About

Essence Images is an multi award winning business.

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When it comes to your photography, we know you’ll want images that capture the essence of you, or your business.  Essence Images (formerly Photography by Victoria) has proudly provided professional photography, for over 20yrs, 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

Victoria-Grant
owner and principal photographer

Let me share with you, my story…..

I remember the first time I held a camera, I instinctively felt connected with it, and it instantly became a form of self expression for me.

I am a dreamer and consequently tend to see things differently to most people. Photography enables me to show others what “my inner child sees”, as well as, “my take” on the world.

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 to 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.

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 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,  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 for me of seeing my work come to life from 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 my Photography and also for my Business including the auspicious Gosford Art Prize for photography in 2000,  Business of the Year 2014 Winner (Gosford & Erina Chamber of Commerce) and the Excellence in Small Business  2014 Winner (Erina Chamber of Commerce), and a Finalist in Innovation 2014 ( Erina Chamber Commerce),  Winner in the 2010 Business Women Connect, Women in Business Awards (and a Finalist in 2009, 2012) and was 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 14 photographic exhibitions (solo & combined) and am a selected photographic artist appearing in AusGallery NSW.

John

second  photographer

John has worked with Victoria for over a 15yrs,  assisting her with weddings and large commercial shoots.  His style compliments hers.

Together we make a great team!