Now an Australian citizen, Abigail is based in Perth, Western Australia but is available for a diverse range of photographic assignments interstate and internationally. Since being in Perth over the last 21 years she has gained experience working for the big corporates. She has produced exciting corporate photography for the Rio Tinto Community Investment Calendar for several years. This involved travelling all over the Pilbara, Gascoigne and Kimberley in search of staff who had excelled in helping the community in some way.
The road to becoming a corporate photographer
In 1979 Abigail began training to be a photographer at Michigan State University, USA, finishing in Cambridge, UK. Her first job was a medical photographer in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.
Her second job was a fine art photographer for the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, UK. One of her responsibilities there was to photograph the museum’s medieval European coinage for Professor Philip Grierson who had the world’s greatest collection and the images were subsequently published in several volumes by Cambridge University Press: a collection which was worth between 5 and 10 million pounds. Abigail has also photographed the Queen during a private visit to the Equine Research Centre in Newmarket in 1981 and in the mid ’80’s, the only woman Speaker of the House of Commons, The Right Hon The Baroness Betty Boothroyd.
In 1993, the iconic art publisher and retailer, ATHENA, which sold to 50 countries, commissioned Abigail to produce many images for greetings cards and posters which were sold worldwide and she also won several Kodak awards for her work.
Abigail and her husband lived in California in the late 90’s where she worked with a couple of well-known wedding photographers gaining valuable experience in that industry before moving to Australia.