Ok she is not really heading for Hollywood, but seriously…who has such a beautiful housemate? It is such a joy to share a house with her. She has a gentle, teachable, pure heart. She is creative and can correct all my spelling mistakes. 🙂
So ‘n fees om jou te kan ken Chebambi-Bennie-CheSterretjie-Aaaaachebenjaaaa! <3
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.
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!
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!
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!
No words for this one, I might just ruin the eye feast! Just a very special thanks to De Oude Bank Bakkerij for allowing us to shoot in their amazing space and to Annerie and Murray for all the laughter and effort they’ve put into the day. Enjoy!!!
I’ve been wanting to photograph a dancer for a while now and when the media team for the Awaken Woman’s Conference contacted me for a shoot I got very excited:
– I personally go to the Awaken Conference every year and every year I walk away blessed, challenged and changed. I’n excited about what God has in store for this year. The theme is Freedom.
– I got to photograph this excellent dancer, Cara Engels.
– I got to meet the amazing woman whom I was shooting as well as get to know the media team better.
– Working with the media team was an eye opener. They were so organised and professional in the way that they planned the shoot.
Waiting for Kaeleb:
Let me just start by saying it’s an AMAZING feeling to be back after a 6 month break/sabbatical! As I said on my Facebook Page:
“Partykeer voel jou hart te vol om alles binne te hou. Vanaand loop my hart oor met die wete dat God VIR my is. Ek is sooo dankbaar vir die laaste 6 maande wat op soveel vlakke goed was vir my. Ek is dankbaar vir vir die mense om my en daar leef n opwinding in my hart oor die toekoms. Verseker vir my fotografie…maar ook vir “Lizelle.” Dankie Here vir die laaste 5jaar van besigheid, leer en groei. Eks reg vir die volgende jare, seisoene en lesse wat U in stoor het.” (:
During the 6 months I had the time and privilege to visit some of the people I love. Like these 2 who moved to Secunda! (If you are in Secunda, or planning on working there for a year or 2 and need a place to slot in, feel free to join Secunda Shofar, where Werner is a pastor.) Juné was 6 months pregnant here so we couldn’t not have a shoot. River, the gentle giant Great Dane, was such a fun “extra!”
Dankie Werner en Juné! Altyd so lekker om saam met julle te kuier…en om julle af te neem!!! Ek is opgewonde oor Kaeleb, julle gesin en hierdie kinders wat uit ‘n nuwe generasie gebore word, wat Jesus liefhet en God vrees.
I looooooove these 2 people!
Jonel and i studied together and has been friends ever since. She is a true friend: constant, wise, loyal, not scared to correct me if needed and always ready to encourage! A couple of months ago she took 2 days out of her busy life to help me organise mine! She is extremely skilful organiser so we literally reshuffled everything in my office, room and unpacked boxes. To say thank you, we organised this shoot with her husband, Ferdi. Ferdi is an arty CA. Yes it’s true! He works for media 24 as a CA and has played lead roles in musicals for Gilbert&Sullivan shows at the Artscape Cape Town. Another reason why it was so much fun shooting these 2! It was as if they stepped right out of the Gatsby era. Jonel recently launched her new website 10twelve24, after working as a graphic designer for a well known company in Cape Town for the last 5 years. So excited for her!
Dankie Nellies en Fer! Julle is na aan my hart. En WAT ‘N FEEEEES OM JULLE AF TE NEEM! Geniet julle kiekies. xxx
I looooved every minute of this shoot!
Annemie en Mitch, dis sooooo lekker om julle 2 af te neem! Julle idees is oneindig, julle is net so lief vir mekaar en dit was heerlik om julle weer te sien. Geniet julle kiekies! xxx
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:
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 in 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.