Darwin Photographer – Mel Silva

One of my absolute favourite images of my Grandparents is this image of them on their Wedding Day (below). This photo was taken in 1956, where rigid and static posing was the norm, so having such an organic and joyous moment captured back in 1956 really consolidates my WHY. The “why I do what I do”.

My Grandparents remember what they felt like in this exact moment – you can see the joy and love between them is REAL and they are still as in love today as they were then. They still hold hands as they walk side by side in life 60 years later, and it absolutely melts my heart.

Grandpas eyes are closed, however I believe there is so much beauty in imperfection. Not every image has to be a static posed image – in fact some of my clients favourite photos are the ones they didn’t realise were being taken.

I want to photograph people – not poses. I do this through giving couples the confidence and space through meaningful actions and gestures that allow them to show who they really are in front of the camera.

Photography is my passion, my creative outlet, my career, and a way for me to make a priceless contribution to other people lives. Life is so precious, family is so precious, and all we ever have is the present moment, the now.  I feel so fortunate to document moments in time that we can never get back.


More about Mel as a Darwin Photographer

Mel originally studied the fundamentals of photography at high school in 2003, developing her own film and printing black & white images in the darkroom.

  • Business Established in 2010
  • Diploma of Photography completed in 2013
  • Mel became an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) in 2012.
  • First national award received in 2015 in the AIPP wedding category
  • NT AIPP Travel Photographer of the year 2016
  • Mel has travelled to destinations such as Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Sunshine Coast, Hobart and even Las Vegas to learn and work alongside industry leaders. This has enabled her to develop her own unique style of photography in Darwin. Mel appreciates all of her mentors so much, especially her Dad, Darwin Photographer David Silva.

So now that you know a little more about me as a Darwin Photographer, please feel free to contact me so we can organise an obligation free meeting to chat about what I can do for you on your Wedding Day. I appreciate your time going through my wedding photography portfolio and I look forward to meeting with you soon.

Mel Silva xo

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Thank you to my friend Johan Lolos – Travel photographer and world explorer,  for the three images above. Working with you was amazing xx

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