{Personal Portraiture} Gabi

One of the creative steps I am choosing to take as a photographer is ‘personal portraiture’ – spending time with one person and trying to capture something of their heart and personality.  Its a challenge, because its often easy to allow the dynamics of a couple or family direct the flow of the shoot… when its just me and that person, it gets a whole lot more personal!  So I am easing myself into it by using friends as guinea pigs, and the first is one of my favourite people – Gabi.  She is my dreaming buddy: she not only inspires me to push my own limits of creativity and personal growth, but is also my number one cheerleader – honestly, she can take all the credit for me even stepping into photography!

Gabi is a dreamer, an idealist and the best kind of person: she cares deeply for the people around her and is possibly the kindest, most loving person I know.  She thinks the best of everyone, is patient and gentle… and an absolute goofball at the same time.  (And anyone who has ever met Gabi will know, after 15minutes of meeting her, she will probably have shown you several photos of Archie and Sadie, her two pups… so it was only fitting that we took them for a walk in Deer Park!)

{Family Lifestyle} Mr Christopher introduces little Chloe

When you arrive at a shoot and get greeted with “GRRR, guess what I am Aunty Lauren” (complete with gnashing teeth and T-rex pose)… you know its going to be a great day! And although this was technically little Chloe’s shoot, its hard not to gush over Big Brother Christopher – just try not to fall in love with him, I dare you…

 

 

{Newborn} Butterflies and Roses for Amelia

Imagine me and you, I do
“I think about you day and night, it’s only right
To think about the girl you love and hold her tight
So happy together”

It feels like we have been looking forward to Amelia’s arrival for ages and now that she’s here… well, it just feels so natural, and her parents are smitten.  in this house, three is most definitely not a crowd!

 

{Family Lifestyle} Introducing Miss Taya Swart

I know I say this a lot, but one of my favourite things about being a photographer is sharing Life with people; Silke & JP are such people – I have photographed their engagement, wedding, preggie shoot and now the newborn shoot of their precious daughter, Taya. What a blessing!  I feel like I have loved this little girl longer than I can remember… and she is as adorable as I could possibly have imagined.  So here she is, Fearfully and Wonderfully made – Taya Swart.  Too much love for this one…

{Family Lifestyle} Princess Evie in the Park

What a cutie! Little Evie is possibly the sweetest (and calmest) little girl I have ever photographed; she was so obliging to sit for the camera and give me her best model stare… and as every princess does, she rocked her glitter crown.

If you are from the Southern Suburbs and don’t know about Keurboom Park, go check it out: kiddie and dog friendly. So lovely.

 

{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

 

{Baby shower} Showering Amelia with love

 

Every so often I get to photograph a moment that’s special on a personal level.  I cannot wait to meet Amelia (in a month’s time) and know her parents are going to be great; she’s already one seriously loved little girl! Here are just a few pics from her baby shower – and was she showered with love…

{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.

 

 

 

 

{Family Lifestyle} McIntyre & Hoon families on the Beach

My last shoot of 2016 and what a fun one! My Awesome Friends (its their new official title) brought the rest of their family for some summer portraits on Derdesteen beach.  It was great! Little Henry is a cutie and the girls know what looks stunning in a photo: them living life to the beat of their own fun-filled drum.