Couple sharing a kiss under cactuses at an cactus country Australian Elopement



Elopement couple kissing at their terracotta themed ceremony at the Farm yarra valley, Australian Elopement

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An Australian Intimate Wedding & Elopement Photographer...

Most couples reflect on their wedding day wishing they had spent more time focused on the person they were marrying. Mel captures intimate experiences that encourage unapologetic moments, resulting in lifelong imagery rooted in significance.

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Meet The Photographer

An intimate wedding & elopement photographer based out of Victoria, Australia. Travelling worldwide.

Hey, I'm Mel! Photographing people as their authentic selves, my heartfelt passion is for you to be free in front of the camera, so you can feel the emotion in your photos for decades to come.

I'm not caught up in perfect flicks. I'm here for the messy love, the belly laughs or getting tossed over the shoulder. I'm here for the YOU that shows up when you are in your favourite place which is why I will travel anywhere, because meaning is my muse.

I thrive on an abundance of tea, mountain sunsets, beach sunrises, spontaneous adventures and finding new places. I'm here to be your friend and create meaningful memories for you to treasure forever.

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Australian Elopement

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Australian Intimate Wedding Elopement Photographer

Elopement couple kissing at their terracotta themed ceremony at the Farm yarra valley, Australian Elopement
Couple sharing a kiss under cactuses at an cactus country Australian Elopement
Elopement couple having a champagne pop excitedly during their portraits at the Farm Yarra Valley, Australian Elopement


Travel Dates

I'll travel far and wide for your love, but here are a few of my current travel dates. Book me in for your elopement or couple session while I am in these locations, and you'll pay no travel fees.


19th-21st November 2021

Blue Mountains

29th of Nov - 2nd Dec 2021

Mt Hotham

22-24th October 2021


17th Jan-7th Feb 2022

Gold Coast/Northern NSW

March 3rd-11th 2022


Eugenio + Zoe

Abi + Tom

Wedding couple sitting down and snuggled up in golden wheat fields at Zonzo Estate, Yarra Valley Wedding

"Mel is an outstanding photographer, as friendly as she is professional. We chose a rather unconventional spot for our elopement and had to face some last-minute changes on schedule due to unfavourable weather conditions; she remained enthusiastic and supportive throughout it all and you can tell she loves what she does.

Thanks to her fun and informal approach we all but forgot we were being photographed, which makes the shots that much more natural and special, and I know that years from now we will still be looking at them with a warm smile of gratitude. Highly recommended."

"My fiancé and I recently did an airbnb session and we were not disappointed! From the moment we booked with Mel, her love and passion for what she does shone through. She took the time before our session to get to know us personally and personalised the shoot to us which made it so much more meaningful. My partner Tom can get a bit camera shy but Mel made us both feel so comfortable and confident which resulted in natural candid photos. We’re so happy and excited she will be part in capturing our wedding day later this year!"

Couple dancing at sunset on flinders cliffs in Mornington for engagement session

Miracle + Leah

wife leaning against husband in post elopement ceremony portraits at St Kilda Botanical Gardens

Friedi + Tom

Couple, girl getting picked up by boyfriend along the black rock beach at sunset, Melbourne Engagement Session

"We were so nervous for this shoot but Mel made us feel at ease from the very beginning! She made effort to get to know us before the shoot and made sure we found a location/setting that represented US. From outfit ideas, buying us umbrellas (Melbourne weather) and getting us to do activities while she was taking photos, we felt so comfortable and loved our time with her. AND the photos were amazing! So much more than we could have ever wanted. She is truly gifted at what she does and would love for her to take photos for us again!"

"Our experience was crazy fun, from the beginning to the end Mel has the gift to not just take good photos but understands the soul, through good conversation & amazing presence. Making those who feel uncomfortable or if it’s just their first time she is able to bring out the best of them in photos, I highly recommend her."

"I highly recommend booking a professional photographer for your wedding and valuing those artists work, such as Mel, She was amazing at capturing our day and being so well organised with details leading up to it, she thought of absolutely everything meaning we were able to fully enjoy the day, knowing she would be capturing beautiful shots. The same was with the engagement shoot she did for us, her style is absolutely dreamy and I love that we can keep these memories forever."

"I’m not the photographer for you if you want to pay me and then not hear from me until your wedding. I will be fully and wholly invested because you deserve memories that reflect you."

What does it look like to work with me?





I come and shoot your incredible wedding or elopement, send you a sneak peek within a week and have your final gallery to you within 6-8 weeks!

We have regular check ups along the way, I help you with your timeline and send you a wedding/elopement guide bursting with tips to help you get the best photos!

You get to re-live all your incredible memories over and over again.

It's a party!

You love my work, you want me to capture your elopement or wedding photos so you inquire with me! We have a video chat meeting and then you book me in!

Australian Intimate Wedding Elopement Photographer

"Mel puts her heart and soul into what she does and exceeded all expectations we had. I booked her for a couple shoot and both during and after the photoshoot she would surprise us with small details that made the experience so personalised and comfortable. Best money I've ever spent and would recommend her to all!"

- Gemma & Rob