July 4, 2018

Ugly Duckling is a photography studio founded by the award-winning photographer Aleksandra Mandic.
After 20 years’ experience in photography in a wide range of fields, from interiors, still-life to people she has focused and specialized on newborn, maternity and family portraits.

Her choice comes from her deep love for babies and for the unique environment and feeling that occur during the shooting.

Thus, her studio perfectly represents the quiet and warm ambience suitable to welcome babies and their family.

Ugly Duckling Studio is the only one studio in Dubai highly specialized in newborn and baby portrait fully equipped with high-end camera, lenses and different kind of studio lightings.

The studio has also plenty of beautiful and timeless handmade photography props brought from different countries such as USA, Italy, Germany, Seychelles and Indonesia. A wide variety of newborn photography props including knitted newborn hats, headbands, knitted wraps, cheesecloth wraps, stretch wraps, floral halos, headbands, tiebacks, rompers, pants, bonnets, and posing fabrics is also available together with a selection of children’s clothing, babies clothing and maternity clothing.

The relationship with the customers starts few months ahead the “due date” in order to provide the family with all necessary suggestions and information to be prepared for the shooting and agree on details like favorite colors and setups.

The studio will then be ready to receive the baby and his family with warm blankets, soft music and lights to make the ambience quiet and relaxing.

Each session is unique and Aleksandra Mandic creativeness results in always new and surprising poses.

Indeed, she has recently introduced digital backgrounds to produce completely original pictures.

Her photos represent the natural perfection of babies and document the lovely, beautiful chaos of real family life by recording timeless moments that show the intensely growing relationship between a family and their new baby.

Also the pets of small and medium size are very welcomed, baby and the puppy portraits are often done at the studio as well as on location.

Aleksandra’s job deeply reflects Ugly Duckling Studio’s mission to capture a priceless photograph that can be cherished for a lifetime. Babies grow so incredibly fast and it is so wonderful to have these beautiful newborn portraits taken to make sure those precious moments stay with them always.

In addition to newborn photo shooting, Ugly Duckling Studio offers a plurality of services like family portraits in-studio and even outdoor depicting the family in many different environments like beaches, parks, desert etc. Another amazing service relates to maternity sessions where the magic, sensuality and charming aspects of this unique moment of a woman life are captured by the experienced “lens” of Aleksandra’s camera. A triumph of colors, shades and beautiful dresses and backgrounds make this experience really one-of-a -kind.

Once the editing work is completed, Ugly Duckling Studio will provide a UBS key including the pictures selected by the client. Also, they offers the chance to order high-quality prints on 100% cotton rug paper that guarantee long-lasting colors and duration.

Another distinguishing feature making Aleksandra Mandic work special and outstanding is her continuous desire to improve and learn, providing her clientele with a top-quality service including the latest trends and techniques. For this purpose, she participates to international photography summits around the world where she meets colleague photographers from all countries and treasures each new idea and suggestion implementing them in her new works.

Upon the numerous requests received from young photographers, she is currently providing newborn photography workshops aimed to teach the art of this amazing job, sharing her technical knowledge such as baby posing, baby wrapping, lighting and retouching techniques as well as her expertise in this emerging market segment.

Aleksandra also collaborates with various companies and organizations by doing charity work, gifting vouchers to new moms, or simply making clinics’ wall beautiful with images of newborn babies and mommies to be. Also participations on different fairs are not the exception, so you could have met her on the “Winter Festival”, “Baby Bazaar” and other festive vents.

If you wish to contact Aleksandra Mandic Photography for a photography session for your newborn, babies, families or for a pregnancy photography session, or to see samples of her work please contact at Aleksandra Mandic or visit the website

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