Our Photographers

All of our photographers are personally selected by Mark Strachan and have a wealth of experience, including a minimum of 10 years’ professionally photographing both here and abroad.

Mark Strachan

In 1983, Mark began working as a cadet photographer for the Herald and Weekly Times Newspaper Group. His first big assignment was covering the ‘Ash Wednesday’ bushfires that devastated the Southern part of Australia and made worldwide news. These monochromatic images established him as a gritty story-teller under pressure. After 2 years as a press photographer (in the days when only black & white film was used), he opened his portrait studio at the age of 18 and quickly started to portray people, including the famous and infamous.

Mark’s style has always been simple and to the point and though he now owns two fully equipped and spacious studios, he loves to work with a minimum of equipment, which helps him tread with a ‘small footprint’ and allows quick transits through busy airports. Always a believer in blending in, he rarely uses assistants at his assignments, which he finds can alter the intimacy with which he engages his subjects.

In 2000, Mark migrated to digital capture, but still keeps a museum of over 50 of his film cameras, including Arnold Newman’s Leica M3. He is also a passionate collector of original photographer’s works including Annie Leibowitz, Arnold Newman, Lewis Carroll and Richard Avedon.

Images created by Mark have been published in numerous books, two of which have featured his work exclusively. Add to that innumerable magazines and newspapers, including iconic front covers and a portfolio bursting at the seams, he has a well-rounded and travelled career, spanning over 25 countries including subjects from impoverished children to Heads of State.

In 2009, Mark was asked to document daily life in the small village of Mannya in Uganda for the Cotton On Foundation. This assignment sponsored by the Foundation, Leica and Mark resulted in a coffee table book, “MANNYA – MISSION (IM)POSSIBLE” which was distributed world-wide and is the first book to have been entirely photographed with the then newly released Leica M9 camera.

In 2013, Mark was appointed as a Leica Ambassador, and in 2014, he tested the new Leica M camera in Germany and Africa. This year has also been filled with assignments in Turkey and New York as well as workshops and portrait commissions throughout Australia.

Mark is the Founder and Trainer for artist photographer.


David Haddy

David has been working for artist photographer for over 5 years. He has worked as a professional portrait photographer for more than 30 years, and his passion continues to drive him.

Specialising in fine art, black & white family and children’s portraits, his award winning work continues to be held in private collections worldwide.

His hard work was recently recognised as he was bestowed a Licentiate of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography for his service to the industry.

Vanessa Smith

Tutored by Terence Oh, Vanessa has been able to greatly develop her skills and passion for black and white solo images, describing them as ‘Life Unscripted’.

In 2014, Vanessa volunteered her time for the 365 Day Project, a Geelong-based philanthropic photography initiative.

Her commercial work has also been published in magazines, online articles and photography websites. Her passion for the craft means that she continues to photograph in her spare time.

A recent client of Vanessa’s described her photography as “the most beautiful portraits that capture the essence of our beautiful relationship. Thank you, I am not so comfortable in front of the camera – and you made it easy” (Karlene Georgiadis – August, 2015).

Amanda Hyland

After receiving a camera on her 12th birthday, Amanda’s passion for photography was born. It has seen her spend many hours chasing beautiful light, waiting for the perfect moment and capturing images that tell a thousand stories.

For the past 20 years, Amanda has run her own wedding photography business and also worked with other photography studios where she managed a team of other photographers. She has also exhibited her still life artwork in a number of galleries.

Amanda is very experienced in photographing children and her manner in putting children (and their parents!) at ease is a huge value to our clients.

Her experience working with children and families in a studio setting is extensive, with many families commenting on her ability to put their children at ease in an unfamiliar environment.

Most enjoyable for Amanda is finding the connection and emotion in families and conveying it through her art.