SandPiper Photography


Professional Sunshine Coast Family Photography

Professional family photos are a lifetime investment. They are something you will cherish more and more over time and hopefully pass them down through generations. Having family photos taken professionally not only means getting the best quality images available in terms of resolution, its having timeless styling & posing, the ideal location, the best light and also archival print quality.


My family photography sessions are fun & relaxed. Although at times its nice to have everyone looking at the camera, as a professional Sunshine Coast family photographer I also like to capture kids just being kids, playing on the sand or running down to the waters edge.


Most importantly, your Sunshine Coast professional family photos will print to a very high standard, so rather than having them saved on a hard drive, or USB never to be viewed, its best to get photos from your family photo session professional printed for display. Having premium quality family portraits printed and hanging and in your home is something you can enjoy seeing and appreciate the quality of the workman ship everyday!


Whether you are a local or on holidays, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect location for professional family photos!


Sunshine Coast professional family photoshoot location ideas:


Sunset at Noosa beach or Noosa river mouth

Noosa National Park

Gympie Terrace

Little Cove

Maleny Botanic Gardens

Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout

Point Arkwright Lookout

Peregian Beach


For holiday family photoshoots it is advisable to book at the same time you book your flights & accommodation to ensure availability.


My style of photography is quite posed and planned - I give posing instructions and directions on movements / play. Please ensure that is the style you are looking for before booking with me. If you are looking for a life style family photographer which is more in the moment & unposed, then I highly recommend Melanie McNiven Noosa family photographer


Preparing for your family photoshoot


There is no better place to update your family portrait photos than the Sunshine Coast. While I occasionally do family studio sessions, I highly recommend my clients opt for an outdoor photoshoot either at the beach, or in the beautiful hinterland.


After you've made your booking with me and secured a date we will discuss location and styling. Styling is a critical factor in shaping the look of the final images you receive. It is important that not only clothing is taken into consideration, but also hair and makeup.



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What happens on the photoshoot day?


If clients have booked in hair and makeup with one of my preferred stylists, then this will be done at my studio. Otherwise we will meet for the photoshoot a specified time before sunset. For young children the attention span for family photos can be quite short. This is totally expected and I'm used to working around this as a family photographer, so its not something to be worried or nervous about. We will move around quite a bit during the shoot to get a variety of images in your final gallery. For beach shoots I like to start the shoot in some greenery and then head towards the beach for the sunset.


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After your family photoshoot


Once your Sunshine Coast family photoshoot is complete, it will take around 4 weeks for the digital images to be ready. At this point I will contact you to arrange an in person viewing in Noosa so we can go through your family photoshoot gallery and you can choose the package & wall art you would like. If you are not local to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, then we can do the viewing via an online gallery.


Holidaying in Noosa? While you are here, why not check out's "Noosa Family holiday guide".


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