Carbon Neutral – Rural Photography

The best thing about being a regional based photographer is the job diversity. A lot of jobs just aren’t work if you know what I mean. Does carbon neutral merino wool suits exist? You betcha! And I was there to capture another tree planting initiative on a country Victorian property where it all begins.

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Melbourne Wedding

Eve and Tim had a fantastic wedding day only a few weeks back in down town Melbourne CBD. Preperation in the “Queens Room” and the ceremony in the majestic Council Chambers in the historic  Melbourne Town Hall. Followed up with a laid back reception at a classy inner city pub and you’ve got yourself a pretty special wedding day. Congrats Eve and Tim…



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Wedding in the Melbourne CBD

Last weekend saw me at a Wedding in the Melbourne CBD. With great weather and great company Eve and Tim had a blast. Here is a sneak peak photo. More to come…

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Commercial Photography – Construction

Weddings aren’t all I shoot. Construction is always a bunch of fun getting amongst the action. Last month I had another three day commercial photography shoot for an Engineering and Construction client of mine in the Hunter Valley. At the end of the day people and place photography is what its all about. All three sites revolved around water supply infrastructure. The weather was great and the shoot was a success. Great results equals another happy client.

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Concrete Water Resevoir:


Water mains from within a dam wall:

300m within the wall the lighting conditions can best be described as challanging 🙂


Heightening of dam wall:


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Elopement Wedding in the Grampians

A big wedding isn’t always what every couple wants. Some couples choose to have only direct family and the dearest of friends. And then some couples decide to elope and share their wedding day with only the person most important to them… their partner.

Julie and Aarron did exactly that recently in the Grampians in Western Victoria. The weather gods were fantastic, the Boroka Downs setting was sensational, there were tears, there was laughter, all the good things, even the best of local sparkling wine.

The result? One happily married couple with two happy and supportive families finding out the next day. Congratulations!

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Canola brings the Spring!

Canola fields always remind me of the start of spring. Bright vibrant colours, blue sky, spring rains and fresh air (if you’re up wind for anyone that’s smelled canola). In my recent travels for a commercial assignment in NSW they featured everywhere and I thought they might brighten up you day as well 🙂

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Thai pre-wedding shoot in the Grampians

In the Thai culture its a big thing to have a great pre-wedding experience together including the photo shoot. This way it takes all the pressure off on the wedding day. May and Ryan are soon setting off to get married in Thailand but before they left we undertook the pre-wedding photos at a place that is dear to them. With a mix of sun, water and peaceful tranquility saw us playing in the central Grampians, canoeing and playing in the trees, and sipping champagne. What an adventure, what a day!

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Back on Deck

Wow! After a few months off over winter to renovate our new little house in Halls Gap I’m back on deck and its been busy busy busy.

The last little while in no particular order has seen me at a few weddings, a Thai style pre-wedding shoot, a few interstate commercial shoots and finally I attended the big AIPP Event for photographers up in the Hunter Valley in NSW.

A few updates on my last shinanigans will pop up this week and I’ll do my best to keep things updated a little more often in between gigs in the coming weeks and months. They year is flying past!

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APPA Awards Results 2012

This year was my first time entering the prestigious Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA). Up to 4 prints can be entered and are judged by the best photographers in the industry.

The entries were all judged live at the Digital Show on the weekend at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Being there to watch the judging was pretty cool and was certainly an interesting process. Some of the photographs entered were unbelievable. There are certainly a few talented photographers in Australia.

To top it off I walked away with 3 Silver Awards myself and ironically it was Yellow Bus (a previous award winner) that missed out this time. To say I’m absolutely wrapped is an understatement and certainly inspires me to try and raise the bar for next year. APPA 2013 here I come hahaha.

For those in the know regarding points my prints scored the following:

Ghan Tank – 83 pts (Silver)

Unnamed Hill – 81 pts (Silver)

Railway Crossing – 80 pts (Silver)

Yellow Bus – 76 pts

To find out more about APPA visit

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Landscape Book of the Year – Finalist

Wow! An exciting few months for Marty Schoo Photography was this week capped off by being named a finalist (final 5) in the Momonto Book of the Year Awards in the Landscape Category with my project book “I s o l a t i o n”.

The Landcsape Book winner chosen from many entries deservedly went to outstanding landscape photographers Dylan Toh and Marianne Lim with their “Iceland” Book. 

Overall Book of the Year honour went to the brilliant well-known Australian photographer Stephen Dupont with his “Stoned in Kabul” Book which is an account of his times in Afghanistan over the last few years.

For me there is always next year again of course, hehe!

To see all the finalist books and find out a little more visit the Momento Awards Website right here…

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A Wedding in the Grampians National Park

Your wedding can be wherever you want it to be. Recently Jessica and Brian decided they wanted to get married on a mountain peak in the Grampians in Western Victoria and chose a location near Mt Stapylton for its stunning views. It would remind them of their Canadian home.

With great weather, and family and friends close by, the day was an outstanding success with great venues such as Mt Zero Olives close by. There is nothing better than a wedding with a difference. Make yours what ever you want it to be!

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I’m now an AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer

Its taken a lot of hard work and a steady professional progression but I’m proud to announce that I’m now an accredited professional photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).

To learn more about why you should choose an accredited AIPP photographer have a quick look here.

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Marty Schoo – ABC Open – Interview

Get in to macro photography and learn a bit about getting up close to the landscape. I was interviewed recently by the ABC Open Online to get a perspective on macro photography from a photographer in the region. Some great links and the interview and can be found at the link below the image.

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Emu Bottom Homestead Wedding

The other week and another happy couple have an awesome wedding at Emu Bottom Homestead. Great day and great location.

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Award Winning Photograph – Vote for me to win it on stretched canvas

Well I’m a happy chappy. “Yellow Bus” from my award winning  ISOLATION  series has won entry to the Pure Genius 2012 Exhibition. The exhibition will be held at Brunswick Street Gallery from the 13th -26th April 2012. Very nice publicity!


You can win “Yellow Bus” on stretched canvas for yourself and support me just by voting for “Yellow Bus” as your favourite. After you’ve found it at the link at the bottom and voted be sure to check out some of the other quality entries. It should be a great exhibition and if your in Melbourne in April, go and check it out.

Now to vote for “Yellow Bus” just find it in the gallery which is randomly generated and vote with your mouses people.

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A Beautiful Grampians Wedding

Weddings in the Grampians National Park and Halls Gap in particular are very popular and growing in popularity. And there is good reason for it.

What sets a Wedding in the Grampians apart from another? Great venues such as “The Valley” and others as well as great photo locations for wedding photographs throughout the Grampians National Park. This fantastic wedding was only a few weeks ago and was an absolute blast! Thanks heaps Yvette and Kriss it was great fun. Check it out…


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A very excellent Backyard Wedding

We need a Wedding photographer for our Backyard Wedding, can you help us? 

Wow, what a night! Warm, fun, relaxed, intimate, and a whole lotta rockin’. Congratulations once again Hanna and Jon it was a blast!

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Winner – Capture Magazine – Exposed Challenge

Capture is Australia’s Top Selling Pro Photography Magazine. In the latest bi-monthly edition (March/April) I’ve been selected as the winner of the exposed challenge. Woot woot!

“It’s a competition that Capture run to help pro photographers in their early careers to get published and rewarded for their creativity and professionalism.

They chose the following images from my ongoing project on outback Australia  I s o l a t i o n.

So keep a look out for the latest Capture Magazine and for a preview of the  I s o l a t i o n  book check it out at!prettyPhoto[iframes]/12/

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I’ve joined the team at Australian Traveller Magazine

Between Weddings and Commercial photography shoots I also find time to contribute to the widely popular Australian Traveller Magazine. I’ve recently joined the contributor team as a photo journalist.

The latest issue ‘The Outback Special’ features my photography and words on the legendary Birdsville Track. Pick up the bumper issue from your local newsagent. They also have a great website at 

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