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July 17th, 2017 | Personal,Shoots,Travel | Subcribe to RSS

Ons was tranerig in vervoering oor die gesig waarmee ons wakker geword het. Ek voel bederf en bevoorreg- wonderlik om die sneeu te kon ervaar!

(Hier is ‘n paar van my mams Ilse se foto’s by: dies waarop ek is en die res merk ek!)

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We sat in our billion star (takeaway) restaurant and I asked my mom, ‘what would we do if we were fearless?’ There are SO many backstories to this question, but more about this at a later stage!

In short, we decided to follow through with this question and do what we dreamed about that night. The clever people say (in a very rough Lizelle-translation) that when an idea is born, you move it from the “idea part” of the brain to another, and many times that is where is gets squashed after a few seconds, by logical thinking. Or fear.

Today is the turn in seasons- shortest day, longest night. Today is also a memorable day in the Lizelle-world. Six years ago, my dad passed away. One year ago I photographed one of my best friend’s surprise engagement in California. And today, my mom and I embark on a 7 week Faith Trip, the one we dreamed about that night. We actually don’t know much about this trip ourselves, except that it will be mostly in the Karoo area. We are hoping to find work as we go, make connections, photograph the people and their stories. Many times while planning this, fear wanted to overrule our dream. But what we do know, is that we are looking at our Father for learning, seeing, sharing and experiencing. His vision, his provision, His love and His plans.

This is our Go-Grow-Give-Get trip.

 

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June 6th, 2017 | Other,Personal,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

Soms, omdat jy vir jouself werk, gebruik jy die voordele en spring jy en jou ma 15h op ‘n Maandag in jou kar om foto’s by ‘n dam, na aan jou hart te gaan neem. Ek loer al letterlik van 1997 vir dié dam en sy takkies wat soos Niena se hare uit Fiela se Kind staan. Toe ek hoor die groot waters kom, besluit ek vandag is die dag wat daar foto’s geneem word.

Dankie Here vir ons drinkwater wat op pad is!

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November 16th, 2016 | couples,Personal,Shoots,Travel | Subcribe to RSS

August 28th, 2016 | Other,Personal,Shoots,Travel | Subcribe to RSS

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!

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April 26th, 2016 | Other,Personal,Shoots,Travel | Subcribe to RSS

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:

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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.

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NY

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!

 

 

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December 31st, 2014 | Other,Personal,Shoots,Travel | Subcribe to RSS

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

 

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Daar is ‘n sagte plekkie in my hart, waar die Karoo nes geskrop het…

 

 

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February 7th, 2014 | News,Other,Personal,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

 

 

 

When i was studying, I loved shooting film. The anticipation and being part of the development process was magical. I would spend HOURS on end in the darkroom. Sometimes even days. On average, it took me 3.5hours until I was happy with a single print. It was so rewarding that it was worth every hour and every cent.  I’ve been missing shooting film so a while ago I asked Henk Venter if I could borrow one of his old film cameras. (If you are in the Stellenbosch area and wanting to do a short coarse in photography, he is the one to talk to!) I ended up choosing an old school K1000 Pentax with a 50mm f2 lens: manual exposure, manual focus…and since it’s little battery was dead, i had to guess the exposure for the first halve of the film –> talk about shooting excitement.

 

Here are some of the photos. It feels like “first fruits”, like there is still many to come. Thank you Jesus for giving me this photography talent. I love using it!

 

PS: My favourite shot for this film is getting it’s own post soooon…

 

400 iso slide film, C41 processed. ENJOY!

 

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January 16th, 2014 | couples,Personal,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

 

Dis Desember vakansie en die familie kuier saam. Mens sal dink ek as fotograaf sal vroeër dink aan familie foto’s…maar nee, ons vra ‘n dag voor die tyd of my vriendin Mariné, wat ook in Kleinmond vakansie hou, vir ons ‘n paar snaps sal neem. En wat ‘n goeie werk het sy nie gedoen nie! Weereens dankie Mariné dat jy van jou vakansietyd vir ons opgeofferd het. Hier is ons almal, voor die huis waar ons kleintyd ook gehuur het.

Na ons familie shoot het ek ‘n paar foto’s van Amoryn en Shane geneem. Hulle is te pragtig en ons het so lekker gelag! Dankie vir ‘n heerlike vakansie saam met julle.

Ek hoop daar kom nog baie!

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This was a totally unplanned shoot! I was visiting my brother and his family in Lutzville for Markus’s 2nd birthday. What a privilege! Together with friends, we drove to Fryer’s Cove in Doring Bay to do a wine tasting. I could not not take photos! (The wine tasting was not Markus’s party by the way-hehee) Frayer’s Cove is one fascinating location and the mist that covered the ocean made it magical.

Naomie was 8 months pregnant here and I still can’t get over it how BEAUTIFUL she is!!! As such an amazing wife, mother, friend and pregnant lady. Little Markus stole my heart and as I said before, I am definitely going to be a grandma with a photo album in my handbag. I have to stop myself from showing the whole world every single image I take of him, and it’s not even my child! My brother….I cannot help but to love him to bits. (Even if he wears crocs.) He is gentle, caring, friendly, energetic and has the biggest, softest heart.

You are on amazing family, whom I look up to. Your love for God, each other and your children shines through. I cannot wait to meet little Niena and continue to tell her that I’m her favourite auntie!

We are waiting patiently on Niena’s arrival, that can literally be any day now.

 

 

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Sudan, 2009

February 11th, 2013 | News,Other,Personal,Shoots | 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.

Enjoy!

 

 

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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!

To see the full wedding, here is PART 1 and PART 2