As parents, we cherish every moment with our children, and what better way to preserve these precious memories than with family photos? Adelaide and South Australia offer a plethora of stunning locations that provide the perfect backdrop for capturing these cherished moments. From sandy beaches to lush forests, let’s explore some of the most picturesque spots for family portrait photography sessions.

Port Willunga Beach

Nestled along the Fleurieu Peninsula, Port Willunga Beach is a picture-perfect location for family photos. The iconic ruins of the Port Willunga Jetty create a unique and historic backdrop, while the golden sands and crystal-clear waters provide a sense of serenity. Whether it’s a playful session by the shore or a sunset shoot against the jetty ruins, Port Willunga Beach offers endless opportunities for breathtaking family portraits. (Don’t forget to get a few shots from inside the caves looking back to the shore!)

Image: Tide & Tribe Photography

@Lenswood Pick Your Own

Experience the joys of farm life and create lasting memories at @Lenswood Pick Your Own. This family-owned orchard invites visitors to handpick fresh fruits amidst picturesque surroundings. From rows of apple trees to sprawling vineyards, the scenic landscape of Lenswood offers a charming backdrop for family photos. Embrace the rustic charm of rural South Australia and capture authentic moments of laughter and joy amidst the bountiful orchards.

Note: @Lenswood Pick Your Own are open seasonally, so be sure to check opening hours before you go! 

Image: Fable & Fig Photography – this local photographer often teams up with @Lenswood to offer mini photography sessions, so keep an eye on their socials for details.

Adelaide Botanic Garden

Step into a world of botanical beauty at the Adelaide Botanic Garden, a verdant oasis in the heart of the city. With its lush lawns, ornate fountains, and picturesque conservatories, this iconic garden offers endless opportunities for family photos. Whether you’re capturing playful moments among the Children’s Garden or embracing the elegance of the Palm House, the Adelaide Botanic Garden provides a timeless backdrop for family portraits. Spring is the perfect time for stunning photos under the wisteria tunnel!

Image: Dear Little Mango

Himeji Japanese Gardens

The gorgeous Japanese Himeji Gardens are located on the Eastern side of Glen Osmond Road and South Terrace intersection. This little oasis in the Southern Parklands is a wonderful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of ‘normal life’. The lush greenery also means it’s the perfect place for some photos!

Throughout the gardens there are lovely Japanese plantings and a well maintain Japanese rock Zen garden, or Karensansui.

Please respect the tranquillity of the Japanese Himeji Gardens. While we think all kids should be able to experience this wonderful place please understand that other garden visitors are probably here for the peace and calming qualities too.

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Escape into nature’s embrace at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, located in the Adelaide Hills. With its diverse range of flora, including vibrant flowers, towering trees, and peaceful walking trails, this botanical paradise offers a tranquil setting for family photos. Whether you prefer the vibrant colors of spring blooms or the warm hues of autumn foliage, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden provides a stunning backdrop for capturing your family’s natural beauty.

Image: Dear Little Mango

Kuipto Forest

For families seeking adventure and exploration, Kuipto Forest is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Located in the southern Mount Lofty Ranges, this expansive forest boasts towering eucalyptus trees, tranquil creeks, and meandering trails. Whether you opt for a whimsical woodland shoot or a serene picnic among the trees, Kuipto Forest provides a magical setting for family portraits that evoke a sense of wonder and enchantment.

Image: Wild Fields by Ash Carey

Adelaide CBD

Adelaide CBD is home to iconic landmarks such as Victoria Square, Adelaide Oval, and the Adelaide Central Market. Incorporating these landmarks into your family photos adds a touch of historical and cultural significance, showcasing your connection to the heart of the city.

From historic buildings to modern skyscrapers, Adelaide CBD boasts a diverse architectural landscape. Whether you prefer the classic charm of heritage-listed buildings or the sleek lines of contemporary architecture, the city provides a multitude of backdrops for striking family portraits.

Adelaide is renowned for its vibrant street art scene, with colorful murals adorning laneways and buildings throughout the CBD. Including these urban artworks in your family photos adds a pop of color and creativity, infusing your portraits with a sense of contemporary flair.

Image: Q&O Photography

Photographers that we love!

As you can see from this feature, there are so many talented photographers around Adelaide!

Here are some we love:

Dear Little Mangofollow them on Instagram for their family adventures around Adelaide and enjoy their stunning photography.

Fable & Fig – we recently had a photoshoot with Jade from Fable & Fig. She made the kids feel at ease and really got the most out of them! Follow them on Instagram.  

Q&O Photography – specialising in couple, maternity, newborn and family photography, Vienna has a passion for capturing people and the candid beauty of life as it unfolds. Read about our Q&O Photography experience by clicking here. 

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