About Nadia Marlow
Prior to my photography business, I worked in Corporate Event Management for 7 years. For the latter 5 of those years I also attended night-classes for my Diploma in Marketing Management. During this time I got married to my best friend and soul mate.
In 2007, I completed my studies, I finally fell pregnant after what seemed like forever, and by the end of that year I resigned my day job and we immigrate to Australia from South Africa. Earthbound Studio was officially registered in 2009.
I’m very ambitious and constantly strive to for a work-life balance. In your dealings with me you will see that I’m a proud business owner who values my creativity and strives for uniqueness and professionalism. When I’m not working, I love adventures with my young family, long distance running especially trail running, gardening, DIY home projects and traveling. I’m a strong supporter of healthy clean eating, all environmental issues and I am a big animal lover. I am also a passionate mother of two, who loves my family and values the time I get to spend with them. My husband is my rock and a very big inspiration in the way I approach life’s challenges.
Photographer Credit: Lisa Marie Photography
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My love for photography started early on in my childhood, when my grandfather gave me my first camera. In school it was clear that I was a visual learner and had a strong preference for the arts rather than the sciences. After high school I wanted to see the world, and went backpacking for two and a half years. In 1997, at the end of my travels, I finally took the plunge and invested in my first film SLR (a Minolta X-570 with a 50mm lens) which I bought from a second hand shop in Toronto, Canada. Admittedly, my lack of technical knowledge and the cost of experimenting with film was a barrier to entry, and the social pressures of getting an education and a “paying job” overshadowed my kindred-photographer spirit and I reluctantly conformed to the norm. I studied many things that interest me, tourism, graphic design, first aid and marketing management, all whilst climbed the corporate ladder until I reached my goal of becoming a manager before I turned 30. Yet, strangely enough, all of this was not enough and I could not help feeling like I was missing my calling!
My role as Event Manager exposed me to a world filled with traveling, networking, celebrating special occasions, the types of events people wanted photographs and memories of. Event photography soon became part of my job description and soon I started photographing freelance for other corporate event organizers and weekend weddings.
When my husband and I immigrated to Australia in late 2007 I finally got the break I needed to cut the ties as an Events Manager and focus on establishing myself as a photographer. Not only were we moving to a new country, I was also 6 months pregnant with my first baby, AND I was going to attempt to start a photography business.
The humble beginnings of Earthbound Studio started in Port Lincoln, South Australia. The name Earthbound is symbolic in the way that I look at life in general. We are given one life to live whilst our body is earthbound, nobody knows for certain when your departure day will come, to me this is a thought of empowerment! Live life to the fullest, break away from your fears and insecurities that trap you and keep you from reaching our full potential. Make the most of your life while you are “earthbound”.
In 2010 we relocated to Adelaide, and as much as I knew this was a good business move for Earthbound Studio, I could not help feel that I was starting over once again! I fell pregnant with my second child, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise as this gave me valuable time to focus on getting to know some of the local Adelaide photography community and to align my business with the practices of the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photographers).
Mid 2015 I achieved my full membership and proud to be a part of this elite group of Accredited Professional Photographers within the AIPP. On September 18, 2015 the ACCC (Australian Competition & Consumer Commission) formally awarded us (the AIPP and its members) the status of an “Accredited Professional” through the award of a “Certification Trade Mark”. This is an Australian first! This certification enables the AIPP’s 2,000 accredited members to offer clients and customers further reassurance of their competence and reliability as a working photographer or video producer through a certified ‘symbol of trust’ from the ACCC.
the ACCC certification of the AIPP accreditation process brings a new level of authority to practicing professionals, in addition to the set of voluntary requirements that AIPP accredited professionals already adhere to.
Being an Accredited Professional Photographer with the AIPP means that I operate a register business, and have fulfilled all the Business Requirements set by the professional body. I have the appropriate insurances, and have agreed to follow the AIPP Code of Professional Practice as well as the Terms and Conditions of my membership. Have the skill, creativity, style and ability to successfully complete the job. As a member I am also required to ensure I take part in workshops and seminars throughout each year to ensure I continue to develop along with the industry.
For more information about the AIPP you can click here.
Countries I’ve photographed in include the UK, Greece, Turkey, Spain, France, Holland, Canada, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Germany, my birth country South Africa and my now home country Australia which we continue to explore.