Welcome to Heartstory

Canberra’s Award Winning Photography Studio. Est. 2009

We’re big fans of little people, the grown-ups who love them and families of all kinds.

Since 2009, we’ve coaxed smiles out of teenagers, wrangled reluctant relatives, corralled unruly toddlers, become the best of friends with the shyest of kids, and calmed anxious humans both big and small. This makes us one of the longest-running family photography studios in Canberra and also the luckiest people we know.

We’ve won a bunch of professional photography awards, more than any other family photography studio in Australia, in fact. And while we’re proud of all the awards, they’re not why we do what we do. We do it because even after all these years, we still fall in love with every person we photograph and every family we meet.

We photograph maternity, newborn, baby, couples, young families, older families, extended and generational families, found family, and friends who are family. Pets are always welcome. Our sessions can take place outdoors around Canberra, in our Belconnen studio or at your place. 

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The family portrait experience

Having your family photographed is a celebration of you—your story, the love you share and your ‘right now’.

1. The consultation

Over the phone. We get to know you, find out your hopes and wishes for your photos, and discuss things like location and styling.

2. The session

On location, in studio or at your home/property. You have an absolute blast being photographed by us and we capture all the magic.

3. The purchasing appointment

At our studio in Belconnen. You come for a personal appointment. Your decision-making game is strong. We create beautiful artwork for you to keep forever.

The entrance to our Belconnen studio space
Our 24x24" framed fine art print
Heartstory prints and files
Our nature inspireid natural light studio space
A Heartstory signature wall collection
A Heartstory art book
Inside our purchasing room
A 16x24" framed fine art print
A box of matted 8x10" prints
A Heartstory portrait album
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Heartstory stats

2900 families photographed

33000 tears of happiness

3400 pieces of artwork on walls

119 awards gratefully accepted

Kind words

Heartstory took our family portraits last year and I can't explain in words how amazing they were. For starters, the shoot was fun and relaxing for us all, the process pain free, and the finished product has all visitors to our home gobsmacked at the quality. There's a reason these guys win so many awards! Thank you Katie & Jeremy!

- Kate
Katie and Jeremy do a phenomenal job. Not only in the final product, but also in making you feel comfortable and supported throughout every part of the process (including when babies won't cooperate and when you're feeling overwhelmed for choice in the purchasing appointment!) We couldn't recommend them more highly and look forward to as many more sessions as we have children in the future.

- Lauren & James
Katie and Jeremy were wonderful to deal with from our very first contact. Our session location was very important to us and they were able to suggest the perfect place. The photo shoot was a wonderful experience, trying lots of creative ways to take natural looking photos. The photos hanging on the walls of our house are complimented by everyone who sees them! They are hanging pieces of art. We love looking at them too!

- Dave & Anne
We are addicted to Heartstory's love, passion and immense talent in family photography! Katie and Jeremy are creative, patient (great at portraying our kids' personalities), and always take time to understand our family and needs. Their numerous awards speak of their knack for displaying the beauty in every person and environment. We can't wait for another session!

- Monika, Andrew, Sara, Ella & Noah
We had FUN! It's a real gift as a photographer to be part of these moment/s - to be intimately involved in capturing the "magic" - without impacting the dynamic of those being photographed. This photo shoot marked a special milestone for me as a single Mum, too, so I'll always treasure the experience and these fabulous photos! Thank you.

- Jackie
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