The face behind the pictures

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The face behind the pictures

Many of the beautiful photographs that grace the Archdiocese of Hobart’s Facebook page are the work of Laree McNamara.

While Ms McNamara’s day job is housekeeper to Archbishop Julian, she also has a strong interest in photography which developed about seven years ago.

Many of the images on the Archdiocese of Hobart’s Facebook page are breathtaking views of nature, however Ms McNamara is at home with a wide variety of subjects from sporting events to festivals - but her favourite subject matter is her grandchildren.

It was a close friend who was first responsible for igniting Ms McNamara’s interest in the camera.

“Norman is a keen photographer and I used to follow him around while he took photographs, and wait for him while he took his shots,’’ she said.

“One day he lent me his camera and he said, “Take some photos,” and he never got his camera back!’’

Ms McNamara also joined the Hobart Photographic Society to increase her knowledge.

“We are just hobby photographers, we take photos of anything,” she said.

Her hobby also fits nicely with her love of the outdoors, which is reflected through many of her images.
“We like the outdoors, getting out and about, and going for walks, so we enjoy that aspect as well,” she said.

Ms McNamara said she enjoyed all that photography offered, from the ease of digital cameras which allowed her to instantly improve on her images, as well as spending time at the computer editing her images.

Ms McNamara started working for the Archdiocese in 2000 as a cleaner at Mount St Canice in Sandy Bay.

She also worked as a cleaner at the Catholic Development Fund offices and has been a housekeeper at the Bishop’s House since about 2007.

To see some of Laree McNamara’s photographs, visit