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 38 years ago to 363 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 honoured 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 AIPP Ilford Trophy for the highest scoring photograph in Australia and New Zealand. With a string of awards to his credit, Stuart is the recipient of his third Masters - making him at the time Australia's youngest Triple Master - a great achievement.
In 1996 Shelley, Stuart’s younger sister joined the business and became very quickly an initial part running the studio and album design department.
Then with much consultation in 1999 Don and Marion retired with the school business being sold to Pixie photo. The studio continued after remodelling and modernizing with the latest digital equipment and photographic printers.
Then in 2000 Stuart was awarded the PMA – Young Achiever of the Year, a great honour from his peers. Don was also honoured with the inaugural Henry Talbot Award for services rendered to the Photographic Industry. He was a very humble recipient, saying he had loved every day of his working life. This year also came the marriage of Stuart and Jane.
Then in 2003 Stuart was finally able to get back to what he loved, photographing schools. The three years that had transpired had seen massive changes in the photographic industry with digital cameras, design and digital output. The studio was in the ideal position implementing the technology and practices. Then in June 2005 Shelley Wood lost her battle with cancer. The loss of a daughter, sister, aunty and friend was heart breaking. As nobody ever accepts or gets over such a lose we moved forward growing year by year. Jane by now was working side by side with Stuart and their team at Don Wood Photography.
In 2013 Don Wood Photography had a major move from its roots at Kingsgrove to our new home at Yalgar Rd Kirrawee. The business has changed with the times & technology but never lost focus of quality, attention to detail and love of what we do. We believe this allows us to be one of the leading photographers within the industry.