When I knew I Wanted To Become A Photographer

It was a build up of many things. While on maternity leave I designed a MASSIVE canvas of our wedding photos. It was a faded/blended collage design. I enjoyed learning Photoshop and my husband helped me with the basics. He uses Photoshop for his job as a network administrator. At the time, I was proud of my creation. I’m not a fan of it now…. It’s daggy.

At first, I wanted to offer editing services to photographers as I enjoyed being creative using Photoshop. The thought of becoming an actual photographer didn’t interest me… going out and interacting with clients, taking their pictures….the very thought of it made me feel queasy. What if they hated their photos or I didn’t capture what they wanted? Everyone looking to me and relying on me for direction. I had to KNOW what the hell I was doing. I had to put myself out there. Nope this wasn’t for me.

The Attraction Starts

While I was pregnant with my first child, I had professional maternity photos taken after I seen maternity photos of a friend. The images intrigued me. I loved the lighting and techniques used. This is where my fascination with photography began.

It wasn’t until after the birth of my daughter Bonnie that I knew I wanted to be a photographer. I was willing to overcome my fears as the desire to do photography was greater. I studied images I admired; the lighting, angles used and I tried to replicate them.  My daughter was the model – all while capturing her milestones from newborn to toddler to little girl. A parent loves looking back at the transformation their child takes, especially in the first 12 months. They grow like mutants!

A New Creative Outlet

I was about to start maternity leave and become a parent for the first time. Leaving my full-time job,10 years of working and having no idea of the challenges parenting brings, I was scared of the unknown. I was leaving only what I knew.  I always had a creative outlet as a child whether it be drawing, coloring, painting. I loved art. Since leaving school, I was yet to find one. I nearly purchased an easel and paints. I wanted to paint again using inspiration I found with online tutorials. Then… It didn’t happen. I became a mum and my creative outlet soon transformed into photography.

I was a first time mum, returning to work part-time and trying to change my photography hobby into something serious – a business. I felt like I never had spare time to practice or study to reach my goal.

Lessons Learned

The massive amount of hours put into learning, teaching myself and practicing – it almost consumed me. I lost sight of the most important things in life, which were right in front of me. My beautiful family.
I felt like I owed it to them, maybe it wasn’t worth pursuing because a crazy strong passion can get in the way of the most important things in life. Family is everything and they were often coming second best.
Throughout my photography journey, I have learned I cannot be all things to everyone. I decided to specialize in family and newborns. That’s what I’m most passionate about. This allowed me to hone in on my skills. I block out my diary for family time and the kids are no longer missing out on their mum. I’m a better mum and wife because of this.

I’m finally in a happy place with my business and putting my family first is a big part of this. If you are starting out in photography, please don’t lose yourself or let it consume you. No job is worth it!

Jess x



It's Jess, your go-to newborn photographer, and today let's chat about one of those adorable quirks that often steal the spotlight during our newborn sessions – hiccups!


Ever wondered why those tiny, hiccupping symphonies happen? Well, fear not; I've got the inside scoop for you!


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1. Baby's Superpower: Developing Diaphragm

Newborns are like little superheroes in training, and their hiccups are a sign that their diaphragm, the muscle responsible for breathing, is flexing and getting stronger. It's like their own mini gym session, preparing them for those hearty belly laughs and future superhero feats.



2. Gastrointestinal Adventure

Sometimes, those cute hiccups are just a part of your baby's digestive journey. Their tiny tummies are navigating the ins and outs of processing milk, and hiccups can be a natural outcome of this gastrointestinal adventure.



3. The Learning Curve

Just like we stumble while learning to walk, newborns might hiccup as they figure out the whole breathing-and-swallowing coordination dance. It's all part of the learning curve, and trust me, they'll be mastering it like pros in no time!



4. The Calming Effect

Believe it or not, hiccups can actually have a calming effect on your little one. It's like a rhythmic lullaby, creating a soothing pattern that might even help them drift off to sleep. Ah, the magic of baby hiccups!

So, the next time your precious bundle of joy breaks into a hiccuping melody during our photoshoot, know that it's just another note in the beautiful symphony of babyhood. 🎶



Common Questions about hiccups:


How do I stop my baby's hiccups?

To ease your baby's hiccups, try gentle burping, offering a pacifier, or letting them suck on a small feed. Patience is key; hiccups often resolve on their own.


Do hiccups mean the baby is OK?

Yes, hiccups are usually harmless and common in newborns. They often signify a developing nervous system and are not typically a cause for concern.


Why does my baby hiccup for no reason?

Newborns hiccup frequently, and sometimes seemingly without cause. It's a normal part of their development, linked to the maturation of the diaphragm and respiratory system.


What is the purpose of hiccups in infants?

Hiccups in infants serve a developmental purpose, helping to strengthen the diaphragm and respiratory muscles. While their exact function isn't fully understood, they're considered a natural part of a baby's growth.


Should you sit the baby up with hiccups?

While it's not necessary, you can try holding your baby upright or allowing them to suck on a pacifier. However, most hiccups will resolve on their own without intervention.


How long should newborn hiccups last?

Newborn hiccups are typically short-lived and can last anywhere from a few minutes to around 20 minutes. If they persist for longer periods, it's always a good idea to consult with your pediatrician.


And hey, if you're curious about capturing these delightful moments (hiccups included) in a frame, I've got you covered!


As a seasoned newborn photographer, I'm not just skilled at handling these little ones; I'm also your guide to creating timeless memories that celebrate every adorable nuance of your baby's journey.



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I'm Jessica Van Den Berghe, a small-town

Camperdown girl with big dreams.
I'm hooked on Netflix, in-door plants, candles and crispy pork crackling with apple sauce.


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