For us, the ideas that happen behind the lens are always inspired by the lives lived in front. The individual stories and journeys that make every person so unique. We strive to capture them in a way that reflects who our subjects truly are, rather than shoehorning them into a template version of what we want them to be. Want to hear more? Drop us a line, we’d love to have a chat about your next photography shoot or event coming up.

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Karen Woo

Creative Director, Fashion + Portrait Photographer, Street Style Snapper

I see life through the lens of my camera, always looking to capture natural, honest interactions between people. Those magic moments that can happen when someone is just “doing their thing”. I’m social media savvy, a collaborator and creative thinker who’s never at a loss for ideas. Above all else, I’m just a really fun time!

Alan Woo

Focus Friendly, Principal Wedding Photographer, Ring leader

Life isn’t a series of staged events, so why should photos of your life be that way? I believe in bringing out the natural beauty in people. My direction is simple, my jokes are silly, my angles can be unconventional, but I’m always striving for the best.

Stephanie Bolger
  • Stephanie Bolger

Studio Assistant, Digital Artist, Perfectionist

I get the pleasure of editing wonderful images that come through Finessence, and enjoy every second of it. I get to go on a photographic journey with all sorts of people and by the end I feel like I really know them! When I’m not perfecting images, I’m out riding my horse or creating fine art images.



Our Testimonies

“Thank you so much for the photos. We love, love them the engagement session with both of you was so amazing fun. You captured the moments perfectly. From the first moments we met both of you, we just knew what that you would be able to understand us and bring forth our hidden “beauty.” Can’t wait to see what many more moments will be captured on our wedding day. We truly appreciate your love and passion that you both bring to the art of photography. “  Pedro and Isabel

“Thank you so much for making our “Dream Album.” It’s even better than in my dreams! Bruno and I are so grateful to your time, your professionalism skills and your kind help. Wish you all the best for your future and I know your business will continue to flourish.”  Angela and Bruno

“Thank you for freezing a moment n time of clarity for me. Life is made up of moments which in turn shape who we are. You have captured that special moment for me. Thank you!!! Grateful, Happy and Delighted.”  Simone Mullucks

“Karen, Thank you so much for capturing our little family so beautifully. These photos will always be so dearly cherished. You’ve done such a gorgeous job. I’m so grateful for all your understanding, compassion, patience and good humour. It really was a pleasure.”  Ruby, Cara & Dan

“Karen has been amazing from day one! The energy, positivity and creativeness have made our experience an easy and highly memorable one. Thank you so much Karen! My family and guests loved you and your bubble personality! We had an awesome time at both the engagement session and out actual day!” Lyn and Nathan

“I am so happy with the photos Karen had taken of my two teenagers!! Neither of them wanted to come and have photos taken – but Karen made them feel relaxed and comfortable and as a result they were happy which translate into the photos. I would definitely recommend Karen, we love the shots!” Kym Lang

“We had been referred to Finessence through friends and it turned out many of our friends had also used them for their wedding (always a positive sign!) From our first meet and greet right through to the delivery of a final product and service, Finessence have been so down to earth, professionals and seamless. We especially appreciate the relationship which has been built from working with Alan and Karen – you have both been a breeze to work with. We have no doubt in spreading the word on the fabulous work you are doing here!Vikki and Andrew

“Thanks for everything Karen, The day of the photo shoot was so friendly and relaxed and I could tell instantly that you had a great rapport with my daughter. The resulting photos are beautiful both in composition and subject matter!! These photos have captured the essence of my daughter’s personality. It has been a wonderful comfortable experience.” Leah Blakes

“Dear Alan and Karen, A HUGE thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your absolutely fantastic work with our wedding photos. Everything is perfect so perfect!!! You guys are the best. You made the whole process so much fun and I’m so happy with our wedding album!! We will definitely be recommending you to everyone. Love you both.” Kristine and Brendan

“Hey Karen and Alan, Wow! Looking at our album I’m, oh I meant we’re so happy with our album. Thanks for being so easy to deal with throughout the preparation. It was a BIG help! We would definitely recommend you to everyone- quality and value – TICK TICK! Maybe with our future family shots….we’ll be knocking on your door. Big Thanks” Kel and Kim

“We love Karen & Alan’s work! So fun and fresh, and the photos captured us and our day so perfectly. Thank you so much for the lasting memories!” Tom and Elise

“Thanks to Karen and the team at Finessence! We had an amazing time doing our shoot and the results are fantastic. I’d highly recommend using Finessence to anyway looking for quality maternity pics” Diane and Richard

“Dear Karen, what a beautiful piece of wall art of my two daughters and myself. It truly reflects their inner beauty and my relationship with them.” Robyn Harper

“I’ve had photos taken of the children before which I found a bit stressful, but Karen put me at east straight away. She was super friendly and accommodating. She know exactly what to do and we didn’t spend hours and hours. The photos are absolutely gorgeous and I am really please with them.” Sylvia Dossetor

“Thanks Karen for the beautiful photos! Love all the laughs we had together. We love your friendly and bubbly personality and professionalism, you’re a gem.” Rita and Chris

“I have had the pleasure of working with Karen and Alan Woo from Finessence Photography on three occasions now, and I couldn’t be happier. Their professionalism, artistic ability and quality of work is amazing, and they always delivers work to the highest standards. Not only that, the attitude towards their work and infectious personality make working with them a really enjoyable experience. Their ability to get the job done, patience and attention to detail makes her stand out in their field. Their artwork turnaround from the photoshoot to the final delivery of the edited photos is extremely quick and efficient. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her as their work speaks for itself.” Janae Griffin, Marketing Coordinator & Graphic Designer, Rolld Australia Pty Ltd