{Couple Shoot} Steve & Be

A few weeks back, I was inspired to take on a personal project – The Love Project… celebrating the Real Love Stories that have been tested and found solid and still going strong.  These are the Love Stories that I look at and hope to one day have too; these are my “Relationship Goals”…

So Couple 1 is Steve & Belinda – I have lost count of how any times I have photographed them (either preggy shoots or with their 3 boys), and love them like family.  As a couple they not only live and love eachother in a way that glorifies God and really testifies of a Christian marriage, but they have fun while doing it… and that’s one of the qualities I love most about them: they laugh together.

Married for 12 years, they are partners in life; talking and praying through every tough situation that may present itself – and no matter how busy life gets (and it really does with 3 gorgeous boys running about) they still prioritise eachother.  The success of their family is due to the strength of their marriage and they know regular Date Nights are important.

Be’s advice for a great marriage: “Apart from the obvious like keeping your heart humble in constantly being changed by the Lord as you lay your life (including your selfish wants and desires) down for your spouse, have fun with each other.”

 

{Wedding} Francois & Nikki

Every so often a wedding comes your way which is so different from the norm that its refreshing.  Nikki and Francois’ wedding is one of those weddings – so relaxed and with such a simple focus of Love in Community.  Still beautiful, and lacking nothing, this couple proved you don’t have to fall victim to the money game to be a beautiful day… family and friends set up the venue (at their church hall), moms and aunties cooked delicious soup for dinner, friends brought platters to share… it reminded me of what weddings should be: the Community coming together to bless the couple.  I loved it! Congratulations FraNikki; may God continue to pour out His best-est upon you both…

{Preggie Shoot} Sunrise on Signal Hill

When Bianke told me she and Stefan were considering starting a family (back in the days when we used to run and then drink red wine…) I shotgunned being able to do their preggie shoot. Obviously.  I mean, it would have been rude if they had asked anyone else. And several months (of less running and no wine) later, here it is… and we made it extra special by waking up at 6am on a Sunday to catch the sunrise.  I clearly love these people lots. But it was soooooooo worth it… oh, and they hate being in front of a camera.  Yeah, it doesn’t show. At all. <3

 

Francois asks Carrie to be his Forever {Proposal}

 

Apparently I could survive the Hunger Games (if all I had to do was hide away in the trees and not be spotted by all those vicious teenagers with weapons) but the point is: my camo abilities are epic. Which is a good thing since I hid in the willows at Mont Rochelle this Sunday and witnessed one of my besties get engaged. What an incredible honour getting to witness Francois ask Carrie to be his Forever – and then gatecrash their picnic ( I mean share in their celebrations!?)

Thank you Francois for allowing me to share in your most special day… you did good… especially with that ring. Black diamond for the win! Wishing you both all the happiness that Forever can hold (and then some more because if you squeeze real hard you can squish some extra good stuff in…) Love you both lots xx

 

{Preggie Shoot} Silke & JP

It feels like just yesterday I was editing Silke amd JP’s engagement shoot photos, and then their wedding pics… and here we are anticipating Miss Taya Swart’s arrival in June! Cannot wait to meet this beautiful (and already much loved) little girl – perfectly and wonderfully made (the meaning of her name) seems perfect…

Venue: Zevenwacht Wine Estate

 


{Couple Lifestyle} Stephanie & Anton

One of my favourite aspects of doing couple’s shoots is getting to meet the couples and capturing something of their relationship… to date, the loveliest couples are those that laugh together.  I love seeing men just know how to bring out that smile and then the giggles from their wife/ fiancee/ girlfriend… that’s what makes them them and its so special.  Anton and Steph are those kind of people: Anton just knows what makes his wife break into laughter and enjoy the moment.  Its beautiful.

Thank you Stef & Anton for allowing me to drag you about Majik Forest (down and back up those hills…) for an hour.  You guys are awesome.

 

 

 

 

{Couple Shoot} Taryn & Duncan

I love how diverse Cape Town is when it comes to finding locations for photo shoots – there’s the pick of the most beautiful beaches, mountains, fynbos, forests… and then in the middle of it all: Century City.  I love this place.  The modern eco-friendly architecture blends almost effortlessly with the canals and Intaka Island. I’ve wanted to photograph a couple here for a while and was thrilled when Taryn entered my Couple Competition – Taryn and Duncan are natural models, super comfortable in front of the camera and an absolute pleasure to photograph.

Location: Century City