Sarah Black Photography

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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./

Going deep

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I’ve got about a half a dozen things half started over here: poems and writings than may never see the light of day, books part-read and theories half drafted and endless lists of ideas and thoughts that are important to me, ones that I’d like to sit with and explore and doodle about and just generally research and ruminate on for a few hundred hours. Trouble is, I still don’t actually have hundreds of hours

But of all my to-dos and should-dos and want-to-dos, this is what more often than not floats to the top, these photographs that I make for people. Simple, heartfelt family photographs that with the greatest ease and gentlest voice persistently remind that deep doesn’t have to mean anything other than deeply felt. It doesn’t have to be dark, or complicated or intense, or overtly artsy or be otherwise signposted as deep in the ways we have come to expect depth sometimes to present itself.

These photos have taught me, and continue to teach, so much.

Going deep is paying attention, it’s taking the eye we reserve for high art and letting it fall on the scene right in front of us. It’s the little pile of bricks you have witnessed magic in, it’s the ever-expanding space between their small warm bodies and yours, it’s the little tears you mop up because life is confusing and unfair and tricky sometimes, here as anywhere.

If we do one thing well, let it be this, and then if we also find time for the higher things, the literature and podcasts and works in oil, let them be informed by all the things we already learned at home.


//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.//