Essence Images is a Multi-Award-Winning Business, and Victoria a Multi-Award Winning Photographer


Aipp Accredited Professional Photographer

When it comes to your photography, we know you’ll want images that capture the essence of you, and/or your business.  Essence Images (formerly Photography by Victoria) has proudly provided professional photography, for 25yrs, doing exactly just that.


We pride ourselves on delivering a highly personalised and professional photography service and guarantee that our client’s individual needs, tastes & expectations are exceeded.

This is why we enjoy a reputation as established leaders in our industry.

Our corporate clients include:

ABC Books :: APIA Australia Pensioner Insurance Agency :: Breast Cancer Australia::  Optus :: Bendigo Bank :: Macquarie Bank :: Telstra Country Wide :: Pacific Publications ::
Westfield Tuggerah Scentre Group  ::  Retire Australia  ::  Woodstock Industries  :: NSW Business Chamber  ::  Meals on Wheels
Local ::  State :: Federal  Government

Central Coast  ::  Sydney :: The  Hunter  ::  Newcastle ::  Australia Wide

owner and principal photographer

Let me share with you, my story…..

I remember the first time I held a camera, I instinctively felt connected to it, and so began a form of self-expression for me. 

Asian cultures believe the eyes are the windows to the soul. Whilst taking photos of people, I am focused on a capture of their essence, and the dynamics of their personalities.

Interestingly, when I have the camera’s viewfinder to my eye, I become disconnected from any danger that exists around me. I am in the moment, and in the quest for an emotive & magical shot. It’s what I revel in.

Without fear or trepidation, I have hung out of helicopters, capturing some of mother nature’s truly amazing scenery, not to mention the interests of my clients.

I have documented troubled places in the world: capturing religious and racial unrest, tanks & weaponry.

I have walked freely, documenting the seedy side of Sydney’s life.

I have traversed thick rainforest, alone in the Daintree (yes…croc territory!)

It is only when I am in the safety of my studio doing post-production editing, that I sense the very real dangers, that I’d exposed myself to.

I am traditionally trained in photography – working in a darkroom, and developing my own film. Whilst the digital era is amazing and has introduced endless possibilities for the photographer – working on a computer screen will never replace the romanticism of seeing my work come to life in a chemical bath in a darkroom.

I started my photography business back in 1998, and opened my Studio in early 2000.

My work has sustained me – creatively, professionally, and financially since.

I have won multiple awards for both my Photography and also for my Business.


My photography has won countless Awards on Local, State, National, and Global platforms.


Finalist in the 2022 Australian Small Business Champion Awards

Winner Business of the Year 2014 (Gosford & Erina Chamber of Commerce)

Winner Excellence in Small Business  2014  (Erina Chamber of Commerce)

Finalist in Innovation 2014 ( Erina Chamber Commerce) 

Winner in the 2010 Business Women Connect Awards

Finalist 2012, 2009 Women in Business Awards  

Nominated in 2013 Telstra Business Women’s Awards

I am an Accredited Member of AIPP (Aust Institute of Professional Photographers).

Essence Images is my Service Photography Business
Photography by Victoria is my Product Photography  Business

I have had 32 photographic exhibitions (solo & combined) and am a selected photographic artist appearing in AusGallery NSW.


second  photographer

John has worked with Victoria for over 18 yrs,  assisting her with weddings and large commercial shoots.  His style compliments hers.

Together we make a great team!