My Name is Silvia Tomarchio
I am a wedding and portrait photographer.
When I am not photographing weddings/portraits I love to travel and discover new locations and meet random people. From seascapes to landscapes, from Australia and beyond.
My father had the habit of carrying an old antique camera around his neck to capture as many of life’s moments as possible. So when I was unexpectedly born while my parents were on a ship immigrating to Australia from Italy, he was there to capture it frame-by-frame.
Fascinated, I spent hours as a young child studying the photos that documented my dramatic entrance into the world in such unique circumstances. Every time I looked at them, they revealed something new. I began discovering what I can describe as unique dimensions only through the lens I have the ability to see.
Photos allow me to pause to enjoy and absorb each moment, it's all about the light from within, not only seeing but feeling each moment as it is being captured. Forgetting the names of things, transcends it into light, form and shape. A connection to the seen and unseen.
My nieces were my first models. They were like living dolls to me. I would change their clothing and their poses between shots, like playing dress ups and make believe.
My love of photography has engraved deeply into my ‘soul’ over the years. My father – a witness of that – gifted me that very camera that captured my birth once I turned 20 years old.
Photography/visual art ..... a ‘meditation’ and a ‘relaxation’ tool and finding beauty wherever I go.
My main calling in life is to find ways to help and connect people through photography. My aim is to give all of my images a ‘voice’, an ‘echo’, telling its own story.
Even though I couldn’t really afford it, I bought myself my first professional camera for $1,500. As soon as I began shooting, I started seeing everything beautiful within each frame, beginning with street photography, just ordinary people doing ordinary things, the connection began with experiencing the simple things in life gave me quiet and focus. I spent the next four years independently learning about photography through reading, lots and lots of shooting, doing community courses and joining various community groups and clubs, as well as working with other photographers. In 2014 I decided to get formal training in photography to finally pursue my career, capturing life in stills. Frame by frame, telling it's own unique story.
I have three beautiful daughters, who are my main priority in life. I want them to grow into strong independent women, part of this journey is to show them that you can still be your own person and follow your dreams despite what life throws at you. Silvia Tomarchio Photography, based in Melbourne’s Taylors Hill.