutted my stuff on the stage at the Sydney Opera House and won the Australian Championship for Physical Culture age 10.
  3. Rainbows and sunsets, folks! They're my jam. I can spot those mesmerising colour arcs and twilight spectacles from a mile away.
  4. Peas are my arch-nemesis. Yep, those little green spheres are my kryptonite. The battle rages on, one dinner plate at a time!
  5. Now, about my exotic pet collection: I've owned a mouse, a galah, and even a turtle. Quite the eclectic animal kingdom, if you ask me!
  6. In the thrilling saga of my driving adventures, I once had a fiery encounter with a boom gate. Rookie driver alert! Let's just say, I left my mark (and a mangled gate) on the world of traffic.
  7. Drumroll, please! Christmas! Ahh, the magic of the season warms my heart like a cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace. Santa, you've got a fan!
  8. Here's a toothy twist: Some of my back baby teeth never got the memo to vacate the premises! Yep, they're the forever guests in my mouth.
  9. When it comes to dining out, my priorities are crystal clear. First things first: sweets menu inspection! Chocolate reigns supreme, and no meal is complete without it. It's basically its own food group, right?
  10. Last but not least, the plot twist to end all plot twists: I only discovered my middle name wasn't on my birth certificate at 18! Talk about a delayed identity revelation.

So there you have it—ten quirky, delightful, and utterly me facts.