a small Albury Wodonga design & photography business
My name is Maddi and I run Chlo & Co Creatives,
My journey into small business started while I was finishing up my Bachelor of Design at La Trobe in the country Victorian town of Bendigo. After gaining some experience working in the local printing store, I ventured out on my own after having a number of people ask me if I offered design or photography work. During this time I created a lot of simple websites using the platform WIX for small businesses in my town, started to understand some of the ins and outs of social media management (aka Facebook at the time) and went on to complete my Master of Teaching at Deakin.
That was almost 8 years ago now (which is crazy) and since then I have learnt a lot about marketing (hello Instagram and paid posts), communicating with clients and how to create a variety of print and digital design work.
I've also added wedding photographer to the list of things I love to do, beginning my journey as a wedding photographer in Swan Hill back in 2015. Recently I've had the pleasure of calling myself an artist too with my first solo art exhibition in 2019 called 'Land Currents'.
In 2017 I moved to Albury Wodonga to begin my teaching career as an Vis Com and Art Teacher out at the small town of Tallangatta. I love it here as there are so many things to do and I still have access to the beautiful Murray River.
Some quick facts about me
I love cats
I am a descendant of Taungurung
I love using Airbnb
As you may have suspected, I love cats, so much! I have two gorgeous cats and if I had the option of hanging out with cats all day over any other activity, I would take it.
In fact, one day I could happily own my own 'Cat Cafe' where people can get their hot drink fix while playing with kittens who need help finding a new home.
I'm a proud Indigenous Australian and am part of Taungurung Mob in Victoria, who's ancestral Country encompasses Seymour and Broadford along the Goulburn River. Taungurung is part of the Kulin Nations (Melbourne), which is very exciting as it means they take part in Tanderrum each year at Federation Square.
As a wedding photographer you generally end up doing a lot of travelling. Thankfully, Airbnb came along which I absolutely love and now use for most of my business and personal trips. I love the platform and the unique listings that are available to explore. Recently I found one in North Queensland that included my very own waterfall!
The Team at Chlo & Co Creatives
Although I'm technically the boss of Chlo and Co Creatives, there are few wonderful others that help make the creative things happen! Meet them below.
Janet is my lovely Mumma Bear.
Janet regularly assists me with different tasks for Chlo & Co especially with weddings and event photos, particularly with the set-up of the large digital Photo Booth backdrop. Janet also nicely makes treats for art workshops and helps with the set-up and pack up of classes.
Janet also helps me with the creation of my leggings and shirts. Janet makes the clothing that is made from fabric that feature some of my bright designs.
2001 - 2020
Chlo was my beautiful, sassy, 18 year old, little, black cat whom my business was named after.
Chlo (also fondly referred to as Mo, Chlo Mo, MoMo, Madame and rat) supported me through my creative training and career, overseeing and managing Chlo & Co comfortably from the couch. Chlo knew plenty about art and design and always enjoyed bossing me around, so being CEO of Chlo & Co Creatives suited her skills and abilities well.