a little bit about me

I thought I would create an ‘About Me’ page so you can get a sense of who I am, hopefully this will help you relax a bit more knowing the person I am and that having a photoshoot done can be a fun and joyful experience for all of you.

When I was pregnant with my first child I took my first beginners photography course.  I practiced practiced and practiced some more with him as my subject.  It was when my second child arrived that I fell in love with newborn photography and thought I should try take it further.  I signed up to a years long business course while we were living in the UK and officially started my business, Penny Carolan Photography, in 2009. 

After living in the UK for 12 years we decided to relocate back to South Africa in 2012 so our children could have an outdoor lifestyle and we could be closer to family.  We lived in a picturesque place just outside of Tzaneen in Limpopo for 7 years before moving to Howick in Natal where we are now based, surrounded by family and friends and lots of beautiful outdoor places.

My house is full of pictures, I force my family to have a photoshoot done at least every other year, sometimes I do these shoots myself, other times we hire a photographer to take photographs for us.  I love being surrounded by beautiful photographs and memories from different areas and times in our lives.

This image below was taken at the beautiful Cheerio Gardens in Magoebaskloof in 2018, I had just seen a facebook post showing that the flowers were starting to bloom so I decided we had to have a shoot done that weekend as every other weekend following that was filled with sport for my kids or other activities, I had to rush to the shops to try find a dress for my daughter and shirt for my son and then the stars aligned.  It was a beautiful day, we walked around for a while taking photos in different areas before ending up in this spot, the reason my kids are laughing so much is because I almost tripped over the tripod after pressing the shutter and running to them for the photograph:)

Other area’s of photography I work in are Weddings (only a handful annually), Corporate, Boudoir, Nursery and Studio photography as well as teaching people how to take photographs with their SLR cameras. To view some further information and some samples please click on the links below and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like some further information.


Thank you Penny for taking the most beautiful pictures of our gorgeous little boy.  Your patience and professionalism is incredible.  you completely understand the amazing, yet overwhelming experience of coming home with a newborn and you made us all feel so comfortable in front of the camera (despite my horrendous phobia of taking pictures).  you really are a natural with ‘little ones’ and I will cherish the photos you took, forever! Thank you.


As first time parents we wanted to capture the perfect newborn photos of our twins to treasure that moment forever.  Penny made that dream a reality, taking the utmost gentleness care when wrapping and moving our babies into the unique position for the most breathtaking photos ever!  She is so kind and dear, not in a rush, explaining and making you and the little miracles feel comfortable, and making sure to complete every shot that you wish for and far more…. we were stressed for the shoot but with Penny she made the experience something we will always look back on and smile.  Thank you Penny, we loved our newborn photoshoot session.


My family is extremely precious to me and I love to capture special moments for memories. Penny has an excellent talent to make our family moments extra special through the lens of a camera. She has a very kind nature and my family felt so comfortable during our shoots. Our photos where amazing and we will treasure each one. 



I am in a very fortunate position where I absolutely love what I do.  I love creating photographs for families where I know they will be cherished for many years to come. 

In my time as a photographer I have attended many courses both here and abroad, I am constantly learning new things via online training and keeping up with the trend as well as investing in new props for my business so I can offer my clients nothing but the best.

With my photography I always remain very calm and confident in my work, a crying baby or tantruming toddler doesn’t scare me – I am often able to get them to calm down so I can capture the images that I know you will want.  

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