Marlene Sayson » Melbourne Family and Wedding Photography

kind words

Marlene came highly recommended by our celebrant who knew that we wanted
a candid, intimate style of photography at our very personal wedding. The
fact that Marlene has a family photography background immediately caught
our attention, knowing that she would be very experienced in capturing
intimate family moments. As a result we had zero concerns, and having met
Marlene on Skype we were further put at ease by her easy going and
personable nature!
From start to finish, working with you was a pleasure. You immediately knew the style of photography that we were after. On the day itself, you were the ultimate professional, on
time, positive, willing, and appearing to fade into the background yet
able to capture the most intimate memories of our special day.
ALL our family and friends have been blown over by the unique and
intimate nature of the photos you produced. Many of our
family and friends commented at just how accommodating you were on the day itself. For example, you had packed up and were preparing to leave, and willingly unpacked your camera to take one last snap of the children when
requested to do so by a family member.
Now that our wedding day has past, and the fantastic photos have been
delivered, we feel that our investment represented incredible value – in
fact, almost too good to be true. You seem to devote an exceptionally
generous amount of your time before, during and after the session, to
ensure that all our needs were catered for.
Unique, professional, seamless – our entire experience was 100% positive.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to our friends if they wanted a
first rate photographer to capture those intimate moments of a special
family occasion, and deliver unique & timeless photos!

~ Hannah and Rob ~


testimonial pic


We are both super uncomfortable in front of a camera. The minute the camera is pointed at us our faces look weird so we were very nervous about having photography for our wedding. I’m so glad that we did though because the photos are great!! We haven’t pulled weird faces. I love that all of them are so relaxed looking, not staged.
You were super responsive to emails, texts and calls and from the first phone call it was super easy and comfortable then on the day you just blended in, took beautiful photos and made us feel comfortable. You could tell when we were awkward and changed things up straight away. My mother is your biggest fan now and convincing us to get a massive family shoot done!! Everyone commented on how lovely and easy going you were. Then we received our package in the mail and it was so beautifully presented. You just blended in as one of the family, you went with our super relaxed approach and produced amazing natural photos.

~ Courtney and Cail ~

bride and groom portraits


Before our session, I was concerned about how the children would behave, and if you would be able to work around any behavioural challenges/tantrums/disagreeable toddler events. I was worried that there were so many of us that maybe we wouldn’t be able to all coordinate ourselves to have a photo all together, or not everyone would get their turn.
It turned out to be an effortless (on our behalf!) experience and just such a lovely morning. The only problem was the cold but that was to be expected at the beach so early in the day, and it certainly didn’t detract from the photos that were captured. The photos were prepared quickly and getting to have a “sneak peek” was wonderful, it made me so excited to see the finished product. The photobook was just beautiful, I love how it tells the story of our morning and captures so many little moments that I missed.
Having already experienced a photo shoot with you that I was delighted with, I trusted you and knew I’d be so happy with the work you produced. But I was also excited to try something different, our previous work was more posed and this was the first time I’d experienced documentary style photography. I also knew from previously working with you that you’re utterly committed to the project. I never felt rushed or that we were working to a time frame. It took the pressure off and made it feel like we were just having a family outing.
My husband Gavin was as delighted with the photos as I was, and was also so impressed with how easily and effortlessly you moved around us. It never felt uncomfortable or forced, or dragged out, and the resulting pictures were proof of this. We both loved looking over the finished product and reminiscing about the day. The children also loved it, for them it wasn’t a boring photo session with lots of posing, but just a fun morning beach adventure with a lovely warm café visit afterwards.
It was just SO relaxed. All we had to do was turn up and enjoy ourselves. Let the children do their thing, let the moment be captured. As a mum who is so often behind the camera, and misses so many little moments and interactions, it was just priceless to have a beautiful morning made into a tangible memory. We love going through our photobook and laughing over the perfectly unposed and real moments.

~ Leanne and Gavin ~

family beach photos