Image Workshop is the collaboration of award-winning
Melbourne photographers Sharon Blance and Brence Coghill

We shoot commercial and editorial projects with a strong focus on people.

Compelling and targeted imagery that stands out – whether it’s a single hero shot, custom image library, pop-up brand activation or a feature story.

We’re not just gear technicians and Photoshop wizards (although we are those things too). We’re “Ideas People”. Our clients appreciate the creative energy and insight we bring to every project. We don’t just ask “What do you need a photo of?” but instead, “What is the story that needs to be told?”

Melbourne based photographers Brence Coghill and Sharon Blance of Image Workshop photography

Brence Coghill

Brence had semi-nomadic parents and he grew up variously in England, South Africa and New Zealand.

He possesses a double threat of technical prowess with creative flair, with a particular interest in photographic lighting design, problem-solving and generally ‘making sh*t happen’.

Brence excels at figuring stuff out while remaining cool under pressure – making him a super useful guy to have on set. He also has an enviable talent for building props, rigging sets, and getting stubborn computer equipment to bend to his will.

Personal website

Personal Instagram feed @brencecoghill

Recent Awards & Recognition

2019 Australian Photography Awards – 5 Highly Commended, 3 Honourable Mention

2019  International Photography Awards – Honourable Mention

2019  Prix de la Photographie Paris – Silver Award

2017  Featured in Capture Magazine ‘The Annual’ compendium showcasing the best photographers in Australia

2016  Australian Photography Awards – Double Finalist

Sharon Blance

Sharon grew up in Canada and has been creating pictures for as long as she can remember. Her first love was painting, until a school project to make a pinhole camera from a shoebox sparked a lifelong fascination with photography.

Known for her incredible energy and uncanny knack of relating to just about anyone, Sharon’s high-octane enthusiasm puts even inexperienced subjects at ease and fosters a sense of fun on shoots.

She also has a love of sci-fi and a weakness for grilled cheese sandwiches.

Personal website

Personal Instagram feed @sharonblance

Recent Awards & Recognition

2019 Australian Photography Awards – 3rd place, 4 Highly Commended, 1 Honourable Mention

2019  International Photography Awards – 3 Honourable Mentions

2019 & 2018  Invited exhibitor at AddOn – a core event at Head On Photography Festival, Australia’s largest photography festival

2018  Prix de la Photographie Paris – Silver Award

2017  Australian Photography Awards – 6th place

2016  Hong Kong NEON series featured by Wired, Fubiz, Creative Boom and My Modern Met

2016  Invited exhibitor at Return to Hanging Rock / The National Trust

Clients include

VISA China   /   Toyota Australia   /   Beats by Dr. Dre   /   Singapore Airlines SilverKris magazine   /   The Nature Conservancy   /   University of Melbourne   /   Airservices Australia   /   Navantia Australia   /   Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia   /   William Angliss Institute   /   Australian Government Department of Defence   /   DrinkWise   /   Southern Cross Austereo   /   Code Compliance Monitoring Committee   /   Department of Corrections New Zealand

Nice things our clients say

From the start it was clear Sharon and Brence operate very professionally and have the ability to add layers of creativity to a brand experience concept. Their continued energy on-site was truly impressive! We loved working with Image Workshop and couldn’t have expected a better service, particularly considering the timeline. It was a real pleasure.

Tom IronsideGlobal Executive Producer, MKTG

The photos were fantastic and we’ve had some great feedback not only about the quality of the photographs, but Sharon’s brilliant interpersonal skills and how she made them feel at ease. I would highly recommend working with Sharon and Image Workshop.

Carly HobdaySenior Change Management Consultant - Toyota Australia

Sharon and Brence were an absolute pleasure to work with. I am based on the east coast of the U.S., and they made a photo assignment occurring in Australia a painless process both in terms of communication and execution. They came to the assignment having done their homework, mapping out lots of creative visual strategies and a plan for the assignment that took into consideration all our requests and needs but elevated it through their talent and energy.

Rolaine OssmanAssistant Photo Editor, Nature Conservancy magazine

Sharon and Brence went above and beyond the brief to provide us with exactly what we needed and more: high quality, professional images that powerfully convey who we are and what we do.

Robert McGregorCompliance Manager, Code Compliance Monitoring Committee

Despite being given a challenging video project with an incredibly tight timeframe, Image Workshop delivered beyond my expectations. Taking on creative development of storyboards and scripts as well as directing, filming and producing, they made many suggestions that had a big positive impact on the finished product. I was truly impressed by their professional approach, positive energy and the smooth handling of some last minute issues. The videos generated huge buzz and the project was a massive success.

Jill CarterAssociate Director - Capability Development, University of Melbourne

I give you both two thumbs up!

Charlie ChengExecutive Producer, Mouse Ink Productions (China)

Sharon and Brence completely rejuvenated our image library in a very tight timeframe. They were vigilant with compliance, inventive with styling food, people and surroundings, quick at problem solving and best of all, the photos look beautiful and deliver on all aspects of the brief!

Ainslie FraserProduction Coordinator, Marketing and Communications, William Angliss Institute

Sharon and Brence are adept at creating atmosphere within imagery and perfectly captured the essence of my work. More than photographers, they collaborated as artists.

Sally LewryPerformance Artist

We were so impressed with the high artistic standard and comfortable working environment that Sharon and Brence created for us. They provided us with such amazing professionalism, not to mention completely stunning photographs.

Neisha MurphyCo-founder & Performer, Damaged Duo Circus Company