a little bit about me

Nickola Balsdon Photography was started by myself, Durban based photographer, Nickola Balsdon in 2015. I now live in White River, Mpumalanga, where I enjoy the country lifestyle with my two young children and my two fur babies.

As a professional photographer I have been trusted by numerous families around South Africa to capture their maternity, newborn, baby and family portraits, as well as many business owners to help them create their personal branding images and up level their business online.

My passion is to create exquisite fine art prints, custom wall art and beautiful keepsake albums, and I am committed to giving the very best service possible and making each session, whether outdoors, at home or on location, relaxed and fun, while documenting your story and memories.

I am an inspired creative, dedicated to providing the very best photography experience to every client who books a session with me.

If you are looking for a professional photographer, I would love to meet you and discuss how we can work together to create some treasured photographs of your family or help you elevate your business profile.

You can find me on Facebook here or Instagram here

Newborn Studio Portraiture

and a bit about your photographer

I have been a photographer for over 20 years and studied film photography back in 1997 at University in the US. My profession began as a hobby focused of wildlife (I grew up in Zimbabwe) and then later became a large part of my publicity business (SimplyBuzz), where I focused mainly on commercial, media and event photography.

In 2015, after the loss of our first baby to Trisomy18, that Nickola Balsdon Photography was born. The business was not only a creative outlet but became a healing journey of personal growth and artistic development. ​

who is nickola

I am a mom of two beautiful children, animal lover, chaser of light and all round creative person. I am also an online business success coach for creative entrepreneurs and photographers around the world.


I am a born communicator and passionate about visual art and the stories pictures tell. My journey of motherhood began in my late 30's, with my last little miracle arriving one month after my 40th birthday. I believe in living life to fullest - after all  we only get one shot at it!  


The moto's I live by are: you are the only person in your way and live your best life!

continued education

I believe in continuously learning and I am always expanding my photographic and post-production knowledge and skills through international studies across the various available platforms, together with hands-on workshops. I have been mentored and guided through my studies by some of the worlds best known newborn photographers (these include Kelly Brown, Julia Kelleher, Sue Bryce, and a few others). ​


newborn safety

I am committed to the safety of your newborn - this is an area I will never compromise on during any session.  If you have a particular pose in mind, please let me know, but please bare in mind I tend to work with the more natural and organic style poses and positioning.  I practice safe posing techniques and put the comfort and safety of your baby first.


decorating your home

Designing wall art and prints, keepsake albums or luxury folio boxes to enjoy in your home will forever remind you of these fleeting moments.  When you see your beautiful, timeless images displayed in your home, I want you to instantly remember this wonderful journey and to relive the indescribable joy you felt holding your newborn baby. 

If you value beautiful images of your family and yourself, and enjoy carefully selected print products and wall art to display in your home, then I am a great photography choice for you.


Lastly, I am a proud member of the South African Birth Photographers Association (SABPA), an invited member of Admired In Africa (Lifestyle Photographer) and AIA Judge 2018, I am also a member of the International Newborn Photographers Association (INPA) and the founder of the Newborn Photographers Network South Africa (NPNSA) - a platform designed to connect and network like-minded newborn photographers, encourage growth in safe learning space created to learn from, and teach and inspire one another creatively.

celebrate your life!

The photographs I create for you are meant to be heirlooms. Memories you will hold onto forever.  Booking your session with me is a worthwhile investment. Your photographs will warm hearts for generations and tell your story. It is so important to exist in photos.


Celebrate and capture every chapter of your life's journey!



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