Sean Wicks and Tiahna Bartlett with baby Arie at a special family friend's farm for their photoshoot with Wildhearted One.
Sean Wicks and Tiahna Bartlett with baby Arie at a special family friend's farm for their photoshoot with Wildhearted One. Kristy Champney

Meet woman creating meaningful moments from behind the lens

BEING an innately shy person has not stopped a South Burnett woman from directing spectacular photo shoots for the region's families.

After realising she never had any photos taken of her young family, Kristy Champney turned her hobby of photography into a blooming business.

After growing up in Kingaroy and experiencing the joys of country living, Mrs Champney created Wildhearted One. to capture other families who wanted their own forever photos to treasure in the years to come.

However, the young mother didn't initially envision pursuing lifestyle photography.

"If you asked me what I wanted to do, I would of said wedding photography,” Mrs Champney said.

"My wedding photographer captured our day so beautifully and I wanted to be able to do something similar.

"To start with I took photos of my daughter and once she didn't want any more photos, I used to practise on cows because we have cattle on our property.

"After taking photos of close family and friends I soon realised that family photography was my niche.”

FREE SPIRIT: The face behind Wildhearted One, Kristy Champney, who has been capturing photos of South Burnett families for the past three years.
FREE SPIRIT: The face behind Wildhearted One, Kristy Champney, who has been capturing photos of South Burnett families for the past three years. Laura Blackmore

With Youtube as her best friend for tips and after paying for a few courses, Mrs Champney has been continuously teaching herself new tricks to improve her skills.

From her photo shoot experiences during the past three years, she said it was the in-between moments that really moved her.

"There's nothing better than seeing kids with dirt on their face or playing in the mud,” she said.

"When I look back at photos from my childhood, some of them were posed ones but most of the time it was just Mum whipping out the camera.

"I prefer to do a shoot on location with the family rather than pulling off on the side of the road.

"For example, if they have a farm I love setting up there because it brings a lot more meaning to the photos.

"It's always rewarding at the end of a shoot when you can hand over a gallery and they love what you have given them as well.”

Kristy Champney's daughter Madi Jesberg and her nephew Parker Prain.
Kristy Champney's daughter Madi Jesberg and her nephew Parker Prain. Kristy Champney

Mrs Champney is about to move into a newly built home with husband, Nathan Champney, and daughter Madi Jesberg, 10, at their family farm in Crawford.

The busy mum also works at the South Burnett Regional Council during the week, which means she is limited to using her weekends and afternoons to pursue her business goals.

"As for the next 12 months, I'm hoping to jump into it more and get a website up and running,” Mrs Champney said.

"To me photography isn't a job, it's a about meeting new people and helping them create special memories.

"I'm just so happy now that I have all these beautiful photos of my family that I can show my grandkids one day.”.

Renee and Zara King shot in a golden paddock of Rhodes grass.
Renee and Zara King shot in a golden paddock of Rhodes grass. Kristy Champney
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