Updated: Dec 30, 2020
Finding the perfect location for your family portraiture or maternity session can be a tough one, but no need to fret. I can help! I have a selection of gorgeous spots in and around Johannesburg/Pretoria that will suit exactly what you're looking for. From graffiti walls and urban jungles, to manicured gardens and beautiful tree filled parks. Keep reading to find our more.
The Modderfontien Reserve
Nestled in the heart of Modderfontien in Edenvale, this beautiful nature reserve offers gargling rivers and a beautiful dam surrounded by trees. If we're lucky, we might spot the fish eagles and their babies flying over the dam. We can also take a quick drive deeper into the reserve to Val Bonne, slightly more manicured and equally as stunning. The reserve is every Family Photographers dream! Entrance to the reserve is R30 per person and a R100 for the shooting permit, this gets us access to the picnic area or
Val Bonne, but one spot would need to be select due to time constraints.
So if I had to choose my favourite sunset location, it would have to be Delta Park. Located in Victory Park, this safe and beautifully maintained park has it all. Water, flowers, sun and lots of doggies. March and April the park is filled with fields of amazing pink and white Cosmos flowers. The park is doggie friendly so if you don't mind a few wagging tails, this one is for you. Entrance is free with a travel fee of R350.
Honeyveld Honey Farm
Ok so the Highveld Honey Farm has got to be the most gorgeous garden in Benoni. Perfectly manicured throughout the year, this location is great to shoot at during summer and winter. Bookings are essential and access to the gardens are R350 per hour.
Based in Mulderdrift, Casalinga offers beautiful lemon tree orchards, fountains, green grassy spots and even a little forest. This location is amazing for any portraiture session. Casalinga does not charge a venue fee shoot at there gorgeous location and there is a R500 travel fee.
Irene Dairy Farm
Now this spot is amazing. Open wide fields and lovely black and white dairy cows(the perfect props). Located in Irene with beautiful old stables, rock walls and more, Irene Dairy farms is perfect for your session. Cover charge to access the venue is R350 for 10 people, including me. If we are more people, the venue might charge. There is a R450 travel fee.
Truly a Johannesburg Gem! Situated in Mountain View, Johannesburg this venue is so unique. The gardens and buildings are to die for. Your session will be completely perfect. Fully cared for throughout the year, so shooting here can be done anytime. Access to the venue for a 1 hour session is R1500, because this is primarily a wedding venue bookings are essential and weekdays are mostly available.
Jan Cilliers Park
Beautiful trees, open grass spaces, waterfalls and old stone walls. Jan Cilliers park is great for any session. Located in Groenkloof, Pretoria. The 4.5-hectare park on the northern slopes of Klapperkop is also known as Protea Park. The park is dedicated to native plants and offers scenic views of the city and the Union Buildings. Entrance to the park is free, there is a travel fee of R300.
If you are looking for something different with a mix of beautiful gardens and incredibly stunning old school Architecture then Wits is the spot. Entrance to the University is at no charge but pre-approval is required so a booking in advance is crucial.
Ducks Country Lodge
About a 40 minute drive from Edenvale, this beautiful location offers gorgeous afternoon light, a river set and stunning old buildings. Ducks Country lodge is fabulous for family, maternity or couples session. This spot is every photographers dream. Travel fee to the venue is R550 and there is no venue hire fee.
If you are interested in Booking your Lifestyle session with me please pop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call on 0844591662