Caboolture outdoor family photos

Bell Family Portraits | Centenary Lakes, Caboolture

Bell Family Photos

An afternoon at Centenary Lakes, Caboolture

The Bell family won a portrait experience voucher through their local family daycare centre. It was a delight to meet them all and spend the afternoon together at Centenary Lakes.

Centenary Lakes Caboolture family portrait
Martin and I met 29 years ago, reunited 2 years ago and have been married 7 months. I have three children and Martin calls them his own.
Centenary Lake Caboolture, couples protrait with backlit afternoon sunlight

One of my favourite spots at Centenary Lakes is a large fig tree tucked away from everyone else. In this location you will find not only the tree but stairs, rocks, water, park benches and an open field set away from the crowds. Click here to learn more about portraits in parks and gardens.

A week after the photo shoot we all met up again to view the images, I helped Vanessa and Martin select how they wanted to display their images.

A 16x20” canvas was picked to show off the whole family portrait, along with a story box of ten 8x10” matted prints in colour and black and white.

 
Prints and Canvas wrapped up ready to deliver
 

Stuart Cox from Stuart C Photography is a professional photographer who works with children and families in the outdoors to create awesome artwork for you to keep and display in your home forever. Based in Caboolture, North of Brisbane towards the Sunshine Coast.  Family Portrait Sessions are typically held on Saturdays in a location of your choice.  A quality range of options for displaying your family portraits are available, whether you are looking for something small such as a matted print or an acrylic tile, an heirloom album or large wall art.  Family Portrait Sessions start at $95 and your choice of prints and products range from $50 per print and up to $995 for a 40x60” Canvas print for your wall.


Need some help or ideas for preparing your next outdoor family portrait session?

 
How to prepare for family portraits
 

What to do when it rains on your family portrait day | Caboolture Family Photographer

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet
— Roger Miller

Shooting outdoors has an inherent risk of poor weather, I always keep an eye on the weather forecasts in the lead up to the shoot and leave it fairly late if we should cancel or continue.  All week I have been hoping for a dry spell for a family photo shoot that was scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Centenary Lakes.

 Sun-showers and a little bit of rain don’t phase me and it is often the case that when the sun comes back out there is magic in the air, everything is cleansed, the sun is shining - perfect.  Not so much this week, everything has been soaked to the core and unfortunately I had no other option than to postpone the session.

Today I realised that I probably should not let the weather get the best of me, we all love to shoot when the sun is shining and the weather is perfect, but being an outdoor family photographer I am at the mercy of the weather.  Now being stuck in the rain is not everyone’s cup of tea, but maybe I should ask the question and try something more adventurous with my families.  

If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
If you´re not into yoga, if you have half a brain
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape
I´m the love that you´ve looked for, write to me, and escape
— ‘Escape’ by Robert Holmes

My resident model was as keen as mustard to get dirty and wet!  A typical 4 year old boy, always ready and willing to splash in some puddles.  So in a park not too far from home, we ventured out in the inclement weather in search of muddy puddles.

Portrait of child wearing gumboots and holding an umbrella as it rains in a caboolture park | North Brisbane family portrait photographer

Stuart C Photography is a Caboolture based Outdoor Family Photographer servicing all areas from North Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast.  Family Portrait Sessions are typically held on Saturdays in a location of your choice.  A quality range of options for displaying your family portraits are available, whether you are looking for something small such as a matted print or an acrylic tile, an heirloom album or large wall art.  Family Portrait Sessions start at $95 and your choice of prints and products range from $50 per print and up to $995 for a 40x60” Canvas print for your wall.


Need some help or ideas for preparing your next outdoor family portrait session?

 
How to prepare for family portraits
 

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
 

What to wear to your Outdoor Portrait Session

There are many approaches to dressing for your portrait session and I generally take a casual approach to suit the location and activity.  I want to open up some new ideas, concepts and general rules of thumb to help you choose what to wear and look your best in for your next outdoor portrait session. 

 
  • Confident yet Comfortable

  • Suits the Activity and Location

  • Complimentary, Not Matching

  • Avoid Logos and Text

You want to look your best for your photoshoot session but you also want to be comfortable in what you are wearing because if you feel uncomfortable, you will most like look uncomfortable.  Dress for the occasion, activity or location; a tight dress and heels isn't going to work for a day at the beach, but would be perfect for an urban setting.

 

Think about how the colours and styles will look in your home

 

Think about the location and the activity and what you would normally wear, then step it up just a little with some attention to detail and coordination.  

Take for instance a photoshoot at the beach wearing shorts and t-shirts with thongs or sandshoes.  Now pick three bright colours and  a base colour that work well together.  Mix them up between shorts, shirts and accessories so not everyone is wearing the exact same thing but there is still connection.

If that's too much colour, perhaps you could choose one colour that everyone would wear, whether it be pants, a shirt, a head band, or a scarf.  I believe there should be something in common, but not the same item, to connect everyone in the image.

Pay attention to the details by making sure your clothes are clean and lint free, shirts have been ironed and don't have large creases, buttons and zips are intact, bra straps are hidden, and tags have been removed.

I always recommend that you avoid large logos, text and images where possible because they can date an image and be very distracting to the viewer.


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Little Family Portraits: Clayton Park Beachmere

Bunt Family Portraits: Briggs Avenue Beachmere

Four generations in the same place and time; it must be wonderful for the little ones to grow up with their great grandparents and in turn for the great grandparents to enjoy and cherish a third group of young ones.

Terri's daughter Anna arranged for the photo shoot on short notice in the hopes of being able to have some family photos taken quite soon while the whole extended family group of fourteen were all available.  I was tasked with finding a suitable location that was easily accessible for the oldest generation to visit.  After scoping a number of parks, Clayton park off Briggs Avenue in Beachmere was a winner.

With everyone gathered I started with the larger group shot of the entire family and moved onto great grandparents and the great grandchildren.  Younger couples next, followed by the smaller family groups.  The youngest boys were not overly keen to have their photos taken and needed some persuasion and coaxing from their older cousins,  

Group portrait of grandparents with grandchildren in Beachmere park
Small family portrait taken in natural light in Beachmere park
Outdoor natural light Portrait of father and his two sons in a Beachmere park
Close up portrait of toddler with his mum taken in natural light in Clayton Park Beachmere
Portrait of couple standing in Clayton Park Briggs Avenue Beachmere
Portrait of couple standing in Clayton Park Briggs Avenue Beachmere
Large family group photo of four generations in Clayton Park Briggs Avenue Beachmere

Portrait Locations: At Home

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.

 
  • Comforts of Home

  • Convenience

  • Your Colours

  • Include your pets or pastimes

Here's something to consider; why not have you family portrait taken at home?  Do you have a great back yard or an interesting feature wall that would make the perfect backdrop to your family portrait?  Maybe you want to include your pets, or a pastime.  Or it might just be more convenient to have a photographer come to you.


Portraits in Urban 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, Dark and Moody, Gritty

  • Greys, Browns, Blacks, Whites, and Bold Colours

  • Be bold with patterns or colours

  • Any time of day and night

It's quite surprising what you can find close to home.  I find urban locations to be quite intimate places featuring rough walls and textures.  It's hard to beat the Powerhouse at Newstead but if you look closely, hidden gems can be found close to home.

Urban areas are often quite drab with shades of greys and browns, sometimes covered in graffiti or overgrown greenery, or you may find walls covered in bright solid colours.  Bright and bold clothing, both in colour and pattern, lend themselves well to Urban backgrounds.

These locations are typically shaded and dark but you can find the off open area that will get some rays, however most of the time will be in soft light or artificial light such as flashes.

A variety or moods can be created within an urban setting such as light and bright, warm and intimate, cool, dark and grungy.  You should be able to shoot at anytime of the day or night but it depends on how you want your image to look and feel, and also what best suits your desired urban hang out.


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.


Portraits in Parks and Garden 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

  • Greens, and Yellows

  • Wear light colours to pop

  • Any time of the day

Your local park is the perfect place to have your family or engagement portraits.  The gardens are well manicured and you can always find a wonderfully soft patch of grass to throw out a picnic rug.  There are hundreds of parks in the greater Moreton Bay region and beyond, but a few of my favourites are Centenary Lakes in Caboolture, Lake Eden in North Lakes, and Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens.

Photos taken in parks and gardens are generally going to be bright and vibrant with lots of green to fill out the background, so you will want to wear something light and bright that will pop against the dark green backdrops.  There is usually a variety of backgrounds, walkways, and bridges to use in your photos and with so much variety and activity it will be quite fun and give great opportunity for candid images.

To avoid harsh overhead light, these locations are best shot early morning and late afternoon.  At these times you can expect nice golden light which is perfect for backlighting and flares.  Suffice to say you could still shoot here at any time of day as you can always find great leafy canopies to help soften the light.


Portraits in Rural and Bushland 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 Warm

  • Yellows, Oranges, Greens and Browns

  • Wear darker clothing to contrast

  • Early Mornings or Late Afternoons

You don't need to head far out of Caboolture to find a nice rural or bushland scene.  You could go anywhere off the beaten track such as Kurwongba, Wamuran, Elimbah, Woodford, Mt Mee, Beerwah, or the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Open Bushland and Rural scenes can vary dramatically, from dense trees to great open vistas.  You will generally find elements such as dirt roads, trails, fences, structures and long grass to include in your portraits.

These areas offer light and bright backdrops with warm colour tones such as yellows, oranges, and browns, but still have a fair bit of green.

To avoid harsh overhead light, these locations are best shot early in the morning and later afternoon because at these times you can expect nice golden light which is perfect for back-lighting and flares. Darker clothing works well here for contrast with the lighter backgrounds, however wearing light and bright complimentary colours such as blues and whites help achieve bright airy images.


Portraits in Rainforest 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.

  • Dark and Moody

  • Greens, Browns, Greys and Black

  • Wear brighter colours to contrast

  • Mid-Morning to Mid-Afternoon

Head to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland for amazing rainforest locations such as Kondalilla Falls or Mary Cairncross Reserve.  You will come across some wonderful elements such as interesting tree trunks to pose against, rocks and boulders to sit on, pathways and bridged to lead into the scene, and not forgetting waterfalls and streams.

The rainforests are typically dark and moody with hues of browns, greens and blacks, so choose brighter colours that contrast with the dark greens of the background.

Rainforests are great at any time of day as the sunlight doesn't change dramatically under the dense canopies.  On sunny days you may get a lot of dappled light and pockets of light shining down like spotlights.

Alternatively, if the weather is overcast and verging on light showers, your images will tend to be softer and more evenly lit without harsh lighting and shadows.  I feel that the middle hours of the day are well suited to a rainforest photoshoot.


6 Tips for your Family Photos

6 Tips for your Family Photos

So you're thinking of having family photos taken and you have a growing list of concerns; how am I going to dress my kids?  Will my husband be grumpy?  What happens if my kids are complete ratbags?

Well here, let me help answer some of these troubling questions.

Katrina: Urban Maternity Shoot in Caboolture

 
Just a few photos from our maternity shoot with the ever talented and patient Stuart C Photography. The hardest part of the whole process is deciding on which photos to put on our walls - Brenton and I just love them! FYI - Gids had the absolute BEST time playing in the leaves and collecting sticks in the bush!
— Katrina
 

Katrina came to me asking for an urban style maternity shoot, her last maternity shoot was at the Power House but this time wanted something different and a bit closer to home.  I spent quite a few nights pondering locations and then headed out on a weekend mission to find the right locations around Caboolture. 

We met up in the centre of town where I had found three very different spots in the one area.  Katrina's parents came along to the photoshoot which was excellent as they could chase after the little guy when he wasn't particularly interested in being in front of the camera.  

After the shoot and the first selection of images were edited, we all met up again at a local cafe for the reveal, it is so nice to see the reactions in person.