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Elle – Photographer & Owner

Always Belle Photography is owned and operated by Elle Payne who began working as a baby photographer after many years of being a paediatric nurse at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She wanted to combine her love of babies with photography.

Elle specialises in Newborn Photography and works from a beautiful studio in Eaglemont Village, Melbourne. Her photographs are sure to create lasting memories of your baby that you’ll treasure forever.

When she isn’t photographing cute babies she continues to work as a nurse at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Elle has been a registered nurse for over 15 years, and works with children of all age groups including the tiniest of newborn babies. It is here that Elle has developed her love for babies and starting photographing them in her spare time.

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Lauren – Studio Coordinator

Meet your friendly studio manager Lauren! 

Erin is your first point of call for all things related to your appointment and it only a phone call away! 

When Erin isn’t answering your calls, texts and emails you will find her at the beach or hanging with her beautiul baby. 

If you need anything at all, Erin is there to help you!


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Jo – Newborn Photographer

This is Jo! 

Jo has joined our photography team after nearly two decades of working as a paediatric nurse at the Royal Children’s Hospital. 

Jo loves babies and supporting new parents through the start of their journey! She holds an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) qualification and has spent many years in the Emergency Department as a Nurse Practitioner looking after babies and of course their parents. 

When she isn’t taking photographs or working as a nurse, she is a wife and mum of two beautiful teenage girls. 


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Mel – Newborn Photographer

Meet Mel!

Mel is a mum of three and had been working as a senior nurse at the Royal Children’s Hospital for over 20 years!

It is here that you will find her running the emergency department or some days… the whole hospital and looking after some beautiful babies. After having her own babies photographed by Elle, Mel decided that it was time to combine her passion for photography and babies and join the team at Always Belle Photography.

Mel is looking forward to meeting you and your beautiful babies!


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Mel – Newborn Photographer

Meet Michelle!

Michelle is currently in her 17th year of nursing in cardiology/cardiac surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital and absolutely loves looking after children of all ages, however babies and toddlers have always had an extra special place in her heart! Once she had her own children, Michelle also discovered a love of nurturing new Mothers – whether it’s your first, second, third or tenth baby Michelle will really enjoy looking after you, your precious newborn and any other family members who come along.

Outside of the studio, Michelle loves spending time with her family – she has 2 daughters aged 6 & 4 and a pup named Archie. Michelle is so looking forward to meeting you, your gorgeous baby and your loved ones.