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Tiphaine hired me for her son’s maternity & newborn session and now… he’s the big brother! They await their next child this winter. So we met up in Tokai Forest as the sun was setting for not just a maternity session but really a full family session. When a baby is born, a whole family awaits them.

This one is complete with all the things that make having a toddler special, the cuddles, the wild chaos, the character that they are.

Enjoy their beautiful family of three, soon to be four.

Maternity and newborn packages are available even if you don’t hire me for your birth. I focus on classic, clean, timeless images of all the relationships and dynamics of your family. Drop me a contact today if you are interested in this for your journey to parenthood.

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9:02 pm. The responsibility sank into my bones within seconds like a dead weight. Almost 10 years of photographing births and I was facing a first I had never envisioned with only one minute to mentally adjust. I was about to capture the birth of not just one child, but children, whom neither of their parents were {consciously} present to witness for themselves. Mom needed to be fully anesthetized and dad was unable to be in the room. Yes you read that right, if ever birth story images are precious to parents…. they are ever more so to these. Thank you to this beautiful family for deciding the daughters’ birth should be shared with the world. They do so with great vulnerability, so as always your affirming words are appreciated.

I came hours earlier thinking we had time while mom laboured. I was even sent home and got dinner started. Then suddenly, as birth goes, things changed and I got the call to rush back. I walked into the operating theater at 9:01 pm, graciously allowed in by some of the gentlest staff, who after years of working with me, understood how important this would be for the parents to have.

At 9:05 pm, Anine was born. And now I was seeing something that my mind wasn’t registering. They weren’t handing her over to pediatric staff to make way for twin B, as is generally standard in all the multiple births I have witnessed. Instead, they gently laid her on her mother’s abdomen and let her umbilical cord continue to pulse.

9:06 pm, Karli joined her earthside. And again to my surprise, she was also laid on her mother and next to her sister.

The room was peaceful and respectful, full of their tiny cries.

They laid together right on top of the very womb they were just created in. Both of their chords pulsing. It was unbelievably serene for an operating room. It felt as if everyone in the room was acknowledging their birth in lou of their parents. It still makes me teary to think about.

The emotions in this story are palpable. Dad waits in the hallway with his wife on one side in recovery and his daughters on the other in NICU. Grandmothers embrace and shatter your heart. Mom saw her babies for the first time in a cell phone photo, only meeting them the following morning. Those images and footage I captured through a window battling glass reflections.

I went home and wept for them. I felt I had stepped onto sacred ground with them. Their story is one of my career honors to have documented. May your heart soar seeing their film and some of their images. May you be empowered to find care providers who will offer gentle c-section births.

My thanks as well to Dr. Van Wyk and the staff at Mediclinic Panorama for their professional care.

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  • Lalannie

    This is beautiful. I cry everytime I see the photos.
    You gift is phenomenal. Keep on the excellent work you produce with gentleness and love!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy

    This just made me ball my eyes out. What a beautifully captured birth story! I am 7 weeks pregnant with twins. After 5 years of fertility treatments, I fell pregnant naturally with a double blessing. These photos and especially the video is so special. Marysol you have a rare talent. Absolutely amazing. Congratulations to the proud parents.ReplyCancel

In Africa we have a proverb, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Years ago, we chose collaboration over competition. We fought hard for friendship and respect instead of insecurity. By doing so we were able to grow the art of birth photography in South Africa from non-existent to thriving. It is now a booming industry creating businesses all throughout the nation. Our hope is that birth photographers in this land will be ones known for professionalism, excellence, and a generous serving culture.

Today I announced formally stepping down from my operational leadership contributions at SABPA (South African Birth Photographers Association) of which I am a co-founder, in order to spend more time on my family and business. Here is an excerpt from SABPA:

The entire SAPBA team is grateful for her years of voluntary service in the pioneering and spearheading of this industry as SABPA’s co-founder. Her and Alda’s vision was always one where collaboration won over competition and that is the spirit in which Marysol served –  opening doors for more families and birth photographers throughout our nation to be able to have professional birth photography. We are indebted to her contribution to the formalization of birth photography with hospitals and care providers by upholding a high standard of integrity and excellence and we sincerely thank her. Marysol will now serve on SABPA’s independent advisory board (which is responsible for SABPA policy, procedure, and ethical practise development) and still remain a registered member of SABPA so it is definitely not goodbye.  Alda will remain the Chair of SABPA with Lourens de Jager as Administrative Manager and Johann as Technical Manager.  The team will also be joined by Kristen van Staden who has been approved as the new Member & Stakeholder Relationship Manager for SABPA.

I am in the continual process of making very brave and intentional choices for the short season I have with my young children. This decision was a taxing one for me personally but one I am deeply at peace with. One can only do a few things well at a time and be laser focused on that excellence, which means ending some other very worthwhile endeavors. I know its right. And furthermore, I am confident that SABPA’s leadership is in good hands moving forward.

With this announcement, I felt this was the perfect time to chronicle our story as featured in Your Pregnancy Magazine. 

Photo Credit: Veronique Photography

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As a birth photographer, when I know a grandmother is coming to meet her baby, I hold my breath. They always have the best reactions, their emotions usually so close to the surface and so obvious on their faces. A woman becoming a grandmother makes for such emotional imagery.

We often focus on how transformative birth can be for a woman. She becomes a mother. No doubt, there’s nothing like it. But I get teary seeing women take the next step in the circle of life. Not just meeting their grandbaby. But seeing their baby have a baby. I often wonder what emotions and memories flood their minds? I wonder about their personal stories and what they have lived through. It’s easy to forget women who are grandmothers are real people.

To celebrate Mother’s Day, I’m compiling some of my best moments captured of women on the NEXT biggest day of their life, the day they meet their grandchild and watch their children become parents. There are so many facets to this day, as you will see in the images, it’s not just all one standard experience. 

Did you know you can hire me to quietly be present for the day your mother meets your baby? Or you wouldn’t be the first grandmother that hires me for her grandchild’s birth. Meet The Family sessions are available with my birth packages AND maternity/newborn packages. Inquire here.

I would be remiss in not acknowledging how many women can not be there for such a monumental day, either separated by the miles, by death, by estranged relationships or by health challenges. Mother’s Day can be hard on those of us who didn’t have our mothers there or who have recently lost a mother. It’s a loss for the mother and her child to experience. All the more why its worth capturing or celebrating when it’s possible.

We stand in honour to the women who raised this generation’s mothers and fathers.


To give birth, no matter how you do it, requires a monumental leap of bravery. Sometimes hers is a knowing reassurance right before there’s no turning back.

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Nothing prepares you for going from 0 – 2 children.
When some complications arose with Lezanne’s pregnancy and I had this gut feeling we should do this session sooner rather than later before we lost the chance. We shot on a Saturday and as fate would have it she was put on bedrest on Monday. I’m so glad we were able to squeeze this session in so they have their memories of expecting their girls. That’s another nice thing about my mini-maternity session, even if you aren’t feeling that up to it or are higher risk, its quick enough to not be so taxing.
I met up with Lezanne and her husband in Kalk Bay as the sun was setting for our maternity session. Their images are full of affection and expectation. They are friends and it shows.  Enjoy!
Mini-maternity sessions are offered complimentary with all my birth packages. Its 30 minutes, quick for the men or the kids (like ripping off a plaster…), one location, and 15 gorgeous high quality images for you to treasure long after you are done being pregnant. Or if I’m fully booked for births, I do offer a select number of maternity/newborn combo packages. Inquire here.


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