Parklands

Casey & Gary: Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens

close up portrait of newly engaged couple, Casey and Gary, at Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens dancing in among the bamboo trees.

Before meeting Casey and Gary at the Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens I had a few images in mind and headed into the shoot with a plan, hit up the Conifer garden first with the flowing pathways, and then head to the Japanese garden; I didn't think I would find my favourite image among the bamboo trees at the end of the shoot.

Wide portrait of Casey and Gary standing on a windy path in the middle of the conifer garden at Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens for their engagement photo session

I chose the gardens as our meeting place as Casey had mentioned that they wanted to get married in the rain forests at Mt Tamborine, I figured this would give them some nice images to compliment the style of their wedding location.  

Casey and Gary standing on the rocky pathway in the middle of the Japanese Garden at Mt Cootha Botanical gardens during their engagement photo shoot

The Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens offer a huge range of background from dense rainforest, urban art installations and open parkland.  We had a lot of fun together as the three of us walked around and shot in as many locations around the gardens as possible.

Close up portrait of newly engaged couple, Casey and Gary, enjoying the Botanical Garden at Mt Cootha
Newly engaged couple, Casey and Gary, enjoying a walk over the foot bridge at Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens during their photo shoot.
Casey and Gary sitting on a rocky step in among the dense rainforest of Mt Cootha Botanical gardens during their engagement photo session
Portrait of newly engaged couple Casey and Gary standing in front of an urban art installation at Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens

Thank you again Casey and Gary for the awesome afternoon, congratulations again on your engagement and I wish you all the best in your new future together!


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.