CVW Photography

I am a mom to a busy little 3-year-old and an Aunty to a vibrant 7-year-old. I have always loved taking photos but having these two munchkins has intensified my love for child photography. I love nothing more than capturing every special moment I can!

I love natural light and therefore use only natural light for my photography. I specialise in Maternity, Newborn and Children photography but do occasionally do family photography.

I want to help you to capture your special moments… I want to create beautiful art with you, the kind of art that you will want to hang on your walls for all your friend and family to see. 

I love to chat and woul

Photography by Charlene van Wijk

Charlene van Wijk Newborn Photography Pietermaritzburg

18 Cambridge Rd, Prestbury, Pietermaritzburg, 3201


Pietermaritzburg was the capital of the Colony of Natal until 1910, when the Union of South Africa was formed, and Natal became a province of the Union. Prior to 1994, Pietermaritzburg was the capital of Natal Province. Following the first post-apartheid elections in South Africa, as a result of which the Inkatha Freedom Party won a majority in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, Pietermaritzburg shared its status as capital of the (then newly created) province of KwaZulu-Natal with Ulundi. Pietermaritzburg became the legislative capital of the new province, while Ulundi became the administrative capital. The IFP, being strongly Zulu nationalist, desired that Ulundi, the capital of the Zulu Kingdom at the time of its fall to the British in the Anglo-Zulu War, be the post-apartheid capital of the province. Ulundi had also been the capital of the bantustan KwaZulu, which makes up a portion of modern KwaZulu-Natal. However, Ulundi severely lacked the infrastructure to be an effective seat of government, and the African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Party, the two other strong political parties in the province, among others, called for Pietermaritzburg alone to be the capital. The debate came to an end when the ANC came to power in the province in 2004, and named Pietermaritzburg the sole capital of KwaZulu-Natal. This has resulted in the relocation of several government offices to Pietermaritzburg. This has generally been welcomed as a positive development for the region. Since 2004, progress such as the modernisation of several buildings in the city centre and a proliferation of retail and housing developments in the suburbs are results of recent investment in the city by both the public and private sectors.


Services Areas

Howick, South Africa

Hilton, South Africa

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Business Hours

Monday 08:00-17:00

Tuesday 08:00-17:00

Wednesday 08:00-17:00

Thursday 08:00-17:00

Friday 08:00-17:00

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


081 455 6750

Pietermaritzburg Suburbs Served

Albert Falls | Allandale | Ashburton | Athlone | Belfort Estate | Bellevue | Bishopstowe | Bisley | Blackridge | Bombay Heights | Boughton | Chase Valley | Chase Valley Heights | Chasedene | Cinderella Park | Clarendon | Cleland | Copesville | Dunveria | Eastwood | Edendale | Epworth | Ferncliffe | Glenwood | Grange | Hayfields | Imbali | Intaba Ridge Secure Eco Estate | Lester Park | Lincoln Meade | Lynnfield Park | Manderston | Montrose | Mountain Rise | Muswell Hill | Napierville | Newholme | Northdale | Oak Park | Orient Heights | Panorama Gardens | Pelham | Pietermaritzburg | Pietermaritzburg Central | Prestbury  | Raisethorpe | Ridge Park | Scottsville | Scottsville Ext | Signal Hill | Town Hill | Wembley | Westgate |  Woodlands