Choosing the right location for your photography session


When it comes to capturing the magic of family moments, the Sydney Northern Beaches offer an array of picturesque settings that serve as a perfect canvas for family or individual portraits. In a previous blog post, I delved into the significance of selecting the perfect location for your family photography session. For certain families, it's about immortalising cherished memories associated with a particular place that holds an irreplaceable bond. Meanwhile, others seek valuable guidance and insights to help them pinpoint the ideal location for their individual portraits.


From sweeping coastlines to hidden gems, I'm sharing my most popular family photography locations that encapsulate the natural beauty and unique character of this stunning region.


Let's embark on a journey to explore these captivating spots and create everlasting memories together.


  1. North Curl Curl Beach: Capture the relaxed charm of North Curl Curl Beach as your family enjoys leisurely beach activities. From building sandcastles to flying kites, this location exudes an easygoing vibe and lots of different backdrops, from luscious greenery to beautiful rock formations, you're bound to find something hat resonates beautifully in your photographs.
  2. North Narrabeen Beach: Adding to the collection of captivating locations, North Narrabeen Beach offers a blend of natural beauty and coastal charm. Its serene shoreline and serene waters provide an exquisite setting for intimate portraits, allowing you to freeze cherished moments in time.
  3. Palm Beach: As the crown jewel of the Northern Beaches, Palm Beach offers golden sands, crystal-clear waters, and the iconic Barrenjoey Lighthouse. Its versatility allows you to capture candid beach moments, explore rocky formations, or frame your family against the striking lighthouse backdrop.
  4. Narrabeen Lakes: For a serene change of scenery, Narrabeen Lakes offers still waters, lush surroundings, and inviting wooden jetties. The serene ambiance and breathtaking reflections create an ethereal setting for your portraits, especially during sunrise or sunset.
  5. Dee Why Headland: Dee Why's panoramic headland views provide a grand and sweeping backdrop for your family photography. Frame your loved ones against the majestic cliffs and crashing waves, adding an element of drama to your portraits.
  6. Long Reef Beach: With its rugged charm, rock pools, and vast shoreline, Long Reef Beach offers diverse opportunities for captivating family photography. The juxtaposition of the rocky landscape against the open sea creates a dynamic visual narrative.
  7. Shelly Beach: Nestled between headlands, Shelly Beach's calm waters and protected marine reserve provide a haven for underwater enthusiasts. Consider capturing your family's aquatic adventures or serene moments by the shore.
  8. Bungan Beach: Secluded and serene, Bungan Beach is a hidden treasure perfect for intimate family moments. The dramatic cliffs, rocky formations, and vast sands lend an air of tranquility and grandeur to your portraits.
  9. Turimetta Beach: Turimetta Beach's striking rock formations, tidal pools, and dramatic waves make for compelling and visually engaging family portraits. This lesser-known gem offers a sense of seclusion and raw beauty that adds depth to your photos.
  10. Basin Beach: Basin Beach's is apart of Mona Vale, its peaceful cove, calm waters, and lush surroundings provide a unique and charming backdrop for any photography session. The serene environment allows you to capture the genuine interactions and emotions of your loved ones.


Sydney's Northern Beaches are a haven for family photography, boasting a diverse range of captivating locations. Whether you choose the iconic Palm Beach, the lively Manly Beach, or the hidden treasures of Turimetta Beach and Basin Beach, each spot offers a distinct canvas to frame your family's cherished moments.


Gather your loved ones, embrace the natural beauty of these locales, and let the Northern Beaches become the backdrop to your family's timeless memories.