Inside  ~  Earthside


Can anything prepare you for the love of a baby? A previous baby, perhaps. And then you wonder, will I have enough love for the second … or third?

You will – trust me! You are an infinite well of love. I have four children aged five years to eighteen, and I still swoon for every one of them. Every. Single. Day.

When my babies were new, I remember how those first weeks flashed by! All the details – the weight of a newborn in my arms, their breath against my cheek, and the way their tiny fingers wrapped around mine – I desperately wanted to remember it all. But life with a newborn is chaos. All those moments I wanted to hang on to forever were racing past me.

Then I noticed something. When I looked at a photograph, I could instantly recall the emotion I felt when it was taken. I realised there was a way to capture that dizzying, all-consuming love.

And that’s where my journey to maternity and newborn photography began. I am an artist, and a pleaser at heart. I express my emotions through my work, and seeing the joy it brings parents is what gets me out of bed every day. The photographs I capture are unique and real, because babies are perfect just the way they are – they don’t need fancy props or unnatural poses.

I’ve been a newborn photographer for nine years now, and have been awarded a silver distinction award for my newborn photography by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. I live in Wollongong on the NSW South Coast, and would love to find an old house to renovate someday. Training as a midwife is also on my bucket list. My perfect day begins with coffee and Netflix in bed. It involves family, books, movies and long drives, and ends with a bowl of pasta, my husband by my side and all our babies under our roof.

I’m so glad you stopped by to hear my story. I’d love to hear yours. Let’s connect!


Melanie X