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Gold Coast Women’s Photographer

everyone deserves beautiful photos

Fine Art Children’s Magical Sessions, Hollywood Glamour Makeover Portraits, Personal Branding/ Headshot Photoshoots OR Daring Boudoir Experiences… Every woman, every age, deserves a magazine worthy image of herself, or with her loved ones

Why do you want a photo session? Maybe…

  • Completed your family and need to do something for you
  • Job promotion
  • Personal Branding for your business
  • Fifty and fabulous
  • Milestone Birthday
  • Valentines gift
  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day (He would LOVE a beautiful photo of you and the kids)
  • Generation shoot (especially if there’s more than 4 generations)
  • Special Mummy and Me sessions (a priceless keepsake)
  • Boudoir photos to empower you
  • Boudoir album for your groom on your wedding day
  • A gift for the lady who has everything
Vanessa van Straaten - Portrait Photographer
4.8
Based on 21 reviews
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Ellen Saker
Ellen Saker
2021-04-08T03:52:53+0000
So happy we crossed paths with Vanessa. Vanessa is very professional and very easy to work with. Made myself and my... girls very comfortable and enjoyed the shoot. Easy to communicate with and very responsive. Her work is nothing short of amazing. I was so blown away with the photos she took of my girls. I would 100% recommend Vanessa. Such a lovely person also.read more
Maria Dempsey
Maria Dempsey
2021-02-09T02:44:08+0000
Thank you Vanessa for our magical Santa photos! Not only are they beautiful but it was fun and relaxed for the kids.... They even got a little personalised gift from Santa! Vanessa was lovely, high attention to detail, fun, creative and professional.read more
Tracey Mills
Tracey Mills
2021-01-08T00:02:49+0000
Our Christmas photos were absolutely magical and Vanessa is so lovely.The whole experience was great and my daughter... was over the moon with getting to interact so much with Santa Claus.Thank You!read more
Deanna Sale
Deanna Sale
2020-11-21T05:34:30+0000
Had such a lovely time enjoying our Santa Experience we booked in with Vanessa van Straaten - Portrait Photographer... this morning... beautiful setting for some time with Santa and best bit... No social distancing, just fun time with a fantastic Santa who made them feel special 🥰🤩😍👌 Kids loved it and Vanessa made us feel so welcome and kids loved Santa, he was the best one we've met 🤩🎅👌read more
Tash Joe
Tash Joe
2020-11-14T07:04:15+0000
Meeting Vanessa and having my daughter's photo session was one of the most memorable times of being a MUM. My daughter... turned 10 this year so as special treat we did a photo shoot with Vanessa. She let us bring a few of her favourite outfits and also gave her a range of beautiful outfits to choose from. Nothing was too hard for Vanessa, she made everything happen with ease and with my daughter's wants the most important. I watched my daughter get her hair done and a little make up. She started to grow in confidence and every photo she tried something new and just blossomed. I felt this experience helped my quirky, fun little girl transform into her grown up 10 year old body. Thank you so much to Vanessa who is so friendly, helpful and most of all personable. She was so professional and kept my daughter feeling comfortable and never rushed. Every minute was all about our daughter. The most enjoyable time to see her shine. We love our photos, they adorn our walls and remind us of our biggest achievements in life our beautiful children. Vanessa's personal touch and talented photography is exceptional. We look forward to going back one day soon.read more
Yanina Malone
Yanina Malone
2020-06-23T22:57:25+0000
Vanessa was so friendly welcoming and had a great set up at her studio , she put my daughter at ease and her work... speaks for itself - beautiful photos 😍read more
Josh Savage
Josh Savage
2020-01-24T10:48:07+0000
Great person and great to deal with. Vanessa has helped with with a few personal and business photography projects.
Emma Welberry
Emma Welberry
2019-08-02T06:44:02+0000
Vanessa was amazing! She went over and beyond for me and my 2 busy kids. I can not recommend her highly enough. The... photos are real and capture my kids as the amazing people they are right now. I great memory to have frozen forever.read more
Felicia McCulloch
Felicia McCulloch
2019-07-24T10:23:52+0000
Vanessa was very friendly and professional, she explained clearly what to except for our photo session providing us... with tips such as what to wear on the day. She was very accommodating when I asked if our puppy could be part of our photo session. Vanessa kept in regular contact after the session with updates on when we would receive our photos. The setting of her backyard made a beautiful backdrop. The biggest hurdle was picking our favourite photos, we loved all of them. Thank you Vanessa for capturing our familyread more
Leonie McNamara
Leonie McNamara
2019-07-03T06:37:21+0000
Wow! A truly beautiful experience! My recent Headshot session with Vanessa was SO much fun! She is incredibly warm,... welcoming, insightful AND I love that she thinks outside the box to ensure the experience and images reflected my natural essence! She is delightfully fun to work with! Thanks, Vanessa! 😍😃🤩read more
Shari Regner
Shari Regner
2019-07-01T12:06:34+0000
I had a great experience with Vanessa she’s a fantastic photographer very professional and a lovely person.
David Field
David Field
2019-06-30T12:27:45+0000
My partner, Leone Wilson, is particularly camera shy. She won a photoshoot with Vanessa for social media purposes. ... She came home really excited and told me she had a wonderful experience with Vanessa. Vanessa's special way and easy approachable manner, put my partner at ease so Vanessa could take the best shots possible.Once the 'gallery' came through, I was amazed at how well Vanessa captured Leone Wilson Naturopath and her true personality. Leone, herself was really excited and pleased with the results and was very quick to change over her profile picture that very evening!I would highly recommend Vanessa for her easy approachable manner and her ability to put the client at ease.Thankyouread more
Barb Cronjaeger
Barb Cronjaeger
2019-06-13T20:05:31+0000
Lovely, casual, and easy session with Vanessa taking photos of my five grandchildren aged 6 months to 11. Captured... precious personalities and moments that I will have to look at for years because they grow so quick. I picked the photos I wanted and can pay them off which is fantastic and will order some others when I can afford it. Thankyou so much Vanessa. Highly recommend.read more
Noni Pulvirenti
Noni Pulvirenti
2019-03-15T01:36:51+0000
I recommend Vanessa for anyone looking for professional photos with a professional service. Vanessa took photos of my 3... boys which I treasure, she captured them in their natural state and they loved every minute of it. Vanessa makes you feel very comfortable and relaxed. I highly recommend Vanessa if your looking for that amazing photo of you or your family. 😀read more
Amelia Reavey
Amelia Reavey
2019-02-25T00:02:01+0000
I just love the photos Vanessa created of my two girls! They loved taking part in the shoot, Vanessa made them feel at... ease. There are so many beautiful shots! Thank you xread more
Jessie James Cowen
Jessie James Cowen
2019-01-18T23:55:59+0000
very fun loving person to have photos taken with 😍 me and my partner loved every momment! her fabulous payment plans... allowed us to have all the photos we wanted! highly recommendedread more
Yvette Vetty Sharp
Yvette Vetty Sharp
2019-01-12T00:32:40+0000
What an amazing photographer I highly recommend Vanessa as she knows how to create stunning photos she works with you... to make you look and feel beautiful xNot only that her promptness to schedule your shoot and organisation for delivery of your goods is A1.read more
Suzanne Fulford-Libeau
Suzanne Fulford-Libeau
2019-01-05T07:50:40+0000
Vanessa was amazing with our children she provided awesome balance guidance and professionalism couched with fun and... joy. The quality of the shoot coupled with putting into frame the vision we presented to her was effortless.Her studio and property provided the ideal backdrop for what we were seeking. We could not recommend Vanessa and her services more highly.read more
Kyoshi Bill Wakefield
Kyoshi Bill Wakefield
2018-12-18T05:35:10+0000
We had a photo shoot for our Martial Arts School recently. Vanessa was fantastic and all the photos came out... brilliantly. Thanks alot Vanessa!! We highly recommend.read more
Matt Georgeson
Matt Georgeson
2018-12-16T09:31:21+0000
Top job on shooting both my kids... Ness knows all the tricks to get a great shot, despite the fact that babies can be... difficult. 5 starsread more
Jasmine Briggs
Jasmine Briggs
2018-12-15T21:34:14+0000
Vanessa is an amazing photographer. Her experience and professionalism shines through, allowing you to relax and feel... comfortable. Vanessa captured memories of our family we will cherish forever.read more
Taylor Self
Taylor Self
2018-11-20T11:23:45+0000
Would highly recommend Vanessa! She was so great with my son and nephew! My son is generally very shy, Vanessa made... feel super comfortable and at ease! The photos came out amazing!read more
Rebecca Self
Rebecca Self
2018-11-15T07:55:42+0000
If you are after a photographer that understands kids Vanessa is your photographer.There was no difficulty trying to... get the kids to smile. Instead the kids just had fun and Vanessa captured that through her photographs. She ended up getting some amazing holidays snaps for us! Can’t thank you enough!!! 👏🏼read more
Hayley McGregor
Hayley McGregor
2018-09-22T22:44:53+0000
Vanessa is amazing at what she does. She took beautiful photos of my girls and they had a great time at her studio. If... you are looking to get some photos done, I totally recommend her! Thank you so much, Vanessa. I have no words to describe how happy I am with the photos.read more
Brendon Frankcom
Brendon Frankcom
2018-09-19T04:07:32+0000
We had our newborn photographed by Vanessa and I am absolutely in love with every picture that she took. Would... definitely recommend to anyone.read more
Emma Guy
Emma Guy
2018-08-27T10:09:03+0000
It's always so nice when you meet a person who can see the magic in your children. Vanessa was able to see this in my... boys. She made them feel at home and relaxed. I would totally recommend her, she was able to get the best, natural photos of my boys. Thank youread more
Michelle Dianne
Michelle Dianne
2018-08-27T04:37:42+0000
The photos that Vanessa took of my three children are amazing! My boys don’t really like having their photo taken and... Vanessa worked around this by making it fun, playful and comfortable and the result was natural looking photos that I LOVE! Would highly recommend Vanessa and can’t wait to get more taken soon. Thank you Vanessa 😀read more
Anita Searle
Anita Searle
2018-08-16T07:48:32+0000
Vanessa was so amazing with my 3 girls! She captured there personality’s perfectly and they had so much fun getting... there photos done. Thank you so much!!read more
Natasha Radic
Natasha Radic
2018-08-14T22:47:20+0000
Awesome photographer! Captures all those special moments perfectly �
Melanie Dosser
Melanie Dosser
2018-08-09T09:43:45+0000
Vanessa was amazing with the kids! They had fun and the quality of the photographs is amazing. I could never get photos... like that! Highly recommendread more
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