Rural and Bushland

Brooks Family: Beerwah and Maleny Family Portraits

Brooks Family Photos

Rural scenes from Beerwah and Maleny

Meet the Brooks Family, Matt, Jess, James, and Henry. We spent an afternoon together close to home in Beerwah before heading to Maleny to capture sunset portraits.

Before the shoot Jess downloaded the preparation guide to Outdoor Family Photography which covers locations, what to wear, how to prepare, and explains each step of the portrait process from start to finish.

Jess was after a Rural and Bushland setting and had in mind the idea of a sunset with the Glass House Mountains in the background. I knew of the perfect spot for the sunset photos but wanted to find somewhere else that was quieter for James to run around. I spent quite a few hours scouting online before setting off to visit the shortlist of locations. We started the photo shoot close to home, down the end of their street.

James is very cheeky and quick. He is so hard to capture a good photo that’s not blurred

At the end of a very long quiet dirt road we were able to ease gently into the photo shoot. I needed to make James comfortable and trust me, we bonded over dinosaurs and played little games to keep his interest. I had the above image planned out and prepared a vintage timber crate to sit on, I love how the rows of macadamia trees in the grove give contrast to the bright golden sunlight coming in from the side.

Henry, well he’s just a chubba!

We moved on from the dirt road in Beerwah to a fantastic roadside spot at Maleny that overlooks the Glass House Mountains just in time for sundown. The weather had been quite patchy in the lead up to the shoot but the sky put on some really nice colours. Again we played games, ran about, and captured some authentic family moments as the light faded.

An online gallery was created for Jess and Matt who chose their ten favourite images for a Matted Print Box. These boxes are a great way to store and display you images for many years to come, you can even frame the individual prints to hand on your wall or place on a shelf.

Preparation Guide to Outdoor Family Photography

Bronwyn & Peter: Kurwongbah

Meet Bronwyn and Peter, a young couple who met online and hit it off. 

I wanted to try something different for this engagement session with Bronwyn and Peter so after the shoot I sat down with each of them and recorded the stories of how they met, their first impressions, and how Peter proposed.  The video above is the first of these personalised slideshows that I have created and I hope to do more in the future.



Jacinda & Wayne: Kurwongba

Looking back down the path

I spend a lot of time in the car for work and am always scouting new locations for photo shoots, one morning I came across this bush land scene out the back of Narangba with all sorts of features; bush tracks, dirt roads, old timber fencing, long grass - a really rural country setting.

Jacinda and Wayne liked the idea of the country setting so we headed out for an afternoon family portrait setting, sometimes it can take a while... or not at all for the little ones to warm to the photographer.  

Becky & Dan: Mary Cairncross Park, Maleny

Tight crop of Becky and Dan sitting in long green grass

What a place, what a vista.  Mary Cairncross Park on the way to Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland offers up some amazing views of the Glass House Mountains to the south as well as a fantastic park, playground, and of course Mary Cairncross Park with its kilometers of boardwalks and pathways through the rain forest to explore.

Becky and Dan along with their daughter came up for an afternoon family portrait session and a play in the park.  The weather was starting to turn a little grey but I reckon that just adds mood to the images, it certainly didn't put a damper on the shoot.

Engagement Shoot | Maleny

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to assist in photographing Althea and Jon in the lead up to their wedding later in the year.  We headed to a few spots around Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the afternoon sun was sneaking out from behind the clouds and the Glass House Mountains made a fantastic backdrop.  While Jocelyn from JC Photographry Service | Capturing Lifes Moments took care of the directing, I looked for the candid shots between.  

Something out of the ordinary for me but I look forward to doing more of this in the future.

Nikon D7100 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 | 1/400s | F5.6 | ISO200 | edit in LR5                                                     

Nikon D7100 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 | 1/250s | F5.6 | ISO100  | edit in LR5