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January 23rd, 2012 | News,Other,Personal,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

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:



December 23rd, 2011 | News,Other,Personal | Subcribe to RSS

December 19th, 2011 | News,Other,Personal | Subcribe to RSS

My first cover, sommer net opgewonde! “My Tyd” is a magazine that comes with the Sunday newspaper, Die Rapport. Thank you Mariette Crafford for giving me the opportunity!


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I freaked out the first time i saw these frames in Vanessa’s workshop. I wanted to fill a whole wall in my room with a collection of these. But how much i like them, just cannot be described in my limited vocabulary. So i asked Vanessa if she would mind if i photograph and blog them. I hope you enjoy them as much as i do!!!!!

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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!!!!

This weekend was one of those where you know something happened in your heart, even though you do not have words for all the feelings.

When my dad committed suicide, it was not easy to see “that God makes everything work together for my good, because I love Him.” But I have to and want to trust Him. He has always proofed himself trustworthy. So this weekend, i went to the Shofar Conference. God was so present. Someone who was at the conference, came to me. She told me that she forgave her dad for something he did 13 years ago, after she read the blog post on my dad. I could not stop crying. Something great came from my dad’s death!

This morning i got a mail from another girl: “I just want to share this with you… My dad phoned me this morning. For no reason, just to hear how I am doing…” She barely had contact with her dad and then she started taking a very bold step – contacting him first. And then she received his phone call this morning. (Zelli: happy face!!!)

None of this is because I had anything to do with it. It’s God at work. He is encouraging me and showing me that He is still in control and still trust worth. Suddenly I saw, once again, how He can take one horrible situation and let good things come from it. It feels like He build a foundation for me (with all my imperfections and my brokenness) again this weekend, just from being in His presence. Awesome!!!

Something els. I was very disappointed about the fact that I couldn’t finish my holiday in south east Asia in June/July. I was looking forward to 6 weeks of traveling and spending time with friends, but I had to came back after 10 days. Well….

Clients of mine just confirmed a pregnancy shoot … in LONDON!!!! (I’ve never been there before.) …and one of my closest friends, Kira, is joining me! (Zelli: happy face again!) I am so excited and grateful. Im learning:

“to trust You.
Just to know,
You got everything under control.”
-Trust by Kristene Meuller


And as they say, a post is not a post without a few pictures. Here are some of my favorites from the Shofar Conference this weekend:


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September 2nd, 2011 | News,Other | Subcribe to RSS

Elonah and Greg” and “Sonja and Wynand’s” weddings is to be seen in the newest Sarie Bruid! (available at CNA, Spar, Checkers)

I LOVED both of their weddings. Enjoy!!!!!

View Elonah and Gregory’s blog post HERE.


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August 22nd, 2011 | News,Other,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

As ek die laaste 2 maande, soos pa in pa se laaste brief gevra het, elke keer ‘n “dop” moes drink  as ek iets goeds van pa onthou het, sou ek nie vandag die sober Zelli gewees het wat pa geken en groot gemaak het nie.

Ek mis pa nog so baie. Eintlik om die waarheid te se, al hoe meer. Die “vakansie” is nou lank genoeg.

Iets wat ek besluit het, is dat ek nie sal dwaal op vrae wat ek nie kan beantwoord nie. Ek sal nie my energie en tyd spandeer op die laaste, klein deeltjie van pa lewe/dood nie.

Ek sien pa op soveel plekke raak. Ek sien waar pa ‘n verskil gemaak het.

Ek wens pa kan terugkom…en soos tjaart gese het, vir ons lag dat ons gehuil het dat pa weg was.

Ek sien nog pa se lag-plooitjies.

Ek lag steeds dat pa altyd gese het ek moet onthou om my oe toe te maak wanneer ek gaan slaap.

Ek sien nog pa se sterk hande….ek het besluit ek sal minder kla dat ek pa se liggaamsbou gekry het.

Ek mis dat dat pa my “asgat” noem en dit fluister om te sien of ek nog fyn kan hoor.

Ek sal voortbou op dit wat pa agterlaat.

Ek sal celebrate wie pa was.

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August 8th, 2011 | News,Other,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

Ek het hierdie 2 mense so ongelooflik baie lief. xxx

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Hello everyone! It’s been a while, but I’m back after my travels and rest time, ready and excited for an awesome new season ahead! Just a few word from my traveling:

What a privilege to travel. I always feel a sense of freedom. A freedom to learn from others…and to learn about myself. I get challenged by the different ways of doing/thinking, cultures and scenery. What challenge me the most? What do i do automatically  because of where i grew up/my family/my culture and my ways of thinking?

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June 12th, 2011 | News,Other,Travel | Subcribe to RSS

It’s 3h24 in the morning and i just wrapped up this seasons work!!! What a feeling!

It truly was an amazing season with lots of new friends…and leasons thats been learned! Thank you to each and every client and follower of my work. You make my job extra awesome!

I have about 4hours 30min to finish quite a few personal things, but….then I will be on my way to the airport to go to south east asia for a full 6 weeks! Im going to discover, grow, plan, enjoy, delve, rest, see, taste and so much more. If everything works out according to the plan, I will get to see Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore. Wow. Almost sounds unbelievable as i type it!

Thank you so much to all my friends who helped me through this very busy time. I was blown away by your selfless acts. You know who you are.

But what i am actually trying to say, is that i will be back in Aug, all rested, tanned and full of new ideas and inspirations!

Mooi bly en dan gesels ons sommer gou-gou weer!

PS: I am still deciding weather i will blog in this time, but i am sure i will be too excited not to share as least a few highlights of the trip! Keep your eyes pealed!

PSS: This is post #250!

Lots of love.

This image is from a previous “mini-airoplane trip” to Springbok. But, i will leave the stories for another day…!

I grew up here.

Ek is en bly maar ‘n plaasmeisie.


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May 16th, 2011 | Family,News,Other,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

I am such a proud “tannie Lizelle” today! A huge congrats to my brother and his wife with their first, beautiful child!

(You might remember them for their beach/bikini pregnancy shoot!)

Name: Makus Lötter

Born: 8h00, 16 May 2011, Stellenbosch

A healthy 3kg

Fingers: 10

Toes: 10 (i think, i did not personally see them yet!)

Birth marks: On his cute little tummy

Very proud parents: True

Proud grand parents: True

Super proud aunt: Definitely true!

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April 5th, 2011 | News,Other,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

As some of you might have seen last week on my Facebook or Twitter, my oldest brother MG, did an race called the Cape Epic. When he told met that he was going to take part in the epic a few months ago, I had NO idea what it was but could see from the look on his face that this must be something out of the ordinary. Okay, so for those of you who also do not know what this race “entails” see below:

It’s 8 days of mountain biking over 707km. (the one day is a 145km stretch!!!!!)

And this was a big deal from me…because it was a big deal for my brother. He practiced for hours and hours, even though he has a tough schedule running the family farm. I was so excited and proud of him for tackling this huge challenge and working towards a goal. I saw him the day they started, once during the race and then when he finished. I felt like one of those mommies next to the rugby field when their 7-year old plays their first rugby game. All emotional and of course my brother is the best among them all! He was just nice for letting 252 other teams crossing the finish line before them. (600 teams started)

He did excellent and i LOVED seeing him living a dream and reaching such a huge personal goal.

Sjoe eks lief vir jou MG! Jy sal maar altyd my beste oudste boeta bly…

MG and his Epic team mate, Gerhard Huiskens. Gerhard has 30 years of experience and just finished his 3rd Epic race!

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February 13th, 2011 | News,Other,Shoots,Uncategorized | Subcribe to RSS

When i got the change to do this flash workshop, i knew i wanted/needed to do it. I needed to understand my flash fully, especially for reception photos. I am so happy i did the course, because I understand my flash and its settings so much better now! But…I won’t bore you with the technical details. (if you are a photographer and do not know the ins-and-outs of your flash, please contact Sybrand!)

Here are just a few from the 2-day workshop:

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Social media became such a buzz word. Before i attended this 1day “social media” workshop last week, I new it was important and powerful…but I never new it was THAT powerful! In short, it is changing the way we communicate…and the way I think about my business.

After just the introduction video I already felt better informed. Do yourself a favour and go watch it HERE. With this platform to work from, i think every one at the “social media workshop” was receptive to what is to be learned around this subject. Awesome team Iaan van Niekerk and Christine (Meintjes) van Niekerk shared what they have learned through experience in their businesses. Since I’m not the person to go read up on “technical” and new computer things, it was great to cut to what is important, why it’s important and how to apply it effectively.  The workshop covered the broader idea of social media and then they discussed specifics like Facebook, Twitter and Google Analytics. And what was great, the attendees  was such a diverse group, from photographers, videographers, interior designers to people from Media 24. Basically anyone with a business!

Please inform yourself around the idea of Social Media and how it can be business-dynamite. If you would like to attend/need more info on the Social Media workshop by Iaan and Christine, please contact them directly HERE.

If you would like to join my brand NEW FACEBOOK PAGE, please click HERE.

…and on Twitter, click HERE.

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Nicole makes the most beautiful aprons!!!! I first saw one when one of my friend, Willemien, received one at her kitchen-tea. I fell in love with it! Nicole is the master behind them. When i photographed her and her husband, Attie, i asked her if i could photograph her aprons as well, since they are such masterpieces. At the time she had 3 that was done, so here they are. To see more, please head over to her blog! There are some real treasures to share.

Please contact her at +27 (0) 82 504 7043.

Her blog:

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Rudi en Karen are those kind of people that you feel like you have known them for years, even though you’ve just met them!

They already have some cabins and tents one that farm (basically in Botrivier’s mountains, just about an hours drive from Cape Town.) They  now expanded to a restaurant / events venue as well. I joined one afternoon for their opening and could not resist taking some images! Edmund (the chef of Kol-Kol) made us some great canapes.

Enjoy and maybe i see you there someday, because i certainly will go back again!!!!

(“Visi” also likes kolkol, have a look here)

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October 22nd, 2010 | News,Other,Shoots | Subcribe to RSS

I’ve had the privilege of shooting a rehearsal of”Stripped.” (See their ad here.)If you do not have plans for tonight, do yourself a HUGE favour, get a ticket from Computicket (only a few left!) and come to Baxter Theater! See you there!


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October 15th, 2010 | News,Other | Subcribe to RSS