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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.

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. 


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.


Tennille & Salvador: Kondalilla Falls, Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Engaged couple on rain forest path sunshine coast hinterland

Board walks and pathways, all leading lines to this photogenic couple.  I joined Tennille and Salvador for a bush walk around Kondalilla Falls in amongst the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.  The afternoon went quickly as they walked casually around the path seemingly forgetting that I was with them taking portraits.

The trees, figs, roots and pathways create plenty of locations and interest to set up a pose, I really enjoy taking photos in amongst all the greenery and dappled light.