Drawing on over a century of collective photo-industry experience – from film days to digital capture – the Foto Frenzy team is made up of not only experienced and awarded photographers, but photographers who have a passion for sharing their love of the medium.

As mentors our team has extensive experience in a wide range of professional photographic pursuit and can draw on real world experience to help you further your enthusiast, artistic or professional endeavours.

As lecturers the team have presented all levels of education– from beginners courses to specialty workshops, tertiary education and professional development seminars for the photo industry.

Through a mix of photographic interests, skills, experience and approaches, the team at Foto Frenzy will bring you all that you’ll need to know to explore your photography as far as your imagination wants to take it.

Each member of the Foto Frenzy team is an Accredited Professional Photographer in the Australian photo industry’s peak professional organisation, the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).






Master Photographer Darren Jew has been teaching photography for over 25 years

Darren Jew  |  M.Photog II

Over his 30-year career, AIPP Master of Photography Darren Jew has photographed the planet’s landscapes and wildlife from Antarctica to Zambia – on mountain peaks, desert plains and beneath the Ocean’s surface.

After completing study at the Queensland College of Art in the early 1980s he first worked in darkrooms, then as a commercial/advertising photography assistant before taking up a position as Photographer with the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service. Since 1994, Darren has pursued his passion for capturing and sharing the natural World – producing sought-after nature, travel and scientific images both above and below the water; selling fine art prints; undertaking magazine commissions and; leading photo tours to the World’s great wildlife, landscape and marine destinations. Darren is the author of the book AUSTRALIA – reef, rainforest, red heart; his images regularly appear in many magazines and books, he exhibits around Australia and his work is used by conservation organisations world-wide.

His photo-eduction experience includes: 12 years running enthusiasts courses as partner in Faces and Places Photography Workshops; Convening TAFE Adult Education Classes in photography and; photo-tour leading across Australia, in Africa, Antarctica and the Pacific since 1993. Darren also speaks regularly at photo industry conferences and seminars at a State and National level.

His unique vision has seen Darren named Canon/AIPP Australian Science, Environment and Nature Photographer of the Year in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

In 2013 Darren was named a “Canon Master” and features in Episode 1 of Canon’s ‘Seconds with… ” series. Watch the video “1/200 sec with Darren Jew”


Ian Poole's enthusiasm for the art of photography is infectious

Ian Poole | G. Dip VA, APP.L, AAIPP

Ian’s studio – IAN POOLE does PHOTOGRAPHY – created many Brisbane high profile fashion and advertising campaigns over three decades.  In parallel to his commercial career, Ian has been a student of the art of photography and is today one of Australia’s most articulate speakers on photo history and a valued critic of both contemporary practice and of photography’s place in our society today.

As a long time Judge within the Australian and New Zealand Professional Photography Institutes’ award systems, Ian’s image assessment ability is a valuable part of the Foto Frenzy package being made available to our clients.  Ian’s ability to deconstruct an image and to clearly demonstrate the makings of a great photograph, will provide you with a valuable tool that can be called upon when creating your own images.  Ian can provide a one-on-one analysis of your portfolio or particular images in your collection.  He will be the person to see regarding exhibiting at Gallery Frenzy and will help you through the curatorial process of selecting and hanging your photographs.  Bookings are now being taken for the 2015 Gallery calendar and Ian is the man to speak to.  He could even assist with a selection of wines for the opening, or more importantly the invitation to that big event.

Ian’s current commercial photographic interest is in carefully crafted portraits of people seeking a distinctive or discerning image of themselves.  Probably taken in black and white, a Poole Portrait will be a cherished image to display and share.  Ian is also an Australian correspondent for the f11 Online Photographic Magazine.


Tony Holden has been part of the Australian photographic industry for over three decades.Tony Holden

Tony has been part of the Australian photography industry for over 30 years. His experience spans the gamut of the industry from photographic retail with George Camera Stores (since renamed Ted’s)  through to key positions in leading photo wholesalers, including Maxwell Optical Industries, Kodak Australia and Adeal. He managed the Kodak Imaging team for the 2000 Sydney Olympics; and together with his staff of over 100, was responsible for maintaining the largest digital imaging workflow ever undertaken – managing the capture, storage and display of over 200,000 images and the sale of 80,000 prints over the 10 days of the games. During his time at Maxwell’s, Tony was the lead educator for Nikon Club Australia, running workshops to hundreds of participants all over Australia. Tony served on the State Council of the AIPP’s Queensland Division  for over 5 years and was the Queensland State  Sales Manager  Professional & Consumer Imaging  CR Kennedy and Co.

Tony’s photographic work is very eclectic, having captured everything from International motor sports events to subtle portrait images. His work today is more about the urban environment captured at that precise moment. Tony is also an avid collector of Photographic equipment and cameras and has an extensive private collection.
Holden Imaging Solutions is now based at Foto Frenzy and will provide photographers with data management solutions, colour calibration services and a personalised purchasing service for any photographic needs.


Susan Gravina

Susan’s love of photography began early, living in a family home full of cameras. In 2007 she founded Brisbane Camera Hire and began photographing weddings professionally in 2009.

Susan is an avid film shooter, in both her personal work and her weddings.

“Film is at the heart of how and why I photograph”. “I love the discipline film shooting instills in me and the fact that I can hold in my hand something real and tangible that was produced at the exact moment of capture”.

Susan’s personal gear cupboard is filled with classic and iconic film cameras in 35mm and medium format: her favourite workhorses being her Nikon F100 and the Contax 645; but her all-time favourite pastime is to peer onto ground glass through a waist-level finder.