Marissa Knight is a local Sunshine Coast, Queensland based landscape, nature and lifestyle photographer. Surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, she makes the most out of her breathtaking location, capturing the pristine beaches, lush rainforest, National Parks and cascading waterfalls the area has to offer.
Born in South Australia's iconic wine region Barossa Valley, her ancestors were one of the first to plant Shiraz vines way back in 1843. Those vines not only survive today but thrive on the banks of the Para River at Langmeil Winery. These old thick trunked, low yielding vines are believed to be the oldest surviving Shiraz in the world. Marissa's love for the outdoors and exploring flourished at an early age and growing up she would spend many days playing on the banks of Tanunda Creek, running through vineyards or going on camping trips with the family.
Marissa developed a love and fascination for horses at an early age. Her determination showed when she was found riding the neighbours pony out in a paddock with no saddle or bridle. At this point her parents knew they had to buy her a pony even though they had no idea about horses. Marissa's horse riding adventures continued from this point for many years winning countless State and National horse and rider awards.
At age 10 she moved to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. This only grew her appreciation of our countries varying and beautiful landscapes. Many weekends were spent horse riding, camping, and exploring places such as the MacDonnell Ranges and Uluru. This is when she first picked up the families film camera to start capturing images of the natural beauty of her surroundings.
Her next move was in 1994 when her family relocated to Queensland's beautiful Sunshine Coast and her love of photography bloomed.
In 2007 after previously owning many different film cameras, she purchased her first digital camera a Canon 40D DSLR and mainly concentrated on landscapes, family and macro. In 2017 she moved over to a Full Frame DSLR, a Nikon D850 to take her photography dream to the next level.
Marissa is a completely self taught photographer who challenges herself to learn new techniques and continually strives to improve her skills as its her love and passion.