We love sharing these personal profiles of our favourite Australian professional photographers! Find out all about the person behind the lens in our Q&A series.
Melanie Williams Photography, Perth
How did you get started as a photographer?
I have been doing photography since my childhood. Back in the days I would spent all my pocket money on developing negatives. In my 20’s I used to travel a lot and my camera would be always close by. I started off with my photography business 8 years ago.
What did life look like before photography?
I used to work in hotel management and hospitality back in Germany. This job gave me the flexibility of travelling the world for many years. Hence I ended up here in beautiful Perth.
Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …
Dropping kids off at school. Checking my email quickly. Traveling to my clients home. 3-5 hour Newborn session shoot (Depending on baby). Packing up. Travelling home. Unloading. Washing the props. Picking kids up from school. Editing, Editing, Editing…
If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Newborns and Puppies
What is the best thing about your job?
Creating memories for my clients they can cherish forever and providing them with heirloom products and artwork they can pass on to their children one day.
Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …
We photographers may spend 15% behind the lens. The rest of the time we spent in front of the computer editing, and keeping up with emails, quotes, marketing, website, social media and taxes.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
I would be an artist, painting.
Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?
I would build a studio in the backyard, so I can offer my clients a studio service as well as travelling to their homes.
If you could photograph someone famous, who would it be and why?
It has to be his Holiness the Dalai Lama. Being the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people he is committed to promoting basic human values, fostering inter-religious harmony. I have always been drawn to him.