Our photography studio

Leigh Hodgen, Newborn and maternity photographer Melbourne

Meet the photographer

Leigh is a professional maternity and newborn fine art photographer based in Melbourne. In a career spanning over 20 years, Leigh initially specialised in fashion photography. Her passion now centres around maternity and newborn photography, where she can bring her creative talents and caring social skills to the fore to deliver timeless memories for years to come.

We don’t take a photograph, we make it

Introducing our new lifestyle studio

Our Wheelers Hill photography studio

THE LATENT IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY, a studio photography business in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne. We specialise in maternity photography, newborn photography, baby photography, child photography, toddler photography and last but not least family portraiture, in Melbourne.

Nestled in the quiet  leafy suburb of Wheelers Hill, The Latent Image Photography is a photographic studio that specialises in maternity and newborn photography. With ample street parking, the studio is a warm quiet tranquil place to have your baby photographed.

Offering an exclusive and affordable boutique customised photographic service. The studio suite comprises of 2 home-based studios, with one studio dedicated to Newborn Photography and the second  to Maternity and child photography.

We have an extensive range of flash units and light modifiers for all situations. Our wide selection of backdrops include solid infinity drops and interchangeable backdrops to suit your selected style. We also offer a broad range of floor drops to create different looks and styles during your photographic session.

We have an awesome range of props, outfits and accessories that will be made available for use during your session. A stylish wardrobe of beautiful maternity gowns and fabrics to enhance your growing bump are available in different colours for your use.

The studio has a microwave to sterilise bottles and dummies, and to heat your baby’s bottles too! We also offer baby changing facilities, for our younger little clients. A high chair is available to use for older babies that need a little snack break!

Coffee and tea will be offered during your session and chilled water is always available, to help yourself to as needed.

Through appropriate climate control the studio is warmed to a comfortable and safe temperature, to suit what your baby is wearing.

Your images are projected onto an extra large screen enabling  you to view them in detail during your viewing consultation. This makes it easier to fine tune your final image selection to those that you would like to purchase as part of your package. Studio print samples and albums are also on display for you to browse through, to help you make a product selection.

The Latent Image Photography is a fully insured and registered business. Leigh holds a working with children clearance and has been fully vaccinated against all childhood illnesses including whooping cough.

Your baby’s health and safety is always our first concern!

Why choose our photography studio?


I have over twenty years of experience in both photography and illustrating children’s books and have been operating my photographic studio in south east suburbs of Melbourne for the last eight years. I am a current member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers. Being a Mother myself of two amazing children, over the years I have worked on perfecting my ability to creatively capture the special memories of your new baby or toddler.


I pride myself on supplying my clients with products that are printed on the highest quality professional photographic paper and canvas. Our products including presentation boxes and hand crafted albums are exquisitely assembled and represent the latest trends. All my digital images are edited to an extremely high standard and supplied to you as large high resolution files. I work closely with my clients and take the time to ensure their total satisfaction.


I thrive on creativity bringing together tones, textures, fabrics and materials to complement, shape and enhance your photographic session. Innovative lighting techniques are used to further augment the detail in your image. The majority of the hats, headbands and posing toys used during the session have been knitted, felted or sewn by myself. I absolutely love bringing the various elements together in a way which will create a unique memorable collection.

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Keep your memory forever.

Let us help you create lasting memories for generations to come