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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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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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