Sandla Studios

Palmerston, Northern Territory
5 out of 5 from 12 reviews.
  • Landscape Photography

    Real Estate Photography

    Advertising Photography

    Event Photography

    Portrait/Headshot Photography

    Baby/Children Photography

    Wildlife Photography

    Corporate/Industrial Photography

    Nature Photography

    Automotive Photography

    Family Photography

    Product/Studio Photography

    Wedding Photography

  • Sandla Studios is a professional photographer based in Palmerston, Northern Territory

    Having worked as an auxiliary for the NT police for 7 years, photo opportunities were frequent. My passion for chasing the ultimate shot is as strong as ever. I try to be versatile and I tend to love many genres.

    Some of my images appear on numerous websites. Some being Qantas,, Aboriginal Investment Group, Darwin Funeral Services (live from mid May, 2018). I also have images on product packaging.
    I have images for stock sales (advertising) on iStock, Austockphoto and Twenty 20.

    One of my images went viral around the world a couple of years ago and I won Editors Choice Award for it - google "Evolution of The Bum" - a quirky 4 generation family shoot.

    From the very large to the very small, each new opportunity is welcome.
    I have completed a Diploma of Professional Photography and studied further modules.

    My main camera is a Nikon D610 but also have a Nikon D600 as back up.
    I have a 24-70mm Nikkor lens
    Nikkor 70 -200mm lens
    Nikkor 14-24mm lens - wide angle lens which is perfect for real estate shoots.
    Macro & Fish eyes lenses as well as a GoPro

    Depending on my workload, I usually have images uploaded to a private gallery within 24 hours of the shoot. The client can then download straight away.
    I don't outsource my images for editing.

    Please visit me on Facebook at Sandla Studios - Lea Atherton Photography

    or my website:

    Email: [email protected]
    (Email is preferred - state type of job required, date and any other relevant details, more detail the better.)

    Messages left for me on this site don't always come through to me. So please email above address, just in case.

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    Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services , City of Palmerston , Channel 10 Darwin , Bluemint Property (Real Estate) , Raine and Horne - Darwin , Mantra Pandanus - Darwin , Volume Advertising & Design , Century 21 , About Real Estate NT , Andrew Weston - ePlace , Chin & Associates , Defence Housing Australia , iStock , Austockphoto , Golden Lotus Acupuncture , Darwin Residential and Commercial Real Estate , Darwin Funeral Services , Darwin Cremation Services , CBD Ceilings , Blaze Advertising , Darwin Greyhound Association , Numerous private owners who wish to sell or rent ,


    2015 - iStock - Everyday Australia Competition - Editors Choice image , , 2011- 1st Prize Black and White - Any Subject - Tennant Creek Show , ,


    Landscape photography in Palmerston, NT, Real Estate photography in Palmerston, NT, Advertising photography in Palmerston, NT, Event photography in Palmerston, NT, Portrait/Headshot photography in Palmerston, NT, Baby/Children photography in Palmerston, NT, Wildlife photography in Palmerston, NT, Corporate/Industrial photography in Palmerston, NT, Nature photography in Palmerston, NT, Automotive photography in Palmerston, NT, Family photography in Palmerston, NT, Product/Studio photography in Palmerston, NT, Wedding photography in Palmerston, NT

    Industry Affiliations

    AIPP - Australian Institute of Professional Photography
  • Reviews (12)

    Charlotte Walker

    April 27th, 2018
    Lea is a fantastic photographer. She is professional, reliable, creative, patient, kind, extremely efficient and a pleasure to work with. Nothing is too much trouble. Lea will do whatever it takes to ensure the client is completely satisfied with their photographs. I have seen first hand the precarious positions and climatic extremes Lea has endured to get the perfect photograph! I would thoroughly recommend Lea for all photography assignments.

    Wendy Lennon-Galliford

    January 8th, 2018
    Doug and I were married on the 30th of June 2017 and we are still enjoying the marvelous wedding photos Lea took for us everyday. Lea captured many special moments. Canvas prints adorn our home, (Lea recommended Harvey Norman for our canvas prints and we made up special book albums for our families from her disks). Lea is a talented photographer and we are so pleased with our wedding photos. "Our special wedding memories captured through Lea's eyes to share forever!"


    December 20th, 2017
    Lea has been my go to photographer for the last 3 years. She is professional but accessible. She has a great sense of humour and is fun to work with. She thinks outside the square, very creative and always captures exactly what I'm after. Lea's online gallery is superb. The images are high quality and easy to access. I recommend Lea for any photography job.

    Kristina - Darwin Residential

    September 4th, 2017
    We have engaged Lea on numerous occasions. Her photos produced are of great quality and she has always committed to quick turnaround times.

    Phil And Karen

    May 16th, 2017
    Lea is a professional, dedicated and passionate photographer who manages to capture more than just an image. Our family photos reflect the fun, love and happy times we spend together.

    Ivan Cooper

    April 6th, 2016
    Extremely helpful, knowledgable and highly experienced. Goes the extra mile to help. Would highly recommend.

    Andrew Weston

    March 6th, 2016
    Lea is a reliable, quick and thorough photographer. Her images do help sell properties and she is flexible with tweaking of requirements. Turnaround times are fast. I would recommend Lea to photogragh your property.

    Anna Helms

    February 1st, 2016
    Amazing photographer. Great to work with. Professional yet friendly and warm natured. Could not recommend highly enough. Thank you Lea.


    October 12th, 2015
    Helpful, efficient and professional - excellent photos and would highly recommend. Thanks Lea

    Luke Blackburn - Volume Advertising And Design

    July 10th, 2015
    Our business is based in Melbourne and we needed a photographer to photograph commercial properties in Darwin. With her broad range of photography skills we chose Lea as the quality of her work was great. Lea took the time to sight the project before proceeding and provided recommendation on how the project should be shot. Lea also organised a helicopter so the project could be shown in aerial photographs too. The quality of Lea's work is A1 and working with Lea has been an absolute pleasure. I would highly recommend using Lea as she is extremely professional and takes the time to understand the project and provides fantastic results.


    November 8th, 2014
    Lea was a pleasure to deal with! The photos were exactly as we needed and turned around very quickly! We would certainly recommend Lea for your property photo needs.


    July 28th, 2013
    Lea is truly a fantastic photographer. She is Professional, friendly, and SO easy to work with. Lea is a family friend of ours and when she approached me to get pregnancy pictures taken, I wasn't sure what to expect. The photo shoot was so much fun and the pictures turned out fantastic! I knew once I received my photos that I wanted to get more pictures taken. A LOT more. I couldn't wait until bub was born. The photo shoot with our newborn lasted for nearly 5 hours, I couldn't believe how quickly time flew. Lea caught some gorgeous shots and if it wasn't for her patience and understanding through all the nappy changes and feeds I don't think the photo shoot would have happened. I highly recommend Lea as her passion for photography shows not only in the photos but throughout the shoots as well. Thank you so much Lea!! XOXO

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