Hi. I am Tracey- Anne Van De Merwe, photographer and owner of Kidz Unlimited Photographic Studio in Broadstairs in Thanet, Kent. Photography….and particularly Newborn Photography is my passion and nothing makes me happier than waking up to a day when I am expecting a fresh new baby into my studio for photographs and cuddles. I must have the best job in the world having the privilege of capturing these tiny little people and then watching “my babies” grow as they come back for further sessions.
Apart from being a busy, workaholic photographer, I am a wife and a mother to my two beautiful children. My daughter, Carrigan and son, Keagan were my inspiration to start this all in the first place! My own babies are nearly all grown up now at 18 and 20 years old, They do still never cease to amaze me though as they grow into delightful, confident young people. I am a Christian…..and not just in the way that is used to denote your Religion on a form. My faith and daily walk with Jesus is very much part of who I am. My family are all active members of New Life Family Church in Margate.
I am a qualified General Nursing Sister and Midwife. This is the career path I chose when I left school in South Africa where I was born. After qualifying, I worked for 8 years as a Midwife and Neonatal Nurse in the High Risk Maternity and Neonatal Unit of the world famous, Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, where the world’s first Heart Transplant was done. During this time I also did a Neonatal Intensive Care Diploma and worked in the Neonatal ICU with some of the tiniest little people imaginable.
I then left nursing and changed career entering the competitive world of the Pharmaceutical Industry where I worked in Sales and Marketing for two top International Pharmaceutical Companies. In order to further my career in this industry I went to night school and obtained a degree in Media and Marketing Management studying photography as part of this qualification. This just served to increase my interest in what was already a hobby, but it was only after the birth of my children, that I began to consider this as yet anther career change.
We immigrated to the UK in June 2000 and I was a stay at home mum for a few years with small children. In May 2002 I opened Kidz Unlimited Photographic Studio with the first shoot being a 9 day old newborn. The business has moved location several times since then but has grown so much over the last 15 years………..as have I in my ability to provide you with excellent quality images and outstanding customer service.
Do feel free to contact me if you would like to book or discuss a Photo Shoot.