She received the award last Tuesday, August 13, at the AIPP awards gala dinner at Randwick Racecourse.
Naomi, from the northern Sydney suburb of Roseville, enetered a winning portfolio consisting of a family balancing on a tightrope; a sleeping baby on a cheetah; a space invader-inspired family portrait; and newborn baby surrounded with butterflies.
‘Every single element of my images are created by me; the photography, illustrations and Photoshop editing and retouching,’ she said.
‘For the newborn image I handmade 200 origami butterflies in every colour of the rainbow. In newborn photography, a rainbow represents a baby born after a loss,’ she explained.
While some shoots are meticulously planned beforehand, others arise from amusing moments during the shoot.
Naomi said she had an idea for a family shoot featuring a tightrope and a unicycle for some time. ‘I had an extended family shoot booked and just happened to ask if they knew someone who rode a unicycle; and they did!’
‘The images I create are totally unique to every family and usually become a coveted printed artwork for generations to enjoy,’ she remarked of her work.