Two AWESOME and CARING people will become their own family soon …and I love it!
We spend the afternoon photographing on the farm where I live and the “tea” after the shoot turned into a late night “kuier” with very unplanned egg and toast for supper.
Dankie vir ‘n heerlike shoot en kuier Conrad en Esti en ek bid julle baie lekkertes en blessings toe met julle baba wat oppad is. (Ek nou nogal self nuuskierig of dit ‘n seuntjie of dogtertjie is! Time will tell né.)
April 8th, 2013 | Blast from the pasts,Other,Personal,Photo of the week,Travel,Treasures found | Subcribe to RSS
There was NO holding back at Kobus and Yolanda’s trash the dress session, which was on their second wedding anniversary. They were full of ideas…and feathers…and hundreds and thousands…and paint…and water…and even a bit of flames!!!
(See their wedding photos HERE.)
Dankie dat julle sooooo braaf en soveel fun is! Baie geluk met die 2 jaar, mag julle liefde vir mekaar en God net nog meer groei in die volgende jare. Geniet julle foto’s!
Hair and make-up: The exquisite Look
I saw a post on Facebook today that Special Events‘ Shop in Stellenbosch is almost one year old! I did a shoot at their shop opening and never got to blog it. Now, a year later I blog, because…
- I love the Special Events Shop!
- i often photograph weddings that has props / rentals from them.
- because they are such awesome, easy-to-work-with people (they have been doing it for a few years already)
- i always am looking for a chance to share photos (:
- if you are looking for a helping hand at your wedding, they can be very helpful! (they do wedding planning, decor and flowers, rental etc and recently did the flowers for Karlien van Jaarsveld’s wedding)
Magriet is a dr at a local hospital in the premature ward and asked if i would be interested in taking some images for them. I did not have to think twice -I LOVE documenting! I wish I could go in every day for a month or two to see these specific little babies grow and develop . It truly was an eye opener to see with what love and dedication these doctors and mothers help these tiny humans to grow gram for gram.
One of the methods they use to help these babies grow, “kangaroo care”: This is soooooo interesting – read more about it HERE. Some of these mothers has to stay with their babies in hospital for months, so they can grow up to 1.8kg, when they are finally big enough to go home. They are truly little fighters and this experience makes me want to see/experience / document more. And them of coarse share what i’ve seen. (:
Thanks to Magriet for getting written permission from all the parents of these babies to photograph them.
Today i cannot help but smile.
Last night myself and my housemates went to the Artscape theatre. What a great privilege to live with 2 friends that challenge and teach you, while having fun in the most beautiful house and surroundings? Dankie Mia en Ili!!!
This morning i woke up and already had messages from people that i love.
I started the day, spending time with God and playing piano – and Chessy the farm cat that adopted us as her friend, came and sat beside me on the piano bench.
2 squirrels came closer to listen and later on sat in the tree closest to our “piano-window.”
(I am not a master on the piano at all and can pretty much just play one song which is Ameli’s theme song. –>Mail me if you want the sheet-music!)
When i stepped into the office, Taryn, (who helps me sooo much with editing and so much more) filled my part of the table with colourful balloons.
Later on this afternoon friends are coming over for “koek and rooikoeldrank” and this weekend the celebrations continue.
Im excited for the years to come. Im excited to see what God has in store and the adventures I will have with Him.
And as my brother Tjaart says, only a quarter of my live has passed. (:
The best is yet to come.
3o phone snap pics for my holiday:
Yay yay yay yay yay yay yay zellie big smile yay !!! Dankie Here vir die talent wat uit U hand kom.
Every year Junebug has this international competition called Best of the Best where they pick 50 images that they feel is the top 50 wedding images for the year. I’m so proud of SA and it’s photographers. Both Jean-Piere Uys and Welovepictures had an image in the top 50 and Lauren Kriedeman that also received an Honorable Mention.
This image of mine made the Honorable mention under Bride and Groom Portraits:
Thank you Chris and Mila for your beautiful wedding!
Before I could write this post, i had to chew a bit on what happened. Thanks for your patience Maria! (: Here goes…
Maria is my “Afrikaans-German” friend. She grew up in Germany and studied in Stellenbosch, where she learned to speak Afrikaans fluently. Currently she is living in Hamburg, but came to SA for vacation. I’ve done a shoot with Maria back in 2009 (see it HERE) and we decided to do a follow-up. I never knew she can grow to become even more beautiful!!!!
The shoot started off with a hair and makeup session. (Thank you Madeleen for doing SUCH AN AWESOME job with the makeup and Julien for her beautiful curls!) The lighting was so beautiful on the day that i started shooting in Welgevonden Estate Stellenbosch, since it was on our way to the spot i chose for the shoot. Sometimes a shoot just works and this was one of those. Maria was being a star and the light and location were all working together. I still showed Maria a few of the images because I was so excited about them. Her little face beamed even more.
As I was driving out of the Welgevonden gates, I saw even more prettiness. Soft light and purple flowers in an open field. Living in SA, I scanned the area and only saw 2 guards on the opposite side of the road. We continued with the shoot. After a few minutes of forgetting about everything that was going on around us, Maria looked up and warned me that there was someone coming up behind me. When i looked around the man was about 5m from me. The next minute (or rather millisecond) he pulled out a knife and ran towards me, demanding my camera. In the process of trying to move away and getting the camera off my neck, i fell over backwards and then (rather desperately) handed him what he asked for: Canon 5D MkIII with the Canon 50mm f1.2. I so badly want to ask for the memory-card of the shoot, but I just knew discussing this matter was not an option with this wild-eyed man. He demanded my Shootsac with my other lenses, memory-cards and car keys, but before I handed it over, Maria started screaming- like only a woman can. I joined the choir. At this stage the man became distracted and i tried to kick him…where no man wants to be kicked. I still don’t know if i succeeded – the adrenaline was pumping so much – but he left. Not really running. Just jogging. Past the 2 onlooking guards of a new residential development. We then saw that a second man was also hanging around, leaving the same time as Wild-Eye-Man.
We were rattled, shocked and VERY angry about losing the images – but safe and unharmed. After a yelling session directed towards the guards, a drive to the inside of the Welgevonden-gates, a thank-you-prayer and a teary call to my mother we decided to continue the shoot. I still had my backup camera and other lenses and Maria was showing her awesome and brave character. We were drying a few tears while shooting, but we decided it’s like horse riding – if you fall off, you get right back on.
Our church family was AMAZING. So many people, as well as the leaders supported us by praying for us and making sure we really were ok. Maria and I ask each other every so often how we are doing, how God is dealing with the fear in our lives etc etc. It’s great to have people like that in your life.
Maria, thank you for being my friend.
We prayed for at least 10 photos. God is faithful:
It’s always fun shooting these two! They have endless ideas and are keen to do all of them!
Thank you for begin SO MUCH FUN Emil and Tarryn! Enjoy. (:
I am definitely going to be one of those grannies with a photo-album in my handbag. (Or maybe by then, it will be some sort of iPad.)
I just LOVE my brother’s little son, Markus Lotter” href=”http://www.lizellelotter.co.za/tjaartnaomiemarkus/” target=”_blank”>Markus. This was not a planned shoot at all, just a few memories from a recent visit. Enjoy!
Super couple (thank you Daneel and Adri!!!)
+ amazing light & location
+ enough shooting time
+ lots of awesome planning and decor from couples’ side
+ lots of love shining through
+ removing a few ticks from your legs after the shoot
+ a very thankful and privileged photographer
Glenys is such a dear friend. Her laughter is contagious, her sarmies are out of this world and she always joins in when I’m singing the “yummy-yummy-yummy-yum” song. Last year she finished the New York marathon inbuy cialis online canadap>
3h30min (I know!!!) and one day she is going to be my person jewellery designer and stylist…(that’s now if the celebs will give her a gap.)
Soooooo lief vir jou Glenny! May your very-very-very difficult 2012 just bring you closer to our God.
While I was shooting the groomsmen at Emily and David’s wedding I mentioned
to David how much i would have loved to shoot some images of him and Emily at the specific location. Since the logistics would not allow it, it wasn’t possible. David sounded all enthusiastic about the idea and so a mini Trash the Dress session was born which we did the next day. I loved having the chance to shoot them again and in another enviroment!
Enjoy these images Emily and David and thanks again for being so keen on begin my “models” again! (:
Off weekend + mini roadtrip to Onrus with friends = (:
Last time i saw Daniel and Kristen in Denver, they were engaged. This time ’round they are mr and mrs and even have a little addition to the family! We started the shoot with Kristen and their son, Jaxon. Daniel joined us a bit later, after a long workday. Like ladies do, Kristen and I talked about life, fun things and less fun things. What stood out for me , was with how much love and respect she talks about Daniel. #loooooooovit#
Thank you Daniel + Kristen that i could be the fortunate one to take your family photo’s. Blessings and hope to see you again!!! xxx
Caitlin is so much fun to be around! She is an amazing artist, the person behind Bright July Blog and can be found on Etsy . She was born in South Africa but grew up in Colorado and I met her the first time i want to Denver back in 2009. In 2011 we did an awesome road trip, together with some other friends —> Denver, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and back. It was soooo much fun!
Thank you for begin so awesome Caitlin! Hope to see you again soooooon:
Monday morning was my “Saturday.” I took time off and went to Kamersvol Geskenke with 2 friends and loved every moment of it! People are so creative! I loved seeing old friends exhibiting like Annehette from Patatie, Justin Southey, Charlotte from Krummels Kuns Koekies, Okasie, Leipzig, the ladies of “The Pretty Blog” and Vanessa with her “Out of the ordinary frames“!
I also bought a few new things for my room and love it so much, i just HAD to share them.
Wat ‘n lekkerrrrr manier om die nuwe seisoen se shoots mee te begin! Dit was bibberkoud die week rondom die shoot, so Nico en Elke was so oulik om Middedorp Manor te reël as plan B. Elle was vol smiles vir die foto’s, veral nadat sy ‘n kort “power nap” gehad het. Dankie Nico en Elke vir ‘n heerlike oggend saam met julle. Baie blessings vir julle as gesin!!!
Dewet and the rest of the Mandelbrot team is working hard on a new and very exciting TV show, all about weddings, called cheapest cialisref=”http://www.facebook.com/bruilof” target=”_blank”>Bruilof. It is starting 7 Aug on KykNet! (Tuesday Nights, 21:30pm) Make sure to join them on Facebook for updates, or get a sneak peek of the show HERE.
A couple of days ago, they did filmed an interview with me and we took some “behind the scene” photos.
C0ngratualtions Dewet and the rest of the team!!!!
(And thanks for the images you took of me during the day.)