Sydney’s best family photography

We'll capture your family in all its beauty.

Families are the heart of our business, from soulfully elegant black-and-white portraiture to children’s pictures that radiate life and crinkle with laughter. We specialise in creating graceful memories of maternity, true-to-life family shots, and the teeny-toed innocence of newborn photography.

There is nothing more precious than having a beautiful moment of your child’s life or seeing the generations of your family on the wall every time you come home. To capture those moments, Lion & Cub take time to get to know you all, to find out what makes you tick as a family, and capture the shots that work.


“Nikki took beautiful pregnancy photos last year and then did a new family photo shoot for us in the new year. We were all made to feel completely relaxed and at ease, including my husband’s two teenage sons! I’m not usually a fan of photo shoots as they can seem quite stiff, but Nikki’s photos are stunning, natural and proudly hanging throughout our home – thank you Lion & Cub Photography! xx”
“We booked in for a pregnancy and newborn photo shoot with Lion & Cub Photography. My husband and I were a bit apprehensive about it but Nikki made us feel instantly welcome. It was such a relaxed feel in her family home were she did the shoot. She was also extremely patient with us when we went back for the newborn shoot as our little one was proving to be a little challenging on that day. Miraculously, Nikki took some amazing pictures which have taken pride of place in our home and also been sent back to our family in the UK. A year on, we still look back on the experience and pictures with fond memories. Thank you so much Nikki, for all your patience and hard work. We will likely be back for future family shoots.”
“Nikki shot a range of pictures of our family including our newborn son and our dog! She came to our home to shoot, view and select the pictures, which made the process so smooth and hassle free. The photos are amazing, and we are so impressed she was able to capture the pure joy and happiness shared between our two boys.Nikki is so warm, friendly and professional which made the experience fun and light-hearted. Highly recommend Nikki from Lion and Cub Photography”  
Paula & Steve

Your Photography Experience

Our session Fee for Family and Maternity session are $200. 

  • Pre-shoot planning session – This is done via phone or zoom to help make sure you are all set up and ready to go for your photographic session
  • Photography Session – 60 to 90 mins on location at Tortuga Studios in St Peters, or in your home – includes Nikki’s travel, lighting & props.
  • Reval session – This is where you see your images of the first time and choose and finalise your artwork
To book your session Simply purchase your session here or if you have more questions you can contact me via the contact form

Additional Information

  • For newborn photos we recommend studio portraits with dramatic lighting in our St Peters studio or in your home. 10-12 days is the optimal time for newborns, when your baby is still able to curl up. Six weeks is the next best age.
  • Younger children are best in the morning, either first thing or after their first nap.
  • Golden hour is between 4-6pm and is perfect for older children for those gorgeous, glowing shots with rays of golden light.
  • Newborn props include neutral and warm tones, linen, hand-knitted blankets, beanies, floral crowns, a beanbag for your bub to find the perfect pose and more. For 10-12-day-old infant shoots, we can come to you.
  • Allow for costume changes in a studio shoot, particularly if you want two distinct looks or have a child who loves dress-ups. We have a magic trunk full of tutus, hats and other props available for use.
  • Older babies are best photographed at 8 -10 months in the studio, before they start crawling.
  • 100-day-old shoots are available too, these are lovely in the studio.
  • When your baby starts to walk, an outdoor session can be perfect as they delight in their newfound skill.
  • Contact us to receive our Portraits Magazine, which outlines in detail how to prepare for your shoot. We can help with planning what to bring, what colours photograph best and ensuring that the artwork we create will compliment your furniture and lifestyle.
  • Grandparents are most welcome! Extended family sessions are best outdoors.
  • Cake smashes are available upon request and include a bubble-bath shot at the end.
  • Pets are welcome to accompany you as Tortuga Studios is a pet-friendly space.