Where will your photo session be?
Have you thought about a location for your photography session? Is there a setting that is more relevant to your family?
Firstly, in-home sessions are blissful and do NOT require as much work as you think. I only use pockets of your home which have the very best light. So, you do not need to clean the entire house top to bottom. I have some tips on prepping for these if you decide to stay home. Another fabulous benefit to staying home is not having to worry about weather getting in our way.
Please note, I am happy to visit homes within a 20km radius of Mentone, if you live beyond this then travel costs will apply (see the bottom of this page for a full breakdown).
If you want a local outdoor setting below are some of my favourites I have hunted out over the years. All of these locations change dramatically depending on the light and season but these images will hopefully give you a bit of an idea of the differences between them.
If you still feel unsure after reading through this page please feel free to scroll through my website galleries or Instagram portfolio and if there is a location that stands out to you then let me know.
Ricketts Point is one of my most popular locations. We meet on the corner of Tramway Parade, Dalgetty, or Rennison Street and Beach Road, Beaumaris. Deciding which of these corners we will meet on depends on the time of day of your session as well as the weather and time of year. All of these meeting spots bring us down to a stunning beach setting that has a beautiful range of red rocks to explore, as well as bush in behind which helps give a lovely range of backdrops to your images.
I have included two session snapshots here as this setting differs so much.
Braeside Park is my favourite Australian bush setting. It is wild with beautiful depth, and long grass. We meet in the Braeside Redgum Picnic Area Car Park which you enter of Governor Road, Braeside. (Listed as Braeside Wetlands carpark on Google maps). The wild life in Braeside Park can add an extra element and be a really fun adventure if smaller people are coming along.
This location changes all year round, and light plays a huge part in how your images will look. I have included a snapshot here from a few sessions to give you an idea of the range.
No dogs are allowed in Braeside Park as it is an environmental park.
Sandringham beach is another one of my popular beach settings. We meet under the rotunda opposite the end of Melrose Street and it is a short walk from there. There are red rocks to explore, a curved beach, green banks and white sand cliffs. A really beautiful range of backdrops all in the one spot.
Nov-March dogs off leash until 10am. April-October dog off leash 24 hours.
Dog friendly locations
Furry family members are always welcome at my sessions. Here are a few locations that work really well if they are coming along.
Hampton dog beach – meet outside the Kiosk in the bottom carpark down past Sandringham Yacht Club. This is a beautiful beach curve backed by some lovely long beach grass. An old wooden pier and boats align your backdrop.
Cheltenham Park – carpark off Park Road, Cheltenham. Lovely wide paths and a rustic Australian bush setting.
Donald McDonald Park – meet on the corner of Stawell St and Haydens Road, Beaumaris. This location appears very small on arrival but photographs beautifully. Winding, narrow paths in an Australian beach bush type setting.
Ricketts Point – meet outside Beaumaris Yacht Club: a quiet dog beach with some red rocks and a small white sand cliff.
Looking for bigger?
There are some incredible setting around Melbourne that are also available to you. They are all a bit of a drive and for that reason these all include a small travel fee in addition to your session fee. Here are some incredible settings I have visited over the years.
Blairgowrie Beach (no dogs allowed) – meet at the end of Pearse Road, Blairgowrie. It is a short walk through to Pearse Beach which has tall red rock cliffs we can use beside a dramatic ocean setting. A short walk from there takes us to the clifftops with stunning coastline views and rolling beach dunes.
Flinders: Cairn Beach (no dogs allowed) – meet at the carpark at the beginning of the Walk Track Tea Tree Creek (near the corner of Keys Road and Boneo Road). A short walk takes you into golden fields with a stunning coastline and beach below. This is a very popular photography spot so be prepared to be sharing this with several other families.
Dandenong Ranges – Rj Hamer Arboretum (no dogs allowed) – park at the Woolrich Lookout on Woolroch Road, Olinda. This is right amongst the rolling hills and we are surrounded by tall trees, open meadows and a wild bush setting.
Have somewhere else in mind?
Have somewhere else in mind? Let’s chat!
I am happy to travel anywhere within a 20km radius of Mentone, this can be as far north as Port Melbourne, east to Endeavour Hills and as far down as Frankston, further from this radius travel costs will apply.
Anywhere from 20km – 40km in distance from Mentone is an additional $50 on top of your session fee.
Between 40km – 80km is an additional $100.
Beyond this distance is of course possible but please contact me directly for a quote.