Gill Cook Photography Head shot

Hi, I'm Gill

I'm a Lifestyle Photographer based in Melbourne, specialising in Family, Newborn and Personal Branding Photography

As a mama I know how important the details are to you and that it’s not just about documenting you family’s growth but about capturing the feeling and emotions of the current season of life you’re in.

 

Lifestyle (or natural style) photography is about capturing you at your best in the most relaxed and authentic way.

I use the natural light available and keep my equipment super minimal – my camera, a couple lenses and a blanket.

 

I guide you through every step of the way and ensure what I capture is unique and reflects the beauty of you and your family. You come away with a full digital gallery of images that showcases your family’s beautiful story.

 

In 2020 I launched personal branding sessions for my fellow mamas in business. These include contemporary lifestyle headshots, behind the scenes images and styled lifestyle product photography.

You bring your ideas, needs and products and I bring my creative talent to create a truly personalised library of unique stock images for your brand.

 

As a fellow small business owner I know just how hard it is to juggle everything that comes with managing a business from marketing to budgeting to just trying to do what it is you wanted to do in the first place.

Personal branding photography is one of the most crucial elements of your brand, keeping it looking truly professional as well as consistent across all platforms from print collateral to social media content.

 

My Love for Photography

I've been capturing my own family’s story since 2016 and other families since 2018 and I feel so blessed and truly honoured to be capturing these moments for you, your family and your business.

I love every aspect of the process of lifestyle photography - from capturing the session with you, the editing process afterwards and of course seeing satisfied and happy clients who become more like friends.

Photography allows me to be creative and challenges me in so many ways – from mastering the technical aspects, envisioning an image and then bringing them to life based on your heartfelt moments.

 

Thank you for trusting me to capture this moment in your life.

Lifestyle Head shot of mother holding daughter

A little more about me...

 

Here are a couple things about me (and I can’t wait to get to know you better too):

 

  • My hubby and I got married in 2011 and we have a four-year-old daughter (aka The Queen of Sass). 

 

  • We all moved to Melbourne with our two cute (and at the same time very annoying) cats in 2017 from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Why are my cats annoying? Well for one, vet bills and two, my cats are very much like dogs and follow me around when I’m walking close to home - they're giving me the crazy cat lady rep in the neighborhood!

  • Before pursuing my photography career I worked as a medical scientist in cancer genetics. Sometimes I miss the lab but most days I’m truly thankful for the opportunity to pursue the career of my dreams.

  • I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched all ten seasons of friends and I often find myself relating real-life moments back to ‘that one episode in friends where they…’ 

I know I’m not alone in this!

  • Emigrating and saying goodbye to friends and family in South Africa was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in my life. But after almost three years in Melbourne I feel blessed to say that my heart now has two homes.

  • Every year I invest in numerous courses and education in photography from creative masters in the field of photography.

I'm currently a member of Elena S Blair's Education Connection (she is the Queen of Lifestyle Photography).

In 2021 I plan to add family films (videography) to my repertoire of services on offer and I'm currently a ‘filming lifer’ over at the filming life academy.

I've completed numerous courses in photography and business marketing over at CreativeLive

Resources for you

Mamas, Want to take better photos of your children?

Check out my free guide

Business Mamas, need to improve your social media look?

Check out the Instagram templates I've designed for you (customise in Canva) 

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