Fletcher Family Beach Portraits | Noosa National Park

Flether Family | Noosa National Park

Everyone is home for Christmas, an opportune time for family portraits.


I met the entire Fletcher family at Noosa Heads National Park early one morning between Christmas and New Years for an extended family portrait session at the beach.  We chose the sheltered cove of Tea Tree Beach as it is accessible for all ages and has a great mixture of backgrounds from the ocean to rocks and bush. 

Not always but most of the time, babies and toddlers are fairly well behaved after a nap and a feed so we decided an early morning would be best to kick off.  Tea Tree cove is fairly well sheltered from direct light of the morning which provided some great soft open light and plenty of opportunities to change backgrounds and still have nice light all around.

It’s not often the whole family comes together, usually this happens around holiday events or significant birthdays or life events.  Here, everyone had gathered at Bryan and Roses house at Noosa for the Christmas and New Years period.  We had grandparents up from Melbourne, one family from Brisbane and another family from London.  What was extra special about this Christmas was that the two grand children were able to play together for the first time.

I had a list of photos from Byran and Rose of what they wanted from the photoshoot, the standard group shot and then breaking down into the smaller family groups.  We started off with some candid images while everyone settled into the location before setting up the more structured groupings.  Of course there are no hard and fast schedules to be followed so I am always open to requests and ideas from all family members.  Once we were finished with the formalities it was time to have a bit more play time at the beach and capture some natural portraits of everyone.


It was made clear at the time of booking that there was a limited window of time to edit and reveal the images and process and print the favourite portraits.  In a few days following the portrait session I revisited the Fletcher family at home and projected a slideshow on their TV.  I carry sample printed products with me to the photoshoot and also to the image reveal and ordering sessions to give an idea of the features and qualities of each product.

Each family took home either a Canvas Print or a Wood Print along with a USB stick containing all the edited images from the session.  Prints can take anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks to process as each image is further enhanced for the chosen print medium.    

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.

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.

Merchant Family: Shorncliffe Pier

Boys will be boys, lined up at the handrail near Shorncliff Pier

Boys will be boys - like herding cats but you can't beat candid and natural moments

You don't have to apologise for your children not following instructions or sitting still and posing perfectly for the camera - that just isn't going to happen.  Just embrace it, run with it, see what they do and be quick to capture.

I spent the morning with these boys, all cousins from three families and it was chaos but it was great; They couldn't sit still no matter how hard everyone tried.  But sometimes that makes for fun photos, candid memories of kids being kids - playing, exploring, completely oblivious to the camera.  

I have young children myself so I know what it's like; don't be embarrassed, don't apologise, don't worry - I've got this.   

Nicolle & Nicholas: Dicky Beach, Caloundra

Couple standing in rockpool at dusk with reflection in water

Wow - Dicky Beach, Caloundra.  So many spots to strike a pose; rock pools, the waters edge, dunes, rocks, stairs... the mind boggles where to begin.

Nicolle and Nicholas were after some engagement portraits prior to their wedding so we all met up at Dicky Beach for a late afternoon session.  The image at the top of the page was experimental but it paid off, I used flash in a soft box on a stand just out of the frame to light the couple which allowed me to capture those awesome dark purple and blue hues of dusk. 

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.