Sarah Black Photography

The Woods

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If you go down to the woods today, one thing is for sure: it won’t be boring.

While I do love making family photos at home, I think it is just as special to head out somewhere interesting for an adventure, particularly once kids get a little older, or if you know they are high energy, and love being in nature.

The great thing about heading out to a beach, or a forest, is that makes it so easy to avoid having to pose or be more formal, I can just focus on capturing your family in a really natural way, letting curiosity lead our exploration. That makes kids really happy and comfortable, which means happy and relaxed parents! I have lots of suggestions for gorgeous iconic (or quiet) locations like the one for this session below, if you are not sure where to go. You can even pack a picnic for afterwards, or head nearby to one of the beautiful eateries, pubs or wineries that pepper our VIctorian countryside. That way you make a day of it, and your photographs capture a memory of a shared adventure.

Adventures in Flinders

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This beautiful spot in Flinders along Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula has become super popular for family photography sessions over the last year or so, and with good reason. With a beautiful protected beach below, and stunning windswept clifftops above, this is a spectacular location to explore, worthy of the hour or so drive from central Melbourne. This gorgeous family, visiting from Singapore, were keen to explore a part of Victoria they hadn’t seen before, with beaches a little more wild than what they are used to, which is part of their charm. They had the most wonderful afternoon, topped off by a beautiful meal in the nearby town of Flinders, which has several fabulous restaurants, on the way home.

I love heading to wild and interesting places for sessions not just because the photographs are more aesthetic (although tbh this is pretty much always true) but because the images that result then connect back to such strong memories, of a real experience a family has had together. There really is no comparison with just heading to the local neighbourhood park (generally filled with locals walking their dogs, and pathways that cut through scenes at odd angles, and other people’s children running around in the background). When we go somewhere more inspiring, there is no need for forced smiles, or anyone to ‘look like they’re happy to be there’, because they simply are. And everyone also seems to relax more, having committed more to the overall activity, and set aside a little more time for it. It’s pretty hard to stand on these cliffs and think about your emails.

I love this part of the world so much that I’m actually moving there in 2020, and so hope to do more sessions there in future. And for this family, I am creating a glass keepsake box filled with their favourite prints, and on the front, we have engraved the single word ‘Adventures’.


/Sarah Black is one of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula's most sought after family and newborn baby photographers. If you are interested in finding out more about commissioning a natural, soulful photography session to capture this time in the life of your family, children or a newborn baby, either in your own home or on location anywhere in Melbourne, please get in touch here. Weekends book out around 6 weeks in advance (weekday times are more readily available), so if you are considering booking a session then please get in touch asap to reserve your date./