Showcasing the beauty of rural Australia and the equine industry through her photography, Charlie Keegan is a storyteller at heart. Growing up northeast of Roma on her parents three cattle properties, Keegan’s love for rural Australia began at a young age and continued into her adolescent years. She is now 17.
With her family managing Charolais cattle, plus a small horse stud and training facilities on their farms, Keegan was inspired to photograph her surroundings with a camera gifted to her by her grandmother. Her side hobby soon turned into a passion for showing country life to city folk by capturing life in towns such as Toowoomba and posting it online. “To me, photography is much more than an image to post on social media; it’s about the livestock and farmers who have owned, lived and worked on the land where the images are taken and the stories behind them,” says Keegan.
Keegan graduated in 2019 from Fairholme College where she boarded for four years after spending eight years at her local primary school, Wallumbilla State School. During her time boarding, Keegan was invited to be the official photographer at the 2018 Dalby Australian Stockhorse Sale and Campdraft Event, along with both the 2018 and 2019 Landmark Equine Supreme Campdraft and Sale Events. Through these opportunities, Keegan was able to photograph everything she loved about the equine industry, from the horses to the people to life in rural Australia. “I was lucky enough to grow up in the campdraft industry and I think that was my biggest influence, especially working with other equine sport photographers and being able to capture people’s memories,” says Keegan.
Since graduating, Keegan has worked with many locals for photoshoots and creative services, but one of her favourite partnerships has been with Hannah from Westmore Designs in Roma. As the photographer, stylist and brand ambassador for Westmore Designs, Keegan has been able to develop her personal photography style while still working in her local community. In a recent shoot, Keegan styled Hannah in handmade jewellery, handbags and sun scarves sold by Westmore Designs and photographed her with an Australian outback themed backdrop.
Along with working in her local community, Keegan also hopes to create content for more international businesses, as she currently has one Canadian client and one American client with whom she enjoys working. While equine and campdraft photography will always be close to her heart, Keegan is excited to branch out and work on new projects. Keegan has been lucky at such a young age to find a passion that she believes will stay with her for life.
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