Family Photography

“A moment goes by quickly, but a photo lasts forever”

Lifestyle family photography on location is a great way to capture a mix of posed and candid moments with you and your children.
A 30-minute session is perfect for classic portraits, but if you are looking for some fun play at the beach then the one-hour lifestyle shoot is ideal.

All my family photo shoots are either outside at a park or beach or at the client’s home.
I believe it’s important to have printed photos in albums and on the wall so please get in touch if you need help ordering products.

Pricing and packages are subject to change without notice unless locked in with a retainer.

Family Portrait Packages

Lifestyle Sessions

Allow 30-60 minutes on location.
Immediate family only.

30 print-ready edited digital files included in your package.
Choose your favourite images via your personal online client website.

Images delivered online via download – web & print use allowed.

Additional high resloution print files: $35 each.
An option to upgrade to the Storytelling collection of the entire gallery.

$190 retainer to save the date in my calendar.
Remainder due 24 hours prior to your photoshoot.
Travel fees may apply.


Payments accepted online by credit or debit card or bank transfer. 

Stunning Heirloom Products

Add on photo boxes, gallery boards, framed prints, canvas wall art, and photo albums.

Fine Art Albums & Books – Designed by Sarah Marshall Photography.
A stunning range of cover materials, personalised embossing, paper, and book sizes are available.



What to wear to your family portrait session

What to wear to your family portrait session

WHAT TO WEAR Planning your families outfits is important because these photos should be timeless and also look great hanging on the walls in your home.I recommend colour coordinating outfits but not matching. Thinking about if you prefer neutral tones or...

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Lifestyle Family Session at the beach

Lifestyle Family Session at the beach

Dunbar Family Lifestyle family sessions at the beach are a fun way to spend time together and get professional photos at the same time. Laugh & Play - nothing too formal.  SLIDESHOW

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Bookings are a ‘first in first served’ basis.  To secure your date a signed contract and 50% non-refundable retainer is required.
The remainder is due on your booking date.

All prices are in NZD and are subject to change unless a deposit has been made. Overseas payments may incur a bank transfer fee.

Images are curated and edited with the best selection used for your client gallery.

Your completed collection of digital files & products agreed on will be delivered in 1-3 weeks after your photoshoot.

After this, I can also include complimentary album design and assistance with print and canvas orders.
Please inquire for pricing and quotes.

Travel within 50 km of Whareora, Whangarei is included. Then it’s $1 per km.

Overtime is charged at $100 per ½ hour if the photographer is kept without prior agreeing.

Pricing, prints & packaging are subject to change without notice unless locked in with a retainer.


Planning your families outfits is important because these photos should be timeless and also look great hanging on the walls in your home.
I recommend colour coordinating outfits but not matching. Thinking about if you prefer neutral tones or bright colours. If there are bright colours make sure they don’t clash. Avoid busy patterns, tee-shirts with logos and slogans and kids clothing with cartoon characters on them. Make sure clothes are clean and ironed and also dress for the weather – no one likes to be too cold or too hot.
Of course, if you are trying to get out the door and your child is only happy if they get to wear their ballet tutu (for example) then so be it – A happy child in something they want to wear is better than a child in tears in the “perfect outfit”.
Bring a change of clothes for the kids especially for after a beach photoshoot.
Snacks before and after a shoot are also good for the kids… and adults!!



Parents – think about your outfits first and if you want to get your hair and make-up done. If you don’t feel great you may not like the photos as much. Kids will look cute in just about anything…


The family, change of clothes for little kids, distraction/favourite toy. Let me know if you are bringing your dog!


Extra people who are not part of the booking that may “help” direct the shoot.


You need to book your shoot for a time that suits your family, not only when the adults are available but also when small children are at their best, such as the morning after a sleep and food. I am happy to postpone the photoshoot if kids are sick or the weather is not suitable. As my photoshoots are generally outside and booked at times that are ideal for lighting conditions the photoshoot may not be extended in time if you arrive late to the shoot. Also, I should not be held liable if the weather takes a turn for the worse during the shoot. We might be able to make up some of the time at another date if suitable.


Sarah did an absolutely outstanding job at photographing our little family recently, would highly recommend her to anyone wanting high quality, professional photography. We are beyond happy with the photos and can’t thank you enough for your amazing work and generosity!

Alice Southorn

I was brought to tears watching the doco that Sarah had made for our family. Even though this time of night in our family comes with chaos, I know that these are the moments I will miss when they are gone and the house is quiet once again. Sarah comfortably slipped into our normal Friday evening, joining us for dinner, looking at the kids favourite toys with them and made it feel so natural. All the little moments that we take for granted, she captured in such a realistic way - nothing staged. This is exactly what I want to remember forever and as memories always fade, now we have it on camera to relive when we find ourselves in an empty nest one day. Priceless.

Philipa Mannagh

Sarah did family pics for my mums 50th birthday. The photos are absolutely stunning. My mum is over the moon happy. She made the shoot fun and easy and we enjoyed every minute. I recommend her to everyone!!

Sarah Ginders

Sarah did our Mum and Bubs photo shoot when my girl was eight months old. Working with Sarah was great, she is so wonderful and professional, and was so patient with my little one! I am so happy with how our pictures turned out, a moment in time captured forever 🙂 Thanks Sarah!

Natalie Hermansen