Photography Location Guide – Lake Samsonvale

July 18, 2019
Family Silhouette Lake Samsonvale

This is the next post in a series designed to give you the low-down on a few of my favourite locations to shoot, from the sand to the studio and in between.  I posted about Lake Eden (you can find the link to that blog post here), North Lakes Woodlands (you can find the link to that blog post here), and Brisbane City Botanic Gardens (you can find the link that that one here!), but today I want to share a great new spot that I love!


Mum and dad kissing while kids are on shouldersLake Samsonvale (or North Pine Dam if you prefer) is a great spot for an afternoon portrait.

It offers the variety of some beautiful green space with soft light coming through the trees which always make for special portrait. There is a little rock wall protected by the trees for a completely different look (and great in black and white, if I do say so myself).

Then there is an open area with a scattering of trees in the background with show the afternoon light elegantly and then as the sun sets, we head right down to the lake for a spectacular silhouette.

Once the sun is gone… we have but a few minutes to capture the post sunset light before we wrap up and head back to the studio.

This spot is great for families with young or old children, although please bare in mind that there are no toilet facilities here… this is just a little snippet of park/grass along the shores of the lake on Fogan Road.

This is an afternoon only location due to the position of the sun, so if you are after some great variety with a lake setting, then this is your spot!


Fun family portrait with Mum and Dad spinning kidsLate afternoon family portrait at Lake SamsonvaleBrothers portrait on the rocks

Fun afternoon family portrait with kids

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