Louisa grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. She studied Fine Art at Rhodes University, South Africa, majoring in Photography.
“Growing up in Africa I lived and interacted with a variety of different communities which helped inspire a deep respect for the people I encountered and the ways in which they live their lives. Language, race and religion were never a cultural barrier they rather stimulated a natural curiosity in me that went far beyond my formal education. It inspired me to become a visual storyteller and traverse the globe with my camera documenting the vast and intimate fabric of people’s lives.
I am especially interested in indigenous culture and ceremony in remote communities.
From a visual perspective, I’m passionate about highlighting a people evolving ability to adapt to the song of the land through constant change.
I hope to create an impact on my viewers and somehow preserve these ancient tribal customs of adornment through my portraits before they become diluted over time with modern progress.
I can never truly convey my deep appreciation to these communities for allowing me into their worlds; their individual stories are equally as compelling as they are educational. The elegance, beauty and strength of the women I meet are what I endeavour, to capture in my portraits.”
Louisa has successfully forged an international photographic career as a lifestyle documentary photographer and a Fine Art photographer. It was while living in London that Louisa’s career as a photographer really began, she won the 'Travel Photo of the Year', category 'Face to Face’ the largest photographic competition of its kind in Britain at the time. She held her first solo show in London in 2000 and has since staged several successful solos and joint exhibitions in Australia. Her exhibition ‘Out of Africa’ was a resounding success, with Patron of the Arts, James Erskine (of Liverpool Street Gallery in Sydney) buying up the entire collection before opening.
Her oversized fine art African Tribal Portraits are now sought after by Art Collectors around the world. Her portrait and documentary photography have been published in coffee table books, featured on the front cover of various magazines and newspapers; Pro Photo, African Geographic, Home Beautiful, the Daily Telegraph, CNN Travel, Social Documentary and Collective Hub magazine. Louisa has won awards in various photographic competitions worldwide and was a finalist for the prestigious 'Head On' 2017 portrait awards.
When Louisa is not on assignment or travelling, she lives and works as a freelance photographer in Sydney, Australia.