Let’s get more creative!

This New Year, I want to be more creative! I’m not alone either. I have noticed on social media, in the last week or so, other people either making New Year’s resolutions to spend more time exploring their own creativity or just having a bit of ‘me’ time with a paint brush.

And that is just AWESOME! I say go for it!

I love being creative and want to strengthen my own ‘creative muscle’ …because, well, it makes my heart sing! It can make your heart sing too!

I personally am striving to be more creative with my fine art photography collections and portraiture. How would you like to be more creative?

Creating something is a very personal experience; a journey. To see something you have imagined in your mind come to life can be very rewarding and joyful.

My lovely friend and Naturopath extraordinaire, Tammy Guest, has been getting creative… here she is with her own painting that now adorns a wall at her clinic, Inspirational Health!

If you have taken a creative ‘journey’, you will know that creating can also bring up ‘stuff’. Whether you have painted, photographed, scrapbooked, written, or even cooked a beautiful meal for someone – when you present your final ‘masterpiece’ you can feel a range of emotions – pride, joy, uncertainty or fear of ‘what if they don’t like it’ or ‘it didn’t turn out how I thought it would.’

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I’m loving Angels instead…

Merry Christmas 2013!


Merry Christmas to you! These two beautiful Christmas Angels bringing gifts of new life and renewal to the burnt bushland are local Newcastle sisters, Ainslie and Meredith Young. As fashion designers and creators of Young The Label, Ainslie and Meredith are always bringing new creations to life. We bring you good tidings and best wishes for a wonderful and prosperous 2014!

It has been a few years since I shot a ‘Christmas photo’ and sent out a Christmas greeting.  I always find the lead up to Christmas to be so busy that sending out Christmas cards keeps slipping to the bottom my ‘to do’ list. Poor excuse…I know…

But this year has been a wonderful year of growth and change and I made the decision stop using ‘being busy’ as an excuse and to share my love of Christmas by creating a Christmas photo to share!

So about three weeks ago, I headed to Redhead Road, Redhead (Newcastle NSW) with my two Christmas Angels, sisters Ainslie and Meredith Young, and makeup artist, Alix Hibberd. I picked this location specifically as only two months ago it was ravaged with bushfire and was left charred and burnt; however, the fire also left the most incredible black and vibrant red leaves and trees.

Angels, Ainslie and Meredith, have the most beautiful red hair and I could picture in my mind how beautiful this scene would look: red, the colour of Christmas, existing naturally in the bushland and the girls’ auburn locks.

So, Sunday evening about three weeks ago, Alix and I adorned Ainslie and Meredith with their angelic robes (Ainslie is wearing my Lisa Ho wedding dress), wings and haloes and we headed to Redhead Road for the shoot.  We arrived at about 6.30pm and traipsed through the bush, greeted by welcoming mosquitoes, until I found the perfect spot to photograph the angels.

 Ainslie and Meredith Young - my 2013 Christmas Angels!

Ainslie and Meredith were total professionals during the shoot and continued to smile beautifully while swatting greedy mozzies away!

If you have ever had a story in your head that you tried to write or envisioned a painting, drawing or photograph that you have tried to create, you will know that sometimes it takes a few tries before your final piece is just how you imagined!

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Every Photograph has a Story …

Every Photograph has a Story …

When I’m not shooting for my clients, I am working on creative projects just for the love of it! I am very grateful that other people like my creative photographs too and have been ordering them through my Facebook page.

So I have created an online gallery so I can share many of my favourite fine art photographs with you. They are also available to buy online if you really like one and want to hang it on your wall or give as a gift!

There is a story behind each of these images and so I thought that the best way to share these stories with you all would be to write about them here.  So here is the first ‘story behind the image’ for you all.

 I hope you enjoy these images and their history as much as I enjoy sharing them with you!


 Love is in The Trees!

I love these series of photographs.  I took them when I was in Sydney for the day taking photographs just for fun. I was standing under a tree and I looked up and saw these lovely heart shaped leaves. I had a moment inspired and started photographing them straight up into the sky. As I was shooting, a lady stopped next to me and said, ” What beautiful heart shaped leaves, my husband would love these, he is a heart surgeon!” and so we stood admiring them together. It was a sign… I now have this series of ‘heart leave’ artistic photographs that I sell as limited edition photographs! Love is in the air…or in the trees!


 You are always welcome to go to view the other photographs in my Gallery and Shop.  And if you have a favourite and would like to hear about how it’s history, please email me at


Mel xx

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If you need it Super Speedy

I want to let you know about a special photo shoot day just for people that need to update their professional head shot for social media and/or website, but don’t have the time for a full ‘personal branding ‘ photo shoot. This is a quick and easy photo session at my studio – you will be there no more than 30 minutes – and you will come away with a great head shot for you to use!

This SUPER SPEEDY HEAD SHOT SESSION is being held on Thursday 21st November from 9.30am at my studio at Tingira Heights. To book, all you need to do is go to Melissa Histon Photography Facebook page and click on the BOOK NOW button or go to . On the day you have a choice of backdrop colours – white, black, grey and teal. There is also an additional option for ladies that would like their makeup done (this will take an extra 40 minutes).

You may have noticed more and more people with a head shot or profile pic to show their ‘best self’ on websites such as LinkedIn and Facebook. I certainly have been getting busier and busier doing ‘personal branding’ photo shoots for business people to produce a suite of great corporate portraits with ‘wow factor’ they can use for social media and other websites and PR opportunities.

If you are a bit nervous about having a full photo shoot or are super busy and don’t have time for a full photo shoot, this could be a good opportunity for you to still great a great head shot!

Of course, if you would prefer a full ‘personal branding’ corporate portrait shoot, just let me know by emailing or calling 0405405245.

You can see some examples of my Corporate Portrait photography at

Have a fab day!

Mel xx

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Announcing Our Rebrand …


I know it has been a while since I touched base with you, but I wanted to tell you about some of the changes that have been happening in my business.

Firstly, I have changed my name…actually not my name but my business name. Last time you heard from me I was using the business name Living Doll Photography. Well, that name has now been put out to pasture.

 You see, I have moved away from photographing children and am now focussing on commercial photography, corporate portraits and bespoke portraiture. So I thought it best to re-brand as Melissa Histon Photography (it sounds a bit more ‘grown up’).

 And with this name change has come a brand new website to showcase the three areas of focus for Melissa Histon Photography…PLUS it has a new online SHOP where you can purchase my Fine Art Photographs.

 The website is easy to navigate and can give you a real feel for what you can expect when engaging me to look after your photography needs.

 The three areas the website profiles are Commercial, Corporate and Bespoke photography. So jump on over and take a look for yourself …

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The other really exciting project that has come to life with the new website is you can now purchase my Fine Art Photographic Prints online.

The only thing I love more than capturing beautiful images, is to be able to share them with others. People have often approached me to sell an image I have created, and so I was encouraged to share my work with others on a wider scale. All the Art Prints are limited edition, numbered and signed by me and come mounted.

 The images are available exclusively via the Melissa Histon Website and can be viewed via the link below:

 I hope you love the collection I have created as much as I do.

 Have a super-fab day!



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What Should I Wear for my Corporate Portrait Photo Shoot?

What to wearl

Over the last 12 months, I have had more and more clients come to me for professional portraits they can use for their social media profiles, websites and to submit to publications.

Let’s face it, we all want to look great, especially if we are publishing photographs of ourselves for the world to see.

One of the most common questions I am asked is, ‘what should I wear?’

Here are five things to consider when deciding what to wear for your professional photo shoot:

1.  What is your personal brand? You want your photographs to portray the essence of you. Are you professional, fashionable, cutting-edge, modern, classic, conservative, a rebel, sporty, healthy, attractive, funny, cool, creative, a trend-setter, young, old, stylish, an expert, a party girl, happy, angry, serious or fun? Consider how you want people to perceive you.

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A Picture tells a thousand words …

CorpPortraitMontageThe Internet and social media have given us all a tremendous opportunity – to determine what our personal brand identity is and to communicate that to the world!

 Why? Because as the old saying goes, “a picture tells a thousand words”. We are all visual creatures and we use what we see as a filter to make very quick assessments, and that includes the images we see on social media and the web.

 Last week I mentioned to a friend I was looking for a makeup artist for a particular photography job I have coming up. One of my friends recommended a makeup artist that she knew … and what do you think I did?

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