Melbourne Outdoor Family Photographer

Family on the beach at sunset looking and laughing with one another


Yep, I said fart!

And I’m going to say it at your outdoor family photoshoot too, because that’s the word that gets not only the biggest smiles from the kids but from the Dads too!

Life’s too short to take seriously, especially family life.

And yes, while the days of motherhood can seem a monotonous conglomerate of saying and doing things on repeat, little squishy fingers and toes grow way too quickly and these days really are fleeting.

Blink and your barely crawling little baby is packing their preschool bag and off to kinder. Blink again and they’re finishing their first year of prep. One more blink and you’ll be staring into their teenage eyes that are now the same height as yours…

Before you Blink again, make sure you’ve captured your family life and their precious childhood before it’s too late!

A boy looks directly at the camera while his dad whispers something in his ear with his brother and mum looking at them

What is lifestyle family photography?

Lifestyle photography is about showcasing your family in a very natural and candid way and I guide you guys through it all.

My main focus is keeping the kids happy and engaged. There’s no need to worry about their behaviour, I’m a fellow Mum and I know that kids will be kids!

I’m going to encourage them to explore, to show me things and to play games with you. I will be telling them funny things (at your expense, by the way) and I ask you go along with it and have some fun with the kids.

I also give you prompts and direction such as tickling one another or playing broken telephone and then capture your family’s magic as it unfolds.

Occasionally I ask for some smiles because I know Granny wants at least one of those…

But as family life is anything but perfect (and for truly authentic family portraits), I encourage you to forget awkward smiles at my camera and embrace truly smiling at your beautiful family and having fun.

A mum and Dad share a moment with their two young boys playing around them in a Melbourne outdoor family photography

Outdoor locations in Melbourne for your Lifestyle Family Photos

Where you choose to have your session will depend on your personal preference as well as the time of day you want your session to be.

Beautiful golden light occurs the hour before sunset or the hour just after sunrise, however I also understand that many families with small children do struggle with these times and I can be flexible on the timing if you’re willing to be flexible on the location…

Parks and Bushland family Photoshoots

An outdoor Family portrait with older children at a prak in Melbourne
Melbourne Outdoor family photographer Gill Cook and her daughter are in a field of flowers at Olinda RJ Hammer Arboretum
Two young children running in front of their parents and have fun while having their photos taken at an outdoor park in Melbourne

I have some local parks in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne that give a beautiful bush and grasslands backdrop without the need of travelling too far.

If you’re willing to travel a little, then at Olinda we can capture you in the daisies at RJ Hammer Arboretum.

The time of day for a park location is more flexible (although I still encourage a sunset photoshoot), however, if you can’t make the above suggestion then early morning is the next best option in a nice shady park.

Beach Family Photoshoots

A family of four play together at their lifestyle outdoor beach photoshoot in Melbourne Bayside
Two girls holding ahnds and dancing in golden sunset at a Melbourne Beach
A family walk along the beach holding hands in Melbourne Bayside
Family portrait at a Melbourne Bayside beach. Everyone is smiling at the camera

For my beach family photos I love Bayside Melbourne, close to Beaumaris. This little spot isn’t too busy and provides a beautiful backdrop including sandy beaches, rockpools and rocky cliffs.

As the beach doesn’t offer much shade I only recommend a beach session if you can make the golden light timing of a sunrise or sunset photoshoot.

At Home Family Photoshoots

A pregant women dressed in a floral orange dress leans against a brick wall at her home family photoshoot

Home is where the heart is and will certainly be the most authentic backdrop for your photos.

Every house is different and unique and the timing of your session will be advised based on the light in your garden and in your home. Usually mid morning is the most common time for in-home and garden photoshoots.

A large extened family photo at a outdoor park in Melbourne

Price of an outdoor lifestyle family photoshoot

My sessions are $690

This fee includes the photoshoot and a full online gallery with all your high resolution, edited digital images.

Most galleries have ~50-75 images (it just depends on how big your family is) and the gallery can easily be shared with friends and family all over the world.

Included in the price is a curated slideshow I put together of my favourite images from your session which truly captures your family’s story.

The fee also includes a $60 print credit you can put towards professional prints and products from my boutique print store.

A lap top showing an oline family photoshoot gallery

Additional Costs

I also offer professional fine art prints, lay flat albums and premium quality print packs of your gallery at an additional cost (if you wish to order).

Matted fine art prints start at $39 and lay flat albums start at $350.

Extended family sessions are very welcome and each additional family unit is charged at $100 per family on top of the base price of $690.

A lady is looking at a laptop choosing beautiful print products from her photoshoot

I'm an outdoor family photographer serving Melbourne and surrounds

Gill Cook Melbourne Outdoor Family Photographer

My art is not about capturing perfect family portraits but rather about capturing Portraits of Family Life.


The squishy toes, the giggles and laughter, the movement, the cuddles and even the tears.


And like I said, occasionally I say “fart” to promote the giggles rather than the tears.