Multi Award Winning Principal Wedding Photographer and founder, Mel Chamberlain, brings a strong contemporary style of bright, well composed images. She believes in the importance of storytelling and emotion and her images have been described as ‘beautiful, expressive and honest with wonderful light’ by her mentor, George Seper, one of Australia’s leading published photographers.


Check our Portrait & Wedding Packages here. Feel free to discuss a tailor-made package to suit your preferred number of hours coverage and inclusions or select one of our three popular bundled Packages to save. Either way, we guarantee that your online gallery will be available within hours of your shoot due to our innovative portable Little Strolling Studio! We can edit on the go … at your location!


Our beautiful Photography Portfolio is available for viewing online or in-person by appointment. We invite you to book a time to meet with Mel Chamberlain to discuss your plans in detail. Book a time here online or contact us for details. Discover Mels passion for Customer Service and how she approaches each shoot in a unique way, tailored to your unique style and preference. Call Mel directly on 0411 524 227.

Hello Everyone!

Thanks for considering Gumnut Studio.

I’m Mel & I’ve been photographing awesome, beautiful families & couples since 2015. I feel so very fortunate to be able to do what I love every day.

Part of that means I get to travel a LOT, spending my time at some of the most beautiful locations across Gippsland and beyond. I also get to capture raw love & emotion whilst I’m there, which I believe is the what underpins everything in life.

My long term love of Gippsland, and for exploring the broader region, was what inspired me to set up a long term farmstay base near Cowwarr and purchase this little strolling studio in a van, launching the spin off ‘Gumnut Studio’ brand from my original brand ‘Little Studio’. Join me in this quick video for a tour of my mobile studio which I use for shooting destination Weddings and Elopements.

I love hanging out with the most gorgeous couples, along with their beautiful family & friends, joining the celebration of one of the happiest days of their lives. Read on to find out more …

Our Style

At Gumnut Studio, my style is all about supporting you guys during your shoot or on your big day… Its ALL about YOU! If you check out our testimonials you will see consistent feedback about our relaxed, calming and friendly approach (not to mention the AMAZING images and super quick turn-around time!).

For Weddings & Elopements, I know how keen our clients are to re-live their big day, and to fill in the blanks from the surreal blurry haze that follows all the excitement … so we ensure that you have your online gallery completed within three days of your wedding, along with a sneak peak within hours (internet permitting)!

I love connecting with our couples from the very beginning and making sure that you feel comfortable and in good hands. Your Wedding Photographer becomes a big part of your experience as we are right there with you for a big chunk of the day – we always remind our couples of this, to ensure we are a good fit. We will also spend time together planning and discussing your big day in detail in the months prior. I’ll share some of the key learnings I’ve seen other couples experience and suggest comfortable time allocations to help keep you relaxed and stress free on your special day; in return you will hopefully share any dreams or concerns that pop up from your side.

We are definitely not into staged awkward photography (in fact we can’t think of anything worse!) but at the same time we’re there to offer the guidance and support you need in order to feel as comfortable as possible in front of the lens.

We love spontaneity and laughter … but even more so, we love the happy tears and moments of total overwhelm that are an incredibly important part of the day.

It is true that a picture paints a thousand words, and it is equally true that Mel’s photos paint a thousand emotions. Dianna & David

Mel’s Awards

Mel was awarded number one Wedding Photographer for The Mornington & Bayside Regions in 2019 and 2020 along with multiple other awards, including a National Small Business Award from the Australian Government in 2017, which was presented in Townsville at the National Small Business Development Conference (pictured). This award was determined from a pool of 8,000 small businesses that the Government had sponsored via the NEIS program during that year and was an amazing surprise for Mel!

Based increasingly in Central Gippsland, we now focus primarily across Gippsland; we do however still offer Wedding Photography across The Mornington Peninsula, Bayside, Greater Melbourne, Dandenong Ranges & The Yarra Valley.

We have a beautiful showroom near Cowwarr and we would love to meet with you here to discuss your plans in more detail. We can browse recent albums, watch slide shows and talk about your story and plans. We are also happy to chat over the phone, skype or come to you if easier.

Either way, we look forward to speaking with you soon!

Mel Chamberlain x

Obligation Free Planning Sessions

Keen to start booking your suppliers & planning your Wedding Day Schedule … but not quite sure how much time to allow or what time to book your Suppliers (such as your Celebrant, Florist, Hair & Makeup Artists)? We can help! We offer obligation free planning sessions based on our suggested seasonal run sheet timelines. Book your free session below:

Our Wedding Collection

Below you will find a collection of some awesome Weddings that Mel’s had the honour of capturing in some stunning locations across Victoria. This will give you a good feel for our natural, fun style. Like to see even more Weddings? Please check out the YouTube channel and socials (links are in the header menu above)!

Relaxed Destination Elopement & Wedding Photography Packages

Our Little Strolling Studio brand specialises in affordable, destination style shoots – with super quick turnaround time on our Multi Award Winning Photography. This shooting style tends to be slower and more relaxed than our traditional Little Studio Brand (which is more focused on comprehensive, high volume, documentary style image capture – visit our Little Studio website here for further details). Fewer images are provided under our economical Little Strolling Studio brand, which are often edited directly after the shoot, on-location (or nearby) and provided to our clients within 12-24 hours. We have created this brand specifically for those couples looking for beautiful, meaningful memories captured in a natural, short & sweet manner. We are looking to evolve this brand increasingly into the future, encouraging couples to opt for shorter and more enjoyable capture of their big day. As opposed to more traditional Wedding Photography, often provided over to 8-12 hours with multiple photographers (feeling a bit like paparazzi!) which we feel can really detract from the day and leave couples quite exhausted and stressed… there is still strong demand for this style of capture, which is why we are maintaining our Little Studio Offering, however we hope to see increasing numbers of couples trust in us that this new modern approach will provide ample beautiful memories and capture of their special day. Many couples can find it hard not to jump at traditional (somewhat old fashioned) packages, offering multiple shooters/photographers and unlimited coverage of their big day. Sadly they don’t realise until the day how this can detract from the celebration and their guests. We have taken years of learning to continuously refine our service and to ultimately now bring you our Little Strolling Studio Brand – ultimately seeking to enhance the meaning of the day by ensuring our couples are totally natural and stress free. Our unique in-function digital Illustration service is also available as an optional extra service and provides perfect take home bomboniere for guests! Discuss a tailor made package to suit your exact service and product requirements (contact us for details) or select one of our two popular bundled Packages.

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Elopement Photography Package


Perfect for those couples planning an intimate elopement celebration... 

4 Hours Award-Winning Photography Coverage. 

Private Downloadable Gallery perfect for online sharing. 

Images generally available within 72 Hours of your Session via our Mobile Studio.

Digital Illustrations - Included

Cyrstal USB Included.

Unlimited High Resolution Images.

Retouched & Print Ready. Perfect for prints & enlargements.

No Copyright or Watermark limitations.

No Album Included. Available upon Request

Pre-Wedding Consult & Shoot Location Planning - Included

Travel Fee - Additional $0.75/km applies for distances over 60km return from Bonbeach. Venue must be easily accessible by our Mobile Studio & package includes one location only. Additional locations available by consultation.

Additional Time available - Charged at $195/hour 

Paypal Surcharge - 2.6% for Credit Card Payments

Destination Wedding Package


Designed for those couples looking to capture beautiful Wedding details... 

8 Hours Award-Winning Photography Coverage. 

Private Downloadable Gallery perfect for online sharing. 

Images generally available within 72 Hours of your Session via our Mobile Studio.

3 Digital Illustrations - Included

Crystal USB Included.

Unlimited High Resolution Images.

Retouched & Print Ready. Perfect for prints & enlargements.

No Copyright or Watermark limitations.

No Album Included. Available upon Request

Pre-Wedding Consult & Full Wedding Day Timeline Planning - Included

Travel Fee - Additional $0.75/km applies for distances over 60km return from Bonbeach. Venue must be easily accessible by our Mobile Studio & package includes one location only. Additional locations available by consultation.

Additional Time available - Charged at $195/hour

Paypal Surcharge 2.6% for Credit Card Payments

Customer Love

Mel recently did our wedding photography and exceeded all of our expectations. Mel was there for us throughout the wedding planning process offering advice along the way on anything we were unsure of. Every meeting in the lead up to the wedding was easy, Mel did everything she could to ensure we were relaxed during the stressful wedding planning period.

She went well above and beyond for us on our wedding day and captured our day so magically offering direction and suggestion from her years of experience to ensure we got the very best results for our wedding photos. We cannot thank or recommend Mel enough for anyone looking for a professional, talented, experienced, creative and most importantly kind and caring photographer who will do all that she can to make sure your day is captured perfectly.

“…Mel we have been looking at the photos non stop! You did such an amazing job we could not have asked for anything more, we knew you were perfect for us the second we met you at the bridal expo and couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome! What a magical day it was we are both so happy we had you there by our side all day! The photos are amazing and we could not have imagined our special day without you. xox”

Tristian & Megan – Keysborough Golf Club

Mel from Little Studio is fantastic!

Mel has been great since the day we met her.
She had to adapt to different dates and time changes due to COVID and kept positive with it all.

We got married on a 39 degree day which muddled up our run sheet. Mel was so professional and adaptive that she rearranged everything so we could still get all of our photos without everyone melting. I got so many compliments from my guests and bridal party about how lovely she is and how well we were all instructed to pose, as well as having a relaxed vibe to it all and not feeling like the camera was in your face all day.

The photos i received from Mel were amazing! She literally captures the most perfect photos. She kept saying to us on the day that she was after the perfect light, and when she found it we took many photos.. and now i know exactly what she meant. Every photo she took is beautiful, they have vibrant colours and some look like something out of a fairy tale.

I could not recommend Mel more, she just made this wedding so easy for me and i haven’t stopped looking at our photos xx

Keith & Nikki – Potters Receptions, Warrandyte

We are lost for words!! So in love with our pictures! You made our day so perfect for us!!!

… Eeek can’t contain the excitement! We will be spreading the word about you on socials … and far and wide when we come back to earth – loving the photos so much.

James & Carly – Flowerdale Estate

Rhys & I can’t thank you enough for being such an AMAZING and understanding photographer and for capturing the most special day of our lives! We felt comfortable with you and I know thats a huge thing for Rhys given he can barely even take a photo with me! We ADORE these life long memories you captured for us, thank you so much… I just can’t get over how amazing they have all turned out (especially the river ones). We absolutely love every single one.

Cathy & Rhys – Howqua Valley Views

“oh my gosh! The photos look amazzzzzzingggggggg! I love love love them! the paddock ones are awesome!!!! You’ve got a real talent! So special! Absolutely loving them!!” Jody

Mel was absolutely spectacular and we would 100% recommend her to every body! In the lead up to the wedding Mel was so helpful and gave us really great advice and help in planning out our day. She was incredibly easy to communicate with and her response time was great.
Mel was amazing and such a friendly person to both Joel and I, and our guests. We had multiple guests mention how lovely she was to them, making the experience even more enjoyable. For my partner Joel and I, Mel gave us the perfect amount of direction, but was so respectful and kind throughout. Mel really worked on what Joel and I wanted for our pictures on our day and was so flexible throughout to ensure she got the pictures we wanted.
She was an absolute delight to deal with and the turn around time for photos was incredible. We were so pleased with every single picture and could not fault Mel at all. She seems to really love her work and is fantastic at what she does. A real eye for photography- she’s really found her calling.
We look forward to working with Mel in the future for other events in our lives.

Joel & Jody – Churchill Island, San Remo

We love Mel so much, in one year our family has utilised her services for three weddings (and a newborn baby shoot)!

We both met Mel as part of my sister’s bridal party for her wedding in late April, and spent the whole day engaging with her. Almost immediately after, we already contemplated asking Mel to be our photographer, because of her eye for detail and thirst for the most perfect picture/s. When the photos were out we knew we had to get a hold of her as soon as possible!

We were not disappointed, not only did she make us feel comfortable on the day, the pictures she took captured our love, happiness, playfulness and carefree attitude. She is a photographer who gets to know you, your partner and you as a couple, and thus is able to capture all the beautiful moments. We will always be able to look back on our day because of Mel’s beautiful work, and be transported back to every unforgettable moment.

Everybody loved the Booth Bus, it is amazingly different to your typical Photo Booth. Everybody loved the props, the candid photos and how it captured the cheekiness and atmosphere of the occasion.

We would recommend Mel and her Booth Bus to anyone, and you would not be disappointed.

Dave & Linda – Kew Botanical Gardens

Mel is absolutely amazing. She helped us plan out our wedding day, she helped create the most amazing day and captured the most amazing photos of my now wife and I. Mel ran around all day to ensure she captured every moment of the day and then not only that, she returned the photos within days. I cannot recommend Mel/Little Studios more.

If you are on the fence about booking Mel, stop considering it and do it! She is seriously professional and if she can put my wife and I at ease throughout the day, no doubt she can help anyone!!

Mel – you are amazing and Emily and I cannot thank you enough for everything!! If we had to do it all again, we would book Mel 100 times over.

Devin & Emily – The Vines, Yarra Valley

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for being our photographer at our wedding. Steve and I absolutely adore every photo and can’t thank you enough. Thanks for making our experience so easy 🙂
The wedding album you made for us is absolutely stunning with beautiful lifelong memories to cherish forever. Your passion for photography shines through to your work and you captured the day perfectly.

Jenna & Steve – Southern Golf Course

Mel photographed my wedding on Phillip Island. I booked Mel after meeting her at an expo, where myself and my mum LOVED the way she spoke about her work. It was very clear photography was her passion and she was very proud of her work. From the start Mel was amazing to work with. She would respond to all my enquiries promptly and was always friendly and polite. She listened to all my questions, needs and respected all my wishes. On the wedding day Mel was efficient, respectful ,friendly and was just amazing. The shots Mel took were so beautiful and perfectly captured our day. We also received our photos back within a short time frame at a high quality. We are very impressed with Mel and her Photos, and we are so happy we decided to book her. Mel made the process so easy and she was simply just AMAZING!

Samantha & Dale – The Shearing Shed, Phillip Island

It is true that a picture paints a thousand words, and it is equally true that Mel’s photos paint a thousand emotions. We wish we could put into words how grateful we are to you Mel, for so completely capturing the love and emotions on our Wedding day.

Thank you Mel, please know that we will continue to thank you every day to come for capturing more than you know with your beautiful photographs. You truly are an exceptional photographer and that no doubt comes from you being an exceptionally perceptive and intuitive lady.

There are so many beautiful photographs we do not know how to choose for our album! We cannot recommend you and your work highly enough, we wish you every success and happiness.

Dianna & David – Chateau Wyuna

Would you like to come with me behind the scenes on a Country Style Wedding Shoot - watch my BTS video here!


We provide consistent magazine style images with beautiful light…

Tired of scrolling? Let us do the work for a while! Sit back and relax with a glass of wine during our slide show:

Digital Wedding Illustrations

Digital Wedding Illustrations are now available as an exciting addition to our Wedding Photography Packages!

View our packages above or book a time below to find out more.


Like to Discuss Your Big Day? Schedule a Chat with Mel Chamberlain Here

Are you recently engaged and looking for the perfect Photographer?  We would love to help! Let’s discuss your plans so far and get your Wedding Day Runsheet planning & supplier booking times right from the very beginning. We offer obligation free planning and album viewing sessions to help you decide if we are the right studio for you…

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Expos & Events

Come and see us at one of our regular annual Wedding Expos.

We exhibit six times a year:

Mornington Peninsula: Feb & September

Gippsland: Warragul in Feb and Pakenham in June

Melbourne: The Melbourne Exhibition Centre in Jan and Clayton in March

Dates subject to change based on annual expo dates set by Event Organisers.

Check our social media regularly for upcoming dates and details.

Little Studio now has two office locations

Bonbeach | Gippsland

Mel splits her time pretty evenly between each location, so when booking an in-person catch up please remember to specify your location preference. Book a Meeting Here.

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0411 524 227

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