About Thrive Photography
Thrive Photography is a professional photography studio based on the Sunshine Coast in Mooloolaba.
Thrive photography is a family business run by Richard and Tracey Grenfell. Richard is the primary photographer and Tracey keeps the business running with the million administrative tasks required for any small business. We also are blessed with outstanding hair and makeup artists and specialist photographers who come into the studio on an as-needed basis.
About Richard (me)
I am pretty close to being a genuine local even though I was not born in Melbourne and not Nambour Hospital. I went to Buderim Primary School and Maroochydore High School in the 80s.
I have been married to my remarkably patient wife for over 30 years (many say she deserves a medal ) and we live on acreage in the hinterland with our daughter who goes to Uni along with two dogs, two cats, and assorted chooks.
I have not always been a photographer. I was a professional musician and also taught guitar at a school called Matthew Flinders Anglican College in the 90s. After that, I decided to change careers and worked for a computer company as a network engineer. A few years later Tracey and I established our own IT company that serviced professional offices such as legal, medical, accountants etc providing network support and all the IT services that keep these businesses running. We eventually sold that company and am happy to report is still trading and flourishing.
Interests include reading, movies, walking up hills, playing music, photography ( I still like to study new techniques) and yelling at the TV when my football team are playing.
Tracey is from Sydney but moved here when she married Richard and has been here ever since.
Previously Tracey worked as the administrator in the computer company we owned as mentioned above and went on to be the owner-manager of a retail shop.
Tracey has incredible attention to detail and has a black belt in business administration. In addition to keeping Richard on task, she keeps on top of everything at the studio and makes sure all of our clients are cared for before and after the photography sessions.
Her interests include anything to do with chasing a ball. She coaches representative netball teams, is always playing in up to 327 netball teams at any given time and religiously plays squash with the girls every Thursday.