About Us

  • SARAH CHURCHER ~ OWNER
    I am mesmerised by joy, I think it is the key to a good life. I also have a deep fascination with family structure and the importance of belonging. This is what I strive to photograph with every family who comes in front of my lens. Family photography is everything to me, I will spend the rest of my life developing my art with families as my subject.
  • FAMILY
    Here are my precious treasures. My husband Perry, a brilliant chef. My son Henry, who was born in November 2016. We also have a fat cat Minx who is in constant disapproval of our general way of life. And Molly our puppy who claimed the center position of this family on arrival …. and is learning to share that spot these days.
  • RANDOM RAMBLINGS

    • I dream of being a brilliant gardener, I am farthest I could be from this goal.
    • Since having a baby I fear I could eat forever. There is no stop button.
    • Tomato sauce makes me very happy.
    • I have broken my nose three times.
    • Before this business was rebranded it was Sarah Churcher Photography for many years.

  • MIRANDA ~ WALL ART SPECIALIST
    Miranda joined the Muka team at the end of 2016 and takes charge of the image viewing sessions. She has a wonderful eye for detail and her understanding of design gives her the ability to put together incredible wall displays.
  • FAMILY
    Miranda and her husband Bart are both Dutch and after a sting of 13 years in London, moved to Melbourne in 2010. They have three girls ranging in age from 11 to almost 3 years and clearly have their hands full. Mattie and Tacy were born in the UK and they completed their family in 2014 with the arrival of Sedna.  And let’s not forget Ben and Twitch, their two not so dwarf lop rabbits.
  • RANDOM RAMBLINGS

    • Miranda is currently studying photography.
    • You may see her riding around Bayside on her cargo bike with her youngest.
    • She loves her cups of tea … with a dash of milk.
    • Blue and green are her favourite colours … they are supposed to be ‘calming’.
    • Also a lover of wine … cold and white.

  • WHY MUKA
    In Maori mythology the harakeke (flax) plant represents the whanau (family). The rito (shoot) is the child and it is protectively surrounded by the awhi rito (parents). The outside leaves represent the tupuna (grandparents and ancestors). Muka is the fibre taken from the strongest leaves and woven into kete (baskets). The perfect symbol of family structure and connection.
  • THE LOGO
    The Muka logo symbolises a few of my concepts and brings them into one beautiful little graphic. I first saw it as a fingerprint, a fabulous symbol of unique identity and for leaving your mark, your legacy with the world. But over time I have started to see it as the lines of family generations making up a complete circle.
  • RANDOM RAMBLINGS ABOUT MUKA PORTRAITS

    • Before a full rebrand in 2016 my business was called Sarah Churcher Photography for many years.
    • The name MUKA PORTRAITS took me a scary number of hours to find.
    • I came very close to being called White Pine Studios, until it was pointed out that I could be in the funeral home cleaning product industry. A valid point.