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Its still rare for an expectant father to be the one to call me and drive the booking process. I know when it does happen, how important this is not just for mom, but for them as a couple. It also makes me swoon a little with how wonderful it is to see strong tattooed men who become proud loving fathers.

In their birth story, you can feel the build up of waiting and anticipation. Its palpable. It was also worth it. The moment they lock eyes with their son, its as if time stands still. This kind of moment never gets old to document.

Be sure not to miss the moments through the glass when their family meet Aston. A reminder that babies are born not just to parents but to families. Haylee said, “I will forever be grateful for making the choice of having a birth photographer to capture our family’s faces as they first laid eyes on Aston while I was still in post op.” We forget there are portions of a birth story that a mom or a dad might miss but a birth photographer’s role is to be their constant eyes and ears.

Their story was published in Your Pregnancy magazine and I will be including excerpts of it from her perspective just below the video. So if you love good birth stories told by a mom, keep scrolling through and enjoy.

Thank you Haylee & Michael for not only hiring me, but trusting me for the most significant day in your life.

Thank you aswell to the ever professional and welcoming staff at Mediclinic Panorama and Dr. Grundlingh.

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If you are looking for a white and grey with a pop of yellow nursery decor ideas, this is your stop! Haylee & Michael booked me for their son’s birth and mini-maternity sessions are offered complimentary with all my birth packages. So even though Haylee already had another maternity session done outdoors, we took this opportunity to capture them expecting in their nursery, which Haylee put together herself. For women who prepare a nursery as their way of nesting, they know… it can be alot of work! You put your heart into the colour selection and all the details, so it makes sense to capture it. Because soon it becomes a full-fledged kid-room with toys on the floor and never quite the same as those early days. I actually loved the versatility of how easily you could adapt this room and decor into an older child’s room.

Thank you Haylee and Michael for inviting me into your home. Your joy for your son’s arrival is palpable.

Mini-maternity sessions are 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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We hope this finds you already in Holiday-mode or wrapping up life so that you can relax a bit over the coming days. Just wanted to wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday season from our family. Since I share so many photos of other families, I thought it would only be right to share some of ours from this year too. Taken by the talented Michaela Copsey, and proof that I believe in continually documenting families (even our own) at every stage. Even though its a hassle to make happen with littles. Its worth it!

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Ilze’s home birth happened in near darkness as the soft rain fell on a peaceful Friday night. She shared with us some of her photos and answered many common questions regarding having a home birth in South Africa, but seeing her video is an entirely different way to experience that night.

Film has this way of taking us immediately there. The small nuances and gestures, the feeling of the experience, the building emotions. As South Africa’s pioneer birth photographer, I’m making inroads into birth film story-telling. To answer the most common question, YES a client still gets all of their images. Their full story in still frames which are powerful all on their own, all their images in both colour and black & white. I believe in nothing but the best. Should they order a video as well, then they have a completely different way to experience their birth without sacrificing the images. It does mean ninja documenting skills on my part, but the final products for the client are worth it.

Every time my husband sees these videos he says, “Now that our kids are getting older, I wish we had films like these of their births. I just want to go back there, especially when its their birthday.” We all get more sentimental and aware as time passes. Its a joy to create these family heirlooms for my clients.

Enjoy seeing what a Cape Town home water birth looks like and the peaceful birth of wide-eyed David. Maybe grab a tissue or use the edge of your shirt! As always, shared with permission.

For more information on the care providers and preparations Ilze chose, be sure to see her article.


Elzari & Pieter could hardly believe their son was turning 6 months old. Neither could I! It went by so fast! I covered their birth story and they contact me for my exclusive family sessions. They had the actual day off that the turned 6 months old and wanted to spend it as a family, especially getting a shoot done to commemorate it. At first we discussed something outdoors. It had to be relaxed and unique to them, capturing lots of candid and emotive moments.

When rain was imminent and we didn’t want to risk it with a baby, we opted for a trendy local coffee shop, Skinny Legs. They were so accommodating of us to have a window seat and let us do our thing so it didn’t feel awkward.

In this session, you can really appreciate how life as a couple in a coffee shop looks really different with a baby. Its so descriptive of their life at this stage. The start of solids, the new desire to reach for things, but not yet running for the door. His littleness is still evident in contrast to the big world around him. And unlike a phone full of selfies and baby photos, we were able to capture both parents in the frames, showing life right now in Cape Town for them.

Day In The Life Sessions  are exclusive for my clients as I have an ongoing relationship with them. They are not available to the general public. I believe it takes a certain level of trust and report to photograph a family this intimately and my availability is mainly reserved for births. Some book them annually or for milestones. But should you book me for your birth or maternity/newborn portraits, you will always be able to hire me again and again to capture the different stages your family is in as the years go by.

Thank you Elzari & Pieter, always a joy capturing your son.

Enjoy their morning breakfast as a family:


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