Beach photography session with the Hurrey family

Hi everyone - my first blog post for 2018!

A Family Photography shoot on the Mornington Peninsula

This beautiful family was the lucky one who won my family photography session. I must say, I too felt very lucky - as they were a dream to photograph. They love the beach as much as I do and Melbourne put on a spectacular night for us.

The Hurrey Family spend a lot of time at Ben's Mum's house at Alexandra (near Lake Eildon). They also love days at the beach, bike rides along the foreshore, swimming and trying new things as a family. They had their best family holiday last year in Nusa Dua and both boys regularly ask when they're going back (later this year hopefully).

We got some stunning family portraits in the golden light that was streaming in. Ben and Narelle getting in some 'alone' shots too and stealing the show with the 'parent kiss' hehe. They cuddled up in the grass area and they piggy backed the boys to the soft sand. Piggy backs are always a big hit! 

What Ben loves most about his family...

'Narelle – The true leader of the family. the most dedicated mother and I know and the most organised person anyone has ever known. Totally dedicated to our family and getting the most out of our lives together.
Miller – his love for life. He never wants to sit still and always want to do more, learn more and be more.
Lawson – His loving soul is something to behold. His big heart and warm smile makes everyone love him.
Me – hard to say. I work damn hard for my family to build a lifestyle we can be proud of and raise my boys to be caring, loving successful men.

I had been down at the beach a little earlier with my own family. So I made sure I kept some left over chips so the kids could feed the seagulls. 

The boys showed me their handwriting skills by scrolling in the sand. We found some slimy fish eggs, they had races along the sand and explored their reflections in the water. 

How Ben describes Miller...

'Miller is bold, hilarious, silly, adventurous and crazy at times. But also highly intelligent (having just excelling in his first year at school), very loving and ready to help absolutely anyone. He has a big heart and isn’t afraid to show is emotions, except when it comes to girls, who love him, but he gets all shy and coy. He has no fear – big waterslides, roller coasters, indoor rock climbing, scooters, bikes and the rest, he’s into it. He got a Gopro for Christmas and wants to become a You tube star.'

How Ben describes Lawson....

'Lawson is a bit more reserved, but very cunning and clever in other ways. He is one of the most loving little people I have ever met and will happily tell us how much he loves us multiple times a day. He is proving to be quite the ladies man too, he as had his first girlfriend already and they were planning to get married before the end of kinder. He’s just as happy to ride like a mad thing on his scooter or bike as much as he is happy to tuck up under your arm, chill out and watch a movie. He is very hands on and could easily grow up to be a tradie, chef or something that requires a lot of precision.'

One of my favourite parts to family photography sessions is to showcase connections between each family member.

And a huge clap hands for Narelle and Ben for allowing me to capture the love they share for each other. The kids think its gross now, but as they grow up they will have images to prove how in love their parents are and what a special thing that is! 

Ben shared a little insight into the wonderful relationship he and Narelle share. And might I add - this makes turning 40 sound like something I actually want to do ;) 

'Narelle has also planned an extravagant 40th birthday for me. I turn 40 in Feb and she is doing ‘40 presents for 40 days to celebrate 40 years’ which involves a gift, activity or adventure everyday. This has so far involved song playlists of the top 40 songs from 1978, 40 photos of my life so far, massages and a ride in my dream car a split window Kombi.
Narelle and I are also travelling to New York and Texas this year to celebrate both of us turning 40 (Narelle was last year).'


To finish up we used that stunning Melbourne sunset to get some family shots. And then to my surprise Narelle and Ben had brought some paper lanterns. I was beyond excited when I saw these. They have to be lit and then the hot air fills the lantern and causes it to float. The kids made a wish as they watched the lanterns float out to sea into the last minutes of light. It was a special moment indeed. 

The shoot defined everything I love about family photography. I got to capture - the family at play and witness them explore. I photographed their connection, the joy and the love that they share. It really was a perfect night in every way. 

This spot would have to be my all time favourite spot to photograph. It is quiet, the tide is almost always out on sunset at this time of year, and as you can see the light is just magical. To get this magical light, we aim to start shooting at around 7pm. So during daylight savings, I tell my families to have an early dinner, and then we go out and explore and play until the sun goes down. 

If you would like the essence of your story told - I would sure love to tell it!

With only weeks remaining of summer, spots are limited. So if you love summer, the beach and would love your family photographed their too - lets make it happen. I step you through the entire process, we find what works best for your family, if its not the beach - thats ok! I have other stunning locations I can take you to. I also help with wardrobe selection and can offer payment plans. 

What's New with Mel Lawler Photography? 

After taking some family time to enjoy the holidays. We are back into the swing of things. There have been lots of new stunning images uploaded to the galleries so please take a look. I have also made some changes to some of the newborn packages I offer, simplifying the process and hopefully showcasing to clients exactly what I do and what to expect. So please take a look around, I would love to hear your thoughts. :)