Lilli Waters, or 'Lil', is a professional photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. She has documented some pretty kick-arse and unique celebrations of love since 2011, and her work has allowed her to travel all over the world. From the olive fields of Tuscany, to historic manors in Norway, hot islands of Malta, sunset beaches in Bali, rolling hills of New Zealand, and locally, from Perth, Brisbane, Tasmania, Adelaide, Sydney, and the most beautiful rural parts of northern NSW, near the hills where she was born.
I strongly believe that my practice should represent the honest & perhaps complex story behind your day, because there's more to true love than the wedding day. Together, you have gone through a million little things, the first dates, falling in love, moving in together, sharing best friends, supporting one other in harder times, the proposal.. so many memories that have led you to this milestone. And now, it's time to get dressed up, feast on top notch tucker & hand selected booze, & perhaps even have a boogie-a-rooney to some fine tunes with your best friends & the love of your life. What more could you want.
My aim is to capture the good, the bad & the ugly (in a good way), of you & your loved ones in the moment, as your most vulnerable and authentic selves, evoking the warmth between you and reaching through to your true characters, capturing a real representation of who you are, together.
When you look at your wedding photos, I want you to be able to relive the feelings and many different emotions that made up the whole day, those crushing hugs, giant smiling (and sometimes silly) faces, impressive dance moves, beautiful tears, and remember how full to the brim with love you both felt.
My wedding & portrait work is on the documentary & whimsical side of the wedding photography fence, with some rawness, romance, soft focus & moodiness thrown in there. I look for the intimacy & human connection in the 'in between' & unseen moments, searching for light, mood & beauty, sometimes in more unusual places. I find that allowing my couples to be themselves within a comfortable and intimate space is key to being able to capture images that hold emotions, emotions that may feel like a giant overwhelming whirlwind on the day, but ones you will want to remember years down the road.
There are certain things in life that get me.. the light at the end of the day, road trips & blues music mixed tapes, any films with Michael Caine in them, waiting for a storm to hit, old houses, trips to Europe, romance, chilli choc-tops & conversation that makes me question things..
I live in an old art deco house in Pascoe Vale South with my muso hubby Jake & our two intensely affectionate tonkinese cats, Charlie & Min. We married last year in Autumn out the back of an old shop under a 100 year old grapevine in one of my favourite country towns, Castlemaine. Skipping formalities, we decided to go straight for the 70's themed disco party, we called it 'Boogiewed', based on our favourite music festival. Dressing up in gold, we asked a close friend to snap the night up on a bunch of old film cameras and expired film, and drank & danced to old soul records with our mates until 7am. It was a bangin' good party.
When I'm not shooting weddings, I'm immersed in my personal exhibition work, desiring to push myself creatively, which then feeds back into my work with couples. I am also an old fashioned romantic, which probably explains my career choice.
Work & Press
Lilli's photos have been featured in a litany of leading wedding magazines and online publications.
Harpers Bazaar Bride
The Daily Telegraph
The Vintage Bride
Paper & Lace
Bride To Be Magazine
Pure Bride Magazine
Brides of Norway
Polka Dot Bride
With an eye for beautifully soft and perfectly composed images, we are always completely captivated by Lilli's wedding photography.
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Mentoring for Photographers
Lilli offers a limited number of One-on-One Mentoring Sessions for emerging and professional photographers who are looking for industry tips & knowledge.