Ek het lanklaas sulke lekker trane gehuil by ‘n troue. Ek is altyd bly ek het ‘n kamera om voor my gesig te druk in sulke tye. Ok, om die waarheid te se het ek gewoonlik iewers deur ‘n troue ‘n traan in die oog of ‘n knop in die keel. Troues is spesiaal, maar sjoe – die troue…. Ek het vir Nikki ontmoet op ‘n kerk uitreik Namibié toe. Ons was o.a die kos tannie en lag nou lekker vir die foto’s van daardie tyd. Ons het toe bietjie meer soos kostannies gelyk. :P
Ek het nog nooit ‘n bruidegom gesien wat letterlik nie sy oe van sy bruid kon afhaal nie. Hy het ‘n konstante glimlag op sy gesig gehad en Nikki het behoorlik gestraal. Dit was so ‘n voorreg om dit alles te kon vasvang – soveel oomblikke wat liefde weerspieel.
Dankie Nikki en Izak, julle liefde vir mekaar is ‘n aanmoediging!
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Dit was so ‘n lekkerte om Geurtse en Mari se dag vas te vang! Hulle is vriendelike mense met massive groot sagte harte en hulle liefde vir mekaar, vriende en familie is oral sigbaar.
Dit was ook ekstra spesiaal om die troue af te neem in die area waar ek groot geword het! Die Woud is ‘n heerlike en pragtige venue.
Dankie Geurtse en Mari! Julle 2 is awesome. xxx
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Kendra contacted me the first time enquiring about the designer detail of one of my bride’s dresses. I can still remember smiling as I ended off the email with “you’re not maybe still looking for a photographer?” I knew they were living in the States but i just could not resist taking the chance, since I love traveling so much. I almost fell off my chair when she replied with ” I adore your photography and would like nothing more than for you to be my photographer!” And.. that the wedding would be in Boulder, Colorado. Boulder is a beautiful little town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and only about a 30min drive from where very close South African friends of mine live. (: CRAZZZZY! I did a happy dance right there and then!
They say if you do not like the weather in Colorado, wait 5 minutes. Brent and Kendra definitely then had a true Colorado wedding. It went from sunshine, to thunder, to heavy rain and back to sunshine in what felt like only one hour.
Thank you so much for the amazing privilege to photograph your wedding Brent and Kendra! I absolutely loved all the little quirky twists and of course the way the 2 of you look at each other. I hope you LOOOOVE revisiting the day through these images:
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Hello julle! Net weer so dankie vir ‘n heeeerlike middag saam met julle! Ek sien nou sommer ekstra baie uit na julle troue! xxx
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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!
Today she started her radiation – which means 2 week in isolation in her plastic wrapped room.
Her brother said on Facebook: “A sad day, my sister has thyroid cancer and has had one operation already and became radio active today for 2 week. She has to live in isolation during this time. Please pray for her.”
Glenys’ response on that? “Love you my brother, it is going to be fine! It is a happy day because I am going to be better soon! “
When i think of Bulembu and my 2 day experience there, i kind of have to take a deep breath and make a conscience decision on where I am allowing my thoughts to go, because otherwises it’s like most woman’s handbags… (:
After shooting my last wedding for this season, i traveled to Swaziland. This was a first and such a huge privilege. I’ve read up on Bulembu a bit beforehand, but didn’t really know what to expect. I slept over in Nelspruit and from there its about 90 minutes drive to get to the Swazi border, that opens at 8am. (Imagine mountains and more mountains.) There i was greeted by Nerine and Bianca with THE biggest smiles. I “know” Nerine since we’ve attended the same Shofar Church in Stellenbosch, before she started working at Bulembu.
Our 2 days were jam packed with places to shoot e.g. businesses, a hospital, schools etc. All of them designed so that this project, with 300 orphans in it’s care, can (or will later be) self sustainable. What struck me most was how these people that work at Bulembu, so selflessly give their lives to build up these children. I’ve been there only 2 days, but yet i came back changed. I think differently about all my many privileges, how i was raised, what i can be thankful for and the difference I can make in others lives.
Ive asked Bianca to tell as more about this town Bulembu, that was a ghost town as some stage… I am still stunned by this project/vision:
In 2001, the mining company that had built and operated Bulembu for more than 60 years, closed its doors and walked away. With no jobs the town was soon abandoned, even as Swaziland continues to be ravaged by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the resulting orphan crisis.
Today, Bulembu has a clear vision to become a vibrant, self-sustaining community. This vision for sustainability includes fostering the development of a new generation of emerging leaders through orphan care, education, health services and commerce.
Central to the Bulembu vision is providing total care for some of Swaziland’s 120,000 orphaned and vulnerable children. The Bulembu Child Care Programme is not focused on emergency response or simply providing basics needs, but rather the Bulembu Child Care Programme is working to raise a generation of leaders, providing the children in the programme with the love and resources they need to thrive. In this way Bulembu is working to equip young people who will make a positive contribution to society, and emerge as leaders in their homes, their community and their nation.
The Bulembu Child Care Programme is currently providing over 300 children with total care. One of the biggest ongoing challenges for the programme is transitioning a child from a life of destitute and neglect to a life of hope and care. For well over a year, the Bulembu Welcome Centre has been operating as place of transition for children entering the programme. Most of the children who come to Bulembu are unable to distinguish between colours and shapes and are often unable to write their names, even though they have been attending school. Many things which we take for granted are novelties for these children including flushing a toilet, sleeping on a bed and using something as simple as a knife and fork. The Welcome Centre has proved to be an essential component in our programme, successfully helping children make this transition.
Over the last year, Bulembu has designed an extensive training programme for our care givers or “aunties”. The aunties currently working in the programme have taken this training and have been equipped and educated in best practices of care-giving. Investing in these women has meant that their lives have also been transformed as they find employment and are empowered and encouraged in their work.
A number of enterprises have been launched which will not only contribute financially in the future to the Bulembu vision, but will provide fundamental services to the community, specifically in the area of food security. Current Bulembu Enterprises: Bulembu Bakery, Bulembu Carpentry, Bulembu Dairy, Bulembu Honey, Bulembu Country Lodge, Bulembu Mills, Bulembu Timber, Bulembu Water, Bulembu Store and Bulembu Transport.
Come and experience our unique town and witness transformation in action. Whether by visiting, partnering with us in spreading Bulembu’s vision, sponsoring a child or even working for us, you will not leave Bulembu untouched, but rather changed forever.
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I asked Karlien about 3 times if she was sure that she knew that I’ve never officially done a model shoot…but Karlien decided that she wanted to use me…so i thought…lets go for it! And that was what we did and it was soooo much fun! I’m not sur
e who slept the best that evening – myself, Karlien or our awesome model! I’ve learned so much from this shoot. Thanks Karlien for blindly believing in me and allowing me to shoot your super clothing range and for Anndrea for all your patience and great attitude.
Designer: Karlien Labuschagne: email@example.com
Anndrea from Moda Models
Assistant aka “sonstraaltjie” reflector master: Nadine Aucamp
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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…
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What an awesome privilege to be part of Casper and Daniela’s wedding. Since the first day i met up with Daniela and her sister, i knew this was going to be one special day. They are such an awesome team and i loved all the detail that went into their day. The “semi outside” reception was such a treat after a hot day.
Thanks you thank you thank you Casper and Daniela, I enjoyed photographing you so much. (You will see i blogged way too many, but couldn’t choose!)
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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!!!!
Today’s post is the most difficult one I’ve ever had to write. There is no easy or less harsh way to say this, so I’ll rather say it as it is.
I lost half of Tamaryn and Nigel’s wedding’s photos.
There is so much to say about it and explain about it, but nothing will bring those images or moments back. The hardest part of it? The fact that people (the bride, groom and their families/friends) other than myself, have to deal with the consequences of my actions.
Again, I am so extremely, extremely sorry Tamaryn and Nigel…
I lost the actual memory card on the day of the shoot. I have no idea how this could have happened and that i, even until now, hope for the card to ‘appear.’ (All my cards are marked with my name and number/email address.)
There is so much going through my head and so much more that i can write about this, but please do feel free to ask questions/comment below, because i know this is the biggest no-go as a photographer.
(Click HERE for their photo post.)