The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.
— Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings


The Maker’s Portrait is a platform sharing the stories of Perth’s creatives and change makers through photography and film. Perth’s creative community has flourished in recent years and there are many creatives out there who have a story to tell about how they got to where they are and how they do their small part to help the community.

Behind social media, we are all real people, with real emotions. We have the same needs, the same fears and the same doubts that hide behind filtered photos of good times, behind successful businesses, behind popular Instagram pages. We can encourage and support one another by sharing our experiences and life lessons.

My vision is to inspire and encourage you to seek the goodness of life.

Great people don’t do great things. God does great things through surrendered people.
— Jennie Allen

About the Founder



I’m Cheryl, the photographer, writer and founder behind The Maker’s Portrait. 

I guess this platform has been a long time coming. I have always had a strong desire to pursue something creative (despite having spent my career as a research scientist). Through the years I have ventured from one creative outlet to another - from drawing to graphic design to interior design - but nothing really stuck.

It wasn’t until I made my first short film on a local artist jeweller did I feel that this was becoming something more. I am pretty sure God had it planned all along and knew that I wasn’t ready before this. When I produced my second film telling the story of a church who serves the homeless in the city of Perth I began to get a sense of my purpose. I had people tell me that after watching the film they were going to go and volunteer there. This was it. It clicked for me. 

I love motivating and inspiring others to go out and do something good for their community. With all the tragic news we hear on the media today, I thought if I can inspire just a few people to go out and want to help their own community, give back and seek God then that would be my mission. I also love hearing from other creatives and photographing them at work - observing them, photographing the details, telling their own stories. 

In June 2017, The Maker’s Portrait was born. When I took the first small step to put myself out there on Instagram, I was feeling vulnerable and a bit naive. Unsure if anyone was going to care about it but sure of my purpose and passion. 

Today I am focused on growing this community organically. I am proud that we have over 1,000 followers to date. This may not seem like much, but to me all of our followers are real people, with real hearts and real feelings. They have real needs and real emotions and they want inspiration, encouragement and motivation to keep them focused on their journey. If only just a few people are inspired to give back then I would have achieved my purpose. We might not change the world but it’s the little things that make a big difference, isn’t it?

Everything I write comes from my heart - vulnerable to God, vulnerable to my readers and what they may think but open and trusting to His purpose and what lies ahead for The Maker’s Portrait. This is my way of giving back.

Thank you for your kindness and support.