Our heart-felt thanks to Albury photographer Karen Webb who gifted us the beautiful image on the Wattle Road home page.
Karen is a mum of two girls and a photographer who loves to tell people’s stories. She describes herself as an enthusiast of, “Creating things, cooking things, knitting things and growing things. And of good coffee and good chats.”
“I’m also a lover of sunsets and overcast days, of sunlight dancing through trees and over brown fields of wheat. I’m a lover of light and shadow and of genuine, honest humans and of mashing these things together in an array of endless possibilities.”
You can see more of her work at capturebykaren.com.au
Prue has been multimedia fixture in the real estate market for more than a decade, following a career in television and corporate production. A former journalist and columnist for News Corp, she also indulges her love of architecture by writing for Architecture & Design Magazine.
She was co-host of the Sky News Real Estate show, and appears on various online property shows and radio programs. On any given day, Prue can be found trawling through the property sites of agencies both here and overseas following trends in design and the business of home ownership. She is, for want of a better expression, a property tragic.
Margaret has worked as a journalist, columnist, radio presenter, teacher, restaurant manager, stand-up comedian, storyteller and author. She is a mad keen traveller and has spent a good part of the past three years overseas, gradually shedding what was holding her back. Now, in the COVID-normal, she’s as free as a bird and travels around Victoria in her converted Transit van. She is writing A Stick and Bindle Life, which tells how she embraces life with little more than a stick over her shoulder with a spotted hanky, holding her phone and toothbrush. ‘Stick and Bindling is about relying on yourself and being able to pivot. It’s about trusting yourself to be enough,’ she says.
Kirsten is one of Australia’s leading property and lifestyle writers.
Over the better part of two decades, she has been living and breathing bricks and mortar, having profiled over a billion dollars worth of prime (and plenty of not so prime) real estate internationally. She is passionate about finding the story behind every property; and her hunger for a great yarn, has taken her across the globe to meet inspiring homeowners living in idyllic places and behind the gates of some of Australia’s most exclusive private estates.
Read about Kirsten’s own Wattle Road journey here:
JAKE HOGAN & COURTNEY HOSKIN
Jake & Courtney are two Geelong photographers who met through the wedding industry and are now engaged! When they are not capturing special moments of other-loved-up couples, they love to take their two dogs, Otis and Leo and travel throughout beautiful regional Victoria taking photos. Jake will find the best coffee in town, and Courtney will find the best walking trails. They can’t wait to show off the epic locations they get to visit for Wattle Road.
Take a look at some fabulous photographs from country and coastal weddings at jakehogan.com.au
Kirsten is a communications specialist, freelance writer and editor with experience in directing communications across a number of sectors, including federal politics, economic development, environmental sustainability and community services.
She is passionate about supporting initiatives that give people in regional Australia a voice.
Writing about her hometown of Mildura for Wattle Road, she says a move to the vibrant Murray River town, would be a life-change, but more than that, it would be life-changing.
“The summers are long and warm, the winters are mild. When grey cloud descends on Melbourne, Mildura basks under a blue Mallee sky.”
Jen grew up on a farm, went to university in a state capital and has spent her working life as a journalist and writer in rural and regional Victoria. The mum of two primary school-aged kids now calls Geelong home, loves the flavours of regional life, the lifestyle and the work opportunities. And she wants others to discover the richness of small towns and rural cities across the nation.
Leonie is the co-founder and creative director of The Splendid Word, a boutique media and communications business based in Echuca.
A former Fairfax and ABC reporter, Leonie made the switch to freelance and PR to balance the demands of raising three small children. She says the freedom to focus on “good new stories” and the “joyful stuff” has been rewarding.
In her profile of Echuca-Moama for Wattle Road, she writes it is “bush without even a whiff of countrified-kitsch.”
“It’s country life and all its trimming balanced beautifully with city-like offerings.”
Fleur is a Ballarat communications professional and writer with extensive experience working in the media and education sectors. She has had articles published in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and the Canberra Times. As a books feature writer at Huffington Post Australia and Ten Daily, she established the Readability Books Blog.
Fleur runs her own business, The Word Store, in Ballarat. She describes her hometown as the “ideal place to live and grow.”
“In Ballarat, the benefits of city-living sit comfortably with the pace, beauty and community of the country.”
Kylie Dulhunty is an award-winning journalist with more than 18 years’ experience in news and feature writing. Now living in Albury, Kylie has worked at some of Australia and New Zealand’s biggest newspapers, covering everything from police and court rounds to health and education. But real estate and lifestyle reporting is where Kylie’s true passion lies and for the past decade she has dedicated herself to finding the biggest and best stories behind some of the country’s most interesting bricks and mortar. Kylie heads up Proper Media, which specialises in real estate content and marketing solutions.
Tasha is a photographer based in central Queensland. Mum to two children, she runs her own business, Illuma Photography.
Photography seeped into her bloodstream as a youngster, spending many hours helping her father in the darkroom – an outdoor laundry in a small country town – watching the magical images appear before her eyes. She completed a Bachelor of Photography at RMIT University in 2005 before settling just outside Rockhampton.
With Illuma she seeks to capture the natural beauty of life, love and family.
Take a look at her images at illumaphotography.com.au
MEET THE DESIGNER OF WATTLE ROAD
Samantha Hamilton is the creative director behind boutique design agency Studio Hamilton. Sam opened her own boutique design agency after 30 years in the media sector. Today she focuses on developing successful brand campaigns to one-off custom publishing projects and social media strategies.
Wattle Road shows off not only her creative talent, but her commitment to delivering high-quality and engaging platforms. She is a whizz at capturing ideas and making them come alive. We couldn’t recommend her highly enough.