Bronwen has been photographing thoroughbreds professionally in Australia since 1995. With an artistic eye that cannot be replicated she is widely regarded as an industry leader in her field and has a reputation for consistently setting the benchmark for the creation of spectacular racetrack and stud farm imagery.
She is a fully accredited press racetrack photographer with both Racing NSW and Racing Victoria and is one of only three indepedent photographers to own an RVL Restricted Commrercial Licence. This licence allows Bronwen to sell her work commercially to key industry figures including Auction Houses, Stud Farms and Commercial Breeders. She has been a fully accredited member of the racing press since 1995 and her library of major Australian Group 1 winners and races dates back to 1992. Bronwen and her partner Darren Tindale are the primary editorial photographers in Australia for the racing publication Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN).
In addition to her work on the racetrack Bronwen is the leading commercial stallion photographer in Australia and one of the best in the world. Bronwen's technical skills are complemented by an artistic eye that simply can't be taught and a deep, lifelong love and understanding of horses, all of which drives her to capture arresting images that are admired throughout the bloodstock world. Her experience and expertise is unmatched and she pioneered a fresh approach to thoroughbred photography and marketing. She has been entrusted with some of the world's best stallions and her work continues to set the industry benchmark. She has been the stallion photographer for John Messara's esteemed Arrowfield Stud for over a decade.
In the Spring of 2010 Bronwen's work became closely linked with the now retired unbeaten world champion BLACK CAVIAR. Her library contains the most intimate and extensive set of images taken by any photographer or photographic agency of the horse the world affectionately knew as "Nelly". Her work was heavily featured by Gerard Whateley in his highly successful book "Black Caviar - the Authorised Story". His "Illustrated Edition" of the book has a large number of her pieces and all editions featured Bronwen's famous images of the covers. During production Bronwen worked closely with Gerard and the team from HarperCollins/ABC Books and the book continues to enjoy tremendous success. Australia Post Philatelic and the Royal Australian Mint handpicked Bronwen's work to depict Black Caviar on their limited edition stamp and coin releases (see links for the Coins and the Stamp). In addition the 110% scale statue of Black Caviar, unveiled on the shore of Lake Nagambie and commissioned by breeder Rick Jamieson, is based on Bronwen's image.
After Black Caviar retired Bronwen began documenting the career of the triple Cox Plate winner and champion racehorse WINX. Her Winx collection is the most complete, every Melbourne victory including the historic four (4) Cox Plate wins, and most of her Sydney races. In addition to this the collection contains the most complete series of images of the champion mare 'behind the scenes' with the most comprehensive range of beach and trackwork imagery.
Since 2017 Bronwen and Darren having been shooting in Europe, and have photographed at H.H. The Aga Khan Studs, the Irish National Stud, Juddmonte Farms and Coolmore Ireland. They have covered a number of international race meetings during these trips as well as Bronwen's 2015 trip to America to photograph Triple Crown champion AMERICAN PHAROAH winning the Haskell and then journeying on to Kentucky to visit a number of key stud farms.
Certainly over the years a photographic style has evolved. Bronwen gives much of the credit for her personal style to her one time editor, Brian Blackwell. He said "Bronwen, there are many photographers doing exactly what you do and you all take the same photographs. You must make yourself different. Give me something different, something 'off-beat'". Her friend, the late Les Carlyon, deserves special mention with his emotional writing about the racehorse that inspires both hope and devotion. She was always in love with horses with Phar Lap and most prominently Kingston Town her heroes, along with the fictional books like The Black Stallion and the Silver Brumby which gave the horses their own personalities. Les' writings reinforced the love of the racehorse and inspired hours of painstaking work cutting out and carefully gluing his essays on 'the black horse' Kingston Town into the scrapbooks she made on the horse.
As the mother of two children Bronwen juggles the challenge of pursuing her career against the backdrop of caring for her children. A keen rider since the age of 6, Bronwen has owned horses every day of her life since she was 13 years old, and currently owns a warmblood Holsteiner dressage mare named "Freelance". At the 26 years of age Freelance is sadly retired due to those famously crooked front legs.
On a Personal Note:
Personally we strive for excellence and to create images that stand alone and captivate the eye and the heart. We want clients to use our images because we took them and because they are the best. We do not engage in 'the race to the bottom'. Our philosophy while shooting at events is (and will always be) that our primary focus must be on capturing images because we understand that when organisations give in to the perils of the 'now now now!' approach the biggest loser is always core content. We have put our minds to developing a better system of image distribution and storage, and continue to do our best to produce new images that are fresh and new whilst always retaining those core elements of quality, correctness and excellence. We want to work with organisations who value our creative input and allow us to do our job because while we welcome image briefs, our expectation is that you treat us as professionals who know their craft and will engage us in a way that allows our creative and artistic eye to bring out the best from our subjects.