The moment Lauren suggested to me that we meet at the Redwood Forest in East Warburton for their family photoshoot, I was ecstatic!
I have heard only great things about this location and knew that it would make for an amazing backdrop to their family shoot.
The drive there is, in itself, truly special. Heading east of Melbourne through the Yarra Valley, the road takes you past sweeping views of Mount Evelyn along the Lilydale to Warburton Rail trail, which was particularly beautiful on this morning with blankets of white clouds circling the mountain.
A further ten minute drive past the town of Warburton, following the winding path of the Yarra River you will find the turn off for the forest.
From the outside it looks like any regular forest, but the moment you step inside, you feel an almost eerie quietness. Looking up the trunks of the towering Californian Redwoods, you are instantly humbled.
The trees (some as high as 55 meters) date back to the 1930's, and have been planted in a methodical grid like pattern, each row like a neverending laneway. It was here that I got to meet Lauren, Daniel and their little man Peyton for the first time. Greeting me in matching trainers (yasssssss!) I got the sense this was going to be a totally chilled morning.
Peyton was understandably shy at first, but with the suggestion of a bear hunt (who doesnt adore that book?!) and a lantern to help guide his way, he very quickly came out of his shell and had us running around the forest chasing elusive green bears in no time!
I am so grateful for the suggestion from Lauren to come to this enchanting, heritage listed forest. I totally recommend all Melburnians (and any visitors!!) take a trip out to explore this little gem. If you do happen to, make sure you search for the scattered woven artworks throughout the forest, which are apparently forever evolving. We got lucky and stumbled across a number of huge nest like creations!
Thankyou to Lauren, Daniel and Peyton for sharing these moments with me and allowing me to capture them for you. It truly was a magical experience!