{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!)

{Portraiture} Savannah (featuring Monique)

I don’t usually do matric dance shoots, but this one was a special exception: Savannah and Monique are in my class.  And I have taught them since grade 8… it’s one of the things I find truly remarkable about being a teacher: sharing life with these young people.  Its an honour being allowed to walk a small part of their lives; getting to witness first hand how they respond to Life, seeing them rise to the challenges, overcome the disappointments and flourish… with many giggles along the way.  I am going to miss these faces, but wish them all the very best for what lies ahead…

Venue: Durbanville Hills