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6 of the Best Family Photo Shoot Locations in Brisbane

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Although newborns are best photographed at home, I love planning outdoor family photo shoots. Here are 6 of the best family photo shoot locations in Brisbane!

Unlike images taken in a studio setting, which can make people feel stiff or unnatural, outdoor locations allow you and your little ones to completely relax and enjoy your surroundings.

There is a great range of locations in the area, but here are six of my top suggestions:

  1. Boondall Wetlands

The Boondall Wetlands are on the Moreton Bay, near Nudgee Beach. The area has a huge diversity of plants and wildlife, providing stunning scenery and backdrops. Much of the area is not wet or marshy as the name may suggest, although I recommend wearing comfortable clothing and shoes! A few features include the clusters of tall, skinny trees and the various dirt paths and wooden walkways throughout the area.

  1. Beachfronts and Scenic Points

There are so many beautiful beachfronts and points that it would be nearly impossible to list them all! Nudgee Beach, Wellington Point, Victoria Point, and Southport Spit on the Gold Coast all have waterside views and wooded areas. The possibilities for shots are endless, from nestling amongst the trees and walking along paths to playing in the sand or running on the beach. Let me know if you have your heart set on a waterfront location, as I can advise you about which place is right for the time of day, time of year, and your group’s needs and wishes.

  1. Cleveland Point

Another specific waterside location worth highlighting, however, is Cleveland Point. It is about 30 minutes outside of Brisbane City and part of the bayside area. In addition to the coastal features you would expect to find, Cleveland Point has many other features. There are walking trails, trees out in the water, old wooden jetties, and the Cleveland Lighthouse. There is also a small playground for kids to enjoy as we set up formal portraits or capture a few candid ones. I often like to let children take the lead, snapping images here and there as they laugh and play.

  1. Mount Coot-tha for a Family Photo Shoot

Mt Coot-tha is well known for its incredible lookout, but there are many places in this area that are perfect for portrait sessions. In addition to hiking trails and lightly wooded areas, the nearby Brisbane Botanical Gardens are perfect for capturing outdoor images. There are also many picnic areas if you want to make a day of your session! Bringing along a lunch and taking the entire day off to spend together will help make your session even more fun and memorable.

  1. New Farm Park

New Farm Park boasts gorgeous river views, well-kept gardens, and some extremely magnificent old trees. There is also a children’s park where your little ones can run and play freely on the dragon- and castle-themed equipment. Big shade trees have helped produce some of my most stunning images, but there are also plenty of open spaces to serve as blank canvases. New Farm Park is a popular area, but I can help you find semi-secluded spots at the right time of day to get great shots.

  1. Jindalee River Rocks Park

As you probably know, this is Brisbane’s biggest riverfront park. The park offers a unique blend of open, natural spaces and industrial touches. The river is on one side, with large cement structures and industrial artifacts on the other. This space is perfect for capturing candid shots of children, as the playground is extensive. There are bike paths, sandpits, climbing nets, and more. As a bonus, the park has wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and many paths that are flat and wide for wheelchairs or strollers. Finally, there is a community garden and a water play area, offering tons of options for candid and posed portraits. Although the River Rocks Park is very popular during the weekends, it is often much less crowded during the week and could be a perfect setting for a session.

Want to Know My Secret Locations?

Every photographer has a few tricks up his or her sleeve! I know of many other locations in the area that would be ideal for a family photo shoot. If you have a place in mind for your session, let me know so I can scope it out and also see if any permits are required. Your background could be anything, including the beach, giant old trees, city architecture, or a large, open field. Contact me today and I will work with you to determine the right time, location, and poses to make your shoot a success.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Choosing the Best Brisbane Settings for Photographing Children Outdoors

Choosing the Best Brisbane Settings for Photographing Children Outdoors


beach-photographyAnyone who’s ever tried to capture really terrific shots of children that do justice to their wonderful natural spirits doesn’t need to be told what a challenge it can be. Children definitely tend to have minds of their own and getting the best out of them on your own time frame can be difficult to say the least.

Studio settings in particular can really spell disaster for the wrong children on the wrong day. The studio is hardly a place that offers the excitement and stimulation children want and need. They can’t move, run, jump, or play. They can’t touch anything either, as there’s always the worry something might get broken.  What’s more, putting children in situations like that really doesn’t bring out the best in them and that can really show up in the portraits.

The key to success lies in choosing natural environments for your shoots that allow children to play, frolic, and otherwise be their wonderful cheerful selves. Such environments make for stunningly unique portraits as well. For me this is the heart of photographing children successfully.

Playing in the Park

Parks are more than just beautiful places that make great backdrops for successful shoots. They’re also set up perfectly for bringing the best out in children in a way that really shows up well on film. I like to bring a little bit of imagination into things, the better to create an environment where everyone is having a good time.

For instance, I love telling little girls to look for fairy gardens among the roots of some of the big, knarled trees you find in parks. Little boys respond wonderfully to the suggestion that there might be dinosaurs hiding out in the same hidden places. When a child’s imagination flares after a suggestion like that, it’s nothing short of magical… and if you can capture that on film, you have a memory to treasure for a lifetime.

If the children you’re working with are in a more rambunctious mood, you can always encourage them to climb on trees or other appropriate structures. Since this isn’t a typical setting for “having your picture taken”, children really warm up to the idea quickly and you can snag some priceless shots as a result.

Add Loved Ones to the Mix

Another thing that naturally brings out the best in a child is adding their parents or a beloved pet to the shot. I’ve gotten some wonderful shots of children captured while playing peek-a-boo with their parents or running through puddles with the family dog. Add loved ones and favorite games that can’t help but make a child smile to a fantastic location and you’ve just set the ideal scene for a shoot.

At the end of the day, the idea is to take the children out of their everyday environments in such a way that they’re no longer focused on the business of posing for pictures. They’re simply being themselves and everyone’s having a good time… including the photographer! What better way to make memories than by capturing genuine fun, happiness, and enthusiasm on film?

Talk soon, Margherita :)

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Taking Spectacular Lifestyle Portraits for Brisbane Couples – Preserving Memories

Lifestyle portraits for Brisbane couplesAt their best, photographs are so much more than simple captured images. They’re also memories that you can take in visually and share with others. Professional photography in particular should take things one step further by capturing not only memories, but also bits and pieces of who the subjects really are. Portraits like these are known in the industry as lifestyle portraits.

When a couple has children, it’s relatively easy to decide how to capture what their life together is about. It’s only natural for it to be about their children and the life they all share together… but what about single couples, couples that don’t have children, or families that are about something more? I really love the opportunity to capture spectacular lifestyle portraits for Brisbane couples.

Capturing Passion on Film

Just like every family has a story about who they are, so does every couple. The trick to capturing that special sparkle on film is to hone in on what brings that couple together. Very often, that thing will be a shared hobby or interest. I find that cars, motorbikes, and other interests that are easily represented on film are great options. However, the theme of a photo shoot can certainly vary according to the individuals involved. A good photographer will be open to letting their instincts guide them.

Using Vehicles in Photo Shoots

I personally find that vehicles really do make terrific centerpieces for any couple shoot. For instance, take a couple I had the pleasure of working with a while back that not only loved Mercedes cars, but also the quiet beauty of jacaranda trees.

We knew from the get-go that combining these two interests would be a wonderful way to capture who they were as a unit, so we waited patiently for jacaranda season to arrive. At that point, we took their individual Mercedes Benz cars out to some positively gorgeous locations studded with jacarandas and started setting up our shots. One of the most priceless of these was a big panorama shot of both of them leaning on their cars on a side street lined with jacarandas. The result was pure magic – like something that belonged in a Mercedes commercial — which they were no doubt very happy with.

Making Locations Count

Homes and physical locations also make terrific superstars when it comes to really making photo shoots count. This is a perfect solution when you’re talking about not only couples, but families that have just finished building their dream homes or who otherwise have a property at the center of their current lives.

I had the unique delight of doing a shoot like this not too long ago. The family was from Brookfield and lived their lives around a lovely family farm that had been with their people for generations and featured a dam at the front. We did the shoot itself with the whole scene on the hill in the background. We even managed to capture the kids as they ran and played. It was perfection on film and the family was certainly very happy.

When you set up your shoots this way – around activities and places that mean something to people – you set the stage for something amazing. I look forward to helping you and your loved ones find your own little piece of that.

Talk soon, Margherita :)

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Family photography Brisbane Northside

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Old trucks make the perfect backdrop for adventurous boys.

For families in the Northern areas of Brisbane, there are some great locations for photography to choose from.

Being a mobile studio means I don’t insist you pack up your family and come to a little studio somewhere and sit inside trying to control your kids.

Its so much easier to be outdoors.

Here are a few of my favourite locations.

Old Petrie Town.

Old rustic sheds and fences and a Fig tree that’s 200 years old all set in an old farm village. The firehouse is bright red and striking.  If farm houses and old sheds are your thing, this place is fun. Just got to watch out for all the mosquito’s here.

Shorncliffe Pier

The gorgeous old jetty is closed for renovations at the moment I wrote this post but, hopefully once it’s been fixed, it will be back to it’s original splendour. Its a very small beach with old gnarled trees amongst the BBQ’s on the shore. Quite a sweet location but very likely to be blowing a gale on the beach so not for those families worried about perfect fringes.

The City.

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There are lots of beautiful fig trees in the Northside of Brisbane.

Its not that far to come for stunning families portraits that will be around forever.

I tend to favour New Farm Park because it has everything… the river runs by, there are gorgeous big old fig trees around that make stunning back drops. The old Powerhouse itself has old rustic shabby concrete walls cracked with age. Old peeling doorways show its historic nature and its right in New Farm Park with its city views and gardens. Cafe’s and restaurants and coffee shed’s selling all types of food plus BBQ’s for the DIY types. Free parking and the best playground in town. Best not to show the kids the playground until after their portraits otherwise we will lose them in there forever. :)

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For international travellers wanting Australian style portraits while they are in Queensland, you can’t beat Kangaroo Point Cliffs with the beautiful city back drop. The stone wall at the top of the cliffs is just lovely. The river at that spot is often seen on the news when a politician is being interviewed. I have on occasions seen Kevin Rudd driving away from a press conference at the top of the cliffs there and later seen the footage on the news, so it is popular.

Depending on what your family is in to, I’ll know the best spot. At the end of the day you really just want everyone to arrive happy and ready to have fun with their family.

Let me know what your favourite theme is and together we’ll design some beautiful family images.

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Family Photographers Gold Coast – my favourite locations

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It’s not surprising the Gold Coast Skyline is world famous.

I head down the Gold Coast a lot and have lots of little places I take portraits that work brilliantly.

I LOVE the beach.

It’s alive, free and relaxed.

One of my favourite spots is at The Spit. I’ve been taking family photos there for the last 10 years and never tire of its beauty. Its magic!

One of the reasons the beach is so fun is because it’s outdside and I find it easier to get the best out of people when they are on the shores of a gorgeous ocean. Life is so busy that the idea of forcing kids in set up poses in a studio makes most Mums run for the hills so getting your family to run down a beach is so much easier. Everyone is relaxed and having fun with the wind whipping their hair and the waves splashing their jeans.. You don’t have to pretend to be happy because it comes naturally.

This makes my job easy :)

Southport has the fantastic

Sand pumping station with the Wooden Pier which acts as a spectacular backdrop for the dramatic look whilst having great excellent views of the skyline of Surfers Paradise.

For quite a different look we have the rocky groin and the little light house on the other side; this spot is also very popular with Gold Coast family photographers.

On really windy days, I head over to the calm leeward side of the Spit where the wind is quiet, it just has to be on sunset or really overcast so there is no glare.

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The grassy dunes on the Gold Coast are perfect for fun photo times.

The grassy headlands

are one of my favourite looks for family portraits and are very popular with families looking for some variety.

One word of caution, apparently we share the dune woodlands there with Brown snakes. Luckily I haven’t had the fun of seeing any there before, I’m told that they are there hiding from beach goers so we make lots of stomping sounds in Summer hoping to scare them away :)

Sunset is the best time to catch amazing gentle light on the beach so that no-one is squinting and there are no harsh shadows.

Many families drive from all over QLD and even the world wanting to be captured at a Southport or Surfers Paradise beach – that Skyline is world famous.

The tall Surfers Paradise buildings offer some shade on an earlier afternoon.

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Another favourite spot I love is Currumbin, around Elephant Rock. I’ve got some stunning images from all around that area.

A different look for the Gold Coast is heading up Mt Tamborine into the rain forests or even at the lookout.

I had fun at one sitting with a big red couch.

Wow, I love that vista!!

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