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My approach to shooting portraits is largely documentary. I don’t like templates and like to see what makes people unique. My aim is not to create a 'perfect' family portrait - not in the traditional sense anyway. I'm not into ‘cheese’ and I’m not fussed if everyone is looking at the camera - I’m much more fascinated with interaction, emotion and connections between people.

While I’ll look at the light and tell you where to stand or where to be and give you a bit of direction, I like to see what makes people unique and how people connect with each other. I like to play with light and to let people play too. I believe that people are their most beautiful when they are happy.  

 

Session fees are R1500 and include my time and talent at a photo session as well as preparing a viewing for your ordering session which takes place a week or two after your shoot at my studio to order printed products.  Please email me for more information or use the contact form here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you offer 'mini'-shoots?

    I currently don't offer short sessions as I prefer to take my time with a family and observe people, rather than churning out a bunch of images in 30 minutes. It is possible to get some lovely shots in the first ten minutes of a shoot but sometimes kids can take a while to warm up or need a change in environment and I've found that my style of shooting favours longer sessions.

  • Do you use props?

    I will never impose my own props onto your shoot but feel free to bring along anything that personifies you.

  • How far in advance do I need to book?

    As I shoot weddings and am a mom of 2 little kids, I take on a limited number of portrait sessions per year. It’s best to book around 6 weeks in advance. For the December-March period, it’s best to book around 2-3 months in advance. Sometimes I do have gaps or cancellations so it is worth asking anyway.

  • When do you shoot portrait sessions?

    As I shoot weddings on weekends, portrait sessions are done during the week. With the bright summer evenings, shoots can often start as late as 7pm. Due to the dark winter evenings, shoots done in winter need to start a bit earlier.

    Shoots done outdoors are best done an hour or two before sunset while indoor shoots can be done at any time of the day.

  • When is the best time for a maternity shoot?

    Everyone is unique - some people are pretty 'bumpy' at 26 weeks and others fill out a bit later - but on average, maternity shoots are best done between 30-36 weeks.

  • When is the best time for a newborn shoot?

    Newborn shoots are best done when babies are 'floppy', before 10 days old is best. Newborn acne can also set in around 3 weeks so best to do as early as possible.

  • Where do you do portrait shoots?

    I work with natural light and do all shoots on location, either at your home or favourite place within Cape Town or around.