Hello and welcome to Seven Oaks Photography! My name is Kate-Lynn Downey and I'm a professional, qualified photographer and owner of Seven Oaks Photography. I am based in Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, South Africa. 

I specialise in a range of photography genres, from newborns, babies, maternity, families, couples, weddings and other events. I have a studio at my home and I also shoot outdoors and on location. 

I am passionate about photography because all too often, we don't make time for the important people and important things in life. Sometimes life catches us by surprise and those people and moments are unexpectedly gone. That's why I encourage every pregnant woman to record those precious baby bump moments, every new mom to have a newborn shoot, every family to have professional photos to capture those precious memories. We never know what tomorrow holds and sometimes all we have left are memories and photographs! So, do yourself a favour and book a professional shoot for yourself and your family... After all, as our tagline says: "Memories fade, photos are forever."

About Me

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Hi! My name is Kate-Lynn Downey, but my friends all call me Katie.

I’m the owner and photographer of Seven Oaks Photography, based in Port Alfred, South Africa. I’m a wife, a mother of 2 precious little boys and most importantly, a child of God.


I am passionate about people and capturing their precious memories. I have learnt that life is short and memories fade with time and that is why photos are so important to me. I enjoy all types of photography (families, babies, maternity, couples, weddings), but I am especially passionate about newborn photography and capturing the special family and childhood moments that pass by far too quickly.

My love of photography began as a child when I got my first camera at the age of 12 and I would spend hours in my garden photographing my baby sister. After school, I studied B.Sc. Physiotherapy. Although I loved physiotherapy, I was still very passionate about photography and wanted to pursue a career in it and so I completed a Diploma of Photography in 2013. In 2017, I started Seven Oaks Photography and my dream to make a career out of photography finally became a reality! I left my physiotherapy job at the end of 2017 to pursue photography full time while spending more time with my children. 

I am a perfectionist, expressively passionate, a truth speaker, an ambivert, a goody two-shoes, a bookworm, lover of naps, hater of injustice, addicted to chocolate, an inquisitive soul, loyal, a questioner with an endless pursuit of knowledge and I'm constantly in pursuit of learning more about people and their stories. I admit that I'm not everyone's cup of tea and sometimes my enthusiasm to get to know people and their stories can be a bit overwhelming, but I promise it's just because I'm excited to know the real YOU! 

If I sound like someone you would like to get to know, I would love for you to become a part of my dream to capture and record all of your special family moments. So, when you are ready, send me an email or fill out the contact form. You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram. I look forward to hearing from you and connecting with you...


Ronel Bosch

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Ons ervaring met seven oaks photography was een groot fees!! Katie laat jou so op jou gemak voel en gaan regtig uit haar pad om moeite te doen. Die kwaliteit van die fotos was uitstekend en sy het regtig 'n kosbare oomblik vir ons vas gevang!! Iets wat ons altyd sal bybly! Ek sal haar vir enige iemand met groot sekerheid aanbeveel!! 


Dankie Katie!! Mag Seven Oaks Photography net geseënd wees!! 

Port Alfred High School

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Kate was most professional and delivered exactly what we were looking for! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her services. Thank you and we look forward to working with you again in the near future!


Based in Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, South Africa