About the Artist

Elizabeth with her own family


Sweet Beginnings Photography was founded in Cairns by multi-award winning and accredited professional portrait photographer, Elizabeth Reeves. 

Established in 2012, Elizabeth has been trusted by thousands of families in capturing their newborn, maternity and children portraits. Her  style is unique to any other in the region. Her warm, rich tones, and attention to detail have earned her an impressive list of internationally recognised photography awards and her style is widely recognised within the region and nationwide. Elizabeth prides herself on creating elegant fine art portraits of newborns and their families, that are carefully crafted and very delicately retouched to produce beautiful artistic heirlooms that can be cherished and appreciated for generations. 


Elizabeth earned her accreditation with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography in early 2014. To achieve accreditation, a photographer has to demonstrate that they have been practicing and portfolio building for a minimum of 2 years, that they have satisfied clients and suppliers with written references and that they comply with legal, ethical and moral business requirements to practice in Australia. They must have a portfolio of their work assessed by a panel of highly experienced and trained AIPP image assessors, to determine that their photographic skills are of a “professional standard” and that they meet the required portfolio assessment standard. 

In 2014, Elizabeth also entered the national photography awards for the first time, achieving her first silver, silver distinction and gold award respectively. The following year, with only half a point needed, she earned her first honours ribbon in the awards system, becoming an Associate member of the AIPP. Her third year saw her win the Queensland title of 2017 QLD Newborn Photographer of the Year, and runner up for the national title, out of hundreds of entrants across Australia. Elizabeth is now only a few points away from earning her next honours status as a Master of Photography. 


Portrait sessions are held at Elizabeth’s comfortable and inviting photography studio, conveniently located just a 5 minute drive from Cairns CBD. The studio is fully equipped with the highest quality specialist props, including high quality hand made outfits & accessories, hand-painted backdrops, soft wraps, rustic buckets, nests and baskets and beautifully custom-made maternity gowns. Necessities such as nappies, wipes, disposable cotton swabs, burp cloths and bottle warmers are provided and there is comfortable seating to fit the whole family. Elizabeth likes to ensure her clients feel as much at home as possible, giving the clients an opportunity to relax whilst she works her magic. Clients are welcome to help themselves to the coffee machine, variety of teas, hot chocolate or fridge full of cold drinks. 

All items that are used in sessions are washed and sanitised before and after use. 


SBP is a low-volume, full service boutique studio that is dedicated to providing a highly personalised and memorable photography experience to everyone that walks through the doors. The service starts with a full consultation in discussing your hopes and vision from your session, a relaxed and memorable portrait sitting and an in person viewing and ordering appointment which allows you to view your and select your images and products in a professional setting with tea, coffee and tasty treats, relaxed atmosphere and guidance from Elizabeth in regards to size and colour options, finishing choices and a full selection of samples to look through. Elizabeth strictly limits her newborn shoots to 4 newborn due dates per month to ensure that she can meet the same high level of service for each and every client. 

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