April 8th, 2013 | Blast from the pasts,Other,Personal,Photo of the week,Travel,Treasures found | Subcribe to RSS
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:
Chantal (as well as Glenys and Elmarie) and I know each other since primary school. We were family friends and we spend HOURS horse riding, drawing, playing with their Jack Russell-dog, finding chameleons in the garden and then of coarse fighting with our brothers. When i was 14 they moved to USA and my heart was broken! We wrote endless letters…and Chantal’s letters are the BEST. Her handwriting and words are beautiful and she writes in all directions, colours and sizes. (Chantal, i think i want a handwritten card for my birthday in January please! )
When i was in Denver for David and Emily’s wedding, the Haas family came all the way from Albuquerque (New Mexico) to Denver to visit. Jason (chantal’s husband) was so awesome, looking after the older 2 girls while we went garage-sale-shopping with the 2 babies. He also made the most amazing hoender potjie. Yes, he is American, but Chantal’s dad taught him well!
And of coarse we had to take a few pics:
(PS: Kira, we missed you!)
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!
Off weekend + mini roadtrip to Onrus with friends = (:
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.
We did this engagement session for her and her fiancé. (who can imagine my “baby” sister is getting married already!?) And….today is her BIRTHDAY!
Alésha het sooo diep in my hart ingekruip. Dis skoon moeilik om die gevoel te beskryf. Dankie vir al jou omgee BB’s en al die kere wat jy sulke weise woorde kwyt kan raak. Divan, dankie dat jy mens altyd so tuis laat voel in jou geselskap. Jyt sowaar ‘n gift! Baie baie geluk aan julle met die verlowing…en Alésha met jou verjaarsdag! Mag die jare wat kom vir julle baie groei inhou. En baie kuiers met Lizelle. Tonne liefde!
I loved sooo many of these images in black and white, that i decided to do a “black and white” post. (Don’t worry Alysi, ek gaan vir jou die kleur kiekies ook gee.)
I am suuuuuper excited, got my new camera yesterday from Orms North!!!!! (Thanks Fritz!)
th all the editing that im still finishing off, i havnt had a chance to shoot with it, but i will definitely make good use of it during my yearly holiday coming up!
I also upgraded to Adobe Lightroom 4.
Recently i’ve had a few photographer friends asking about my exquipment, so here goes:
Canon 1D mk4
Canon 5D mk 2, now replaced by the Canon 5D mk3
1. 24-70 f2.8
2. 70-200 f2.8
3. 50mm f1.2
4. 100mm f2.8
5. 17 – 40 f4
1x 430 EX
I came across these image again today. I looked at it and couldn’t believe I chose to blog it in black and white! I remem
ber clearly how the black and white images “spoke” more to me in that time, also the reason why i blogged them in that way. (View the previous post HERE.) Now, a few months later, i want to blog them again, but this time in colour…
I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed as I’m sitting here. Its by birthday i am being overflowed by love, care, grace, encouragement, presents, phone calls, facebook messages, prayers, thoughts and… and… and… There literally is just one thing that can top all of this and that is the fact that God came (AGAIN) and told me that He loves me. And nothing can change that fact. Not even that i often run away from that very love, because my heart just cannot grasp that the King could love ME that much. So yes, I’m overwhelmed, but thankful and ready for what God has in store for me this year.
Thanks to every single one who is adding so much to my day!
And just because i know my earthly dad would have phoned me too today, here is a jewel of a photo i found of him:
Annelle is one of the kindest, warmest, big-hearted girls I’ve ever met. There is not much of a chance of something like personal space with her; she jumps right into your heart. She has listened to endless stories and challenges of mine while sitting in the bath. We’ve shared many tears, she has made me laugh like only a sister can and is always-always-always willing to listen.
To be in BJ’s and Annelle’s company, is pure joy. And i cannot wait for their wedding! I will be walking down the isle (as a bridesmaid) too. #superexcited!
Geniet julle kiekies! Dit was so ‘n lekker middag saam met die 2 van julle. Ons maak weer so op julle 50ste huweliksherdenking, ok!
This morning i just needed to get out and spend time with God. Its amazing what He tells you when you listen
So…as i said in one of my previous blog-posts, I’m flying it the UK for the first time tomorrow! (Also the reason why my blogging was a tad slow the last week or so!)
I will be gone for 2 weeks, but will keep blogging and will occasionally answer my emails…when my feet are sore from all the exploring!
I am really looking forward seeing places I’ve only seen on postcard, exploring little alleys, taking photos, spending time with my school-friends, Kira and Emma, and doing some winter shopping. Oh and of course meeting some UK photographers!
I’m currently selecting images from this wedding i did in Lydenburg and i could not help to notice that this little boys face looks like what I’m feeling in my heart! How adorable is he?
PS: Happy 40th my Moni-friend!!!!