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Playful family moments, being real and connected is how we capture those beautiful candid frames.

Before we do your family shoot, I spend time getting to know you all. Helping your children feel at ease around me and getting an insight into who they are and their personalities.


We always have lots of fun on shoots. Moments unfold on their own with lots of patience, calm and play. Often, we’ll shoot in nature, at a park or a beach when kids can run free and relax.


All ideas are discussed beforehand.

Family Photography

Natural moments in natural light

I love to photographing kids and families in natural light.


Your images will be natural, fun, vivid and candid, capturing the spirits of your little people and the essence of your family.

Being a mother of two, I know how to connect with kids and get them working well with me to get the best possible result.

We are thrilled

"Mel is an amazing photographer who captured our little family so beautifully.


She is unbelievably talented at using the light to get incredible shots, and she was fantastic with encouraging our little daughter to be her smiley, playful self."

- Heather Thompson 2023

It’s hard to choose a favourite

"Mel is such a beautiful and talented lady. Her amazing personality made it such a wonderful and fun experience for our family photos.


There were so many gorgeous photos to choose from - it’s hard to choose a favourite.


Mel truly is a gem and has captured special moments that will be treasured for our lifetime"

- Hannah Pollock 2023

Greatest decision of my life

"We had a family picnic and wedding do-over at Hanging Rock. We considered not getting a photographer and just having guests take photos.


It may go down as the greatest decision of my life to hire Mel (yes, over marrying my wife again haha) her photos are INSANELY GOOD.


Out of the 400+ we got back from her, every single one we could easily frame.


- Luke Rivett 2023

macedon ranges family photographer - mel panteli


Packages start from $800 (+GST)


Two hours of shooting time, approximately 200 beautifully edited images and portraits provided in a low resolution gallery and high resolution printable format files, and five 6x8 fine art prints encased in 12x12 mattings

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