Welcome and Thank you for visiting our website here’s a little more about us:
Introduced through friends at the ripe young age of 15, we have been together in every sense of the word since, both working for our family’s commercial printing business as a printer and graphic designer for twelve years, before starting Maple Gallery Photography in 2005.
A career as a photographer was a natural progression of a hobby (or should I say obsession?!) in photography during our spare time. Pre-kids, we’d take weekend jaunts into the countryside where I would feed off the beauty of the surroundings for photo inspiration, purely for the joy of it.
A chance meeting with a legendary Melbourne portrait photographer through the printing company left us feeling genuinely inspired, leading us to seriously consider taking a similar path.
With a leap of faith we decided to jump into the world of professional portrait photography and haven’t looked back since.
I have been told I’m a bit of a baby whisperer. You need to be when specialising in portrait photography and working every day with newborns! Suze swears by my so called ‘whispering’ ability with our own two girls, so I guess you could say we chose the right photography speciality!
With two beautiful young daughters, we have a wonderful balance of work-family life. While I spend my days photographing babies, kids and families, Suze runs the business from behind the scenes while also running the household.
In 2014 we made the move from Melbourne to the Macedon Ranges, to offer our girls a country-style upbringing. As a result we now offer shoots in our Melbourne studio & urban city landscape, as well as outdoor sessions in the beautiful countryside of the Macedon Ranges, where a lot of my initial photography inspired weekends were spent.
Our lives are very full and rich, and although we don’t have a lot of spare time, we try to get to Echuca on the Murray River as much as we can. Skiing is our second love to photography and family!
We hope you enjoy browsing our website, please give us a buzz if you have any questions or would like to book a session with us.
Brad + Suze Downer