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Mia Mala McDonald

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Mia Mala McDonald is a Melbourne (Naarm) based lifestyle, commercial and editorial photographer. People and play are at the essence of Mia’s work - she’s known for getting even the toughest subjects to walk off from set with a smile, and underpins this with a strong use of colour, form and nuanced attention to detail.

It’s this combination of personality and practicality that has lead to work with a diverse set of clients including the New York Times Magazine, Allen and Unwin Publishers, The Monthly, City Of Melbourne, RACV, Courtney Barnett, Victorian Tourism, Australian Olympic Committee, Deakin University, Chunky Move and ABC

Mia won the 2021 Martin Kantor Portrait Prize with her image of AFLW star Darcy Vescio, and has been a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait prize, Olive Cotton Award, the Bowness Photography Prize, the Iris Award, and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2022.

In December 2022 Mia will publish her debut photobook, 'Rainbow Portraits', a tender documentation of Australia’s many Rainbow Families.

Follow Mia on Instagram. Visit Mia's website.

Oracles

Aseel

Mental

Darcy Vescio

Methyl Ethel

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett

Helen Garner

Dante

Architecture in Helsinki

Mental

Spicks & Specks

Darcy Vescio

Darcy Vescio

Mental

Mental

Mental

Mental

Mental

Mental

Kyah Simon

Brad Hore

Taliqua Clancy

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett

Flavours of Monash

Flavours of Monash

Flavours of Monash

Flavours of Monash

Zoe Daniel

Helen Garner

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett

Bill Henson

Bill Henson

Prudance Flint

Teelah George

Spicks & Specks

Spicks & Specks

Spicks & Specks

Sheren Hassan

Rachael Blake

Architecture in Helsinki

Oracles

Nicole da Silva

Beaches

Nicole da Silva

Band Promo

Dante

Loose Leaf

Annika Kristensen

Aseel

Azmeena Hussain

Courtney Barrett

Maddison

Courtney Barrett

Banoffee

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Methyl Ethel

Methyl Ethel

Methyl Ethel

Geoffrely O'Connor

John Aslanidis

Blake Scott

Andrew WK

Andrew WK

Maz

Billy

Dan & Ann

Jacqui & Ricky

Penny & Max

Hair Salon

Grouse DJ's

Hoda Afshar

Sleeper & Snake

Totally Mild

Totally Mild



Commissions



Portraits 1



Portraits 2



Personal


Once in a Lullaby: A Portrait of Australian Rainbow Families

Why Doesn't She Crack a Smile?