The Papillon Studio Story
Papillon Studio is a family team that lives and breathes photography. We have photography in our blood as third and fourth generation photographers who were basically born with a camera in hand. Our story begins in France with Sylvie’s grandfather, Jean who owned a photography studio in Paris and invented a colour printing machine when colour photography was just beginning and film and dark rooms were essential. He passed his knowledge onto his daughter, Simone who began her own studio in Paris at twenty-three years old and then after immigrating to Australia opened a studio in Bondi, Sydney in 1972. Simone passed two generations of knowledge onto Sylvie who after working with Simone at the Bondi Studio, moved to Brisbane and began Papillon Studio in Brisbane twenty-nine years ago.
(Ps Papillon is French for butterfly in case you wondered).
Our Passion – We Love What We Do!
Some of our fondest childhood memories were watching Sylvie in the dark room process the film into negatives and then images. There wasn’t a weekend that went by that didn’t include excitement around the wedding’s Sylvie was photographing. With conversations frequently filled with brides and grooms, lighting, editing and composition. From a very young age being a photographer and going to our own weddings to capture the most special of moments was the answer to the age old question of – “what do you want to do when you grow up?” Photography is our passion and we are all so privileged to have a job that doesn’t feel like a job at all.
We love getting to know the legends in front of our lens and believe in immersing ourselves into their special moments, so that we feel like part of the family. Our goal is to capture the essence of your intimate and extraordinary moments. There is nothing more special than being invited back into the lives of our amazing families to capture monumental moments over the years; the engagement, wedding, addition of a fur baby, the growing baby bump, the birth of a newborn and everything in between.
Meet The Team Behind
We are so glad you stopped by to find out more about the Papillon Studio Photography team!
We have a small studio based in South East Queensland with a team of three photographers Sylvie, Kelly and Amy. Together we have over 50 years of photography experience capturing weddings, portraits, pregnancies, newborns and corporate sessions. We have a wealth of knowledge and had the privilege to photograph hundreds of weddings and special events. The most important part of our job is making everyone on the other side of our lens feel at ease and comfortable.
Our Approach To Your Session
Our approach is to ensure a seamless process so that you feel comfortable and confident during every step in the lead up and on the day. We are dedicated to supporting and inspiring you in making your wedding or event memorable, relaxed and completely unique. We tailor our consultations and discussions to each event after getting to know what your dreams and desires of your day include. The team takes great pride in capturing memorable moments in a way they will be treasured for life.
We are passionate photographers who cannot get enough of capturing moments overflowing with; love, excitement, joy and beauty! We believe that all moments should be recorded in the most genuine way so the emotion and feeling of the moment shines through.
The ‘Papillon’ Style
Our style is relaxed, natural and colourful!
Making sure everyone is having fun and sharing a laugh is important to us so that you are at ease and enjoying the moment. We will provide some direction when needed but we love to blend in. A lot of the time you won’t notice that we are there! We believe in capturing moments in amongst the natural flow of the day so we limit posing and staging as we want to capture the real heartfelt moments that transpire naturally.
We can’t wait to hear from you so that we can create amazing things together.
This was simply the most beautiful gallery of photos, I loved every moment of my session and I can honestly say it was worth capturing these moments. They only happen once. Thank you
Mother – Brisbane Bayside