I'm Melissa and I am a Melbourne based photographer specialising in portrait and commercial photography.
I grew up in Perth and originally trained as an actor at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. After working in theatre and film in Sydney for a few years, I decided to move to Melbourne where I found myself writing songs and performing as a singer in my own band. I met my husband and not long after we had two beautiful children.
Having entered a new phase of life, photography became a passion of mine that grew into something I am now thrilled to provide for others. I have a small but well equipped home based studio in Mount Waverley that has lots of gorgeous natural light. We are also surrounded by beautiful nature reserves that are perfect for outdoor family sessions.
I love photographing people and creating meaningful art that speaks of who they are and who they love. Being photographed can be daunting for some and that is why I offer a full service, personalised photographic experience guiding you every step of the way from designing your session through to helping you decide how to present your photographic artwork. I will take care of all the details so you can relax and enjoy your experience. Whether it be a canvas grouping, a series of single pieces on the wall, folio box or album, everyone has a story that deserves to be told and remembered in a timeless way.
Life is fleeting and change is constant so there is never really a right time to be photographed. Photographs say so much and are a wonderful way to celebrate our lives and bring us back to what matters most.
I also offer Personal Branding photography for entrepreneurs helping them take their business to the next level with visual marketing that communicates to their audience what their business is all about.
Whether it's for personal or professional reasons you need photography, please fill out the form below so we can connect and start creating!
“I can't recommend Melissa highly enough.”
I had to get a corporate headshot done in a hurry, not only did she fit me in on very short notice, organise a makeup artist and no doubt move her life around, she did an amazing job. I am super awkward in front of cameras and Melissa has a way that just makes you relax and work with her to get the best shots. I definitely hope to work with Melissa again.
— Sharon L.
“Mel did an amazing job on our family photo shoot.”
As a surprise for our parents, we had the three generations together, so all up ten adults and five kids under 3! Wrangling the kids was quite crazy, but Mel was able to produce some truly beautiful photos, and we all had a great morning. Lots of laughs and no tantrums! Thanks Mel for capturing (and helping us create) such beautiful memories.
— Karen J.
Melissa has just created a suite of product images for my business Confidant. Its a tricky product to showcase (feminine hygiene) in an online store and her images are exceptional. Just as importantly she was efficient in delivery and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend her to any business needing product images for their eCommerce sites.
— Aasha Venning, Confidant
“Thank you for your beautiful work at Zara's birthday party.”
You're diligence and professionalism is reflected in your work. We've had so many beautiful comments about both you and the photos. I'll definitely recommend Melissa and will definitely be using her again!
— Tamara D.
“Thanks for capturing my Mum's special day.”
Photographs are incredible! Melissa is very professional and friendly. Melissa Martinis one AMAZING photographer! — Shalin S.