Fiona

Hey there!

I'm Fiona Staff.

I’m a ‘wear-your-heart-on-your-sleeve’ Melbourne girl, an educator, podcaster, and lover of photos who passionately believes anyone can learn new habits if they search for the hidden reason inside themselves to do so. Oh, and I’ve been known as the eternal optimist in the family since I was a kid growing up in Eltham, Victoria…just ask my sister! 

When I’m not knee deep in high pressure detective work, like determining the year a photo was taken by spotting an Aussie mullet hairstyle in the background of a photo at an outdoor bbq, (you know what I’m talking about!)…I just might be feeding Red Poll cows with my hubby, helping out my wonderful parents-in-law outside Melbourne, in country Victoria.

Fiona feeding the cows

I haven't always had this business, the clients, the podcast, or the strategies to teach others how to manage and organise their photos...

In fact…how far back should we go…well, let’s jump back to my early 20’s, when I helped out a friend by answering the call to be a Dog Nanny to 4 very demanding, yet adorable, dogs in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. What was meant to be a 5 week job for a friend somehow turned into 10 years living and working in Mexico, New York, Boston, London and finally settling back in Melbourne.

While looking after the fur babies I started working on a research project for a Hollywood Writer and Director and then, after some adventures, found myself managing expatriate families globally for a Fortune 500 company, Goldman Sachs.

My ingrained fascination with order, systems, streamlining and a good-looking Excel Spreadsheet undoubtedly contributed to my success in the corporate world. I have always had a love and a skill at seeing the big picture, while also comfortably digging deep into the detail…yes, I have to admit, to my detriment at times!

Today you can find me happily sitting with photos, slides, negatives and film, some from over 100 years old, savouring the thought of what life was like then…and wishing I knew of the hopes and dreams the men and women in the photos had for their families to come. The very families I might be sitting with today, having a cuppa with and chatting about their photos and talking about their hopes and dreams for their families.

I was years behind with my photos. I was stuck and just didn't know how to sort it all out. Then I found you. I highly recommend Fiona. She's so calm. I need her Zen!

-- Jo, Brighton Vic, Australia

My ingrained fascination with order, systems, streamlining and a good-looking Excel Spreadsheet undoubtedly contributed to my success in the corporate world. I have always had a love and a skill at seeing the big picture, while also comfortably digging deep into the detail…yes, I have to admit, to my detriment at times!

Today you can find me happily sitting with photos, slides, negatives and film, some from over 100 years old, savouring the thought of what life was like then…and wishing I knew of the hopes and dreams the men and women in the photos had for their families to come. The very families I might be sitting with today, having a cuppa with and chatting about their photos and talking about their hopes and dreams for their families.