Save the Tie, Save a Child Fashion Show: Hein Smit


Hein Smit, one of our talented designers was part of the Save the Tie, Save a Child Fashion Show. His dresses made heads turn and one of the dresses was sold after the second show…. Months of work went into the design and making of these dresses. Many late nights and hundred’s of ties went into these master pieces.

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Hein also designed the dress  for our Hostess Mrs Cape Town 2013, Chantal Witthuhn.STT_4831


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Oostenberg Business Women Launch: 16 days of activism

I was invited to the launch of the Oostenberg Business Women. I always wanted to be part of an organization for business women but never knew how and what to do to be part of one.  Our first meeting was at Dione Lifestyle in Brackenfell.

Sunel Beeselaar one of our local  attorneys talked about different types of abuse. I never knew there was so many and that the worst kind of abuse is emotional abuse. The reason for this is you can’t show any scars and the emotional scars that you get takes a very long time to heal…

Erica Crous of the SAP talked about how to go about to get started and get out of an abusive relationship/marriage.  She also talked about women who just don’t want to get out even if all the resources are in place. Most of the time the women are afraid and due to their financial situation they stay in the abusive relationship. The most common reasons given are. ” I don’t have any money.” “I have nowhere to go.” “I don’t want to loose my children.”  All of these reasons sound legit when you say it to yourself, but there are people and places that are willing to help….

Adri Klindt of Huis Jabes talked to us about what they do and how they help victims of abuse.  She talked about some of the women who came to stay with them and who got out of the abusive relationship/marriage. Then she also told us that some of the ladies went back to their partners and the abusive relationship.

“We provide a temporary sanctuary for unlikely abuse victims

Huis Jabes, situated in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, provides a temporary home and rehabilitation centre to victims of family abuse who come from middle to high income communities. This includes physical, financial and emotional abuse. We provide meals, shelter, medical care, counselling and career guidance to empower these women to create a better future for themselves and their children.

Since our establishment in 2008, we have helped more than 400 women and children start the process of recovery and rehabilitation.” From the Huis Jabes Website

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Hein Smit Design Featuring on my Partners page.

Hein and I started talking via Facebook after I took photo’s of Mrs Cape Town 2013 in one of the dresses he designed for her out of old and unused ties. I personally met him for the first time at one of the  Save the Tie, Save a Child meetings. Hein is a very talented and passionate designer and I love his work.  CW_364510441271_709329359113756_2403644597468235616_n

Hein is launching his own clothing line Blue Chameleon and I have the pleasure to capture it for him. If you would like to order any items of this clothing line please contact Hein via Email: or phone him on his Cell: 073 816 4884 for an appointment. The best of all is you can pick and choose what colors you want it in and also mix and match allot of the items.

For more on his Blue Chameleon clothing line please visit my partners page or click here.

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Wilken Family’s Outdoor Shoot Featuring on Website

The Wilken Family also wanted a fun outdoor shoot and fun it was indeed. At first we wanted to do both shoots on one day but I sat down and started thinking about the kids and the fact that they get tired and bored very easily. The evening of our meeting I suggested that we split the two photo shoots and also explained my reasons why. Mom and dad had no problems and understood completely where I was coming from.

I took Lian my youngest son with to assist me with the shoot. I just love the fact that both my boys are also interested in photography and I use them when they want to help. The kids loved him and like always he helped a great deal to get them to look at the camera. Because of the ages of the kids I tried to do the family portraits first and get them out of the way and then we moved on to all the fun and games. I had a blast photographing the Wilken Family.

This time of year the gardens at Joostenberg Bistro are just stunning and as you all know by now I just love taking photo’s there. The owners of Bistro and Farm are very good to me and I always visit the Bistro after a shoot for a to die for Dark Chocolate Milkshake.  This is just my way to thank them for the use of their beautiful gardens. I also try to give them some publicity and always tag them in my posts and on my social media pages.  Most of the families that had their photo shoots at  Joostenberg Bistro are still visiting there on a regular basis.
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For some more photo’s of their family shoot please click here.

Save the Tie, Save a Child Fashion Show: Junior Models

Mrs Cape Town 2013 Chantal Witthuhn hosted the  Save the Tie, Save a Child Fashion show on 27/28 June 2014.  She had the idea of making outfits out of old and unused ties. When she asked me if I would be part of the team I just could not say no. What an experience it was and I have grown allot in the process. I helped collect ties, took photo’s at the meetings and had the honor to meet so many new people. The best of all was to see old ties transformed into gorgeous outfits and evening gowns….

The Junior Models and their Mothers  had approximately one week to design a dress out of the old and unused ties collected.  They did not disappoint at all and I must say I was super impressed once again.

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Over the next few posts I will share some of the photo’s of the three designers who were also part of the project.

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