MEET MEL- Owner of Mel Cornell Photography and Yarra Valley Drone

Mel’s passion for photography, some say, was born into her.

It began at an early age, as Mel’s father is an experienced technical director/television producer. Some of Mel’s fondest memories are of school holidays. She would happily join her dad at work and watch him produce footage and images of live action sport.

Mel then began purchasing disposable cameras with her spare pocket money. Memories were important to Mel. She loved to show off her photos and re-live the moments she captured. Waiting for the photos to be developed was as exciting as waiting for Christmas!

Award- Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges Wedding Photography Award, 2017 Runners Up

In her teenage years, digital cameras became readily available. ‘Incredible! What an amazing concept!’. She could take multiple images and preview them immediately after the moment was captured. Mel primarily took images of her other passion in life- animals.

Mel has a love for all creatures great and small. She was particularly fond of her horse Barney and her two dogs, Molly and Jaspa. These patient creatures stood and obeyed Mel for hours whilst she took endless photos of them from every possible angle (she knew of their favourite treats, therefore they were not hard done by).

At the completion of her schooling, Mel chose the ‘safe’ option of enrolling in the Bachelor of Nursing at Monash University. Once completed, she continued on to specialize within the areas of newborn, paediatric and emergency nursing. Working with newborns, toddlers and children is what she enjoys most. She finds each and every patient unique and adorable!

Photography, the alternative option, had been playing on Mel’s mind for years. She always dreamt of turning her real passion into an exciting, fun, creative and rewarding life-long career. Mel had an epiphany! She could combine her passion of photography with her other passion, animals and children. Furthermore, she could continue to grow and  produce precious, memorable images for others to hold on to for a lifetime.


Mel owns and runs both Yarra Valley Drone and Mel Cornell Photography


Drone photography creates more dramatic, compelling images, ideal for promoting any business.


A day to remember forever! Mel captures natural wedding photos of your special day.


Mel captures newborns and toddlers, loving families, as well as offering professional portrait photography.

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Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges Wedding Photographer. Runners Up, 2017.