The Julia Nance Portraits Professional Photography Studio.
Located in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs, you’ll love the privacy and beautiful environment of my portrait 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.
Lilydale, Melbourne, Victoria.
Plenty of free parking available – but public transport is limited.
Tea & coffee, heating and air conditioning, high-end lighting equipment, mirror, coloured backdrops.
Natural Australian bushland, open paddocks, greenery, textured backdrops, and undercover settings.
Eftpos/credit card (tap, swipe, chip), Paypal, cash (no change available).
Watch behind the scenes video of the studio below:
About the studio:
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.
Scroll down and have a look at the video and images on this page and see for yourself.
I can’t wait to share the space with you during your next session!
Click to book your session online, or contact me here.
Inside the Studio:
Inside my studio is a clean, modern space perfect for headshots and portraits. For your comfort, you’ll find heating and air conditioning, and on arrival, you are welcome to a cup of coffee or glass of water while we go through our plan for the session.
Thanks to John Perthuis Photography for the beautiful photos of me above, showing some behind the scenes action!
While you’re here you’re in capable hands. You won’t need to worry about a thing! I’ll do all the setup and pack down, and all I’ll need is your patience as I tweak the lighting. Studio headshot and portrait sessions can utilise both natural light outside and studio lighting inside. There is a great theatrical curtain for privacy and to block out light if we need to, otherwise, we can use that for a pure black backdrop.
Outside my studio, you’ll enter into a paved undercover area with plenty of charm and character. I’ve set this up as a welcoming space with plenty of potential for outdoor shooting. There are so many amazing textures and colours to work with for unique backdrops. It is also just a soothing place to be in: looking out onto the Dandenong Ranges and listening to the birds is all a part of its charm.
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. Have a look at some of the images below:
The Background Options:
There are so many possibilities for headshot and portrait backgrounds both inside the studio, and outside in the surrounding grounds. Have a look at some example images below to see what we can achieve.
Studio Headshot Backgrounds:
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 Headshot Backgrounds:
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.
I was in need of a professional head shot. I googled search for someone who gave the right vibe and had diverse work. Turned out Julia was 1.5 hours away. 100% worth the trip. Julia listened to me - I asked for shots that make me look relaxed, soft and approachable. She delivered. She also has great expertise and knew that the slightest changes to hair, outfit and jewellery can make all the difference. She took her time, did not pressure me and turned to initial PDF's around in a matter of hours. The landscape around her studio is magnificent for outdoor shots. I am thrilled and will use her again when I update.
Alesha, Physiotherapist & Researcher
Super friendly and professional! Had a really great experience having headshots done by Julia
It was really nice to get professional headshots taken by Julia, her studio set up is amazing and i am delighted with the final result! totally recommend her if anyone is looking to get amazing headshots taken.
I highly recommend Julia Nance Photography. Julia really takes the time to find out what you want from your session.
Sharee, Owner at Wellness & Co
Had the privilege of having my portrait taken by Julia. She has a fantastic studio that's recently been done up in Lilydale which was a great space to get creative in - I love bright colours, and enjoyed playing around with her various backdrops. Julia was a pleasure to work with and I'm looking forward to my next session!
Julia is such a cool person to work with, while simultaneously producing beautifully executed photographic work. I felt calm and really taken care of in her workspace. Her shots will be used by my business for a long time to come!
Founder & Teacher at Looking Inwards Meditation
Julia takes amazing photos! She’s patient and creative, taking beautiful head shots! Would 100% recommend her! She won't rush you and her little studio is adorable!
Julia is very professional and has the ability to capture great photos.
Julia is an expert at her craft - it has been an absolute pleasure to work together with Julia Nance on a jewellery photoshoot. She is professional, has great knowledge and skill with photography and post production, and is very warm and welcoming. I would highly recommend her both for her art photography and her portraiture. Wishing you all the best Julia!
Aurelia - Business owner at Aurelia Yeomans Jewellery
Julia is very professional, friendly and warm. My son felt so comfortable having his photos taken for his first photo shoot and really enjoyed it too 🙂 The photos are amazing! Thanks Julia!
Jane, Zed's mother.
Julie - Actor
From the moment we met Julia, she made my daughter feel at ease during her photoshoot. Images were amazing and excellent quality! I would highly recommend Julia for portraits.
Gemma's Mother - Gemma is an aspiring model.
Thanks to Julia Nance Portraits. Finally someone took a great headshot and I can say that Julia has done a fantastic job !!
John Perthuis, Photographer & Videographer of Krysalyd Films
I visited Julia's studio a few weeks ago for some headshots. Straight away she made me feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. She understood the style I was going for, and I am wrapped with the photos! Julia is a very creative and talented photographer, and just a lovely person all together, I 100% recommend her!
Maddison Falls Photography
Loved the experience, the location and the relaxed atmosphere. And most of all, love the photos that were taken. So hard to choose.
Owner of VA Directory
Julia Nance Portraits was the single best experience I have had infront of a camera. I have avoided getting my headshots taken for years, often taking my own or using stock photos on my website. However Julia set me up with some amazing shots which have already generated more work!
Vince Massara, Owner of The Content Friends
Great service, very happy with the results and would highly recommend to others.
Not only does Julia provide top notch photos, but a unique and individualised approach to the shoot. Julia makes the process of getting headshots fun, relaxed, and easy, which only adds to the quality of the photos she takes. She has a keen eye and her touch ups on the final products are perfect!
Julia is wonderful! She was engaged by my business to take corporate head shots and branding photos. She put everyone at ease and the photo quality is amazing!! Thanks Julia!!
Joy - Director at True Blue Migration
Julia is always so lovely to work with! She is friendly, relaxed, and makes the process so easy. Her studio is so lovely and relaxing, with views of rolling hills and beautiful music playing. Her headshots are so beautiful and natural, they're the best I've had. I've been to her twice and will definitely be going again!
Lucie, Actor & Musician.
I would give 10 stars if I could. Julia is a thorough professional with a remarkable ability to pay attention to details. She made me feel comfortable and allowed me more than enough time to try and perfect various angles. Her studio location is quite picturesque, ideal for outdoor photoshoot and my dog enjoyed playing in the outdoors too. Indoor studio is suited for professional shots. She took numerous shots and showed me the results to select. She advised me on how to improve my posture and get the right expression for the camera. If you are camera shy, don't worry she will make you relax. We also tried different outfits during the shoot. She tries to understand the client by knowing more about them and their needs through a questionnaire. I found that she was able to produce the exact results that I was looking for with a quick turnaround time. I got the final product within two days of the shoot. All in all, an outstanding experience. 10 stars.
H - Senior Accountant
I thoroughly enjoyed this photoshoot. Very relaxed environment. Julia was quick & easy to take directions from. Im thrilled my final prints which have pulled in more work.
Thank you so much for the photos and the shooting. It was super nice and easy to work with you and the photos are amazing! I don’t think I have ever had that good pictures of myself!