10 Questions with Melanie Williams

BabyInfo Interviewed one of the most sough-after newborn, maternity & family photographer, Melanie Williams. Perth based Melanie is the founder and owner of Melanie Williams Photography.

Photographer - Melanie Williams

10 Questions with Melanie Williams

Business: Melanie Williams Photography

Location: Perth, Western Australia

Experience: 8 Years

Photography Types: Family, Maternity, Newborn

1. What kind of experience do you have as a photographer?

Hi I’m Mel.

I am an international award winning and fully accredited maternity, newborn, and family photographer capturing precious family moments for over eight years.

It brings me so much joy to know that you and your children will be able to look back and treasure these memories in the years to come.

2. What type of photography do you specialise in?

I specialise in maternity, newborn and family on-location photography as well as creating artwork such as custom framed prints, canvases, albums, portrait boxes and unique metal prints.

3. Where are you located?

I'm located in Perth, Western Australia which offers breathtaking outdoor locations and beautiful weather all year round.

Maternity and family sessions takes place outdoors. I offer a range of Maternity gowns you can choose from if you wish.

Newborn sessions take place in the comfort of your own home where I can provide different props and accessories.

4. When should clients book their photography sessions?

As soon as you have had your first doctor’s appointment and have been given your due date, then give me a call and let’s get you on the calendar!

I typically like to schedule maternity sessions somewhere between 32 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. By that time your baby belly is well defined and you don’t feel too uncomfortable.

My favourite time to photograph newborns is when they are 5-14 days new. Once I have your due date on the calendar, I will pencil-in a couple of dates on my schedule - of course, leaving ‘wiggle room,’ as babies rarely arrive on their exact due date.

5. What kind of prices and packages do you offer?

My Maternity session fee is $150, my Newborn session is $200, this includes my time taking the photos at your chosen location.

As a special, I recommend a Bump to Baby package which is valued at $300 and includes a maternity and newborn session. 

I also offer a range of beautiful wall art starting at $600 as well as Albums and Keepsake boxes starting at $900.

Digital Packages start at $900 and all include products. My products are sourced from the best labs all over Australia. 

I offer credit card payments and payment plans. There is no minimum order fee, only choose the images you love.

6. How should customers prepare for their photography sessions?

As every session and client are unique I like to have a chat prior to sessions either by phone or alternatively, invite prospective clients for a coffee - at their favourite coffee shop, to answer all of their questions in regards to preparation.

I also provide all my clients with a maternity and newborn preparation guide which includes a questionnaire about colour, props and favourite poses.

7. What should customers expect during a photography session?

Expect your maternity and newborn photography experience to be easy, relaxed, and fun. My goal with each session is to make things as seamless as possible on you. The days following a birth can be a whirlwind of activity and emotions - so think of your maternity and newborn session as a time to slow down and savour some quiet moments.

I also believe that when you hire a professional photographer, it should be someone who you connect with and feel comfortable with - so that is what I strive for. When you decide to work with me, you will receive the highest level of client care.

8. How do you ensure safety of the newborn during the session?

Baby’s safety always comes first!

I will always handle your tiny newborn with the utmost tenderness and care.
I have been trained in Newborn safety and poses. I am also fully vaccinated and insured.

9. How soon will customers be able to get their photos?

One to two weeks after the session we meet again for your gallery reveal, complimentary design consultation, and ordering appointment.  

We will enjoy viewing your images in a custom slideshow. Then I will help you narrow down your favourite portraits and guide you through the design and ordering of your preferred products. 

10. Do you have anything else you would like to tell us?

Maternity and Newborn Photos are a once in a lifetime opportunity, and an investment for the future. So it is important to choose the right photographer for your family and your needs. I believe hiring an experienced professional is the ideal way to get wonderful results.

My job goes far beyond snapping the shutter. Photography is an art; one that requires experience and lots of practice to achieve worthy results.

When you have a new baby of your own, your whole world changes. The phrase “moments are fleeting” takes on a new meaning, as you begin to understand just how fast time passes with your precious little one. Babies change and grow so quickly - especially in those early days of their life. 

Booking a maternity and/or newborn session will help you capture these moments in time - moments that you will never get back. These are more than just photographs; these are pieces of artwork for your family that will only grow in value.

I can’t wait to meet you and your family.



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