Professional Commercial Photography

Cole Studios is the Premier Commercial Photographer in the Illawarra

Your image means everything. The way you and your business or product looks in print can be the difference between a browser and a buyer, and we at Cole Studios strive to create the most stunning shots of you and your brand. A long-running professional commercial photographer based in Tullimbar, Cole Studios is a name that is synonymous with quality photos and quality service. That’s because we work hard to create the best possible shots in the shortest time frame.

We have loved working with a variety of different vendors and businesses and have a wide range of experience. We have a long track record because we work alongside our clients to create the perfect shot. Our goal is to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with the photos that you receive- and we’re sure you will be.

We also provide rush services for clients who are nearing a deadline. We’re ready to serve you!

Just a Few of Our Many Commercial Customers Include:



Ugly Fish

SportsMaster Australia

Spartan Sports


Michele’s Patisserie

Bidvest Food Services

Workout World

LJ Hooker

Clobber Leather

GoTransit Advertising


Platform 3

University of Wollongong


Commercial Photography Specialising In:


Corporate Images Staff Photography


Venue Photography


Product Photography


Advertising Photography

Corporate Images Staff Photography

We have a flat rate of $99 per person. For $99 (inc GST) you will receive a directory download with a head shot front and side, half body shots photographed from the centre to avoid distortion, front and side, and a more casual shot front and side. We can also provide a same day service on request. We also provide something that very few of our competitors do, a green screen option for an additional $30 per person for standard size images or and additional $80 per photo for larger billboard / bus advertising photos.

We deep etch each person from the green screen background, complete with their hair intact (no dreaded amateur bowl cuts here at Cole Studios). The advantage of a transparent background is that you can place the image over any other advertising material, such as a real estate agent’s photo on a FOR SALE sign or even on a bus for advertising etc. We always photograph the same angles and centres, the images can also be overlaid to give the appearance of multiple people in the photo.

All without a background. If staff leave its a simple case of removing them from the photo and replacing them with the new staff member. Many of the images driving around Wollongong on the back and side of the buses are Cole Studios images.

Staff Photography Options:

  • Studio – White Background.
  • Studio – White Background.
  • Location Outdoor (in Wollongong area)
  • Group – 1x deep etched group shot (up to six people)
  • Green Screen – No Background, Head and Body shot (Standard business card size image)
  • Green Screen – No Background, Head and Body shot (Large Billboard / Bus / Building size image)

If you require something even more catchy, we also offer outdoor studio lighting for that perfect background and vibrant colours.

Venue Photography

When customers are deciding on a destination for their dinner they are “Googling” more and more now. The photos of your venue inside and out often determine if they will come to your venue or choose another venue instead. The shots need to be crisp and vibrant and have plenty of punch. We call it the “hero shot” factor. We provide basic image editing in all of our packages. This includes noise reduction, exposure adjustments, stitching of multiple images together and colour correction.

Detailed image by image editing is available at an additional hourly rate and is not included in the session fee.

At Cole Studios we specialise in this style of photography. We have all the equipment, the ideas and the eye to capture shots that best show your venue. A few examples from our many  venue photo shoots are below.

Product Photography

Product photography is a specialist field of its own. At Cole Studios we have the equipment and the knowledge to make every product shine. No matter how difficult to photograph the product, we will deliver every time. We use a Macbeth Colour Checker to ensure accurate colour of your product as well.

Reflective products such as glass or chrome will have minimal reflection since we use our advanced techniques. We have specialist sand blasted translucent white product tables to photograph your product, with a smooth gradient background. We can also provide you with a ‘Hero shot’ (which is the shot that people see that makes them want to buy your product). Hero shots are usually themed to stand out from your competition.

We have strong editing skills in house so we can enhance the hero shots and even create the advertisement layout for the magazines you may want to advertise in.

Graphic Design

At Cole Studios we can supply a graphic designer who can liaise with the publisher directly and let you get back to the more important task of running your business. Our purpose is to offer you a complete service, from the design to the photography to the layout to the finished advertisement. We are masters of our art. the graphic designer is available at an extra charge on an hourly basis.

View some of our recent work in the gallery below.

Advertising Photography

As with product photography, your advertising photography is crucial to the success of your product and your business. Cole Studios consults with our customers to find out exactly what they want, then we provide ideas. Most importantly we listen to you. Our passion is creativity. We love to create breathtaking images with our vibrant photography and innovative ideas. Our studio will work with you every step of the way to ensure the final result is the advertising photography that is perfect for you. We do this without the large price tag many agencies charge. Here are just a few examples of our many commercial photo shoots.

Experience  – The Difference

We have a crucial edge over our competitors in advertising photography as we have a history of magazine photography that goes back to 1999 when we had our first published photoshoot. Our competitors may exaggerate their experience and do not have a complete portfolio of awarding winning photography like Cole Studios. Our photography skills and ideas have been scrutinised over many years of experience by some of the best in the business. Since 1999 we have had over 400 published shoots in many different magazines.

This has taught us how to setup a shot for a magazine advertisement, how to colour correct and compose for all the various elements needed. Little things like the colour profile, the page edge bleed, the centre edge bleed on a DPS (Double Page Spread) all make a big difference when the advertisement appears in the magazine. We produce our commercial work in CMYK, ready for offset printing. All our photography has been adjusted to compensate for the smaller colour gamut of CMYK (as opposed to RGB).

We now use the Canon EOS 5DS for breathtaking image clarity and detail. These cameras are 50.6 megapixels, so you will have incredible detail in your images. This purchase again shows our commitment to you to provide you with the best possible photography at the best possible price. We utilise portable studio lighting for vibrant rich colours when shooting outdoors. The results are just like in the studio but with a punchy background. There are many advantages to this.

Advantages such as  image clarity, vibrant colours and professional results. Cole Studios uses the Broncolor Verso A4 Lighting system for outdoor studio photography. This is the best equipment available on the market today anywhere in the world. This is your guarantee of the best possible results.

See the results you can achieve by using our outdoor mobile studio lighting below.

Studio Lighting

Many photographers use available light, and don’t bother with studio light. There are several disadvantages to this. Without a light source such as a portable studio light, the camera exposure must be set for the face, which often over exposes the backgrounds and the garments your model may be wearing (especially white garments).

This results in very poor quality, inaccurate colour in the photos. often most of the detail is lost in the actual product you are trying to sell. The other major disadvantage of the natural light method is Depth of Field (how sharp the background is). With natural light wide apertures are often used and result in a shallow depth of field (a blurred background). This is great for bringing out the subject, but what if you wanted more detail in the background as it could be a feature of the advertisement?

At Cole Studios we use smaller apertures with the portable studio light. The background can be blurred later in post production (if required) but it can’t be sharpened if it’s already blurry. With portable studio lighting you have a choice. Image clarity is much better with studio lighting as we don’t over expose any part of the image and we have a greater depth of field.

There are no blown out highlights such as the white garments we spoke of above. Our portable studio light is perfect for advertising and commercial photography. Pick up a magazine and have a look through the advertisements. Which adverts really stand out for you? Colour, clarity and vibrance will get your product recognised and Cole Studios has the expertise and the equipment to make this happen. Our commitment to you is that we will provide you with the most stunning images possible.

At Cole Studios we are putting the “wow” back into photography.

Your Complete Online Business Solution

There are no limitations, we can do it all. We like to call this our ‘one stop shop’ and our clients really see the cost benefits of only having to deal with one company to get their entire business solution implemented.

Terms & Conditions

(The Fine Print)

At Cole Studios we believe in always being upfront with our customers. We have fixed pricing for our services and we have service guarantees for photography delivery. We have fair pricing and always put in 100% into every photography session. Our customers are always welcome along at a session. Our Guarantee:

  • We will provide your commercial photography back within 5 business days.
  • Our sessions include photography and basic editing only. They do not include detailed photo by photo editing however this can be arranged with our graphic designer on an hourly rate. 
  • We have a 48 hour express service for an additional fee of $250 (as we will most likely work into the night to deliver your photography in the agreed time frame).
  • All our prices are ex.GST.
  • For first time customers we require payment up front before any photographs are delivered.
  • Our Payment Terms are 14 days for payment. If different terms are required this must be agreed before hand.
  • Two Late Payments will result in all future payments being required upfront.