Mel Hill Photography

5.0  ( 49 reviews ) · Canberra and surrounding areas · Show Phone
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Creative, qualified and fun. Capturing amazing images of your wedding day to treasure.

Mel and Michael: We're married, madly in love, and have two beautiful babies.  We're also Canberra wedding photographers, each with slightly different photographic styles, and you can have either one of us, or both!

Will you travel...?  You betcha!   Although based in Canberra, we've captured weddings all over the country, and love packing the car for a road trip.  Whether your wedding is in the Snowy Mountains, South Coast, Southern Highlands or further away we'd love to hear from you!

Packages contain

Your choice of one or two photographers on the day to capture as much detail as possible, along with all those unexpected shots.

Creatively edited, high resolution, ready-to-print images, all in stunning colour, plus a selection in black & white.

An additional copy of all images, appropriately resized for sharing via email and social media.

Online gallery (with high resolution downloads) to share with family and friends.

Wedding packages start at $3,200 - use the contact form and we'll send you a price list and info about engagement sessions and the PHOTOBOOTH!


We're Michael and Mel, We're married, madly in love, and have two beautiful babies. We're also Canberra wedding photographers, each with slightly different photographic styles, and you can have either one of us, or both!

Mel Hill and Michael Conlin


Easy Weddings Special Offer

Wedding album special offer

We firmly believe that the story of your wedding day is best told in an album so we have put this incredible offer together - purchase one of our beautiful albums before your wedding day and receive a $600 discount on a 10x10 album with 40 pages included!

Our albums are Australian made by professional bookbinders who take immense pride in their craft.  Available in 3 sizes with 39 different cover choices, beautiful cotton pages and a lay flat design, be sure to add one to your wedding package!

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We also have an amazing photobooth which is sure to keep your guests entertained and memories captured well into the night, please inquire with us for our special pricing when booking your wedding with us.

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Yes we do! Michael and I are a husband and wife team and we love to work together for weddings!

It helps us capture all the amazing details and we can bounce off each other to get more great ideas and images!

YES!!! You guys having a USB of all of your images is really important to us!

It is your day, you should have all of your images to hold onto and enjoy! That is why all of our packages include a USB with all of your high resolution images, professionally edited and processed, ready to print! 


Michael and I LOOOOOOOOVVVE it when our couples contact us to create an album! We have the most amazing array of albums which you can see first hand in the studio!  Elegantly designed and printed by a professional Australian bookmaker, we work with you to design them from the beginning stages to give you a perfect, unique album that best tells your story.


Available in three colours - Black, White, and Oak - all frames come in a range of sizes, so you can choose the option that best suits your home. A framed photo or gallery design makes the perfect statement piece for you to display proudly.


Canvas prints are a more textural printing option, and make fantastic standalone pieces for a wall, or can be combined with multiple images for a gorgeous display in your home! They come with a 75 year warranty against fading, and are covered with an accidental damage guarantee - thats right, one FREE replacement in it's lifetime!

Wood prints

Our wood prints are a stylish alternative to regular prints, and make great features whether it be for a desk print, decorating kids rooms, or adorning your living room. Available in a range of sizes and shapes, these Australian made wood prints will look great in any location.

49 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

May 2024

Words cannot express how obsessed I am with my wedding photos! ❤️ Michael made my husband, 2 kids and I feel very comfortable when taking our photos for such a special day! He was so patient with the girls. Michael asked us what particular photos we wanted first and then just did his magic after that! I would recommend Mel Hill Photography for any special occasion 😍

Rebecca R.

October 2023

We used this Photo Booth for our September wedding and it was AMAZING. The quality of the pictures, the service, the communication throughout the planning stage were all top-notch and the guests loved having the photo link on their phones! Could not recommend this service more highly!

Holly H.

November 2022

Engaging with Michael and Mel for our wedding day photography had been the best decision! Michael essentially guided us through planning the day when we enquired with them, not knowing where to start at all. It has been a pleasure communicating with the team. Michael and Mel even rang me the day before to check in, before I got the chance to do so - the professionalism really impressed me. Our wedding day was so enjoyable as well. They made us and our guests feel so relaxed with the photos and helped us controlled our time well. I would most definitely recommend them as wedding photographers!

Yuh-Lin G.

August 2022

We had a COVID elopment and they went above and beyond to make our wedding feel extra special, and to ensure that we could share our day with our family in lockdown. Mel and Michael are outstanding photographers and we love our wedding photos.

Caitlin S.

August 2022

Mel helped us last minute when our original photographer came down with Covid. She was a pleasure to work with and had many great ideas for photos. The photos we received captured the magic and joy of the night. Highly recommend.

Joshua B.

Expert Advice

expert advice

As a wedding professional, Mel Hill Photography offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

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Do wedding photographers generally do one style best?

Starting to look at wedding photographers and wondered whether they generally have a signature style that they do best or if we can show them inspiration and they can emulate it?

Mel Hill Photography

Most professional wedding photographers do have a signature style or a few styles that they are particularly good at. This style is often evident in the portfolio of work they showcase on their websites or other platforms. Some photographers excel in a photojournalistic style, capturing candid moments in an unobtrusive way. Others may prefer a more traditional or posed style, focusing on classic shots and group photos. There are also those who specialize in a fine art approach, creating images with a strong artistic vision and emphasis on lighting, composition, and mood.

If you're considering a specific wedding photographer, it's important to look at their portfolio and see if their style aligns with what you're envisioning for your wedding photos. This will give you a better idea of their strengths and the kind of photos you can expect from them.

While many photographers are versatile and able to adapt to different styles, they are likely to produce their best work in the style that they're most comfortable with and experienced in. If you show them inspiration photos that are significantly different from their usual style, they may or may not be able to emulate it to your satisfaction.

Therefore, it's recommended to find a photographer whose existing work resonates with your vision. During your initial consultation, you can certainly bring up any specific ideas or inspiration you have, and a good photographer should be able to tell you honestly whether they can accommodate those requests or not.

Remember that wedding photography is a significant investment, and you'll likely be happier with the results if you hire someone whose natural style you love.


Should we have a first look?

Hi there. I can see lots of couples are having first looks. Is the first look a good idea? What's the best part about having a first look and what would be a reason not to do it, from a photography perspective? Thanks!

Mel Hill Photography

Whether or not you should have a "first look" – a moment where you and your partner see each other before the ceremony – is entirely up to you and your partner's personal preferences and the logistics of your wedding day. There are pros and cons to consider for both scenarios.

Pros of a First Look:

  1. Ease Nerves: Seeing each other before the ceremony can help calm any pre-wedding jitters. It can be a private moment to reconnect before the whirlwind of the day.
  2. More Photos: You can capture a wider range of photos before the ceremony, including reaction shots, couple portraits, and possibly even wedding party and family photos.
  3. More Time Post-Ceremony: If you've taken care of most of your photos pre-ceremony, you can move straight to your reception after the ceremony, giving you more time to enjoy your party.

Cons of a First Look:

  1. Tradition: If you or your families have strong feelings about the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony, a first look might not be the right choice for you.
  2. Rushing Pre-Ceremony: Depending on the timing of your day, a first look can mean an earlier start to your wedding day schedule, which might feel rushed.
  3. Less Emotion at the Ceremony: Some people feel that a first look can take away from the emotional impact of seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony.

Ultimately, there's no right or wrong answer here. You should discuss this with your partner and consider what will work best for the two of you on your wedding day. If you decide to do a first look, make sure to inform your photographer in advance so they can plan the shooting schedule accordingly.


How to tactfully ask guests not to post any of our wedding photos to socials

What's the best way to handle this request? We really don't want any of our photos shown on social media before we get a chance to do it ourselves. Is this something to include as early as the invitations? Or wait to the ceremony?

Mel Hill Photography

While it's natural to want to share a happy moment like a wedding on social media, it's also entirely understandable if you'd prefer to keep your special day private or if you'd like to be the first to share your wedding photos online. Here are a few tactful ways you can request this of your guests:

  1. Wedding Invitations or Wedding Website: Add a brief note in your wedding invitations or on your wedding website politely asking guests to refrain from posting any photos from your wedding on social media. You could phrase it like this: "We're so excited to share our special day with you. As a personal favor, we're asking that you help us keep our wedding off social media. We can't wait to celebrate with you in person!"
  2. Signage at the Wedding: Consider placing tasteful signs at the entrance or around your venue with a gentle reminder not to post photos on social media.
  3. Announcement at the Ceremony/Reception: Have your officiant or emcee announce it at the beginning of the ceremony or reception. They could say something like: "The happy couple kindly requests that all photos taken today remain private. They appreciate your understanding and cooperation."
  4. Wedding Program: Include a note in your wedding program, if you're having one, with your request.

Remember, it's your day, and it's okay to have requests. Most guests will be understanding and will respect your wishes once they're aware of them. Just be sure to communicate your wishes in a friendly and polite way.

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