Visiting my studio will be more than just about creating pictures.

I will create a wonderful custom portrait experience for you and your new baby, from beginning to end.


Sessions are booked for weekdays in my natural light newborn studio, located in Pietermaritzburg, in the soft morning light. This is when babies are usually the most settled, and Moms are the most relaxed. My newborn studio is filled with lovely soft dreamy light, where I get so much enjoyment creating peaceful sleepy baby art.


I do also offer beautiful home maternity and newborn lifestyle sessions, and I travel throughout Kwazulu Natal.


Planning, Booking & Timing


If you are pregnant, and already into your second trimester, it’s time to book your sessions!


I will provisionally book space on my newborn calendar around your due date, and we can alter your session date depending on baby’s arrival.


On booking, I will send you all the information you need to prepare for a session you will treasure. We can then start planning your session, and chat about any ideas you have in mind.


Every little detail about expecting a new baby is exciting. The dreaming; the planning; the shopping; it is all part of that wonderful new baby experience - and your portrait experience should be a part of that too.


 I like to keep things nice and simple for new parents, and I will help you each step along the way as we plan your session.


Your newborn portrait experience starts here.


Your Maternity Session


The ideal time to book your maternity session is for around 36 weeks. We want to capture the full size and roundness of your baby bump, but don't want to leave it too late that you may feel too uncomfortable. We also don't want baby to arrive earlier than expected, and beat us to it.


Maternity sessions are usually about an hour, and include Dad and older siblings.


Some couples are more comfortable in their own home, and would rather a more lifestyle approach to their maternity portraits, which can also include a serene Milk Bath for Mom.


Your Newborn Session


The ideal time for you to bring your baby to the studio for newborn portraits is within the first ten days of baby’s birth date. For those first two weeks, babies are still very sleepy and curly from being in the womb, and I want to capture all those tiny perfect newborn details for you to always remember. They do grow fast!


Your session will be relaxed, informal and fun, and will usually last about 2 hours. This allows time for me to settle and wrap baby, move between poses, and allows Mom time for cuddles and feeding if needed. Sessions are never rushed, I will go at baby’s pace, and make sure they are comfortable and safe throughout your session.  You will be able to relax in studio with a cup of tea, and enjoy a bit of time off.


I have trained online with some of the best international newborn photographers, and have been photographing newborns for over 9 years. I have plenty of experience soothing and posing baby safely, and I have a wonderful newborn assistant in studio with me, so your new baby is in safe hands while you enjoy your session.


My photography style is very soft and natural, just like little newborns are. My newborn studio is full of gentle fabrics, soft colours, dainty headbands, and adorable handmade outfits, which all make the perfect props for my sleepy, curled up posing style.


Welcoming a new baby is a family affair, so of course siblings are included. Don’t worry, I don’t expect your toddler to sit quietly in studio for 2 hours, I will advise you on various options for a relaxed session. I also know that new Dad’s sometimes need to get back to work, so I usually capture the parent poses first. We will plan for that before your session.


After your session


I know the minute you leave the studio you will be dying to see your portraits! I will send you a sneak peek the next morning, so you can share your beautiful baby with family and friends.


Your final gallery of carefully re-touched images will be ready within about 14 days of your session. Your private viewing gallery will be available online for you to browse through together, and is a very exciting part of your portrait experience. You can then choose the final portraits that you love the most, and would like to keep on USB, as well as any other beautiful products you might like designed for your family to treasure.


After capturing beautiful portraits for families over the years, I strongly believe that the best service I can offer you is to create you beautiful photo products that you can take home and enjoy, rather than selling you a disk of images that will just lie in a drawer. My add-on packages include digital files and keepsake photobook albums, as well as wall art products, so that you can enjoy looking at your beautiful pictures every day.


Please contact me for a full price list and product packages.


To get an idea of what each session includes, come and view my various session options ....



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