Capturing beautiful images of newborn babies is one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. To capture someone at the very start of his or her life is such a privilege. I love working with babies and children as they bring so much delight to each and every day.

The best time to photograph a newborn is when they are 5 – 10 days old, not only because they are small and supple, but also because they are very dozy and easier to settle than an older baby. Small babies are able to curl up on their tummies whilst asleep. I love to use gorgeous hats, for boys and girls, and flowers and tutus for little girls. But keeping the images simple is key. The focus must always remain on the beautiful baby.

Images with the parents and their newborns must reflect the emotional relationship between the parents and new baby. I especially love the newborn baby being placed in the strong and secure hands of their Daddy together with images of the new mother gently kissing her sleeping baby.

My other favourite stage to photograph babies is at the sitting stage. This is usually around 8 months. By this time the baby is responding beautifully to games the parents and baby have discovered over the past months and the child will laugh and give the biggest gummy smiles. It is enough to warm the coldest heart.

Cathy Heaton has become one of South Africa’s leading portrait photographers specialising in pregnancy, baby, toddler and family photography. She also loves doing boudoir shoots and modelling portfolios as she also gets to use her skills as a make-up artist in these shoots.

Many brides give their husbands an album of their boudoir shoot as the Groom’s gift on the day of the wedding or as a first anniversary present ~ as the traditional gift is paper.

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Our first anniversary is coming up and as a gift to my husband I decided I wanted to do a boudoir shoot (first anniversary = paper – photos = paper, get it?). Cathy organised for my hair to get done, she did my make-up and then we spent a good couple of hours doing the photo shoot. I was really quite nervous, because I have never done anything like this, but it turned out so well. I felt really comfortable with Cathy and actually had quite a lot of fun in front of the camera.  I got my pics back from Cathy this weekend and they are fantastic!! So classy and beautiful. I don’t know how I am going to choose which to print. Can’t wait to show my husband, I am sure he is going to love them.

Cathy did a fantastic job and I would definitely recommend her.


Cathy, your photos are like a delicious meal. Never enough! Thank you so much.

Vanessa Imbriolo