A Little About Us


Brisbane Formal Photography specialises in High School Formals across Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

We provide fully trained, professional photographers using high end professional equipment allowing us to give our customers the best possible quality and service. We pride ourselves on providing your school, your students and families with a professional, fun and personalised formal photography experience.

Owned and operated by Sara McKenna and Helen Henry, with a combined 36 years of professional photography experience between them, Brisbane Formal Photography will take care of everything for your Formal Photography needs.

What We Do

Brisbane Formal Photography professionally cover the photography of your school formal from the arrival of attendees, formal studio photos and the fun of the night.

What Is Our Process

Helen and Sara meet with each school to discuss requirements, themes, guidelines and the time-line for the evening. The Brisbane Formal Photography team liaises with the venue to ensure a seamless night of photography.

Why Choose Us

Helen and Sara are professional photographers in every way. Their team of professional photographers are dedicated, organised and love what they do - it shows in the photographs!

Meet the Team

Sara McKenna

Photographer & Technical Guru

Sara has been a professional portrait and wedding photographer since 2004.  Sara specialises in fashion and fun portraiture for 15 to 25 year olds, particularly high school seniors, as Model Student, and newborn and family photography as Sassi Photography.   She loves seeing and photographing students at their formals and semi-formals with Brisbane Formal Photography.

Helen Henry

Photographer & Marketing Guru

With a Bachelors Degree in Photography (1998), Helen has been working as a professional photographer for more than 20 years, photographing weddings and portraits all over Australia and internationally.  Helen brings great experience to her photography business, Rhubarb Photography, specialising in portraiture and Custom Portrait Art and Albums for your home.


We take the time to find out what is important to you and your students to ensure that the setting is perfect for their night. Our services include:



with your Year 12 Formal co-ordinator and the Formal Venue.

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Location Studios

professionally set up to suit your student numbers. (Usually up to 4.)

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Photography Team

fully trained and professional, but fun as well.

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Candid Photos

taken by a Roaming Photographer to catch the fun moments.



uploaded to our secure online gallery within five days of the formal.

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Online Sales

so the students and parents contact us directly after the formal.

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Teacher Portraits

offered free and supplied directly to the school.

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Image Files

gifted to students when they purchase print packages*.

Photography Packages

Whether you are looking to purchase one individual photograph or a package of many...

...Brisbane Formal Photography has varied options and no minimum spend. Photographs will be available from your formal to purchase online.

We will take a variation of individual, couple, family and group photographs to choose from.

A Photograph Package is an easy and beautiful gift for extended family.


Single Photographs and Art

Each photograph is available for single-purchase prints, multi-purchase prints, wall art and acrylic desk-top blocks. Print prices start at $18.

Photographic Print Packages

Our Packages are perfect for extra photographs for Grandparents and extended family - just in time for Christmas! In addition choose from our Bronze, Silver or Gold package for multi-purchase discounts. Package prices start at $99.

Galleries remain open for two weeks after your formal. If you do not order within this time a $25 Archive Retrieval Fee will apply to reload the gallery online again for perusal.


We had so much fun having our photographs taken at the formal. The photographers were really nice and friendly. My Mum loves the prints we bought and can't wait to get them in a frame.Veronica ~ Student
Brisbane Formal Photography has been fabulous to work with. They are professional in every way, right from the first meeting, and really seem to love what they do.Barbara Adams ~ School Co-ordinator
Thank you to Helen and Sara, who were courteous, professional, friendly and mindful of our patrons whilst photographing our visiting school formals. We are fortunate to be able to have such a wonderful working relationship.Alycia ~ Venue Functions Co-ordinator

Get In Touch

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Brisbane Formal Photography encourages contact from anyone interested in school formal photography, whether you are a student, parent, teacher, formal organiser, co-ordinator, principal, venue, supplier or otherwise involved with school formals.

We would love to hear from you either by filling in the contact form to the left, telephone, direct email or by post!

PO Box 3409 Norman Park Q 4170

Helen - 0492 928 103



During the day Helen and Sara are portrait photographers, each with our own families also. As such, if we are unable to take your call immediately, please leave a message or email and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

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