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This beautiful spot in Flinders along Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula has become super popular for family photography sessions over the last year or so, and with good reason. With a beautiful protected beach below, and stunning windswept clifftops above, this is a spectacular location to explore, worthy of the hour or so drive from central Melbourne. This gorgeous family, visiting from Singapore, were keen to explore a part of Victoria they hadn’t seen before, with beaches a little more wild than what they are used to, which is part of their charm. They had the most wonderful afternoon, topped off by a beautiful meal in the nearby town of Flinders, which has several fabulous restaurants, on the way home.

I love heading to wild and interesting places for sessions not just because the photographs are more aesthetic (although tbh this is pretty much always true) but because the images that result then connect back to such strong memories, of a real experience a family has had together. There really is no comparison with just heading to the local neighbourhood park (generally filled with locals walking their dogs, and pathways that cut through scenes at odd angles, and other people’s children running around in the background). When we go somewhere more inspiring, there is no need for forced smiles, or anyone to ‘look like they’re happy to be there’, because they simply are. And everyone also seems to relax more, having committed more to the overall activity, and set aside a little more time for it. It’s pretty hard to stand on these cliffs and think about your emails.

I love this part of the world so much that I’m actually moving there in 2020, and so hope to do more sessions there in future. And for this family, I am creating a glass keepsake box filled with their favourite prints, and on the front, we have engraved the single word ‘Adventures’.

/Sarah Black is one of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula's most sought after family and newborn baby photographers. If you are interested in finding out more about commissioning a natural, soulful photography session to capture this time in the life of your family, children or a newborn baby, either in your own home or on location anywhere in Melbourne, please get in touch here. Weekends book out around 6 weeks in advance (weekday times are more readily available), so if you are considering booking a session then please get in touch asap to reserve your date./






















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There’s this new term that’s popped up in family photography over the last few years, ‘family lifestyle photography’, which I sometimes think means more to photographers than it does to people trying to search for natural family photography. But really, all it is is natural family photography that just leaves the cheese and the forced smiles back in the 1980s where they belong. So, if you and your family are pretty happy hanging out at home, and you ‘get’ that the real memories are made up of sisters hugging in a way which causes everyone to roll off the sofa onto the floor, and that it’s perfectly reasonable to pause the serious business of taking family photos for bandaids and couch dancing and cuddles (and in fact all of these things are much more worth capturing than fake smiles), and pretty much no-one doing what they are asked except for that no small of thing of being truly themselves, the family lifestyle photography is really really for you.

So if you are in Melbourne and looking for a lifestyle photographer, I’d love to hang out with you in the winter sun for an hour or so, and capture some ordinary beautiful magic for your family.

XSarah

/Sarah Black is one of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula's most sought after family and newborn baby photographers. If you are interested in finding out more about commissioning a natural, soulful photography session to capture this time in the life of your family, children or a newborn baby, either in your own home or on location anywhere in Melbourne, please get in touch here. Weekends book out around 6 weeks in advance (weekday times are more readily available), so if you are considering booking a session then please get in touch asap to reserve your date./























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This beautiful spot in Flinders along Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula has become super popular for family photography sessions over the last year or so, and with good reason. With a beautiful protected beach below, and stunning windswept clifftops above, this is a spectacular location to explore, worthy of the hour or so drive from central Melbourne. This gorgeous family, visiting from Singapore, were keen to explore a part of Victoria they hadn’t seen before, with beaches a little more wild than what they are used to, which is part of their charm. They had the most wonderful afternoon, topped off by a beautiful meal in the nearby town of Flinders, which has several fabulous restaurants, on the way home.

I love heading to wild and interesting places for sessions not just because the photographs are more aesthetic (although tbh this is pretty much always true) but because the images that result then connect back to such strong memories, of a real experience a family has had together. There really is no comparison with just heading to the local neighbourhood park (generally filled with locals walking their dogs, and pathways that cut through scenes at odd angles, and other people’s children running around in the background). When we go somewhere more inspiring, there is no need for forced smiles, or anyone to ‘look like they’re happy to be there’, because they simply are. And everyone also seems to relax more, having committed more to the overall activity, and set aside a little more time for it. It’s pretty hard to stand on these cliffs and think about your emails.

I love this part of the world so much that I’m actually moving there in 2020, and so hope to do more sessions there in future. And for this family, I am creating a glass keepsake box filled with their favourite prints, and on the front, we have engraved the single word ‘Adventures’.

/Sarah Black is one of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula's most sought after family and newborn baby photographers. If you are interested in finding out more about commissioning a natural, soulful photography session to capture this time in the life of your family, children or a newborn baby, either in your own home or on location anywhere in Melbourne, please get in touch here. Weekends book out around 6 weeks in advance (weekday times are more readily available), so if you are considering booking a session then please get in touch asap to reserve your date./

































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There’s this new term that’s popped up in family photography over the last few years, ‘family lifestyle photography’, which I sometimes think means more to photographers than it does to people trying to search for natural family photography. But really, all it is is natural family photography that just leaves the cheese and the forced smiles back in the 1980s where they belong. So, if you and your family are pretty happy hanging out at home, and you ‘get’ that the real memories are made up of sisters hugging in a way which causes everyone to roll off the sofa onto the floor, and that it’s perfectly reasonable to pause the serious business of taking family photos for bandaids and couch dancing and cuddles (and in fact all of these things are much more worth capturing than fake smiles), and pretty much no-one doing what they are asked except for that no small of thing of being truly themselves, the family lifestyle photography is really really for you.

So if you are in Melbourne and looking for a lifestyle photographer, I’d love to hang out with you in the winter sun for an hour or so, and capture some ordinary beautiful magic for your family.

XSarah

/Sarah Black is one of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula's most sought after family and newborn baby photographers. If you are interested in finding out more about commissioning a natural, soulful photography session to capture this time in the life of your family, children or a newborn baby, either in your own home or on location anywhere in Melbourne, please get in touch here. Weekends book out around 6 weeks in advance (weekday times are more readily available), so if you are considering booking a session then please get in touch asap to reserve your date./

































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In 2017 our family took two months off to head to Spain and Sicily. We travelled a month in each, spending a week at each destination, staying in villas and airbnb accommodations, generally perching in more out of the way places and just immersing ourselves in everything local. I blogged the Spanish part of the trip quite some time ago, after making albums, but have only just gotten around to making the two Italian albums, and so having enjoyed revisiting these photos. I thought I’d share some favourites in case I can inspire anyone else to head off on whatever family adventure might be lurking at the back of their dreams. I believe in the value of travelling anywhere at all really, even if it’s to the next suburb on the weekend, but this is a truly jawdropping part of the world and I’d encourage anyone to spend a month driving around the beautiful island of Sicily, should that opportunity every present itself. First stop for us after flying into Catania was Taormina, a gorgeous seaside town perched above and below the eastern cliffs of this part of the coast, with glorious Mt Etna (an active volcano and a very worthwhile day trip away) in the background. There an ancient amphitheatre, authentic and interesting shopping ( I’m not really a shopper, but I loved the stores here and bought handmade pottery and beautiful linen patterned in very subtle pumpkins and grapes) and the best granita in the world (or so we were told, and it was easy to believe). We stayed in an apartment down near the beach, and there is a very cool Funicular (cable car to transport you up to the main street for dining and shopping and people watching).

These photos are fairly documentary, as when in public (by which I mean any single person can potentially see them) my kids are much more reluctant to do anything for my camera which might draw attention to them - which is hilarious because quite often they naturally do things, like having punch ups in a very small and densely populated cable car, which definitely draws attention to them, but there you have it.

We generally avoid big cities where we can, and so Taormina was just big enough to be able to explore fully, and get to know a little bit: things which still stand out in our memories are sand like hot gravel (or sand which is actually hot gravel, same/same), our only experience of one of those funny Italian beaches where you have to pay to sit in a chair but which was so worth it because a choir of considerable talent seemed to be having their annual sing-off in a bar above and delivered a spectacular free concert to anyone within hearing distance, Sardines Beccafico, wordless games of soccer in the street outside our apartment with the little boy who lived downstairs, Aperol Spritz (which seems to be the town’s official drink, so when in Rome, and Taormina…), a day clambering over the lower slopes of Mt Etna, granita good enough to queue for, a day trip to Ortigia, more granita, and the view from the cable car.

Next up, Noto, further toward the southeast corner of Sicily, followed by Menfi, higher up on the southwest, and finally the island of Favignana, off the western coast.

//Sarah Black is one of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula's most sought after family and newborn baby photographers. If you are interested in finding out more about commissioning a natural, soulful photography session to capture this time in the life of your family, children or a newborn baby, either in your own home or on location anywhere in Melbourne, please get in touch here. Weekends book out around 6 weeks in advance (weekday times are more readily available), so if you are considering booking a session then please get in touch asap to reserve your date.//





























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How many words do we use in a day?

How many of them are about traffic and spaghetti and laundry? How many of them are for expressing the deep wild love you have for your life and your people? How many of them are set aside to express the things you’d say, if only you knew how few important words you will ever speak.

These photos; they are the poems we would write, the phrases we can’t quite touch, the infinite loves that reside in our heart and whose bloodlines are more intricate than we have words to say, and yet how we yearn to say them.

Speak of love; I want to encourage you. In any language you have.

//Sarah Black is one of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula's most sought after family and newborn baby photographers. If you are interested in finding out more about commissioning a natural, soulful photography session to capture this time in the life of your family, children or a newborn baby, either in your own home or on location anywhere in Melbourne, please get in touch here. Weekends book out around 6 weeks in advance (weekday times are more readily available), so if you are considering booking a session then please get in touch asap to reserve your date.//

































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In 2017 our family took two months off to head to Spain and Sicily. We travelled a month in each, spending a week at each destination, staying in villas and airbnb accommodations, generally perching in more out of the way places and just immersing ourselves in everything local. I blogged the Spanish part of the trip quite some time ago, after making albums, but have only just gotten around to making the two Italian albums, and so having enjoyed revisiting these photos. I thought I’d share some favourites in case I can inspire anyone else to head off on whatever family adventure might be lurking at the back of their dreams. I believe in the value of travelling anywhere at all really, even if it’s to the next suburb on the weekend, but this is a truly jawdropping part of the world and I’d encourage anyone to spend a month driving around the beautiful island of Sicily, should that opportunity every present itself. First stop for us after flying into Catania was Taormina, a gorgeous seaside town perched above and below the eastern cliffs of this part of the coast, with glorious Mt Etna (an active volcano and a very worthwhile day trip away) in the background. There an ancient amphitheatre, authentic and interesting shopping ( I’m not really a shopper, but I loved the stores here and bought handmade pottery and beautiful linen patterned in very subtle pumpkins and grapes) and the best granita in the world (or so we were told, and it was easy to believe). We stayed in an apartment down near the beach, and there is a very cool Funicular (cable car to transport you up to the main street for dining and shopping and people watching).

These photos are fairly documentary, as when in public (by which I mean any single person can potentially see them) my kids are much more reluctant to do anything for my camera which might draw attention to them - which is hilarious because quite often they naturally do things, like having punch ups in a very small and densely populated cable car, which definitely draws attention to them, but there you have it.

We generally avoid big cities where we can, and so Taormina was just big enough to be able to explore fully, and get to know a little bit: things which still stand out in our memories are sand like hot gravel (or sand which is actually hot gravel, same/same), our only experience of one of those funny Italian beaches where you have to pay to sit in a chair but which was so worth it because a choir of considerable talent seemed to be having their annual sing-off in a bar above and delivered a spectacular free concert to anyone within hearing distance, Sardines Beccafico, wordless games of soccer in the street outside our apartment with the little boy who lived downstairs, Aperol Spritz (which seems to be the town’s official drink, so when in Rome, and Taormina…), a day clambering over the lower slopes of Mt Etna, granita good enough to queue for, a day trip to Ortigia, more granita, and the view from the cable car.

Next up, Noto, further toward the southeast corner of Sicily, followed by Menfi, higher up on the southwest, and finally the island of Favignana, off the western coast.

//Sarah Black is one of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula's most sought after family and newborn baby photographers. If you are interested in finding out more about commissioning a natural, soulful photography session to capture this time in the life of your family, children or a newborn baby, either in your own home or on location anywhere in Melbourne, please get in touch here. Weekends book out around 6 weeks in advance (weekday times are more readily available), so if you are considering booking a session then please get in touch asap to reserve your date.//





























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How many words do we use in a day?

How many of them are about traffic and spaghetti and laundry? How many of them are for expressing the deep wild love you have for your life and your people? How many of them are set aside to express the things you’d say, if only you knew how few important words you will ever speak.

These photos; they are the poems we would write, the phrases we can’t quite touch, the infinite loves that reside in our heart and whose bloodlines are more intricate than we have words to say, and yet how we yearn to say them.

Speak of love; I want to encourage you. In any language you have.

//Sarah Black is one of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula's most sought after family and newborn baby photographers. If you are interested in finding out more about commissioning a natural, soulful photography session to capture this time in the life of your family, children or a newborn baby, either in your own home or on location anywhere in Melbourne, please get in touch here. Weekends book out around 6 weeks in advance (weekday times are more readily available), so if you are considering booking a session then please get in touch asap to reserve your date.//

































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What more could such hearts seek?

So much love, a window seat in the sun in a kitchen full of story, a gaggle of chickens, time (the sort that seeks to fill the hour not the year), flowers spilling out from bright corners, a chair placed just so. Life with kids free as birds on a rope swing, with dogs that found you as much as you found them, and a storybook pony, and jelly slice sweet on your tongue. Life with the kindest heart-centred children, because you showed them how to be so. The luck that is borne of hard work, the daily side-by-side in the muddy ruts, that builds the beautiful dream. Open fields to lose yourself in, and the dearest hearts to find you again. Bales of fresh hay between the earth and the sky. The horizon that hears laughter and tears, and holds them both beautiful.

Look after the pennies, look after the pennies, the secret is not in the pounds.

































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I’ve got about a half a dozen things half started over here: poems and writings than may never see the light of day, books part-read and theories half drafted and endless lists of ideas and thoughts that are important to me, ones that I’d like to sit with and explore and doodle about and just generally research and ruminate on for a few hundred hours. Trouble is, I still don’t actually have hundreds of hours

But of all my to-dos and should-dos and want-to-dos, this is what more often than not floats to the top, these photographs that I make for people. Simple, heartfelt family photographs that with the greatest ease and gentlest voice persistently remind that deep doesn’t have to mean anything other than deeply felt. It doesn’t have to be dark, or complicated or intense, or overtly artsy or be otherwise signposted as deep in the ways we have come to expect depth sometimes to present itself.

These photos have taught me, and continue to teach, so much.

Going deep is paying attention, it’s taking the eye we reserve for high art and letting it fall on the scene right in front of us. It’s the little pile of bricks you have witnessed magic in, it’s the ever-expanding space between their small warm bodies and yours, it’s the little tears you mop up because life is confusing and unfair and tricky sometimes, here as anywhere.

If we do one thing well, let it be this, and then if we also find time for the higher things, the literature and podcasts and works in oil, let them be informed by all the things we already learned at home.

//Sarah Black is one of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula's most sought after family and newborn baby photographers. If you are interested in finding out more about commissioning a natural, soulful photography session to capture this time in the life of your family, children or a newborn baby, either in your own home or on location anywhere in Melbourne, please get in touch here. Weekends book out around 6 weeks in advance (weekday times are more readily available), so if you are considering booking a session then please get in touch asap to reserve your date.//































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