Glen and Fiona from Lionheart Photography, stomping on grapes at Oakridge Winery.



about glen and fiona

Lionheart Photography is run by husband & wife team Glen and Fiona Holdaway. We first launched our wedding photography business in Noosa, Queensland, mid 2010. At the end of 2016 we pulled up our roots and relocated ourselves and our biz to Melbourne, Victoria. While photographing Brisbane and Sunshine Coast weddings was fun, Melbourne was always our holiday location for many years. Melbourne is a place we love, that is close to our heart. A place we love to explore, and always wanted to move to, so finally we did.

We’ve set up home in Balwyn, which is roughly halfway between Melbourne city and the start of the Yarra Valley, so we can focus heavily on those rad areas. Close enough we can jump on a tram and head into the city for a coffee, and just a short drive from our favourite wine-tasting hotspots.

We have a strong love for spending time with family & friends; for heading to food truck parks and trying new street foods; date nights out at the cinema watching the latest superhero films; and cuddling up on the couch binging on netflix for far too long. That’s pretty much the short version.

We decided not to make this a page about how long we have been shooting weddings, or what type of equipment we use, because chances are you don’t really care much about that, and it’s just not that important. If you’re seriously thinking of hiring us to shoot what is one of the most important days of your lives – which we don’t take on lightly – then you’ll probably want to get to know everything about us. We believe there’s something important about having trust and a good connection with your photographer. So, read on, and get to know all about us.




a chat with glen

What’s your spare time look like?
I love to watch (sort of) old films. Love it. Like the original star wars movies, or pulp fiction, robocop, that sort of thing. There’s something awesome about the visual effects of the day that brings a smile to my face. I love to take photos, obviously, that’s my job… but I do try and challenge myself with something a little different to the daily grind, like getting a team together for some themed creative portraiture every now & then. Travel photography – nothing better than that. If I could go back to New Zealand every year for a snowboarding holiday and wake up with the sun every day and capture the scenery, the sunrises over the mountains of Queenstown… I’d be a very happy dude.

Where do you shop?
When Fiona is buying clothes online from the U.S. as she frequently does, I usually put in my order for some new nerdy t-shirts. Roger David gets a lot of my dollars when I’m buying suave stuff, otherwise it’s something like General Pants Co. or Country Road. Shoes! I love buying shoes, so add foot locker to that list. Everything else? Ebay and Etsy!

What do you eat?
I could eat Nando’s every day – shout out to the peri-peri sauce. Mexican food is always on my radar, and I’m partial to a thai red curry too. Ok, I like spicy food. Most of all, I love to cook at home and get creative in the kitchen when I have time. Nothing better than throwing together a quick stir fry with pak choy and wild mushrooms.

What music do you listen to?
Everything. Seriously. Back in the day it was Foo Fighters, Blink 182, Green Day & New Found Glory. Currently, I’m keen on stuff like Of Monsters and Men, Passenger, Fun. and Bastille. And that’s just the short list – music is a big part of my life. My spotify premium account certainly gets a workout.

What do you do for fun?
We’ve not long landed in Melbourne so there’s plenty to explore, so that’s kept me very busy. Films; I mentioned that already. Learn stuff. For the last two years I’ve been studying Spanish. It’s been awesome to learn another language and challenge myself, definitely fun, so that fits in here.

What do you value the most?
Fiona. My family. Good friends. My hard drive backups?!? The opportunity to travel, laugh, smile, and spend time with those who I care the most about on earth.

What causes or organisations do you care about?
I’m a big fan of this home & school for disadvantaged children in Guatemala. I’ve sent them some dollars in the past, and, because of my love of all things Spanish, I’m keen to head there soon and volunteer some time. The work they do is awesome. It’s called Casa Guatemala, you can find them at www.casa-guatemala.org.




“Glen & Fiona were amazing. We knew they were the perfect fit when we spent a couple hours in our first meeting, talking about Star Wars, mexican food and falling in love with our Surprise-Birthday-Wedding ideas. On the day, they made us feel comfortable standing in front of the camera, capturing Ben and I exactly how we are, no fake cheesy grins or structured poses. Just capturing the moment with a very laid back approach that we both appreciate.

With my birthday being the day of the wedding, Glen somehow managed to sneak off during the night to get one of the photos we had just taken printed and put in a frame to give to me. They stopped at nothing to make sure that we got all that we wanted from the day. Towards the end of the night, Fiona followed Ben around for half an hour or so getting “selfies” with everyone. They both went above and beyond to make our day absolutely amazing!”

– Danica




a chat with fiona

What’s your spare time look like?
Busy. I LOVE movies; watching them, finding out news about new ones, collecting memorabilia, everything! I’d really like to be in one, just if you know anyone? Reading is another addiction that possibly fills up a bit too much of my time. I like to take photos, not just for work. I want to start learning Spanish too (I need to catch up with Glen so I can understand what he’s saying to me) and learn to sew. Hanging with my friends and, of course, my awesome family. My number one thing to do in my spare time… TRAVEL! Unfortunately I haven’t been to as many places as I’d like just yet. My bucket list is pretty much just a picture of the world.

Where do you shop?
I adore online shopping. I have a huge collection of movie/nerdy tee shirts. I have a lot of Just Jeans clothes. Wedding outfits I buy from anywhere from Myer to Valley Girl. JB is my go to for DVDs/Blu-Rays/Tech. I can’t walk in without buying something, unless of course Glen drags me out.

What do you eat?
I LOVE sushi and pancakes, and Thai is a favourite too. And bread, I really enjoy a good garlic bread or cob loaf. I make an amazing white choc and raspberry cheesecake… mmmm, cheesecake. Not a huge fan of hot and spicy stuff, but I definitely do love a good (mild) curry or stir fry. I’m pretty lucky that Glen’s a good cook (better than me, but don’t tell him tho) so I get to enjoy his healthy salad creations.

What music do you listen to?
I have a very eclectic taste in music, my absolute faves will always be New Found Glory and Foo Fighters – it’s kinda handy having so many things in common with Glen. But I love a bit of classical (Mozart, Debussy and Beethoven); Film composers (John Williams, Hans Zimmer); House (Daft Punk, David Guetta); Pop (Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars); Rock and Roll (ACDC, Queen); Pop Punk/Alt Rock (Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Paramore, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, Linkin Park); Soul (Adele, Ray Charles); Indie Pop (Fun, Ed Sheeran); Folk/indie rock (Passenger, Of Monsters and Men, Bastille); ska punk (Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish). So yeah a bit of everything. I wasn’t kidding.

What do you do for fun?
Copy and paste what my spare time looks like into here and add going to the cinema, restaurants, conventions and mountain climbing (not with ropes or anything) preferably with some friends. I’m working on a film review blog as well as a novel, which is very much fun for me.

What do you value the most?
Glen. I know it sounds sappy, but he really is an answer to my prayers. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without him. My family of course, I’m crazy lucky that I can say I have an awesome family, in-laws, extended, cousins, aunts and uncles. They’re all fun people that all get along and I love it. That I was born in a free country and can travel if I wish. Laughter. Love. Honesty. Faith.

What causes or organisations do you care about?
I love the work that the 501st and the Rebel Legion do, and will hopefully be able to make my own costume and join the Rebels this year. I am also very passionate about stopping child slavery and prostitution. One of my favourite organisations is themandalayprojects.net. They do amazing work, and they need our support.