Our Story

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!

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 sessions in our Ascot Vale studio as well as outdoor sessions in the beautiful Macedon Ranges, where a lot of my initial photography inspired weekends were spent.

We hope you enjoy browsing our website, please give us a buzz if you have any questions or would like to book a session.

Warm Regards
Brad + Suze Downer