I had a free afternoon, before my week’s work starts here in Uganda. (More about this on a later stage.) I went to a local church in the morning – I always love feeling at home so far from home with other people who loves Jesus!
Then, for an adventure packed afternoon, I did a bike tour through Kampala. Have a look!
Sometimes my heart overflows with all the things I feel and then my emotions get flooded and my words get all mixed up. Like when I think about adoption, or my dear friends Celeste and Markus, or seeing a child coming home, or seeing God’s interest in his people or when a beautiful story unfolds (and I get to photograph it).
My job has MANY amazing perks, but driving to this shoot made me realise again how much I love it to document and how special it is to witness these profound moments in people’s lives. Then I look at the images and many times they only show small gestures, but it represents so much more. Like this story. Markus and Celeste made a decision to be parents and it is changing the life of this beautiful boy, now called their son, forever. 🙂 I could see how the process was shaping and forming them individually and as a couple – up to a point where they now are family.
This is one beautiful story of people searching God’s face, living His love and imparting hope to those seeing their family’s story being written.
This was the morning it all came together. Levi came home…
The last 3-4 weeks was the busiest time of my year. Editing, blogging, planning, traveling for work, shooting. As I was editing today, I felt a little bit nostalgic. I’m not sure where it came from, but something in the air reminded me of being a little kid on our Overberg farm. My life consisted out of my family, the animals and finding something creative to do. I felt like running to my mom for a hug and playing outside with Zobo our family dog: big and furry with a gentle heart – a cross between a St Bernard and a Collie.
Scrolling through my images on my phone, I was reminded of SO much beauty I experienced the last few weeks. They are not only phone images, but reminders of why I love what I do and that I see mostly with my heart. And that we live in an amazingly beautiful country. 🙂 My heart overflows.
“He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.”
Verse 7 from the song, All things bright and beautiful.
3 weekends ago: Clarens
Theresa (my assistant) and I flew to Johannesburg, rented a car and drove to Clarens in the Freestate:
I absolutely LOVED photographing this Valentine’s ice-cream workshop!
For more images and even recipes, have look at the beautiful post on The pretty blog HERE.
What a team! What an evening:
Styling, decor and design: She is Visual
Food: Jacques from Ice cream community
Venue: The modern heirloom
Ek ken vir Kit vandat ek ‘n klein dogtertjie was. Hy het al diep spore op die plaas saam met my pa gestap en werk nou aan my oudste broer, MG se sy. Ek was die naweek in Caledon vir werk en toe ek vir Kit weer in sy werkskamertjie sien met die bont mure, moes ek net gou ‘n paar foto’s neem. Die einste kamertjie was jare terug my ma se musiek-kamer. Haar klavier, my oudste broer se dromme, Tjaart se kitaar en my dwarsfluit was daar binne. Waarlik goeie herinneringe.
“My naam is Zuzanne en eks 24 jaar oud, so 17 jaar terug het ek saam my ma’le Nederland toe geimmigreer maar ek besoek gereeld nog my familie in Suid-Afrika. Ek gaan weer in Suid-Afrika wees en saam n vriendin (en my tannie) roadtrip Kaapstad toe om vir my niggie te kuier wat nou daar bly.
Ek en my niggie is baie heg en sy verjaar net voor ons afry Kaap toe. Die vriendin wat saam my vir die eerste keer Suid-Afrika toe sal gaan, verjaar ook in januari. Nou het gedink dit sou ‘n baie mooi geskenk wees vir hulle om ‘n fotoshoot te kan doen terwijl ons in die Kaap is. Jammer as my Afrikaans so bietjie Nederlands is, ek nooit leer Afrikaans skryf nie.”
Jy het dit so goed geskryf Zuzanne! Dit was ‘n fees om julle 3 te kon afneem – dankie! Ek het julle totaal uiteenlopende persoonlikhede so baie geniet. Lekker kyk!
What a privilege to photograph such a photogenic house! This Langebaan beauty is for sale, so if you know of anyone interested, please contact the owner, Attie, directly at 083 232 1801 or email@example.com.
To see more images on their website, click HERE.
About 3 years ago, Elke started talking about adoption. The more time we spent together, the more I heard about her plans to adopt. During this time she made changes to her home to be more child friendly, she launched her new “Bright Owl” business to help support her daughter, and she celebrated breakthrough in the adoption paperwork journey whilst continually making all the needed mental shifts. I saw the leaders in her life asking her difficult questions. Questions she answered honestly and bravely.
I saw her friends and family gather around her. I saw many tears (and for the longest time I could not speak to Elke about the adoption without balling MY eyes out) and through it all I saw her brave smiles. I saw her transition from a lady investigating adoption, to a mother expecting a baby.
She took a huge step of faith, quitting her old job after feeling that the season was completed. It was scary to let go, but she did. She prayed to God, asking Him that she didn’t want to be alone on the day of the long-awaited phone call confirming the match, and He listened. The morning when her colleagues came to say goodbye to Elke, her phone rang. She was not alone, but surrounded by a whole bunch of people that loved and cared for her.
She asked God if her daughter’s foster home could be in the same Province, to help ease the logistical difficulties, and it was. Elke felt that her daughter would be born around her late dad’s birthday – and later discovered that their birthdays are just 2 days apart. So many small details came together confirming one thing. This was the daughter that God and Elke had been dreaming about. This girl was the daughter she was waiting for.
After months of paperwork and many layers of preparation, the day arrived when Elke could meet her baby and take her daughter home. Her mom, 2 sisters, little niece, myself & my camera had the privilege of going with.
I’ve never seen Elke with so many bags. In my mind’s eye, it symbolised her readiness. She was prepared as well as she could be – physically, emotionally and spiritually – to receive her daughter, and to be a mom.
This is my photo version of this special day, and how it all came together.
I’ve been approached by dr. Corne Smith from Corne Smith Dentistry (Newlands, Cape Town) for a series of images for her office space and we came up with the idea to do six “tooth focussed portraits.” I had SO much fun doing this project! Thank you Corne for the opportunity. I cannot wait to see it on your wall!
PS: If I was a kid I would have loved to go to her office – they can choose their own DVD to watch on the TV screen above the dental chair while undergoing treatment. Genius. I should go there too… (:
Last year, while in the USA, I had the privilege of visiting NY for a few days. Since it’s impossible to do everything, I asked for some “to do” advice on Facebook and a few mutual friends reminded me that Jean-Pierre moved to NY. In the end a get together worked out and we went to B&H, ate amazing bagels, got to walk and explore the streets of NY and of course…took a few images! Jean-Pierre has an aMaZing eye for detail, light and composition and even though he was the model it was so much fun to see “through his eyes” and mix that with the way I see. With no flash or tripod, we got very creative in our way of handling slow shutters etc. (:
Thank you Jean-Pierre for showing me around and for always keeping SA’s name high! You truly are one of the best en hoef verseker nie vir enige van die NY fotograwe terug te staan nie!
WARNING 1: You will probably want to go to The Old School House (Calitzdorp) after seeing this post…
WARNING 2: The image quality is not great. These are all iPhone “mik-en-druk” images I took for personal use only.
Enjoy and PLEASE let me know if you ever visit this magical place! I would love to hear about your experience. xxx
Jeremy is a friend from Denver who needed portraits for his music marketing / posters etc. We sat down and started coming up with ideas for the shoot and before long we had:
8 loaves of bread + 4 packman cookie cutters + 7 purple cabbage heads + 10x romaine lettuce + 498 pins + 324 cassette types + 3m floral material + 1 studio + 1 model + 1 stylist + 1 photographer + 5 hours of shooting/making backdrops + lots of fun!
Thank you Jeremy for going with our crazy ideas! Hope you love your images as much as I loved taking them.
PS: Hope to see you in SA sooooon!
Love it when a crazy idea comes to life! Thank you Kerri for being excited about the idea, Glenys for making the wreaths and Marco for playing along – even though you don’t always understand our craziness. (-: Enjoy your images! <3
Ben is one gooood opera singer! I photographed Marybeth and his wedding in Denver in 2009. Ever since he just went from strength to strength in his singing career. He needed some portraits and I loved being able to use a such a big variety of locations for this shoot. Thank you Ben that I could photograph you and helping me find all these awesome locations to work with! I had so much fun shooting you and I’m looking forward to see where you are heading with your talent!