Studio Impressions was established in Brisbane, Australia over 10 years ago by photographer Marcus Bell and his wife Penny. Marcus’ natural ability to capture the spirit and character of the people he photographs has always shone through in his work and continues to form the base of the studio’s signature style.
Today, Studio Impressions is considered one of the leading wedding and portrait photography studios in the world. We are a small, close-knit group of creatives. We are especially passionate about photographing people and the moments that are important in their lives. We aren’t a great big studio with lots of casual or contract photographers on staff. We also aren’t a tiny operation with too much to juggle.
We use the finest materials and partner with the most talented professionals in our industry to produce albums, framed images, boxed sets, artworks and more – special things that you will treasure for life. To ensure the highest quality, we do not outsource and process all the images at the studio.
The Australian Institute of Professional Photography has awarded him the highest accolade in the profession, Grand Master of Photography – the youngest Grand Master ever. He has been named Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year three times, Queensland Professional Photographer of the Year twice and Queensland Wedding Photographer of the Year four times. He has won numerous international awards for his work including the highly-coveted Grand Award for Photojournalism at the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Awards in the USA, and the International Wedding Print of the Year at the Prix de la Photographie in Paris.
Marcus’ expertise in photography has also been recognised by large photographic companies such as Adobe and Nikon who have chosen Marcus to be an ambassador for their photographic products.
Honestly, it is not the awards that make him a great wedding photographer.
First and foremost, Marcus is simply a nice guy. He’s a self-confessed romantic with a relaxed and calming nature that puts you at ease. He has a quiet passion for people and their relationships, for families, for touching moments, and an over-abundance of technical ability. Marcus has combined all of this with his love of dramatic natural-landscapes to create a style that is distinctly his own. He is one of the most experienced wedding photographers that you will find. He loves it. Everything about it. It’s his way of giving people a record of their love and their lives to share for generations – simply beautiful images that tell simply beautiful stories.
Marcus’ industry qualifications include: Grand Master of Photography Australia, AIPP. Master of Photography USA, WPPI. Fellow of Photography UK, SWPP
With 8 years’ experience in the photographic industry, 5 of those at Studio Impressions, Gabe has been to more weddings than most guys his age. An avid traveller, his photography has taken him to wedding destinations from Melbourne to North Queensland, and even to New York.
A man of many talents, you might also have seen him in advertising for the Valley Markets or on Masterchef (yes the TV show). He is not only a great cook but a fantastic food photographer. He knows how to capture the love that is there, in the detail. You see that in his wedding photography too. Images that express the subtlety in relationships. The delicateness of love.
Gabe is a quiet achiever, who produces things of beauty in whatever he turns his talents to. His other job at Studio Impressions is to help design your album, retouching your images to bring your story to life. His photographic skill and background in graphic design, coupled with his inherent ability to wade through thousands of photographs and put the right ones together, makes Gabe the ultimate story teller at Studio Impressions.
She too is an award winning photographer with her talent being recognised numerous times with awards from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and also from the Federation of European Photographers. Recently, Aurelie was a finalist for 2013 AIPP Queensland Wedding Photographer of the Year, and runner-up 2012 AIPP Queensland Illustrative Photographer of the Year.
Aurelie is much more than a wedding photographer, she is also a master at image retouching – she enhances the features and takes away any distracting elements from your photos, turning already beautiful images into works of art.
When she’s behind the lens she focuses on telling your story. She used to be a journalist and has a secret talent as a short story writer. Now she writes stories in pictures. And they are beautiful. It’s no surprise that Capture Magazine voted her runner-up Australia’s Top Emerging Wedding Photographer in 2013, along with being a finalist in the landscape category.
She is an unassuming observer. Quiet and sweet. Talented and professional. Like all of us at Studio Impressions, Aurelie is inspired by people, their relationships and their interactions. She loves the real emotions that you see and feel at a wedding. She captures this and mixes in a little landscape, a little street photography, drawing some inspiration from her travels, to produce magic photos in the true Studio Impressions style. If that wasn’t enough, Aurelie is French, which might explain how she brings that little je ne sais quoi to her photography.
A hopeless romantic, Jarred, was destined to be a wedding photographer. He discovered the power of photography on a trip through Egypt and Morocco, and now travels the globe photographing people in love.
From Paris, to New York, Fiji to London, Jarred has been invited to capture that special bond between two people. In fact it was love that brought Jarred to Studio Impressions. After 5 years photographing for one of Sydney’s leading wedding studios, Jarred lost his heart to a Brisbane girl. He invited Studio Impressions to capture his secret proposal, and we invited Jarred to join our team.
You will find Jarred’s work published in many magazines or blogs but you won’t find him bragging about it. Like true romantics, he is understated and genuine. Like a true professional he is meticulous and dedicated. That is probably why he has been identified by Capture magazine as one of Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers. His images are filled with warmth and happiness. Little love stories in every shot.