Q&A with Miranda Mayle Photography, Melbourne Brand Photographer

Our Q&A series are a fun and fantastic way to find out more about the life behind the lens. We hope you enjoy this photographer feature today on the blog.

Miranda Mayle Photography, Mornington Peninsula Victoria

How did you get started as a photographer?

I used to assist for my wedding photographer husband who on occasion handed me a camera to photograph a second perspective during the ceremony or reception. He then gifted me a camera of my own and the rest as they say, is history!

What did life look like before photography?

Life before photography involved a long commute, a snazzy office cubicle and the title of IT Consultant.

Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …

The perfect day involves packing the car to head out to an on location shoot for a small business owner who has an amazing story to tell. I re-read through all the planning documentation and make sure I’ve got the shots sorted in my mind before I leave. We have a blast creating a plethora of photographs with headshots, action shots, lifestyle shots, detail shots, product shots – all the shots to ensure they can update the website, update profile pictures everywhere and keep social media fresh for a couple of months. I make them feel relaxed and supported (plus I have a no fake smiles policy!) so we create gorgeous, authentic photographs. When possible I love to jump straight into the editing and deliver my online gallery ASAP.

Do you have a special story to share?

I always find it hilarious when I show a client the back of the camera and they’re surprised by how good they look. I always thank them for the gamble they took when hiring me!!

On a more serious note – I work with The Babes Project monthly. These guys do some amazing work and I am so grateful I get to help tell their story regularly. It’s always a frantic, fun and kinda unpredictable morning full of beautiful mamas to be, new mums and cute kids. It feels amazing to be able to contribute to an organisation doing amazing things in the community.

If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

People. We’ll go to an animal sanctuary and I’ll end up photographing the family not the animals.

What is the best thing about your job?

That moment when the client sees a photograph of themselves and they don’t cringe – it’s the opposite, they actually really like how they look and their confidence just grows. And I’m not a retoucher so these photos show them as they truly are. Aka when I show them how the rest of the world sees them and help them tell their inner critic to buzz off!

Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …

The cliche just having a “good” camera doesn’t make you a professional photographer comes to mind. But hilariously I take really bad photos on my phone! Or for me, every hour of shooting takes two to three hours to edit.

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?

I guess I’d be back at the IT cubicle coding my heart out and missing my child growing up…

Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?

I would invest in some marketing automations so I could dedicate all my time to the taking and editing of photos.

If you could photograph someone famous, who would it be and why?

Nobody springs to mind but I know it would be more of a behind the scenes, follow them around for a day documentary style of photography versus a big budget studio shoot. I would want to capture and share the ordinary and the mundane because they are still memorable moments in time.









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