Indo trip put on hold
By EMMA CORNFORD
PHOTOGRAPHER Amber Toms was set to leave for Bali today for the job of a lifetime.
The casual Daily Examiner photographer was to start a 10-day photo shoot for a new resort on the tropical paradise to use in their brochures, ads and other promotional materials.
But her plans were put on hold after the weekend's terrorist bombings killed around 20 people and injured more than 100 others.
"We've had to postpone it for two weeks, but then we'll head over ? that's the plan at this point," she said.
Ms Toms was heading to Bali with friends who were going to act as talent for the photo shoot, but said she could not risk putting their safety at risk for 'the sake of a job'.
"When it first happened I was happy to go, but now all the media coverage has made me worried and feel a bit sick in the stomach," she said.
"Even though a couple of us were happy to go a few were freaking out, especially for their families' sake, and then there were new warnings issued so we decided to put it off until it's calmed down a bit over there."
Ms Toms said the main concern was the possibility of more terrorist attacks.
"I was really looking forward to it (the trip) because it was a place I've never been, but even going there in a couple of weeks I think there'll be the thought in the back of my mind that something else could happen.
"I think when we do get over there I'll be more wary and probably won't do a lot of things I wanted to do, like experiencing the night life in Kuta and the surrounding areas.
"It's a bit of a shame."
Ms Toms said she had heard a lot of people were booking out of hotels in Bali in response to the bombings.