Bribie Island

Jolly Family | Bribie Island

I love seeing families every few years, often there is a new addition just like the Jolly Family. Last time I photographed the Jolly’s there was only 3, it is so nice to see the families grow.


Portraits in Beach & Coastal Locations

Having your family or engagement photos taken in an outdoor location requires a lot more planning than showing up for a photoshoot in a studio but you don’t have to worry because I’m here to guide you through choosing the best times for your favourite locations.

  • Bright and Vibrant

  • Whites, Beige, Greens, Aqua, and Blues

  • Go for light, bright, solid colours

  • Mornings or Afternoons

Beaches and Coastal locations differ greatly from Brisbane through to Redcliffe, Bribie Island and the Sunshine Coast.  If you are looking for just nice sandy beaches without people try Red Beach on the southern tip of Bribie Island, which is well suited for late afternoon walks along white sands and into driftwood and paperbark trees.  Want rock pools for nice reflection head to Dicky Beach on the Sunshine Coast.  Shorncliffe has one of the best piers and offers diverse photo opportunities along with playgrounds for the little ones.

Beaches and coastal areas are so diverse with many different backdrops, from bright skies, rocky headlands, piers, open woodlands, and golden sands.  This means a variety of looks can be achieved and sometimes all in the one location.  Light, bright and solid colours work best at the beach so keep it fun and fresh.

Early mornings or late afternoons are best ti visit the coast as the light is a lot softer and warmer to achieve that lovely soft warm glow.  If you are looking for bold and saturated colours it is best to shoot late morning or early afternoon when the sun is high so you can get deep blue skies.  Just remember the downside to this can be harsh shadow and squinting eyes.


Rachel & James: Buckley's Hole, Bribie Island

Engaged couple sunset at the beach, bribie island

Rachel and James met me at Buckley's Hole on the southern tip of Bribie Island for an afternoon portrait sessions.  We started off in and around the waterhole where the warm afternoon light filtered through the long grass before we hit the beach for the sunset.

Buckley's Hole is home to many species of waterbird and features a neat bird hide in amongst the pathways and boardwalks.  One of the pathways leads to the western facing beach, perfect for late afternoon portrait photos.


Lara & Jason: Red Beach Bribie Island

Engaged couple looking over guys shoulder with golden light from behind

Red Beach is one of my favourite spots to visit, located at the southern tip of Bribie Island it makes for some fantastic afternoon portrait sessions.  While it is generally not sheltered from the weather, the tree lined dunes filter the afternoon sun perfectly making for some great bokeh.  

Lara and Jason met me there one sunny afternoon for an engagement portrait session and we were delighted with golden sunlight through the dark paperbark trees.  The image at the top of the page is my favourite from the portrait session; I like the light and airy feel from the golden sunlight filtering through the sea haze behind them.  The lens flair was not intentional but brings a feeling of warmth and retro charm to the shot.  The connection Lara has with the camera dominates the composition and draws your attention.

 
Thanks for your time today Stuart, it was great meeting you! Lara and I loved the setting and the shots.
— Jason
 

Laura & Trent: Red Beach Bribie Island

Young couple against dark natural background beach engagement photoshoot

It was the beginning of Autumn when I met Laura and Trent at the beach for their photo shoot, Laura and I had emailed back and forth about the shoot and finding a location that they could bring their dogs.  I'm a dog person myself so I know how big a part of the family a pooch can be.  

We head to Red Beach at the southern tip of Bribie Island, a dog friendly beach that at times can become quite busy.  A short walk from the car park and we soon found a place that was quiet, no one else around and the dogs could be let off to run and play at the waters edge.

Drift wood and paperbarks set the scenes, it was a little overcast on the day which still made for some great photos of the couple and their dogs.  I shot against the ocean, in the open on the beach, but my favourite background was the dark textures of the paperbark trees.