Who We Are

One of the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World
AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE       |       BBC Television

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.




Marcus loves photography, it’s embedded in his DNA.  A third generation photographer he is now one of Australia’s and the world’s most awarded and published wedding photographers.  American Photo Magazine even listed him as one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world.

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




Aurelie has been taking photos for close to eight years. She joined Studio Impressions over four years ago after finishing her Diploma in Photo Imaging. She blitzed her studies and achieved Highly Commended Queensland Student Folio of the Year

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.