The Studio – Melbourne Eastern Suburbs Headshot Photography

Welcome to

The Julia Nance Portraits Studio

Located in Lilydale, in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, you’ll love the beautiful natural surroundings of my professional photography studio.

Time To Relax

With 10 acres of beautiful gardens, paddocks and Australian bushland, Julia Nance Portraits offers a studio environment with all the charm of a country setting – but right on the edge of the suburbs! With a backdrop of the Dandenong ranges, you’ll fall in love (and be relaxed) as soon as you arrive.


The Studio

The Julia Nance Portraits professional photography studio is located in picturesque Lilydale, to the East of Melbourne.
While you’re here you will find plenty of nature to soothe the soul. As soon as you arrive you will be stepping into a relaxing environment.

Located within a historic Nissan Hut, the studio has a country charm outside, while on the inside you’ll find a modern space to be creative in. You will find opportunities for both studio and natural light photoshoots, and there is complete privacy here. You don’t need to worry about busy pedestrians, traffic, or anyone passing by watching you have your portrait taken.

Indoor Facilities

Tea, Coffee & Hot Chocolate

Enjoy a refreshment while we shoot! I'll make sure to have coffee, tea, and water available while we work together.

Heating & Air Conditioning

Being in Melbourne, we never know what the temperature will be! Don't worry, we have heating and air conditioning for your comfort.

Various Background Options

It doesn't matter if you need neutral and simple, or want to have fun with some bold colours. There's a range of background options to suit.

Find Us

Located in Lilydale, Victoria

At the base of the Dandenong Ranges, and on the edge of the Yarra Valley, we're located in the Lilydale/Montrose area in Victoria.

Here you'll find simply stunning landscapes. From a view of the Dandenong Ranges, to the sounds of birds. It's a place you'll fall in love with.

Have A Look Inside

Our simple space inside is a modern space perfect for headshots and portraits. It's a comfortable setting to be yourself and capture some personality-driven imagery. On offer is always a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, or a glass of water while we get to know each other.

A foggy winter morning with fields and trees.

The Natural Surroundings

You will be completely surrounded by natural beauty at the studio. It all makes beautiful scenery for both headshots and portraits. Here you will find both open paddocks (with the occasional kangaroo), as well as dense bushland. These areas make for unique and compelling backgrounds that are vibrant and engaging. Depending on the time of day, we also get beautiful light coming in through the trees, morning fog, and wonderful golden sunset lighting.

Studio Background Options:

Inside my studio I have multiple coloured boards that make for great headshots with a bit of pop. I consider outfit, hair, and eye colour, and pair colours to create cohesion and style. We can also use a neutral backdrop, such as white, grey or black in the studio. There is also the option to use various coloured/textured fabrics as well.

So have a look at these studio background examples:

Outdoor Background Options:

While the studio is a great place to control lighting, I also use natural light for outdoor portraits and headshots. These examples below use natural light, and explore a variety of outdoor settings around the studio. After discussing the best background or style you’re after I look for the best quality light and observe its direction and go from there. From dark and gritty backgrounds, to open and bright – the choice is yours. There are endless opportunities to explore in the ten acres around the studio – from bushland to open paddocks!

While you're here

Want to make the most of your time in the eastern suburbs? The studio is on the edge of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. The region is full of beautiful food, drinks and places to see. I’ve written my top recommendations of things to see and do in the area. Have a read here.