My Visit at Sonstraaldam in the rain…

For a while now I wanted to go and visit Sonstraaldam. It’s a dam only a few kilometers away from my home and it is rich with bird life. The day I decided to go I took my student so that she could capture the different lines in photo’s. I of course spend my time capturing mostly the bird life. It was raining, cloudy and cold and allot of the birds I spotted on my previous visits was not to be seen. I want to go back when it’s sunny and a bit warmer. Preferably early morning. Here are some of the photo’s I took on my visit

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Common Moorhen

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Reed Cormorant, Blacksmith Lapwing

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Sunshine Festival 2014: Artists featuring on Website

 

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On 22 & 23 February 2014 I was one of the official photographers at the sunshine festival in aid of the Alta du Toit Aftercare Centre.

Unfortunately the turnout  of the festival was a bit disappointing. Most of the times the artist sang for only a hand full of people at a time. A big thanks go out to each and every one of them.

I spoke to a few people because I wanted to know why nobody came to support the festival.  They had great entertainment and it was not that expensive at all if you take in consideration that you had live entertainment from 9 o’Clock the morning through to 11 o’Clock that evening. But  the answer was the same. “We just had to pay allot of money on school uniforms and school supplies. Money is tight this time of the year.” Athletics and other sport also had an big impact on the lack of people supporting the festival… Maybe the mentioned factors can be taken in consideration for the next festival…

For more photo’s of the Artists performing at the Sunshine festival please visit my website.

ACT Executive PA Breakfast featuring on Website

On 14 March 2014 Advance Conflict Training (ACT) had a networking breakfast for 56 executive PA’s from a few big companies in and around Cape Town. It was a very informative morning and we were made aware that our observation skills needs a bit of work.

Here is just a short description of ACT that I got off their Facebook page.

Advanced Conflict Training workshops are delivered in an entertaining and meaningful way. Our goal is to teach you to take responsibility for your own safety and then empower you to do so.
Mission

Our mission is to never stop learning, to ensure that we stay at the top our game with regards to crime, criminals and teaching people from ALL walks of live to live free from violence.

Company Overview

Advanced Conflict Training specializes in the prevention of violence by using talks, team building and workshops to convey a simple yet achievable safety strategy.
All our training is developed and tailored for each audience.

I was very happy to be one of the sponsors and gave some discount vouchers for the goody bags and also a free photo shoot to one of the executive PA’s.

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For more photo’s on the breakfast please visit my website at ACT executive PA Breakfast

My Photo Someones Quote: Day 365

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All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile.

Chris Hart

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No act of kindness is to small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many.

Kevin Heath

 

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Attitudes are contagious. Make yours worth catching…

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A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.

Winston Churchill

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March27 361In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

Thomas Jefferson

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Be who you are and say what you feel because people who mind don’t matter and people who matter don’t mind.

Dr Seuss

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Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden

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 March24 358“For I know the plans I have for you, Plans to prosper and not to harm you”, says the Lord!! Jer:29v11

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 March23 357You are Braver than you Believe,

Smarter than you Seem, and

Stronger than you Think.

Christopher Robin 

 

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Time is of essence, in the continuity of our existence and the moment in which we lice.

Kelli Knox

Sam’s ABC 21st Featuring on Website

Samantha had her ABC 21st party on 22 February 2014.  By ABC she meant that all her guest must wear something recycled. They could later after the photo booth get dressed in their normal clothes. It was very funny and I must be honest the guests was very creative.

For more on Sam’s ABC party please visit my website.

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Van der Merwe Family Shoot featuring on Website

On 1 March I had the pleasure to capture the Van der Merwe family. We went to Princess Vlei not far from their home to take there photo’s.

For more photo’s on this lovely family please visit my Website

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A night at the Tygerberg Raceway

October 2013  we went to the Tygerberg Raceway to go and watch stock cars. What a miserable evening it was. It was cold, raining and mud everywhere.

I was very disappointed that evening. When I was young my parents took us to the stock cars  at Goodwood showgrounds on a regular basis. WOW what a spectacular show it was. Cars crashing into the walls and taking out one another. Pushing each other onto the grass in the middle of the track or crash them into the walls and keeping them there… Something I also remember from my childhood was when the spectators got the chance to race… That was the highlight of the evening. I think the next morning a few grown men cried when they saw their cars after the big event. Now the question I keep asking myself is. Why was it so much more eventful or fun when I was a child?

I was bored stiff the night we went to the Tygerberg Raceway. It was like the drivers was afraid to put the pedal to the metal… At one stage I thought okay maybe they are warming up but really that seemed to last the whole night.  It was just a bunch of swooped up cars going around and around a oval track making allot of noise. Well at least the noise was still the same as when I was a child… Here and there one would lose control and bump another car and  then they will stop against the wall or on the grass in the middle of the track. Then the safety car comes out and it all starts over again. I really think the only reason the drivers lost control over the cars and bump into the other cars was due to the rain, the wet conditions and slippery track. LOL now that I think of it there was more excitement in the warm up laps when one car had to be pulled out of a mud pool by a truck….

Now I ask myself would the race be any different in dry conditions? Will the drivers put up more of a show?  Must I rather convert to watching Grand Prix on the television…. Cars going round and round a track…

If I did not have my camera there I would have struggled to pass the time. At least I could practice a bit while the light was still good. Later I tried my hand in bad lights but all the shots came out very grainy and most of them blurred because I had to zoom to capture the cars…

I made up a few collages with the photo’s I took…

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My Photo Someones Quote: Day 355

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Life is a blend of laughter and tears, a combination of rain and sunshine

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God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you”?

William A Ward

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Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever.

Walt Disney

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Face your fears and doubts, and new worlds will open to you.

Robert Kiyosaki

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Louis-Thomas 6 Month shoot featuring on Website

I can hardly believe Louis-Thomas is 6 months old. I just love capturing this blue eyed little boy.  I must say one thing the Hickey kids is going to break some hearts when they are bigger.

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For more photo’s from Louis-Thomas’s  6 Month shoot please visit  Louis-Thomas my first year on my Website

 

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“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” Pamela Vaull Starr

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Talent is a gift. Success is earned.

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When you feel trapped, you have 2 options…

You can either break down, or you can break through!

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I’d rather be a failure in something that I love than a success in something that I hate.

George Burns

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Never let anything stop you from reaching your dreams.

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Never let people’s negative thoughts about you hinder you from accomplishing what God put in your heart. Dare to dream and dare to live it.

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Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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Thank you for your support

I can not believe how time flies and how ones situation and plans change within a few minutes. 

I have a list as long as the highway of posts I still need to post. To start of my 2010 World Cup Tour at least these photo’s are all edited. Then I have our 2012 Family holiday to blog but still busy editing. Wait I am not finished yet my September 2013 Sanpark’s and Flower Holiday also needs to be edited and posted… I think when I have finished with these 3 big holiday’s then I will be very close to my 2000 post mark. 

At this stage I try to keep my recent shoots updated and posted as soon as possible. 

In the near future and I know all my plans will work out I will be so busy capturing everybody and everything that I will have to invest in a good office assistant to help sifting through all my work… For now I am working on a schedule to work through everything and more…

The reason for this post is mainly to say thank you for all my fellow bloggers visiting my blog on a regular basis. I promise I will make some time to visit all your blogs within the next few weeks. Have a time slot for reading blogs now while I am on my exercise bike in the mornings…. 

Once again thank you for your support.

PS: I am also giving my business a little face lift. What do you think of my new Business card?

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Ruby now and then

I took my first photo’s of Ruby when she was approx 8 weeks old. I have posted photo’s every week till she was 29 weeks old.

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One of these days Ruby will be one year old and I can’t believe how time flies. She is a beautiful grown dog now and still loves chewing on old crocks and sticks. She also makes us mad with her ball. She just loves playing outside with her tennis ball. Her training is coming along great and she is very obedient. But like any child she also takes chances and when she was naughty you can see it straight away. I love Ruby to bits and cannot imagine my day without her by my side or next  to my desk.

Here are a few photo’s I took of her this morning while playing fetch with her.

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Save the Tie Save a Child Meeting Featuring on Website

A few weeks back we had our first meeting for this awesome project by Mrs Cape Town 2013 Chantal Whitthuhn.

We are collecting ties old, new, unused, unwanted any shape and size for three designers who will then design 12 outfits each made out of these ties. I am looking forward to seeing what they came up with. These 36 outfits will then be auctioned off on the Gala evening to raise funds for the Children of Cape Town. More on the event at a later stage.

Meet Our three designers are Hein Smit, Saskia Wicomb and Marshal Enyloma.

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Photographers that are going to be involved with this project is. Martin van Niekerk  and myself of course.

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The Event is going to be held at the All Star Theatre and will stretch over two days. 27 and 28 June 2014.

Here are some of the behind the scenes photo’s I took.

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For more photo’s please visit First Save the Tie Save a Child Meeting on my website.

 

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3 Sisters Having fun Featuring on Website

One thing that I love about my job is meeting different people. Every person has his own personality and that 3 sisters can still be so close is just wonderful. I had a blast capturing these three sisters and the shoot went by in a wink of an eye.

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For more photo’s of these three ladies photo shoot please visit 3 Sisters having fun on my website.

 

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My Photo Someones Quote: Day 344

If God asks that you bend, bend & do not complain. He is making you more flexible, & for this be thankful.

Terri Guillemets

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When you choose to forgive those who have hurt you, you take away their power.

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

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I fall, I rise, I make mistakes, I live, I learn, I’ve been hurt but I’m alive. I’m human, I’m not perfect but I’m thankful.

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“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”

Bernice Johnson Reagon

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Most important in a friendship?

Tolerance and loyalty.

J.K. Rowling

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Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.

James A. Baldwin

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The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.

Dalai Lama

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The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

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Mrs Cape Town 2013 Photo shoot Featuring on Website

I had the wonderful opportunity to capture the beautiful  Chantal, Mrs Cape Town 2013 a few weeks back.

We had a blast and 2 hours went by in a wink of a eye.  Chantal brought along her hairdresser and in the end she had help hold up the Collar of the stunning Tie Design Dress by Hein Smit. Chantal wanted it up and on that day it just did not want to stay up. It must have been the heat…

 Here are some of the behind the scene photo’s.

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This stunning dress is one of many to come. Chantal is hosting a Fashion Show on 27/28 June 2014.  All the outfits will be made out of old ties and will be auctioned off to raise funds for the children of Cape Town. I will in due course tell you more about this event. I am one of the Photographers of this event.

For more photo’s of this stunning Lady and this Tie design dress please visit Mrs Cape Town 2013: Chantal Witthuhn on my website

 

Yellow Canola fields

Since I started photography in 2009 I wanted to capture the Canola Fields on the road to Hope Field. I’ve drove by them many times but never stopped I was always in a hurry to get to my destination. 

Last year I decided that I am taking my student on a photography outing and our main goal was to capture the Canola fields in full bloom… I was in seventh heaven and took over 100 photo’s of the Canola fields from different angles and spots.

This year I hope to do it again that is if our Heavenly Father has that in His plans for me…

Here are just a few of the photo’s I took. Some you would recognize from my daily inspirational photo’s.

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Zebra’s just being Zebra’s

With one of our photography outings my student and I captured some landscape photo’s and on our way we came across this heard of Zebra’s not far from home….

I love capturing any wildlife and because I live in the city I stop within a heartbeat of spotting wildlife. Nothing gives me more pleasure to capture our Heavenly Fathers gifts to us.

Here are some of the photo’s I took of them.

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