My name is Lilli Waters, you can call me 'Lil', and I'm a photographic artist based in Melbourne, Australia. I've been lucky enough to document some pretty kick-arse and unique celebrations of love since 2011, and my work has allowed me 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 I was born.
My wedding work is on the documentary & whimsical side of the wedding photography fence, with rawness, romance, soft focus & moodiness thrown in. 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 which they will want to remember until they grow old & wrinkly together.
I strongly believe that my artistic 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.
Now, it's time to get dressed up, feast on top notch tucker & hand selected booze, & perhaps even have a good ole' boogie 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.
Lilli x o x
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'm a Photographic Artist who lives in an old art deco house in Pascoe Vale South in Melbourne 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 ( & a pretty good late night Spotify playlist when our deejay went to bed) with our mates until 7am. It was a bangin' good party.
When I'm not shooting weddings, I'm immersed in my Commercial & Personal exhibition work, desiring to create new work, push myself creatively and exhibit work in galleries Nationally on a yearly basis, which then feeds back into my work with couples. I am also an old fashioned romantic, which probably explains my career choice.
Career & Awards
2018 Finalist, Art Aesthetica Art Prize, UK
2018 Finalist, Contemporary Art Awards
2018 Upcoming feature, 'Mirror Mirror' Art Bites: ABC series
2017 Photographic works featured in Christian Grey's Penthouse in the Universal Pictures film 'Fifty Shades Darker'
2017 Finalist, National Still Life Award
2017 Finalist, 'Click 17' Photographic Art Prize, Brunswick St Gallery
2017 Semi-Finalist, Head On Portrait Prize, Museum of Sydney
2015 Semi-Finalist, Head On Portrait Prize, Museum of Sydney
2015 Artwork gift to charity, The Hands Down Project, Domestic Violence Resource Centre of Victoria
2015 ANJA Book Launch
2013 Guest Speaker, Semi-Permanent Creative Global Conference, Melbourne and Brisbane
2013 Finalist, Head On Portrait Prize
2013 Qantas Soya, Highly Commended
2013 - 2017 Guest Speaker, Photographic Imaging College, Melbourne
2012 Highly Commended, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
2012 Semi-Finalist x 2, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
2012 Qantas Soya, Highly Commended
2012 - 2015 Fund raising for The White Ribbon Foundation through the ANJA and SHE RAW Exhibitions
2012 She Raw Book Launch - The 41 Women's Portraits, part of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive
2011 Winner, 'She Raw', Focus Project People's Choice
2002 PIC, Photographic Folio of the Year
2000 Atom Awards, Best Music Film Clip
2000 Diegesis Awards, Best Music Film Clip
Work & Press
My work has been featured in
wedding magazines and online publications.
Harpers Bazaar 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
I offer a limited number of One-on-One Mentoring Sessions for emerging and professional photographers who are looking for industry tips & knowledge.