Specialising in capturing beautiful memories of children, Marie’s photography studio is an award winning business with exceptional customer service and premium quality in her products. As a professional photographer of over 12 years, Marie decided to expand her product range to provide visual and tangible memories for customers with young children. In 2009, she introduced handmade products and then moved to her Lilyfield studio a few years later. “As a mum to two beautiful young children, I understand how precious and fleeting the first years of our children’s lives are, which is why I am so passionate about my work,” she says.
The Inner West Business Awards not only honour small businesses, but they provide an opportunity to shine a spotlight on where community work is being done for a good cause. To celebrate the ten year milestone of her business, Marie has decided to take a 12-month sabbatical to raise $100,000 for her favourite charity, ‘Love Your Sister’. She explains her newest undertaking here:
“‘Love Your Sister’ is the story of the remarkable bond between siblings Connie and Samuel Johnson. Connie is a young mum of two who has endured cancer since she was a child. At 33 she was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer, and time is not on her side. Knowing that she had the fight of her life ahead of her she called on her brother Sam to help her raise funds for cancer research so no other family would have to lose a loved one from this unforgiving disease.
“For the past five months I have been working on an art project which celebrates Connie and the remarkable woman she is. I have been creating handmade ceramic hearts made up of two fingerprints forming a heart. At $50 each I need to make 2000 tiles to reach my goal. I have celebrities like Kate Ritchie who are putting their hand up to be part of the project. In the centre of the artwork is Connie’s red heart imprints, surrounded by a sea of white hearts. I have named the project ‘A heart as big as yours’ and once complete, it will be on permanent display for the public to see at the Garvan Institute in Darlinghurst.
“I want the artwork to exist to remind us of our loved ones who have died or continue to struggle from the disease, and to finally serve as a legacy to Connie and Sam Johnson and the team at Love Your Sister who have left Imprints on all our hearts by helping to make a difference in the world we live in today.”
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