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Marc Phillip

I am known as a Toowoomba wedding photographer in, Queensland. But I also enjoy doing do corporate head-shots.

I recently did head-shots for Marc Phillips, he is a real estate agent at Crestmont Realty Group here in Toowoomba, Queensland. He is a great guy, born and raised in NSW, after having a successful career in the NSW police department, he went to USA and became a very successful realtor.

Missing Australia he decided to return, always hungry for fantastic results he chose Toowoomba, because Toowoomba is a city that is rapidly growing and will continue to grow for many years. We the addition of the second range crossing and the newly built Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport and the development of The Toowoomba Enterprise Hub, will ensure Toowoomba is the center of business in southeast Queensland for many years. If you would like Marc to sell your house or help you buy a new house in Toowoomba, you can contact him through Facebook or phone him on 0455150990.

Real-estate agent’s head-shots are seen everywhere but they are so important to everyone. When you own your own business, people like to associate a face the company. It gives your business a personal touch.

Your head-shots should appear on your website social media and even business cards. It is often a customer’s first point of contact with your business. Therefore, it is important to have, professionally photographed head shots.

Professional photography works for you 24 hours a 7 day a week. By having a professional portrait on your “about us” page, you can give your business a professional appearance. Most people want to see a photo of the person they’re doing business with. When you include a portrait on your website, your business becomes more personal, making it more human.

I always enjoy doing head-shots it gives me an opportunity to meet other business owners and hear your story. Book your session now Phone 0411323814 or Contact Me

Luke & Taylah Maree

This couple are so much in love with each other. Their close relationship and affection for each other is what made this engagement photography session at Toowoomba’s Queens Park so much fun.

We started shooting late in the afternoon in the soft light of ‘golden hour’, just before sunset and we continued into the early evening. Queens Park Toowoomba is well lit at night and has lots of atmosphere, it almost feels like Paris.

Across the road from Queens Park is Toowoomba’s Cobb & Co Museum and is beautifully lit at night. We were spoilt for choice and created so many photos in the one location. Queens Park at night provided lots of inspiration. It was a shoot with lots of creativity and everyone had fun. We used the same spot twice but with different angles and created another series of photos.

Luke was happy because he didn't have to smile. I encourage him not to smile which made him smile and relax. Check out their YouTube slideshow.

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Brett & Rebecca

Brett and Rebecca

Engagement shoots are becoming popular. This is an engagement shoot I did this September in Queens Park Toowoomba.

Brett and Rebecca are a lovely couple. I met them at the Highfields Wedding Expo which is hosted by Event Illusions a wedding hire company based here in Toowoomba. Queens Park is always poplar with couples. The engagement photography session was a week before Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Toowoomba’s major tourist event. The Toowoomba Regional Council do an awesome job with all parks and gardens. Queens Park is set across more than 25 picturesque hectares, the parkland has been enjoyed by generations of locals and regional visitors since it first opened to the public in the late 1800s. Queens Park is in the middle of Toowoomba, so it’s always easy to find a car park.

The soft afternoon light always makes for beautiful photos. They have a beautiful daughter, she managed to be the centre of attention in lots of the photos. It was great to see Brett & Rebecca are so focused on their daughter. It was relaxed engagement session and we had lots of fun. It’s exactly one year today until they get married. Check out their entire Gallery Follow me on Facebook or Instagram.

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Dave & Belinda

Cooby Dam Engagement Shoot.

Hey, here is an engagement photography session I did at Cooby Dam for Dave & Belinda.

Cooby Dam is located just 20mins drive outside Toowoomba. Cooby Dam has been supplying water to Toowoomba for over 60 years. We chose Cooby Dam because it has so many locations. We used the dam wall, bush tracks and there is a old pump houses which provided an industrial look.

We did the engagement shoot in late the late afternoon for the light of the golden hour. I am really pleased with this engagement Dave & Belinda are such a great couple. They are so glamourous some of their photos could easily be an add for a jeans company.

I made a YouTube slideshow for them so they can share with their friends.

Fun fact is Cooby Dam was the location of the lunar radio receiver for the first moon landing in 1969.

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50th Anniversary

This was a very special family photography session. It was a 50th wedding anniversary.

The family celebrate this remarkable achievement at a family members house at Hodgson Vale 10 mins drive outside of Toowoomba.

All three generations came together to have a good time during this very special occasion. It was great to cover this event I was only there for an hour, so I didn't take up too much time. I managed to get all the kids Mums Dads Uncles and Aunts in one spot for a group photo. After the group photo I got individual portraits and family shots.

It was a busy hour but not a bad effort for such a short time. You can see all their photos here.

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Leslie & Mel

Jack & Sarah

Apex Park Gatton Engagement Photos

It has been the season of engagement photography shoots.

This is Jack & Sarah and their engagement shoot.

I always enjoy engagement sessions. Engagement sessions is ideal way  to meet the excited couple and get to know them before they get married. It’s the best way to see a couple interact with each other in a casual environment before the pressure of their wedding day.

Engagement photos are important because it’s the last time you will be photographed as individuals. Jack is arborist and suffered a work place injury where a branch hit him in the face. It didn't slow him down too much though, he healed and had fun during the engagement shoot. They brought their kids all to the session. The kids were great fun and jumped into the photography session with Jack & Sarah. They are great kids and being a bit cheeky made for great photos.

We went to Gatton's Apex park, it has been established on natural wetlands, which support a wide range of plant and animal life. It was known as was known as Cleary's Swamp. Gatton is 40-minute drive from Toowoomba. Gatton’s Apex Park is picturesque wild life reserve and has a variety of beautiful locations. To be able to create a variety of photos in one area is real luxury.

Late afternoon is my favourite time to shoot because the light is soft and beautiful. With some photographic skills the sun makes a stunning back drop. A great couple, in a beautiful location with fun kids it makes photography so easy.

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Grant & Lilly

Engagement Photos At Toowoomba U.S.Q.

I love being a wedding photographer in Toowoomba.

Engagement photography sessions are casual and relaxed also lots of fun, but without the pressure of the wedding day.

Lilly & Grant picked the University of Southern Queensland’s Japanese gardens for their engagement shoot.

The happy Toowoomba couple decided have engagement photos at U.S.Q’s Japanese Gardens because Lilly has a true passion for martial arts and has coloured belt ranking belts in 3 different martial art disciplines. Since Lilly is so dedicated to martial arts and has an interest in Asian culture, the Japanese Gardens was the logical choice to reflect who they were as a couple.

The University of Southern Queensland’s has interesting lecture halls and teaching facilities which provided even more locations for fun photos.

You can see all their photos here.

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Ron & Jill

A country Wedding at the Bunya Moutains.

Most wedding in Toowoomba and the country are a Saturday but this was a mid-week wedding.

Mid wedding have the advantage of being cheaper venues are cheaper. You have enormous choice as well, since most weddings are on a Saturday the competitions for popular wedding venues can be fierce.

The location for Ron & Jill’s wedding was the stunning Bunya Mountains National Park. The Bunya Mountains has magnificent rain forest and growth forest and is a wedding location that makes for beautiful wedding photos. This wedding location couldn’t be more Australian. The recently engaged couple are both from the land. Jill works in a small country town and Ron is a successful farmer. There was Kangaroos grazing close by and parrots flying around during the wedding ceremony. The ceremony location and the nearby wildlife reflected of their love for the Australian bush and country lifestyle.

Ron & Jill were an encore wedding couple and their wedding ceremony wasn’t just the coming together of a loving couple but the coming together of two families to become one. They both come from large and have large families themselves the wedding guests was most family and very close friends.

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Thea Doran

Hey, here is a before and after maternity shoot I did for Thea Doran. We did the session at Toowoomba Newton Park. It was made special that we could share it with her mum Melissa Doran. This is such a special time for mums and daughters because its experience most women experience and mums can provide the support and love they need because they have done it too.

Steve & Suzy

Hey, Here is a family shoot I did at East GreenMount. Winter light is so beautiful.

Toowoomba Downs Club

Hey, This is a wedding shoot I did for the Toowoomba Downs. This is promotional video is show that the Downs Club is the total wedding venue. You can have your ceremony, reception and wedding photos all in one location. It is a beautiful building and a icon of Toowoomba high society.


This is family shoot I did for Angela Mary Caird and her little man. We did it at Angela family property just outside of Toowoomba. Its such a nice simple shoot. We just went out in their back yard and they just hung out with each other. Its hard to find time just to be together but Angela will have these photos for

Applebom Beauty, Hair & Wellbeing

This is a personal project I did with Courtz Baker at Applebom Beauty, Hair Wellbeing at Toowoomba. We shot this in the salon against a clean wall. It was a fun afternoon with lots playing and experimenting.

22 James St, Rangeville QLD 4350 (07) 4613 0065


This is a corporate event I covered for Schiavello Systems (QLD) Pty Ltd 265 Coronation Drive Milton Queensland 4064 T +61 7 3368 3388 F 07 3876 2130 It was launch to celebrate their partnership with bene, These are 2 exceptional companies that are involved in construction, construction and design. They showed off their new range of office furniture. This furniture was so cool and well worth a look.    

Cake Smash

This was a great shoot. Koral the little mans mum built a set in her back yard for this cake smash. We put him in the back yard with a cake and let him have a great time celebrating his first birthday. He even had a bath in the back yard to wash off the excess cake. It made for great photos and very practical as well. So much fun.

Engagement Shoot

This is a engagement shoot that I did at The Japanese Gardens which beside U.S.Q. in Toowoomba. Dennis and Tyanna wanted their kids included as well. That made it lots of fun they brought Tyanna's parents to watch the kids but the temptation to include the grandparents was too much. It was great to photograph 3 generations. the kids were super cute and heaps of fun.  

Dennis & Tyanna

Here is Dennis & Tyanna's  wedding. It was a surprise wedding, they told their guests that it was a engagement party and naming day. They had the ceremony and reception at the Crows Nest Golf Club. It was the place location for wedding photos it was so beautiful and Tyanna's mum has strong connection to the golf. It was so friendly and relaxed and lots of fun too.  

Engagement Shoot

This was such a great location but Garnet Lehmann Park has been redeveloped. It was the last time I was able to a shoot at the park. I would describe the par like a Disney forest. Lots of trees but with well cut grass.

Downs Club Toowoomba

How do you choose a wedding venue with a country homestead feel when you live in Toowoomba?

You live in Toowoomba and you love the being on the land, but your friends are city dwellers and it’s hard to organise a country feel wedding but have the convenience of a city.

Toowoomba is the gateway to the Darling Downs and surrounded by farms and the rural lifestyle. Trying to find he perfect wedding venue is not an easy task. But it is almost impossible to find a wedding venue in Toowoomba that has history and the old-world charm and still be in walking distance to night clubs, that has excellent parking and is a beautiful location for wedding photos.

To find venue with all these features should be a impossible mission. But we can’t forget important things like gorgeous set up fine food and wine cellar that would make any wine lover weak at the knees.

You have an aesthetic theme in mind for you wedding and you want to keep it convenient for all your guests who might need accommodation after a long day of celebrating your wonderful day. You will need to remember to have easy access for grandparents who might be on walkers or even wheel chairs. Couples tend to underestimate the variety of guests needs they will need to cater for when they invite a large group of peoples age can vary greatly, and you want your guests to fun and your wedding to be memorable.

A little while I photographed a wedding setup for a venue that not meets theses requirements but exceeds the expectations of any wedding couple. The historic Downs Club is Toowoomba’s premiere private club for socialising and members of the business community. Established in 1889 with an award-winning wine cellar. Not only hosts corporate events but is ideally suited as wedding reception venue.

The Downs club is a unique venue because it has so many locations for romantic photos but is best known for their silver service, gourmet food fine. But they can make 180 cocktails for up to 110 guests. The level of service is very impressive, the Downs Club is well suited for a country wedding in the city.

The Victorian architecture makes for elegant wedding photos. Some wedding photos ideas are:

• Opening a bottle of champagne of the veranda a while overlooking the Toowoomba CBD.

• Intimate photos in the extensively stocked wine cellar.

• Grand entrance photos in the remarkable main entrance hall.

• First dance photos in the ‘Middle Room’ which has a space for a live band.

• Laughs and congratulations around the main bar.

The Downs club is always staying on top of the latest wedding trends and can deliver and deliver a wedding reception that will be authentic to you as newly wed couple. The wedding venue will look gorgeous with your input and ideas. Its conveniently located in the heart of Toowoomba and is walking distance to night clubs for those who want kick on and celebrate your wedding late in to the night.

The staff welcoming and accommodating during the shoot and were able a real delight to work with during this photo shoot.

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