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Hi, I am Chantelle Marais, wife and mother of two gorgeous kids. I am a professional photographer based in Durban specializing in studio maternity, newborn and Mommy & Me photography.

As a little girl my mother kept stacks of photo albums filled with pictures from her youth, her siblings,  her wedding and of our grandparents. These photo’s did not just document our lives and memories but something so precious. They served as a visual record of the love our family shared. Having lost my youngest brother recently, I cherish and hold on to these memories more than ever. I started using my mom’s camera at a very young age, back in the day when we used film and had to wait a whole week before we could see the outcome of the pictures we took.

Over the years I was always the one with the camera on hand but it wasn’t until my daughter was born that I found my true calling, newborn photography. I now had a need to document each and every little detail of her life. Two years or so after her birth my photography business was born.



I invite you to allow me to help document your beautiful family’s journey; from the first flutters in your growing tummy to the tiniest of fingers and toes to big slobbery giggles. An investment in preserving your family’s legacy through portraits will be one that is never regretted but cherished for many generations to come.

Happy clients

Having won a newborn shoot with Chantelle, I decided to do my maternity shoot with her as well. Chantelle went out of her way to make an uncomfortable pregnant woman feel comfortable at all times and the photos showed it, she took the most amazing photos. Then the newborn shoot came and again she captured the most amazing photos. I loved her photos so much that I later booked a 4 generations shoot with her and not much later another maternity & newborn shoot. I’d have another baby just to have her capture those moments again. Her work is amazing and you’ll enjoy every minute of being in her company and later you’ll love seeing the photos even more. Book a shoot… You know you want to!

Shelaine - Newborn

Chantelle photographed both my babies. Her professionalism, talent and skill is of a very high standard. She is very patient, gentle and understanding and managed to capture some very special memories that will last a lifetime. Worth every penny and so much more! Highly recommended.

Lesleigh Davis - Newborn

Chantelle Marais was an absolute pleasure to work with. Thank you for capturing lasting memories of our little angel. She is a true professional with world-class images. She was very patient and gentle with my baby and I would highly recommend her to anyone.

Indira Govender - Newborn

Award-winning photographer

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