Deborah Forbes

Based in the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg, I am a part time photographer specializing in a variety of photography fields which include location, corporate (including commercial) and studio photography. Having discovered my passion for photography quite late into my twenties, I have always been more comfortable being behind the lens rather than in-front of it.

As I eased into my early thirties, my drive to improve on my skills became my driving force and after welcoming my beautiful son into the world in 2012, I made the conscious decision to further my studies through The Vega School of Branding in Bordeaux part time. Enrolling into the 18 month Higher Certificate of Photography Course offered by Vega, I really took on a fun and exciting challenge of juggling the demands of a full time career, being a mother to a demanding toddler and wife to a mounting biking fanatic husband, I very quickly understood that planning and balance plays a huge part in getting it right. I recently completed my Higher Certificate in Photography and will graduate in February 2017.

Having attained the most important basics for photography through my studies, I now wish to grow my skills by doing what I love… I look forward to meeting new people and being afforded the opportunity to live my dream through the lens of a camera.


Ilona Brandt – Managing Director – Amicorp (September 2015)

In 2015 Vanilla Rose Photography has successfully completed our company’s corporate photo shoot. The resulting photos have been used on our group’s international website, and other corporate media.

Christell Meyer – Family Shoot (August 2016)

Debbie, you are a gifted photographer with the right eye in creating the right setting and capturing the beauty of the environment. Our family shoot was an effortless experience and full of fun. Each of the amazing images captured the personality & spirit of the family. The pictures are technically superb. You have exceeded our expectations and I look forward to the next shoot.

Thank you so much Debbie!

Alexander De Cahna – Maternity & Newborn Shoot (July 2016 & August 2016)

We have done two photo shoots with Debbie from Vanilla Rose Photography.  The first shoot was our maternity shoot. Debbie chose an excellent location for us and the photo’s came out beautifully. She made both my husband and I felt so comfortable especially with me being heavily pregnant and my husband who feels very awkward posing for the camera!

The second shoot was with a new born shoot with our baby girl who was 11 days old. Debbie came to our home to do the shoot which made things so much easier for us. I was so impressed by Debbie’s patience during the shoot as our little one wouldn’t settle for ages.  Debbie captured some stunning images for us which really captured our little family perfectly.

Debbie is a very talented photographer with an incredible eye and a lovely nature,  which makes you feel relaxed and confident whilst she is photographing you.  Her pictures speak for themselves but I highly recommend her and have already done so to all my friends.

Ilona & Iain Ravenhil – Maternity & Newborn Shoot (June 2016 & July 2016)

In 2016 Vanilla Rose photography has captured two momentous events in our lives: our pregnancy shoot, and our subsequent newborn shoot! It was a great pleasure working with Debbie, who has a keen eye for detail and for the ‘perfect shot’.

Our pregnancy shoot was done at Delta Park in Randburg and even though the weather was overcast that day, the resulting pictures are stunning!

For our newborn shoot Debbie came to our home where she took the most amazing photos of our little boy, and his ‘big’ sister.

In addition, she has put together an exquisite album!

Thank you very much Vanilla Rose for an extraordinary job and for capturing our most cherished memories in such a gorgeous manner!