The Photographer

Hi there, I’m Liyat!

As a young girl, I remember sitting by my parents’ bookshelf at home in Ethiopia browsing through photo albums of families, weddings, births, travels and friendships. My passion for photography was born there.

Today, I’m a lifestyle and family photographer living and working in Melbourne, Australia. What began my interest in family photography is when I became a mother myself. I have two young boys and I realised how quickly they were growing and changing. My camera became my time stamp of their development and so began my interest in capturing the true essence of families in Melbourne.

I live in an inner-city suburb and believe it or not there are many gardens and parks around. For someone like me who loves walking around and capturing nature with a camera, it is so rejuvenating. As a portrait photographer, I include this love for nature by inviting families to do their shoot at gardens and parks.

My photography style is documentary lifestyle. I ask my clients not to look at the camera. I’m happy if it happens naturally and they look my way during a conversation. This enables me to do what I love, which is capturing the true essence of humans. At a family session, I often find myself running around with children as they play and have fun. This is when their real smiles come out, which just makes my heart sing!


“Liyat is a fantastic family photographer! We have rarely felt relaxed around photographers, but Liyat put us completely at ease and took some beautiful, natural portraits. They capture us as individuals and are a wonderful record of family dynamics too. Thanks so much, Liyat.” – James Isaac

“First class, efficient and professional in all that Liyat does. I was really thrilled with the mood that Liyat directed and captured on the models. She is very easy and amenable to work with, well-organised, communicates clearly and succinctly, understood the brief and she was efficient with her time. I highly recommend Liyat – excellent value for money and I will definitely use her again and I recommend her. Thanking you for creating the first of many more opportunities, Liyat.” – Kati Ezard

“From the instant I got in touch, to receiving the final copies, Liyat was absolutely professional, excellent communication and very timely.” – Akua Larbi

“We recently used Liyat and her wonderful skills to capture photos during a full day school fete. Not only did she deliver some incredible shots from the day, but she was a dream to deal with. We would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an experienced, friendly and adaptable photographer.” – Sarah Kelk