Whitehead Studios - Portrait Photographers, Ipswich


Whitehead Studios has been in existence since 1883, the very early days of photography. In that time we have serviced the people of south-east Queensland with an enormous variety of photographic services, from weddings & portraits to sports events and schools. If Grandma shows you a photograph of her Grade 4 school group, chances are Whitehead Studios took it.


Obviously the staff has changed many times over since the business’ inception. The current team is experienced and very customer focussed. Check out our short biographies below.

Gordon has been a professional photographer since 1980. He spent nine years as a photographer in the RAAF, experiencing many aspects of the trade. He then spent 10 years with professional studios in Perth & Fremantle, specialising in wedding & portrait photography. He moved to Ipswich in 2000 & has been managing Whitehead Studios ever since. He co-owns the studio with Paul.

Paul has been involved in professional photography since 1978. He spent 20 years as a photographer in the RAAF, involved in many areas of the trade. He then taught photography for six years at several TAFE colleges. He spent a couple of years as an Instructional Designer at the Ipswich Campus of the University of Queensland before joining Whitehead Studios in 2004. He co-owns the studio with Gordon.

Ann is our longest serving member, having joined our office staff in 1967. She soon graduated, however, to hand retouching finished prints, a skill she still performs. She is also our Office Manager and handles most of the demanding administration of our school photography. Furthermore, she makes a damned fine cuppa & keeps the rest of us in line.

Kassi joined Whitehead Studios in 2008 after spending a couple of semesters enjoying work experience there. Gordon & Paul thought enough of her to give her a traineeship. Since then, her knowledge, skills & confidence have grown enormously. She is now the expert in creating baby portraits.


Tessa has worked with Whitehead Studios since 1990, and is our wedding specialist. She puts her heart and soul into her wedding photography, ensuring a touching, emotional record of the big day. She stays involved in the process from the pre-wedding interview, through the wedding day, right up to the design of the album.

Whitehead Studios has a long & fascinating history. If you would like to know a little more about the last 126 years of photographing Ipswich families, here is a story about the early days of Whitehead Studios.

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