About Me

Who am I? And why you want me at your next photo shoot ūüėČ

Photography is a lifestyle I have a deep passion for.¬†I have never thought of it as a job, so I’m continually motivated to improve and refine my craft.

Since graduating from commercial photography studies at CIT, I have spent 16 (amazing) years being heavily involved in the industry. I began my career photographing children and families then progressing on to studio glamour portraits (at the peak of it’s popularity, with the awful poses and much adored soft focus to escape the dreaded wrinkles).

The past 10 years I have spent as a Senior Photographer for the Department of Defence where a variety of disciplines were covered. This has allowed me to become accustomed to working in classified environments and with high profile people and events.

In establishing Grace Costa Photographer, my goal has been to work with entrepreneurs and small businesses that love what they do and wish to bring their business to life.  My expertise includes creating portraits and customised brand images while providing specific guidance of the process. This will begin at selecting a relevant location to photograph your business story and will include achieving the most flattering version of yourself before the camera.

I understand that portrait work and awkwardness can often (if not always) work hand in hand! Because of this, I will ensure it is a comfortable experience…and that you will, actually, have a good time.¬†And I promise there will be NO bad posing situations (where you look back on your portraits in years to come wishing that the photo never saw the light of day). As for your hairdo, however… that, I cannot help you with! You’re on your own there!

I’m also a photography tutor¬†to students at all skill levels. I take great enjoyment in guiding individuals to achieve their creative goals, or improve their technical skills whilst building confidence as a photographer. Please contact me if you would like to discuss one on one photography tuition with me. Sessions start at $230 and GIFT VOUCHERS ARE AVAILABLE.


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Awards & Exhibitions

  • HORSE, Scratch Art Space, Sydney 2017 (Head On Photo Festival)
  • HORSE, Weswal Gallery, Tamworth NSW 2017
  • HORSE, Nishi Gallery, NewActon, Canberra 2016
  • Represented by The Photography Room Gallery, Canberra 2016-2017
  • National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014
  • Fremantle International Portrait Prize 2013
  • “Poppy Collection” BSG Gallery Melbourne 2013
  • “Buck‚Äôd Off” (Australian Rodeo)- Solo Exhibition
  • Canberra 2012
  • Sydney 2013
  • Melbourne 2013

Group Shows

  • National Photographic Portrait Prize, NPG Canberra
  • St Kevin’s Art Show
  • Still, Grace Costa and Mark Mohell, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
  • Still,¬†Grace Costa and Mark Mohell,¬†Weswall Gallery, Sydney
  • “On Film”, Huw Davies Gallery, Canberra
  • PhotoACTIVISM, Huw Davies Gallery, Canberra
  • “Photography” Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
  • “Click 12” Exhibition Melbourne
  • “Kodak Salon Awards”, Contemporary Centre for Photography, Melbourne
  • “Graduating” exhibition, High Court Of Australia, Canbera

Australian Professional Photography Awards and International Loupe Awards

  • Finalist National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014
  • Finalist Fremantle International Portrait Prize 2013
  • Winner¬†of the Click 12 Photography Prize 2013
  • 6x Silver
  • 1 x Silver With Distinction
  • 4 x Silver
  • 1 x Silver

Guest Speaker

  • Canberra Institute of Technology graduating class Diploma of Photography 2017.
  • Canberra Institute of Technology Diploma of Photography 2016.
  • Canberra Institute Technology 3rd Year Diploma of Photography 2014.
  • Australian Business Academy, Canberra – Graphic Design class (guest photography teacher) 2015,2014
  • St Mary MacKillop College Canberra – Year 12 photography class 2014

Guest Judge

  • Australian Business Academy Exhibition
  • Canberra Photographic Society
  • Canberra Creatives Photography competition

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When you need professional dynamic images to portray your business or a fresh new portrait, drop me a line.

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Mobile: 0403 593 548