Ferne was born in Geelong Australia in 1978 to Rhondda and Neville Millen. She grew up with her mum as an art teacher and father a sociologist. She learnt to appreciate different cultures and understand people from all walks of life. Ferne has pursued photography from the age of 15 when she began working at Anda Stoltz studio under the guidance of Peter van der Veer. She studied at The Geelong College, receiving the Year 12 Art Prize and then attended The Victorian College of Arts ( Melbourne University) in 1998-2003 finishing with a Bachelor in Visual & Performing arts ( major. photography & theatre). Her works have seen her follow an interest in social documentation and promotion of the Arts, Theatre and Music as well as other personal and commercial activities.
She was a recently a finalist in the 2015 National Photographic Portrait Prize for her photograph of “Whos that lady?” She has been a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize over the last two years as well as a dual finalist in the Moran Prize in Sydney.in 2014.