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these beautiful moments

maternity & newborn photography
special offer

The Heartstory maternity & newborn photography experience

Having your family photographed is a celebration of you—your story, the love you share and your ‘right now’.

Jeremy Byrnes and Katie Kolenberg (the owners and principal photographers at Heartstory, est. 2009) are award winning family portrait specialists and two of the most experienced family photographers in the region. They are known for how they connect with children and babies, their fun approach to families, their use of the natural environment and our creative vision. They provide personal, customised service and unique heirloom products, for every taste and budget.

Katie is the exclusive newborn photographer for Heartstory. Newborn sessions take place at our beautiful natural light Belconnen studio. ‘Lifestyle’ means directed (but not posed), baby-led, and authentic. Our styling is organic, textural and nature-inspired, with a touch of boho.

‘These beautiful moments’ is a full service experience including the following:

1. Consultation

Over the phone. We get to know you, find out your hopes and wishes for your photos, and discuss things like location and styling. We book you for both sessions.

2. Maternity session

Recommended for when you are 32-36 weeks pregnant. On your own, or with children and/or partner. At our Belconnen studio with full access to our beautiful mama wardrobe (we have an ever-growing range of dresses, robes and dusters from well known brands like Spell, Hazel & Folk and Tree of Life).

3. Newborn session

Recommended for when bub is 10 days to 4 weeks old, but can be up to 6 weeks. For the whole family. At our Belconnen studio.

4. Purchasing appointment

You come back in for a personal appointment at our studio. Your decision-making game is strong. We create beautiful artwork for you to keep forever.


'these beautiful moments' maternity & newborn photography offer

available for a limited time
$ 150
  • a personal planning consultation (by phone)
  • a mini maternity session in studio with full access to our beautiful client wardrobe
  • a signature Heartstory lifestyle newborn session in studio with our maternity and newborn specialist
  • a recycled timber framed 8x10" print, or swap for $295 credit towards your order
canberra lifestyle newborn photography

What to expect

Expect to be taken care of.
Expect to have fun and feel good.
Expect to fall in love with your photos.

Most families say ‘I knew they’d be good, but I didn’t think they’d be this good.’

Our approach to maternity & newborn photography

Maternity and newborn sessions are held in our stunning, light-filled and comfortable Belconnen studio space, and your photos will be taken by Katie Kolenberg, two time winner of the prestigious AIPP Australian Family Photographer of the Year, and with 12 years family photography experience.


You can bring your older children and/or partner to your maternity session, however, you are equally welcome (and in fact, encouraged) to take advantage of having this experience on your own. After all, it’s rare that we celebrate our bodies and the journey that we’re on, and this is an opportunity to do just that! We have an incredible client wardrobe available for you to use with pregnancy friendly dresses, dusters, robes and other pieces (scroll down for some pictures and check out the HIGHLIGHT on our instagram @heartstoryphotography). Our space is private, comfortable and the light is very flattering! Collections will be 20+ images, more if you bring your children or partner.


Katie has a relaxed, go-with-the-flow approach to newborn sessions, which is unlike any other photographer in Canberra. Styling is natural, organic and textural, making use of the beautiful natural light in our studio, our amazing dried floral feature wall, our luxurious textile collection and whatever you bring with you on the day. Your collection of images will contain moments that are emotive, artistic, tear-jerking, funny, bursting with personality, and above all else, they will tell the unique story of you and your family. No formulas, gimmicks or uncomfortable posing. Sessions rarely go for longer than 90 minutes, even allowing time for bub to feed during the session. Baby handling is minimal. Collections will be 50+ images.

View four very different featured sessions below.

Please check out our Instagram to see our latest studio updates and wardrobe!

Pricing & products

Full transparency: although this special offer represents significant value and there is no obligation to purchase, you will not be able to walk away from this experience with just a single framed 8×10″ print! Why? Because you’re going to love your photos and you have two sessions to choose from!

Your guarantee: it’s important that you feel safe and looked after during your experience with us, therefore we take full liability for the creation of your portrait collection. You don’t need to make any decisions or commitment to buy anything until your purchasing appointment. And even then, if you don’t want to purchase, or you don’t love your photos, you can just order your included print and nothing more. Rest assured, ‘hard-selling’ is not our style! And, if you’re budget conscious, all the information you need is available for you to look at before your book.

We believe that professional portraits deserve pride of place in your home and not lost in the digital clutter of our daily lives, so we have spent many years perfecting our product range to suit contemporary tastes, lifestyles and budgets. You can choose from prints, wall art and albums, and digital files can also be included.

Most families invest $800 to $3000 on their portrait collection. Payment plans are available.

Scroll through the images below to get a feel for what we sell, and get more detailed information about pricing and products here: Heartstory Pricing & Products

Terms & conditions

  1. This offer is not available for currently booked sessions, pending gift certificate bookings, or sessions that are pending a reschedule.
  2. Your due date must be before (approximately) 30 March 2024. Package must be booked by 01/03/2024. Extensions may be granted on a case by case basis for reasons such as availability.
  3. Session must be booked before baby is born and must include maternity and newborn sessions as outlined on this page.
  4. You may not transfer or combine your session or this offer to any other package, promotion, prize, gift certificate, or special projects like Babies in Bonnets.
  5. This offer cannot be used for at home or location sessions. Both sessions must take place in our studio. Sessions are available on weekdays only.
  6. All sales are final and no refunds will be given under any circumstances.
  7. The offer includes a framed print of your choice. No digital files are included in this offer, but are available to purchase at your purchasing appointment.
  8. You must attend at least one purchasing appointment, following your newborn session.
  9. You must not be booked with another photographer for either maternity or newborn photos.
  10. This product is sold as an online package which entitles you to receive the products outlined in this offer as per our regular booking terms and conditions. You will receive an email from Heartstory within 2 business days of purchase to arrange your bookings.