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!
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:
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.
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
Daar is ‘n sagte plekkie in my hart, waar die Karoo nes geskrop het…
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!
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!
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.
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. 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 = (: