Meet the Team

Natural Lights Photography is a boutique photographic studio operating out of Newcastle and across the Sydney, Central Coast, and Hunter regions. For over 15 years Natural Lights Photography has shot over 1000 weddings and over 2000 portraits. With a gift for natural yet elegant images, we capture your day in a way no one else would. With your ideas and our expertise, we capture real moments, inspired by life, created with passion.

Bellow, you can meet the team at Natural Lights Photography, who strives to capture stunning images reflective of your memories and preserve them for a lifetime with only the highest quality products.

Create • Conceive • Capture

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Danielle Minett- M.Photog. AAP

I have been managing the Natural Lights Photography studio for the last 15 years and have grown every step of the way.

With a gift for allowing people to relax and feel comfortable in front of my camera. I possess a natural, candid and in a fun way which creates images which reflect who my clients really are. My passion is capturing your story, which is always showcased beautifully in my imagery.

I truly feel honoured to share in these moments, glances, smiles and touches between a couple. In my unobtrusive way, I capture these honest and intimate times before they go by, creating unforgettable and stunning memories to cherish and keep as a testament to your love and life. With your ideas and my expertise, I capture real moments, inspired by life, created with passion.

For my fine art web site please visit – www.danielleminett.com.au

This site contains all my fine art photography, paintings, sculptures and digital art work as well as up coming exhibition information.

Awards and Associations

  • Accredited Master Photography Member AIPP (M.Photog. AAP)
  • Graduated Bachelor Fine Arts
  • Accredited Member ABIA
  • Accredited Member WPPI
  • Australian Bridal Industry Awards (ABIA) Finalist, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Winner of 2x Silver Award at Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) 2016 Alternative Process
  • Imagining Futures Fine Art Graduation Exhibition – Watt Space Nov 16-27 (Exhibitor and Curator
  • Australian Photography Awards- Film and Analouge Category –2 Finalist works (Oct 26- Nov 26
  • Friends of University Art Prize – Finalist (Sept 14 – Oct 2
  • Gosford Art Prize – Finalist (Sept 4- Dec 4)
  • National Campus Art Prize – Finalist (Sept 12-28
  • Newcastle Emerging Art Prize – Finalist / Exhibitor (Aug 21- Sept 4
  • Eden Gardens Art Festival – Finalist / Exhibitor  (Oct 2016- Mar 2017
  • Australian Professional photography Awards – 2 Silver Awards (Aug 12
  • Do I Know You? – Watt Space Art Prize – Exhibitor  (Sept 7 – Sept 25
  • Friends of University Student Art Prize – UoN Gallery – Finalist / Exhibitor  (Sept 12 – Oct 2)
  • Keepers of the Light: Experimental Photography – Watt Space Gallery Aug 17 – Sept 4 (Curator, Exhibitor)
  • On The Move – Linus Galleries LA May 27– Sept 27 (Exhibitor)
  • Inspired Art 2016 May 2-12 (Exhibitor)
  • ROGAP – Sculpture at the Bay, Rockdale Council Arts Festival April 10 – 25 (Finalist / Exhibitor)
  • Coast to Coast Exhibition and Workshop May 26- June 3 (Curator, Exhibitor and Event Manager)
  • The Expanded Print Book Fair – Watt Space Gallery March 12 (Curator and Event Manager)
  • The Expanded Print Exhibition – Watt Space Gallery March 2-20  (Curator and Exhibitor)
  • John Hunter Hospital Annual Art Exhibition – Next to Nothing Feb 9-April 16 (Exhibitor)
  • Key Note Speaker – Tafe Ultimo Photography Graduation Exhibition
  • Key Note Speaker – Contact Galleries CATC Student Exhibition
  • Winner of Silver Distinction Award at Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) 2015 Alternative Process
  • Winner of 2x Silver Award at Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) 2015  Alternative Process
  • Winner National Campus Art Prize 2015 – Sculpture
  • Finalist in Alternative Process Category at Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) 2015
  • Finalist Gosford Art Prize 2015
  • Finalist Sculpture in the Vineyards 2015
  • Finalist National University Art Prize 2015
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Ellen Starrett

My passion for photography started at a very young age and continues to grow to this day. I started photographing professionally for the first time at age 18 and have never looked back. I have worked along side many national and international photographers in many areas of the industry but weddings are by far my favourite! I am dedicated and professional in all aspects of my life and bring a creative and innovative approach to my job.

I have a natural talent for connecting with anyone and am able to translate this into personal tailored images that are highly reflective of my clients.

Photography awards and achievements

  • International Loupe Awards (Bronze 2012, Bronze x 2 2013, Bronze x 4 2014)
  • Focus Awards (Silver 2014)
  • AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Majoring in Photography)
  • John Coxton Awards 2017 (Finalists)
  • Wil Equity Scholarship (2015) 
Amazing. Simply Amazing. Could not be happier!

Kirra June 2016

I wouldn’t chose anyone but Natural Lights Photography for my photos. I think the results speak for themselves but they make the whole experience fun and easy going with no awquardness about being in front of the camera. There dedication to the art and work is admirable and definitely something you don’t see I everyone. Weather it is family portraits, wedding portraits or anything in-between. I can’t recommend them enough. Awesome people and awesome photographers!

The Bartlett Family 2015

Danielle is easy to work with, great laughs and takes amazing photos! Would recommend her to anyone wanting beautiful photos that capture the moment perfectly.

Murielle Sassine 2015

What a pleasure it was shooting with Ellen for the Mortels Sheepskin shoot. Such an amazing eye for location and detail, great direction and lots of fun to work with. It's clear that this talented young person has an incredible future in photography ahead of her.

Jacci July 2016

In 2011 Danielle photographed my cousins wedding and the pictures were amazing! Last week she photographed my 8 week daughter. She had a hard morning with my squirming VERY awake and "not having anything to do with it" baby and the pictures are incredible! If you're looking for a great photographer, Danielle is your lady! Thankyou so much!

Katrina Nov 2015

Natural Lights photography recently covered our wedding. From start to finish they were complete professionals. The direction, the ability to capture the right moments and there friendly nature made the whole experience unforgettable. We knew the prints would be amazing but we were still blown away with the results. Couldn’t recommend more highly! We’re are so happy we chose them!

Kathryn and Matthew 2015

The Natural Lights Photography team are highly talented photographers with great energy and a real creative flare. They have photographed both my pre wedding shoot and wedding, my photos are incredible and I would highly recommend them as they are a pleasure to work with and they make the whole Experience enjoyable. My husband and I loved having them shoot for us and I look forward to using Natural Light’s plenty in the future

Samantha and Ron 2015