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Newborn Photography by Sigrun Engelen

Contact: Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209

Since the birth of my son, I have fallen in love with newborn photography. There is something so special about a little baby that is only a few hours or days old. This time is so incredibly fleeting and there is such a limited time that you can only count your child’s age in days!

When do I book the newborn shoot?

Some of the newborn poses are only possible in the first few weeks; up to 15 days, maybe 20 days at a push. The first 10 days are really ideal. Many moms are not aware of the fact that you need to book your newborn shoot during this very early period, meaning you want to book the shoot while you are still pregnant.

Babies spend most of their time sleeping during these early days and they are easily posed into positions similar to how they were positioned when in the womb. After two weeks they get more alert, stronger, easily stimulated and very interested in their surroundings, especially if something is happening that is outside of their routine.

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Will the newborn shoot take place at home or in studio?

From my own experience when my son was born, I was horrified at the thought of leaving the house in the first two weeks! Many moms tend to spend the first month or so at home with limited visitors, never mind the fact that moms can’t drive for the first 4 – 6 weeks after a C-section.

I found the thought incredibly daunting, not knowing what to take with me, the thought of leaving something important behind, whether there will be a place to breastfeed, change nappies etc. It was for this reason that I decided to offer new born photo shoots at your home, so you are in your comfort zone, with everything around that you might need for any given circumstance. If your preference is to come to the studio, this can also be arranged, but I find that most parents would prefer to stay at home for the duration of the session.

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How long is a newborn shoot?

The new born package is for 2-3 hours. The time your shoot will take is actually really up to baby. If the baby is a good sleeper, the shoot can easily be done in around 2 hours. If baby is older or a little niggly, we spend a lot of the time feeding, soothing, rocking, changing and well… pretty much doing whatever it is that baby needs at the time.

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Are mom and dad able to join the photo shoot?

Yes. I usually split the photo session up into two sections: A few posed shots and then also a family session. Everyone is welcome, granny and grandpa too if they happen to be present, siblings and of course furry babies if they are part of your family!

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What do I need to do to prepare for my photo shoot?

Once you have booked your session with me, I send you a detailed document with preparation notes for the photo shoot.

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My baby is older, can I still book a photo shoot or is it too late?

The newborn package is really up to around the age of 3 weeks, but this does not mean you can’t book a photo shoot if you missed this period and baby is older. There are many reasons and circumstances that can cause you to miss this period, even if you were planning it way in advance.

Babies are sometimes born premature; they can suffer from jaundice etc. This may mean they will be in hospital a little longer than planned, but this doesn’t mean you have to cancel your photo session. It just means we change things up a little. If baby is older (in other words between 3 weeks and 2 months) – we do a more natural style of photos: snuggling with mommy, daddy & siblings, hands and feet, as well as awake photos with baby on the bed etc. We do usually get a few posed photos in as well.

Newborn Photography

I really love seeing the little ones grow up. These days I often get booked for a new born session where the once week old baby is now the older sibling, holding their little brother or sister in their arms.

H&S Newborn Photography Package
Your newborn photo session package includes

– 2-3 hour Newborn shoot in the comfort of your own home
– 40-50 high res edited Newborn photos on DVD
– travel of up to 20km’s included

 Contact me if you have any more questions or want to book me for your newborn photo shoot:

Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209

Newborn Photographer Bryanston | Big Brother Logan with Oliver

Bryanston Newborn Photographer Johannesburg

I was particularly happy to meet little Oliver. This little guy had a bit of a rough start and we ended up having to postpone this newborn photo session a few times before he was ready for the big event! But Oliver proved he really wanted to play along with big brother Logan who is a real brother bear and completely in love!

Sandton Newborn Photos

Newborn Photographer Sandton

 Book me for your newborn photo shoot:

Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209

Lady P’s vintage calendar studio photo shoot | Vintage Photo Shoot Johannesburg

Vintage Calendar Photo Shoot
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Classic vintage photo shoot themed studio photography

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personalised vintage calendar photo shoot
Classic vintage photography and design

10 October (Large)Vintage Photos by SigrunVintage

Lady P gave me a call on a previous vintage studio photo shoot i did, wanting to do something different for her husband for Valentine’s Day this year, and what a fabulously romantic idea, to print a vintage calendar for your hubby to look at the rest of the year! We had a lot of fun in studio, and hubby was apprarently delighted with the resulting photo calendar. Who wouldn’t be?

Would you like to do a classic vintage calendar photo shoot? Book me as your photographer:

Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209

Emily’s 1st Birthday Cake Smash | Smash the Cake Photo Shoot

Smash the Cake Studio Photography Customised 1st Birthday Invitation Design

This was beautiful little Emily’s 1st birthday cake smash photo shoot. I just love working withe little Emily as well as her mum, who always brings the most beautiful extras like headbands, cute tutus and props to her shoots, which makes for us having a lot of fun in studio!

We arranged Emily’s shoot a little ahead of her actual birthday in order leave enough time for me to edit the photos and design a customised birthday invite emailer for mum to email to friends and family, inviting them to Emily’s birthday party!

Smash the Cake, First Birthday themed photo shoot idea

Book me for your little one’s 1st Birthday Cake Smash Photo Shoot! 

Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209

1st Birtday Photo Shoot


Shilo’s 1st Birthday Smash The Cake Photoshoot | Cake Smash Photography

Cake Smash Photo ShootLittle Shilo will be turning 1 year old on the 23rd of July 2014, so we did a Cake Smash shoot for her to use on her 1st birthday invitation. We went with a pink and white theme and i brought along a bunch of props for decoration and the essential hair flowers for gorgeous Shilo. Mom bought her the most beautiful 1st birthday cupcake – Shilo didn’t hesitate at all before digging in, it was great fun. I am sure little Shilo was bouncing off the walls for the rest of the day!

Baby Photo Shoot Fourways Shilo’s Shoot happened just before Father’s Day, so we did a little collage for a framed Father’s Day prezzie!

Book me for your babie’s 1st Birthday Smash the Cake Photo Shoot! 

Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209


A vintage picnic in the park with 3 beautiful little ladies | Vintage Photo Shoot

Vintage Picnic in the Park Johannesburg

Themed Photo Shoot for Girls

Anyone that knows us @ Heart & Soul Photography will tell you that we have a huge passion for anything vintage! I was absolutely ecstatic when my client called me with the idea of a vintage picnic in the park for her 7 year old daughter and 5 year old twin sisters. I had so much fun planning the picnic, sourcing the location and all the props to create the the vintage scene. The girls were so excited when they arrived all dressed up in their pink ballet dresses, ready for their tea party in the park!

Fun Outdoor Kids Photo Shoot

Tea party photo shoot for girls

This is an absolutely fabulous idea for a girls birthday party for any age, as well as a ladies day / outing in the park, etc!

Book me to photograph your vintage picnic or party!

Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209

Little Declan, 5 Days Young | Newborn Photography

Newborn Photography

Meet little Declan, 5 days young. This is a shoot from December, but i have been so busy i have hardly had time to post or blog pics! What a sweet little angel he is!

At the time (December) i designed this Christmas card to be emailed to family and friends to with them a Merry Christmas and introduce little Declan at the same time. Mommy loved it. 🙂

Personalised photo christmas card design

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Book me for your newborn photo shoot today! 
Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209

Johnny Walker Red Label Event, The Hilton Sandton | Event Photography

Johnny Walker Red Label Event The Hilton Sandton

This Johnny Walker Red Label event was held at The Hilton in Sandton. A pre dinner drinks event for ±30 of Johnny Walker’s marketing managers from all over Africa, and a showcase of the new Johnnie Walker Red Label bottle and packaging. The event was organised by Night Vision Marketing and was extremely impressive from a creative and eventing perspective. They went all out with a massive ice sculpture of a Johnny Walker bottle, live music, promo girls and much more. The signature drink for the evening was Johnny Walker Red Label and Ginger Ale, which I had the pleasure of ending my evening off with!

Event Photography Sandton

Johnny Walker Red Label Event



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