Samantha Kelly -Mistal

15 years in creative design and photography.

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Why I began in Photography

When I was about 12 years old, I would set my dolls up and take photos of them around my backyard, begging my mum and dad to process the 35mm film, saving up through choirs to pay for the development. The day I was allowed to work, I walked into my local "super-snaps" and was hired as the Thursday and Saturday casual. It helped pay for courses and my equipment as well as gave me a great understanding of the film process. I was accepted into the QCA for a Degree in Photography, which led to employment in the Whitsundays as a portrait photographer, and then to America as a cruise ship photographer. My career developed through digital design and my love of photography remained. Today I work for a non-profit as a Brand Manager, and own Southern Gold Coast Photography.

My Equipment

Canon 6D - Full Frame Professional Digital SLR.


15 years creative industry experience. International portrait experience.


Queensland College of Art - Photography (1 year) Queensland College of Art - Design Studies (3 years) Griffith University - Masters in Marketing (Current)


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