In 1966 "Don
Wood Photography" was born. What
started out by today's standards as humble beginnings, the business
grew year by year.
'73 Saw the first
major move from working at home to a small shop in Kingsgrove which
was to be the studio for the next couple of years. Two more moves were
to follow - the last being some 24 years ago to Stoney Creek Road, Kingsgrove.
In 1989 Stuart joined
his parents in the business after completing his HSC to take up a 4
year course at UTS in Sydney. In his final year he was honored with
Student of the Year - a fantastic achievement considering at the beginning
of the course he was the only student who didn't know how to load film
in a camera.
This was only the
beginning for Stuart who went on to become the Australian AIPP Wedding
Photographer of the Year, The NSW Wedding Photographer of the Year (twice),
and the Ilford Trophy for the highest scoring wedding photograph in
Australia and New Zealand. With a string of awards to his credit, Stuart
is the recipient of his third Masters - making him Australia's youngest
Triple Master - a great achievement.
In 2000 Don was honoured
with the inaugural Henry Talbot Award for services rendered to the Photographic
Industry. He was a very humble recipient, saying he has loved every
day of his working life.
Shelley joined the
family business - if you can't beat them, join them - in '96 and is
now totally indispensable like her brother. both Stu and Shell work
side by side in what has to be the most successful family business in
the Photographic Industry, and that is due 100% to the fact that they,
like their parents, love what they do.