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This is the story of one mom’s relentless fight to keep her twins in as long as possible. Hospitalized while her husband was overseas at his father’s funeral, she faced potentially delivering while he was gone and very-very premie babies. We quickly did her maternity shoot in hospital. (All my birth packages include a mini-maternity shoot at the location of your choice, this wasn’t really her choice but we made it happen as creativity as possible. The staff were incredible in helping)

Then I was on-call for the next 7.5 weeks as she lived there. Can you imagine? Every few days I marveled that she was still pregnant. Nothing short of a miracle. Through all of this, her hope was still for a vaginal birth if possible. Her doctor (Lourens) was incredibly supportive due to their ideal positioning. This birth story follows their until journey until they brought their boys home. I wasn’t allowed in NICU, so those photos are from the parents camera. I edited & incorporated them in for their story. It was one of the most incredible things I have seen in my career and personally so powerful to be a part of. BE sure to see their newborn session once you are done looking at this birth & homecoming.

All images shared with family permission and as always are work place/family friendly. The parents had this to say about their experience (left: Mother, right: Father) I hear this from lots of fathers!


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If you missed James & Alex’s birth story, you really need to take a moment to see it here or the video will be at the end of this post. Its an incredible story and gives these photos even more of the soul behind them. These are miracle babies and their parents were thrown in the deep end of parenting well before they were born.
Several days after they came home from the NICU, we warmed up their bedroom and went to work photographing them together and then with their parents. So they were about 17 days old here. While that would not be recommended for a full term baby, it works great for premies with an adjusted age. For full term babies under 10 days old is ideal for this sleepy of a look, but really there’s never a bad time to take photos of your tiny baby. This session typically takes about two hours.
To James & Alex’s parents, thank you for entrusting me with your newborn memories. May you always love these photos, especially once they are grown men.

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I’d like to introduce you to a new session I am offering: Day-In-The-Life Sessions.

You. Your baby. Your home. What life looked like with them at that point in your history together. Your spouse and other children are absolutely welcome too.

I’ve had so many clients ask me “What about on-going baby and child photos?” I haven’t wanted to become an everything-photographer but I sure do come to love my clients and enjoy seeing their children grow. Watching a baby being born really endears you to that child and their family.

So, I’ve discovered my answer to that while remaining true to my style/speciality and why people hire me. These sessions are relaxed, they are seeing normal life, feeding, bathing, playing, changing. Documentary style. We’ll do a couple posed portraits of your child. Then the rest are me following along as you do what you normally do with your child. I will be guiding you towards the right light and positions for beautiful photos. I’ll spend about two hours in your home getting images not only of your child but YOU interacting with them. If you are a proud parent like me, you know your phone is full of their photos but rarely are we IN them except for some selfies. Here’s an opportunity to do that without making it a formal photo shoot.

These sessions are offered exclusively to my clients. The reason being, I want to save time for my primary passion: births. And I think they work so well because we already have a relationship. Clients are welcome to book these once off or do them at whatever intervals they would like (big milestones, Holidays or annually). I look forward to watching your families grow.

These are just some of beautiful blue eyed Harper and her mom. Just waking up from nap time…

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Here’s the gorgeous Adriana and her husband just weeks before they had their first child. We met up at Sea Point Beach and had such incredible colors to work with. They were such a delightful copy, truly in love and so eager to meet their son.

I offer maternity sessions two ways:

  1. In a maternity-newborn combo package as full 1 hour shoot at the location of your choice, as many wardrobe changes as you would like, and minimum 30 images
  2. 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.

Enjoy this couple’s beautiful images of a time long gone once baby arrives.

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I’m delighted to collaborate with Your Pregnancy Magazine again to share real life South African birth workers, complete with photos. Most people don’t get a chance to see what a doula does and how beneficial she can be at a birth.

Nicolette Hadden is a doula with Beautifully Born. I’m thrilled to have captured her at work as we were together a part of this birth team. To see it in real life, be sure to pick up the current issue of Your Pregnancy magazine on stands now. See more of these birth story photos here.


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