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I met up with Chantelle, her husband and their oh-too-cute dogs in the garden of their Southern Suburbs home for a relaxed mini-maternity session. It took alot of treats but we got some lovely shots of all of them together.

Mini-maternity sessions are offered complimentary with my birth packages. Its 30 minutes, one location, one outfit and 15 gorgeous images for you to treasure long after you are done being pregnant. They are expecting her first child in August, a boy! Can not wait to capture this for them.

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I’m delighted to collaborate with Your Pregnancy Magazine again to share real life South African birth stories, complete with photos. Leja’s mother wrote her memorable birth story, a Christmas morning birth. I’m thrilled to have captured the memories for them. Its a Christmas morning I will never forget.

To see it in real life, be sure to pick up the current issue of Your Pregnancy magazine on stands now.

Remember Genevieve’s beautiful maternity shoot? Kylo was born (isn’t that just an awesome name?) and about a week later I came to their home in Cape Town for a relaxed newborn shoot that allowed time for feedings and nappy changes. Kylo’s father is a master craftsman, a professional blacksmith who creates incredible art with his hands. (Like their beautiful bed that frames their family portrait). Kylo is the first child for this couple. Goodness, he is divine with that full head of red hair and tiny creases on his forehead.

Thank you to this beautiful family for choosing me to capture this season in your lives. May Kylo always bring you joy!

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Genevieve’s birth was to be my last before I went on maternity leave. You’ll remember her stunning beach maternity shoot. I went on call at night and kept my ringer up as usual. Being that she’s a first time mom, I *generally* don’t expect early babies, but you never know. The next morning, around mid-morning, I suddenly realize I have no network coverage (Cell-C). I get this instinctual gut check. Even though it can be days or even weeks that I don’t hear from a client while I’m on call. Still, I text Genevieve right away. I sms something like “Just realized I have no network coverage, and I don’t know how long that’s been. Just checking in since I’m on-call”

She sends back a photo of Kylo.

I was devastated. In the span of the apparently 10 hours that my phone was off network, her water suddenly broke and she delivered shortly after. It was the first birth I have ever missed. I was sick to my stomach for days about it. I profusely apologized. She was so gracious with me, but it only highlights more how a birth is a once in a life time event. One that can not be restaged. I went to take some immediate photos that day and then went for his newborn shoot about a week later.

Since then I have put into place a plan. I carry with me a back up phone on a separate network (Vodacom) just to be sure I’m available on two networks. I give clients both numbers, and my husband’s mobile phone, just to be safe. I never ever want to miss another birth on the account of not being reachable.

Here’s Kylo just hours new.

The cutest little thing, with that stunning red hair!

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I came for a newborn shoot with Harper the day after she was born! Isn’t her mother stunning for just having a baby yesterday?!? Be sure not to miss her birth story. Some of these images almost look like studio work, but they are not. They are all shot in the comfort of their home with minimal posing as to not overstimulate such a tiny baby. Newborn shoots are generally about 2 hours to allow enough time for feeds, nappy changes, and patience to just let the baby be herself. The photo where she’s looking right into my lens in her crib took some time of just sitting there quietly waiting for her to connect with the camera. Then you can see how her cheeky cute personality comes out, even on day one of life! Harper is darling. A first child for her parents, and already with a father who is smitten.

Thank you to Harper’s parents for hiring me to capture the pregnancy, birth, and newborn parts of their family story. They were lovely!

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