The Secret Garden At Sassafras


This one is truly a hidden gem and you almost feel like you are sneaking into an abandoned private yard despite this being a virtually abandoned publicly owned space that was once a commercial nursery. The area is cool and shaded with moss covered trees, stone walls and steps and provides a slightly dark and moody look with an almost mystical feel. This location is roughly a 400 metre downhill walk along a path that is littered with branches and leaf debris but can be navigated with a mountain buggy or off road style pram. It's position in a valley means this spot is perfect for morning or mid-afternoon sessions but it is unsuitable for dusk shoots as the sun dips behind the hills early here.

Baby boy photographed sitting against tree in the forest in Melbourne
Family of four on stone wall in forest
Couple with adult children during Autumn in Melbourne's Dandenongs
Family of four with their dog in Sassafras forest
Boy in white tshirt holding branch in forest
Parents and newborn in Melbourne forest
Engaged couple in forest in Dandenongs showing off engagement ring
Parents gazing at baby in moses basket in Melbourne
Three boys in white tshirts cuddling in private garden in Melbourne
Mother with red lipstick photographed holding her blue eyed baby
Parents standing in bush cuddling newborn baby
Four children sitting on moss covered stone wall in Melbourne
Couple leaning against a tree in forest in Sassafras
Baby girl in jeans sitting in leaves in Melbourne
Couple cuddling baby in lifestyle photo in Melbourne
Family of four seated on stone steps in private garden in Melbourne


"Just WOW! I’m in awe of the family photos taken by Kate. Surrounded by a beautiful forest backdrop, the photos she captured were perfect, I was speechless with the quality and quantity of photos, I couldn’t pick one favorite there are just so many that I love. Kate had excellent communication during the booking process, and on the day made my toddler feel at ease during the session. Highly recommend Kate Cashin Photography. We will definitely be booking in for future family sessions."

-Denise, Family Session Client