Sarah Black Photography

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./

Bandaids and backyard hangs

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There’s this new term that’s popped up in family photography over the last few years, ‘family lifestyle photography’, which I sometimes think means more to photographers than it does to people trying to search for natural family photography. But really, all it is is natural family photography that just leaves the cheese and the forced smiles back in the 1980s where they belong. So, if you and your family are pretty happy hanging out at home, and you ‘get’ that the real memories are made up of sisters hugging in a way which causes everyone to roll off the sofa onto the floor, and that it’s perfectly reasonable to pause the serious business of taking family photos for bandaids and couch dancing and cuddles (and in fact all of these things are much more worth capturing than fake smiles), and pretty much no-one doing what they are asked except for that no small of thing of being truly themselves, the family lifestyle photography is really really for you.

So if you are in Melbourne and looking for a lifestyle photographer, I’d love to hang out with you in the winter sun for an hour or so, and capture some ordinary beautiful magic for your family.

XSarah


/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./