Maternity Photography Perth | Affordable Baby Newborn Photographer Perth
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My name is Mel, I’m the Photographic Artist and creator of Melissa Sheed Photography and have been capturing gorgeous memories for Perth families since late 2008.
I am an Internationally and Nationally award winning Newborn, Maternity and Family Photographer in Perth, Western Australia. My creative and colourful work is featured across numerous websites, blogs and publications as a source of inspiration and awe.
My art, (including rarely shared Birth photography), features in leading Perth Hospitals, OBGYN clinics and in online Community midwifery publications.
With numerous international mentoring trips and destination commissions I have photographed over 1500 newborns since opening my business.
Our family portraits above thanks to Erin Elizabeth in 2014
I am a Mum to three absolutely amazing children (pictured below eldest to youngest – Nicholas, Lorelei and Atticus), wife to a Carlton supporter and have a love for all things great and small. I am a perfectionist and love adventure, travel and discovery new and interesting experiences. Whilst juggling two extremely busy family businesses plus a very hectic family life is challenging, it brings me great happiness in sharing my creativity and creating wonderful memories for so many Perth families.
I started my business shortly after my daughter Lorelei, was born. At the time I had being working in the pharmaceutical industry for over 11 years, from community pharmacy to travelling over Australia as a drug representative. I discovered that my passion with the camera was somewhat of a hidden talent, so I have been nurturing it ever since.
My specialities are:
*Babies and Toddlers
*Families with small children
I offer private home studio sessions for Maternity, Newborn, Infant (3-6months), Baby’s 1st Birthday Cake smash sessions.
Outdoor Sunset sessions are available selectively for Pregnancies and Families of toddlers and small children at locations such as the Beach or the Cherry Blossom/Persimmon Orchard.
Exclusive packages available for Hospital deliveries and Homebirths.
Christenings and Baptisms for existing/previous clients only POA.
*Clients will be carefully selected for the limited session placements on offer in 2019*
After experiencing some unexpected and unfortunately ongoing blows to my health since the end of 2017 I’ve really struggled both physically and mentally to maintain the level of customer service and communication which I found very easily to do. Not wanting to compromise my art on top of it all I’ve been in an endless situation of one step forward and three steps backwards whilst trying to service pre-existing bookings and the ever mounting workload which I was simply unable to deal with. Without staff or the ability to outsource my galleries due to both OCD and not trusting off-shore retouching services (not prepared to risk my clients images on untoward websites) and unwilling to teach someone ‘how’ I make my images look so beautiful I essentially backed myself into a corner.
The fact of the matter was I did not expect nearly 12 months on to be still struggling with my health, had I known I would have been firm and cancelled booked sessions to focus on getting out galleries. It took me six months to clear my bookings as clients understandably so were reluctant at the time to choose another photographer – gallery turn around went from the normal 3months to 6months+ while I lay in bed fighting numerous auto-immune diseases – supposedly caused by my 2016 breast implants. My thyroid is what is causing the worst of my problems as it’s in turn affecting every other part of my endocrine system.
When I should have been focusing on my health I was trapped in this cycle of trying to keep up appearances – all the while I’m just getting more exhausted, more sick, more drained. It was not surprising that the next obstacles in my declining health were to be depression, anxiety and shamefully self harm in the form of suicide attempts.
I was not getting the medical help my thousands of dollars was spending trying to find what was wrong with me. Doctors and specialists, 6 weekly blood tests, x-rays, ultrasounds, radioactive re-uptakes, numerous tests for hormonal imbalances, genetic screening, expensive urine and hair analysis for Toxic heavy metals. 16kg weight gains, hair drastically greying and falling out.. Antibodies climbing and still without an official diagnosis some 7 months on – but apparently having everything the doctors were testing me for. Life outside this medical bubble did not stop, if anything the pace got to fast I literally checked myself out completely. I cannot reply to the mounting emails as I literally have a panic attack.
I had clients wondering where their gallery was at, family wondering where ‘I’ was at, and friends became a faded memory. Anything outside my husband, three kids, cat, and dog became insignificant, ‘I’ was not even on my own list of importance. Trying to sit at the computer to work on galleries I couldn’t even get through half a dozen images before my body was fatigued and sore. Who was this person I’d transformed into and why? No -one could tell me.
Without answers myself it was hard then to explain to others ‘what is wrong’, obvious frustrations were mounting all around which wasn’t helping my current mental health. The appalling abuse I have received by a select few clients was honestly my rock-bottom. I’m a deeply sensitive and passionate person, I want my clients to have what they see on my website – to me the final product is what matters and any delay experienced should be forgiven under the circumstances. Not all agree it seems, despite opportunities given to ease my burden and get selected galleries retouched elsewhere I was subjected to what I liken to school yard bullying by grown adults. Harassment, hurtful attacks on social media, grossly exaggerated, slanderous, malicious comments and reviews often written under fake names or hidden alias.
Disgusting and shocking don’t even describe the rage I experienced for the attempts to publicly humiliate and belittle me. The only thing I can control 100% right now is the quality of the work that leaves this computer and look at the appreciation that gets – I’d hate to experience the backlash should I have half hearted the final product like every other photographer in Perth!
I am creating once in a lifetime portraits which will be adored for years, so to me it’s quite shocking to see how the industry has taken such a nose-dive over the years due to the trend of social media and the current generations expectations of needing everything yesterday and not actually adopting any patience which ironically is the very first lesson of being a parent.
These ‘faults’ in my business are not something which I believe will change in the near future, in fact I do not see them as faults at all, I will always continue to put quality before instantaneous delivery – period.
I will admit that I am completely old school and refuse to bend to these unrealistic social ideologies and this is why I mentioned above that new clients will be ‘selected’ for the available session placements. These clients who book with me will expect long waits for their completed gallery, (if this is a foreseeable problem it is recommended to enquire elsewhere as I do not compromise the end result) – I spend 1-2 hours PER image all hand retouched by myself.
I’m internationally known for my beautiful images, and shoddy communication. Past and repeat clients can confirm that final gallery turn around is much much slower than anyone else in Perth this is true – but they also can vouch that they did not find a comparable match to my work – there isn’t anyone better.
I have a gift which I love to share but sadly this will only be for the right people.
The majority of 2018 I have not worked – only booking what was needed to cover our children’s annual tuition. 2018 has taught me a lot about the ‘type’ of families I wish to engage business with – or should I be more specific – have the privilege of hiring me to have my artwork on their walls. I mean c’mon it doesn’t seem right for me to pour my heart into my craft and deliver a stunning gallery only to be harshly criticised because patience and empathy does not exist?
My ongoing struggles with my health over 2018 have left me dealing with serious psychological conflicts solely created (and then further escalated) by some really nasty clientele – all because their ‘wants’ and expectations out-weighed my absolute ‘need’ for solace and recovery.
Whilst I may be over-sharing or sounding completely bitter and in need of a career change the fact of the matter is I should be allowed to bring to light the way I have been bullied and ‘gas-lighted’ by these keyboard warriors. Where friends or mother’s group/D.I.G.s have all booked together I would often experience them ganging together in their harassment even after multiple updates had been provided. I’m more saddened than anything that when I needed ‘grace’ I was not granted it.
I’m hoping to open bookings for mid Feb 2019 once our children return to school but my tolerance for behaviour previously endured has changed significantly.
At the end of the day I’ve acknowledged that whilst trying to appease everyone I seemingly made no-one happy. I admit I was doing things backwards… my health and family should have came before sharing my craft to undeserving families who bullied me at my lowest and tried to ruin my outstanding 10 year reputation.
I am a one man (lady) show where I do all the work – website/blog, social media, emails, appointments, photography, editing/retouching, gallery delivery, prop sourcing/making, laundry (there’s a lot trust me!) – without any real appreciation of the sleepless nights ( I literally only get to bed every third night) and countless hours invested into each and every client gallery.
moving forward into 2019 photography sessions will be allocated to families who acknowledge and understand their portrait agreements/contracts, know that ‘for now’ I still have gallery delays which will very likely blow your mind but you will get more than your monies worth for a kick-ass gallery and portraits to make anyone envious. For those who have read this far and think ‘is she for real?’ then already it’s clear we are ‘not a good fit’ and my no bullshit policy and strict business model will likely make no sense to you also. My limited communication (especially when repeatedly emailed the same questions eg. ‘when do you think my images will be ready’) and my extremely long gallery wait periods will make you one of those red flag client’s I wish to disengage from in 2019. I would recommend going on Gumtree or one of those Facebook buy/sell groups and paying a cheap entry level photographer who is able to snap together your ‘pictures’ within a two week window.
In all seriousness – only empathic, intelligent, caring and beautiful souls welcomed to enquire!
Thank you to my husband of 14 years (partner of 19 years) who has been the grounding ‘constant’ in my life. Who has always supported, encouraged, loved and believed in me. My three little muses, my children who were my mini models as I taught myself the ropes all those years ago, and now just have to put up with the impromptu photo session. Love especially to my Grandfather in heaven above who put the very first camera in my hands – look I’m touching those stars now Pop <3
I am so grateful to have also met the most amazing clients over the last ten years, your love and support especially over 2018 has been both comforting and soul enriching – especially during those darkest days. Thank you so much for sharing your precious babies with me, and thank you so much for your ongoing referrals.
If you would like to make a booking (especially after reading the above!) then please feel free to complete the Contact form on this website, or email me at email@example.com
*Emails are checked very infrequently especially during busy seasons so I do recommend enquiring at the beginning of your pregnancy*
My signature Fine Art Designs are creative and whimsical.
They are a fun additional to an overall strongly timeless and elegant final gallery.
Australia’s most recognised Pregnancy and Newborn Photographer Perth
Melissa Sheed Photography currently specialises in Perth pregnancy photography, Newborn Photographer Perth, maternity photographer Perth, birth photographer Perth, newborn baby photography, Perth baby photography, cake smash photographer, toddler photography and young children and family photography in Perth, Western Australia.
Affordable Newborn Photographer Perth
Offering timeless and elegant portraits of expectant mothers in her private studio or at one of Perth’s beautiful beach sunset locations. Sessions are held anywhere between 32-36 weeks pregnant. You can choose to include your partner or siblings it’s up to you. Melissa loves creating stunning images for you to reflect on the miracle of your pregnancy. Melissa supplies a large range of maternity dresses, gowns, wraps/drapes for you to wear. Sessions include high-resolution digital jpegs for you to print as you please. Images from this session are retouched and delivered in colour and black&white.
Birth photographer Perth
Melissa is one of a few affordable photographers in Perth who offer to capture the most amazing, incredible and memorable time in your life – the moment your baby enters this world earth-side! She offers an EXCLUSIVE birth package! Birth package includes your entire birth story in high-resolution digital jpegs for you to print as you please. Images are colour corrected and digitally enhance but not retouched, images are delivered in colour and black & white and where possible videos snippets from the day are included also. If you are interested be sure to contact her firstname.lastname@example.org as she is only able to offer this service to a select few clients each month.
Newborn photography Perth
She is the most recognised newborn baby specialist in Perth.
Her work is highly sort after and as a result her sessions book out months in advance with only the odd availability due to babies arriving early/late. To book your newborn photos with her it is strongly advised to contact her AS SOON as you are pregnant to reserve a booking using your due date as a guide. Sessions fill up fast and babies are best photographed between 10-16 days old. Newborn sessions are all inclusive with everything required on the day supplied by Melissa – includes the use of a large range of internationally sourced vintage and organic props, outfits, headbands, backdrops, fabrics, textiles, wraps, swaddles, blankets. Sessions include high-resolution digital jpegs for you to print as you please.Images from this session are retouched and delivered in colour and black&white. Images from this session are retouched and delivered in colour and black&white.
Don’t miss your chance at having Melissa capture gorgeous timeless and creative newborn baby and Family portraits because you have left it to the last minute.
Newborn twin photography Perth
I am always on the lookout for pregnant expecting mums of multiples. I’m currently offering a complimentary studio ‘mini’ maternity session to capture your pregnancy with any booked twin/multiple newborn photography session. Your twin or multiple newborn session is especially designed to allow for the extra attention that is needed for working with more than one newborn. The longer session is focused on capturing your twins/triplets/multiples individually and together! Sessions include all props, backdrops, wraps, accessories. It is advised to have your photography session within the first week of bringing babies home. Sessions are baby focused with optional parent/sibling/family photographs, the session fee includes high-resolution digital jpegs for you to print as you please. Images from this session are retouched and delivered in colour and black&white.
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Baby Photography Perth
I photograph babies of ALL ages! If you happened to miss the newborn stage but still wished to have your baby’s photograph taken I offer sessions for babies aged 3 months, 6 months, 9 months. Why not capture those precious milestones with a photo shoot to remember it by! Sessions are baby focused with optional parent portraits, session fee includes high-resolution digital jpegs for you to print as you please.
Cake smash photographer Perth
Ever thought about what to do for your baby’s 1st birthday? Why not a custom cake smash?! These sessions are super fun to set up and even better to watch unfold!
I supply the decorations – balloons, tissue paper pom poms – honeycomb balls, giant number ‘1’ prop, a giant cupcake smash cake (or you may wish to supply your own themed cake).
A mini claw-foot bath prop may be used for some clean up bath pictures at the end.
Custom milestone board is offered upon request. This features all your little ones details (current height/weight, words they can say, favourite food/toys/activities etc). Sessions are baby focused in the cake smash theme.
The session fee includes high-resolution colour digital jpegs for you to print as you please.
Melissa Sheed Photography is based 20 minutes SOR from Perth City, Aubin Grove, 6164.
Pregnancy and Newborn Baby Photographer Perth
To book your next custom photography session contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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