Every pregnant mom-to-be experiences a different pregnancy, from the way they feel to the way they carry to when baby decides to enter the world.
It is my experience that maternity photoshoots are best done anytime from 30-36 weeks and in most cases, the earlier the better. Most of you will become very tired and start to feel very uncomfortable towards the end of your pregnancy and not really be up for a photoshoot. In some cases baby has arrived early and the expecting mother missed out on her maternity photoshoot.
Maternity shoots can be done in one of my chosen locations, or in a more contemporary studio setting. If you are uncomfortable showing some skin, I would advise you choose a location shoot.
I have some beautiful maternity dresses I have invested in and am always trying to purchase new dresses to keep up with the latest trends in maternity photography and so my clients have something unique and special to wear. I also love the contemporary studio maternity shoots for ladies who are confident in their bodies and happy to celebrate the pregnant body with tasteful nude images.
Contact me within your first or second trimester so I can pencil you in my diary. I generally book up 2 months in advance, so the sooner you book, the more options of dates I will have available for you.
I have a true passion and love of photographing precious newborns. It is an honor to be able to capture these early days of life for my clients, thank you! I take great pride in every image and all the little details that make them so perfect. I have a studio FILLED with newborn props, everything you can think of really - I try to stick with more timeless props and neutral colours as I feel these images will never date.
When to schedule:
Please contact me early in your pregnancy, preferrably the first trimester so I can hold you a spot in the month you are due. Once your baby arrives, email or call me shortly after you arrive home so we can schedule a time in the studio within the first 2 weeks. Sessions are best when baby is just 5-10 days new!
If you have missed this small window period, unfortunately I do not book studio newborn sessions for babies older than 3 weeks, unless you booked a newborn session with me in advance and your baby was born premature or has been in hospital. I am happy to book an outdoor lifestyle session with babies older than 3 weeks, but please know this session does not include any posed, naked sleeping shots of baby and the images will all be with mom or dad holding baby.
My newborn sessions last up to 2 hours. I will provide strict guidelines which help you prepare the hours before your shoot - this really helps ensure we have a nice sleepy baby and that mom gets to relax for 2 hours and put her feet up. All newborn sessions are done in my home studio in order to control temperature, lighting and to have access to all props and set-ups.
My style is very timeless, I use mainly neutral or pastel colours and try to only use props that are timeless. My style is not bright colours and not 'cheesy' and I like to keep it this way as I feel this will provide you with more elegant and timeless images. You are not required to bring any props to your newborn session unless it is something really special you would like incorporated. If there are certain colours you would like me to stick to, or any poses or props that you would like, please let me know in advance as I spend a lot of time setting up the studio the day before.
Babies, Toddlers & Children Session
The next best milestone to have photo's of your growing baby are once they can sit unsupported (around 6-7 months of age) to when they can walk (around 1 years old). These make for some gorgeous photographs as well as the opportunity to have some done outside.
I really love photographing this age group, from under 1's, 2years old (although they are probably the most challenging of all the ages) and then all the ages above this are just fantastic to work with!
I have many special outfits mainly for little girls of all ages that have been especially made or imported from over seas, so they are very unique and you will not find anyone else with these.
Please contact me for pricing and further details.
Family Photoshoots are based on 4 family members. Additional family members are charged per person. I only photograph 1 family at a time and do not do extended family photoshoots.
Clothing for these shoots is of utmost importance and I will provide some lovely samples of clothing combinations.
This is a 45minute - 1hour photoshoot taken in the studio or outdoors if preferred.
Please contact me for pricing and further details.
Why choose me?
First and foremost I have a huge passion for photography, I absolutely LOVE what I do and I am constantly striving for perfection both technically and creatively in my work. It is truly my soul objective to provide you with timeless images that capture precious memories in a beautiful piece of art.
I have been photographing newborns since 2009. I have attended numerous newborn photography workshops as well as received online training from one of the top international newborn photographers. I have also received one on one mentorship in child photography with a well recognised Russian Photographer who is now based in the USA .
I am also always looking into further mentorship programmes as well as online training when it is offered and is something I feel I will benefit from.
I have invested a huge amount in my business and continue to do so on a monthly basis - these investments include top of the range camera's and lenses, my own purpose built natural light studio including some continuous light softboxes as well as flash lighting (however I prefer to stay away from flash for a number of reasons when photographing newborns and children). I am endlessly purchasing clothing and dresses for maternity photography, my newborn sessions and my children sessions - many of these items have been imported from abroad or have been made bespoke for my clients. I am also completely up to date with all the latest programmes for editing and spend many, many hours learning new techniques. I currently mainly use Camera Raw and Photoshop Creative Cloud, occassionaly I will use Lightroom.
I am a qualified physiotherapist who has extensive knowledge with regards to neurology and movement patterns in the human body. I am very well aware of what is a safe and comfortable position for your newborn baby as well as how to manoeuvre them from one position to the next. Baby safey always comes first and I would never attempt an unsafe pose with your little one.
I am a mom of 2 beautiful children, so I can completely empathise with new parents as well as those with more than one child, what it is like to have a newborn baby.
I belong to many international photography groups and am always trying to keep up with the latest trends in the photography world and to learn from others. I am always open to new ideas and almost nothing scares me ;-)
I am very proud to have won several awards in the daily top 10 images on Digital or Not - Fine Art Photography Magazine Page as well as received several bronze awards with The Guild of Photographers. I have also had a few images chosen to feature on the front cover of Child Magazine as well as Mielstones Magazine.
Please contact me for pricing, packages and further details.