Advanced Diploma of Commercial Photography

Hi I'm Grace

I have a very creative spirit and bring that into the work I do every day. I have been a professional photographer in Canberra for over 2 decades. I started my career working in photography portrait studios, then spent over a decade as a corporate photographer for The Department of Defence covering the department’s branding imagery & internal communications, before becoming my own Boss Lady doing what I love in a whole new way.

I work with large organizations in Canberra on their media & internal visual communication needs as well as Personal Branding Photos for Coaches, Consultants & Creatives.

I am also a passionate Creative Mentor and artist, helping people connect to their creativity through the art of photography. I run group workshops and private tuition on the topics of photography, digital editing, creative thinking, and curating exhibitions. In 2017 I presented a TEDx Canberra talk on connecting to your creative truth through your personal story. You can watch it below.o

Lisa Young
Lisa YoungBranding Portraits
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Best shots ever! Grace came highly recommended from a business colleague and even with the high expectations I had, I was thrilled with the photos I got. I was pretty nervous as it was my first photo shoot, but she was a true professional and knew exactly what to do, making me very comfortable in the process. Overall an amazing experience!
Bonnie Weston
Bonnie Weston@theavidorganiser
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Grace has such a beautiful way of making you feel comfortable being silly, sassy, serious. her ability to position people for stunning shots is amazing. Everyone raves about my photos taken by Grace! If you want great photos and the best experience, join one of her personal branding mini shoots!
Janita Lloyd
Janita Lloyd@username
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It can be daunting having headshots taken however Grace provides a safe space so you can act silly and funny. And in doing that she has the creativity and detailed eye to get you in the right spot to get the right shot. I’ve loved every photo I’ve got from Grace and highly recommend her.



  • 2022 National Portrait Gallery Masterclass instructor & mentor
  • 2020 Finalist Head On Photo Awards
  • 2020 Speaker – The Personal Brand Experience summit
  • 2020 Curator award – PhotoAccess exhibiton and mentorship program
  • 2019 Executive Producer The Narrabundah Boy, short film featured in the Canberra Short Film Festival
  • 2019 Keynote speaker Nikon Refocus Retreat and Mentor
  • 2017 TEDxCanberra Speaker
  • 2017 Highly Commended XI World Polo Art Exhibition
  • 2015 Shortlisted Fremantle International Portrait Prize
  • 2014 Finalist National Photographic Portrait Prize
  • 2014 Gold ACT AIPP Awards
  • 2013 Awarded AIPP Associate Photographer status
  • 2013 Finalist Fremantle International Portrait Prize
  • 2013 Elected ACT AIPP Council Member
  • 2013 2x Silver APPA Awards
  • 2012 Winner Click 12 Prize, BSG Gallery
  • 2012 Silver International Loupe Awards
  • 2011 Silver International Loupe Awards
  • 2011 Silver Distinction APPA Awards
  • 2011 3x Silver APPA Awards
  • 2010 Silver International Loupe Awards


I have participated in both solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout Australia.

  • 2019 Equine – QT Hotel Canberra
  • 2019 Group – Spotted- (Beauty in Difference) curated by Grace Costa, M16 Artspace, Canberra
  • 2019 The Narrabundah Boy, Short film premier, Palace Electric Cinema, Canberra
  • 2017 Horse – Logan Gallery, Queensland
  • 2017 Horse – Weswal Gallery, Tamworth
  • 2016 Horse – Nishi Gallery, NewActon Canberra
  • 2016 Loud and Luminous, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2016 Still – Grace Costa, Weswal Gallery, Tamworth
  • 2015 Still – Grace Costa and Mark Mohell, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
  • 2015 Group – Activism Photo Access, Canberra
  • 2014 Group – National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
  • 2014 Group – On Film, Photo Access Members Show, Canberra
  • 2013 Group – (mixed media show) Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2013 Group – RAW Canberra showcase
  • 2013 Buck’d Off 2042 Gallery, Sydney
  • 2012 Buck’d Off Kaori Gallery, Canberra
  • 2012 Buck’d Off Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra
  • 2012 Buck’d Off Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2012 Click 12 Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2012 Kodak Salon Awards CCP, Melbourne
  • 2012 Tuggeranong Art Prize, Canberra
  • 2011 Kodak Salon Awards CCP, Melbourne
  • 2002 Graduating Exhibition CIT Reid, Canberra


  • Beauty in Difference – M16 Artspace, group show
  • Metamorphosis – Strathnairn Arts, Solo show for Sarah McCarthur King
  • All things Created – Strathnairn Arts, Solo show for Jan Vincent


  • Brave in Business Podcast
  • Atelier Podcast
  • Interiors Addict blog
  • Equine Magazine – Feature article
  • The Eye Creative – Feature article
  • Art Edit Magazine
  • Dream Believe Do – online magazine
  • Horsewyse Magazine -Feature article
  • TEDx Canberra
  • Photo Review Magazine- Feature article
  • Big Ink Magazine – Feature article
  • 100 Year Centenary of The Royal Military College Duntroon book
  • Duntroon Stamp collection
  • Canberra Times – Feature article
  • Her Canberra – Feature article
  • Department of Defence- Military Service newspapers
  • Art Almanac
  • Canberra Weekly
  • Bungendore News