Photographing what I love…

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The past few months I have been thinking a lot about my love for photography and trying to make a living from doing what I love. I started doubting myself why don’t I get any business? Is there something wrong with my work? Why can’t I approach people and tell them I am a photographer and that I would love to do a shoot with them. Why if people ask me what I charge I feel guilty about my pricing and always end up giving them discounts without them knowing it and still don’t get the business? Yes I am a self taught photographer and I don’t have any formal training but I love what I do. I work hard and keep learning new skills. I have changed my logo for a cleaner look. I branded the back window of my car. I also got myself a T- shirt with my logo on and on the back it says photographer and my cellphone number. I am a my own walking advertisement.

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Sunday night I started watching a workshop I downloaded last year; Confronting your challenges. Sue Bryce said something that’s hitting a nerve. She said if you are not doing it you don’t want to do it. My first reaction was but I love doing it. Why did this upset me so much? Then later she talked about if you are a genuine photographer you will do anything to just take photo’s and to make a success of your business. I felt relieved that’s me. I will even shoot for free just to take photo’s. Two days before a shoot I do my planning. What props I am going to use what backdrops, what poses and I memorise it. I treat all my clients with respect and I give them my best if they paid for a shoot or got a voucher I sponsored. I get sick very easy and I did many shoots with a fever and aching body. I did a wedding last year while sick with food poisoning. This did not stop me. I can not disappoint my clients I made them a promise that I will give them beautiful photo’s/memories. I do love photography, I do want to be a photographer with all my heart and soul. When I walk in shopping malls and I see the windows I imagine how I would incorporate the items in a shoot. I don’t see a basket I see a baby in it. I don’t see a hat I see beautiful face wearing it…. When I drive around I would say wow this would make a beautiful photo…

Business have been very slow since the beginning of the year. Because of all the time I have on my hands I started editing vacation photo’s and I realized something very shocking… Isn’t vacation photo’s suppose to be all about the people that is with you, the activities that you do as a family? When I go through my photo’s 95 % of what I captured was birds, animals, flowers and landscapes… When I had my student what did I teach her to photograph 95% birds, animals, flowers and landscapes…. Now I am sitting with another question how do I make a living of photographing nature in all it’s beauty. How can I incorporate it in my business? Everybody that follows my blog will know that I use my nature photo’s and put quotes on them. Yes I have thought about selling them but how to market them? When I walk into stores and see the postcards I think by myself wow I have beautiful landscapes for postcards….

When I look back I started out photography with landscape photography and flower photography. When I got my Canon EOS 500D I started with bird photography. It was only when I had my website that I started focusing on portrait photography. Since then I have tried macro photography, Low light photography and I am not finished yet. I will not give up until I do it perfectly.

Don’t get me wrong I do love capturing weddings, babies, children, families, events and portraits. I get excited when I look at the back of my camera and see that I nailed a shot. When I edit I relive the shoot and when I get to the special moments I feel so happy that I got the chance to photograph them. I have a very important job! I capture moments and freeze them for eternity.

Okay now I am totally confused can one person love what they do so much that they can’t identify what she loves doing the most?

When I am in nature I am relaxed, I can sit on a rock for hours to get the shot that I want. I think it’s a lot like hunting and fishing… Nothing bothers me and I even catch myself talking to myself telling myself that this is the life. This I can do full time and it would be great if I can get paid for it too.

I love traveling and my long term plan was to go overseas in 2016. Well things did not work out like I wished and this plan will have to be moved on a few years. I asked for a map of South Africa for my birthday. I want to visit and photograph all the different towns, cities and parks in South Africa. This is a great project for me but lets face it without an income from my photography I am not able to do this. So to do what I think I really wanted to do from the very beginning I need funds.Travel photography is an expensive genre and for now I will only do this occasionally. My car don’t run on air, I don’t run on air and I need a place to lie down my head at night. South Africa is not the country it was many years ago where you can stop go lie on your back seat and sleep for an hour or two. It’s not safe. When I go on trips I always take the boys with or my mom and dad. LOL and by luck I will take a photo or two of them also (this is embarrassing to say and I feel ashamed).

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When I am busy with a family/portrait shoot you are working against the clock. You have to produce a certain amount of photo’s. People are much more complex and one have to be very careful what you say. You deal with different identities the whole time and have to keep that in mind. Not everybody are extroverts not everybody like a camera pointing at them. 99% of women don’t like their bodies. When I look at a photo I just see the beauty shining through. They only see their ears, crooked teeth and nose… We can’t all be perfect, God made us and to Him we are perfect. Working with newborns and babies is my favourite. Why? Because I capture the innocence, beauty and the greatest gift of God. Yes it is stressful I may come across confident when working with the babies but inside I am praying that I don’t let them fall, bump their head or make them feel insecure. Also the new mommies are like a Lioness just waiting to pounce and take her precious bundle. When setting up you feel their eyes on you watching your every move. But when you show them the photo’s and see how their faces light up that is precious and then I know why I do it. Unfortunately I don’t do it enough anymore. There was a time where I did one a month and then it just stopped.I still get emails asking for my packages but that is where it stops. When I look at facebook I see they did their shoot at either a more expensive photographer or a cheaper photographer. This is when I start doubting myself and ask questions like what is wrong with my work?

In February started a glamour photography course that I bought last year . I have my models lined up for test shoots I just need to get through this course first. To be honest I started with a bang and then I got so depressed because I don’t earn any money and I stopped. I was not concentrating and frankly I did not feel like picking up my camera and practice and I am the one preaching to everyone that photography is 95% practice and 5% teorie.

My husband, boys and friends was suppose to go hunting the beginning of April 2015. Due to my depressed state I told them I am not going with I’ll rather stay at home and edit the event I did that weekend. God decided that He needed to help me out of this depressed state. My husband got a call a week before the hunting trip that they can’t go anymore. So our friends organized a house at Montagu Springs for the week. They asked me if I am coming with. I thought about it and decided why not. This breakaway did much more for me than anybody would realize. While sitting on the rock taking photo’s of the ducks I felt at ease. The next morning I woke up early took my camera and started walking and ended up in the dried up river taking photo’s. Once again God and nature came to my rescue…

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Back home I was feeling much better and I was feeling more positive. I decided that in order to get more work I need to clean up my computer hard drive and also my external drives. First I needed to finish all my paid and free shoots. I finished the Sunshine festivals photo’s within 3 days. It normally takes me 2 weeks. I did a talent search but did not get paid for it. The contestants have to buy their photo’s… Not doing it this way ever again. I finished that in one day. Posted it online and are now waiting for the orders. I had a matric ball I finished this in 2 days and this normally takes me 4 days. While editing I realized that my I don’t need to do that much anymore. I only do the very basic tweaks on contrast, sharpening and cropping. The rest I already did in camera.

I am currently editing all my personal photo’s. Making space for all the work that is going to come in when I am finished with my course. Yes I have started my course again. Had to start at the beginning again and make sure that I nail every aspect of this course. The marketing part of it is a bit scary. I have trouble introducing myself and selling my services…. But I have to be positive that I will overcome this hurdle. If all goes according to plan I will in the near future get to Travel more and very soon my map will be one colorful pinboard…. Then I can start getting maps of other countries…

While writing this very long post I came to the conclusion that I love to capture everything and freeze special moments for eternity.

Photographing what I love……. EVERYTHING…

Thank you for stopping by.

Coreen

St Anthony in the Valley

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Last year I had the pleasure to capture a wedding at St Anthony Chapel in the Valley. What a beautiful little Chapel and the surroundings is ideal for some rustic wedding photo’s…

Here are some information from a website on St Anthony Chapel in the Valley.

The story of St Anthony in the Valley.      10 December 1999

The year 1997 was financially a low point in the history of the farm. The vineyards needed to be replanted with better cultivars. Some of the farm equipment had to be replaced. I then made a promise to God that if I succeeded in selling a portion of the farm, I would use some of the money to build a chapel for the community. In December 1997 a portion of the farm was sold.

Part of the chapel was an existing building, dating from the early 1960’s. The building was originally used as a dairy and at one stage as a house. In 1980 I realised the farm staff needed a hall/meeting place and we changed this building into a community hall. It was used for religious and other community purposes, at one stage even as a crèche and afterwards a clinic. Today this building has been altered, extended and is now the chapel.

The chapel is dedicated to my late parents, Pieter & Inah Visser, who taught us children to respect every one else, their religion, their beliefs and their “mens wees’. The two windows at the entrance are dedicated to our family lines. The “wheat window” representing the bread or the Body of Christ in the Eucharist is dedicated to my mother’s side, the Jordaan’s. They were wheat farmers in the Bredasdorp area. The “grape window” representing the wine or the Blood of Christ in the Eucharist is dedicated to my father’s side, the Visser’s. They were wine farmers in the Stellenbosch area.

The tabernacle doors are made from Oregon pine. This wood comes from the original interior window shutters of the farmhouse (Villeria) which was on the portion that I sold. The altar top is made from solid Burmese teak. This wood comes from a huge vat that stood outside the Nagenoeg house. When I was a child it was used to store our drinking water. The same wood was used for the 14 Stations of the Cross (which represent the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem), the cross section of the crucifix, the shelves for the statues and the hymn notice board. No explanation is needed for the two wine vats at the altar. This is a wine farm and my father was a trained cooper, and Jesus’ first miracle was changing water into wine at Canaan, at a wedding feast. Wine plays a big roll in Christianity and in the Bible. Each year on St Vincent’s day we have a blessing of the harvest. He is the patron saint of wine growers and his feast day is on 21 January.

During my pilgrimage in September 1999, I bought the St Anthony’s statue in Fatima, Portugal. His feast day is 13 June. He is the Patron Saint, not only of Portugal but also of lost causes and couples. In the chapel there are two statues of Our Lady, namely, Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Lourdes, France. Both are very special places for me. I visited these places firstly as a non-Catholic in 1989 and then as a Catholic in 1999. The small “Sacred Heart” has a long history. When my father bought Villeria in 1963, the statue was left behind by the previous owners. I have always kept it with me wherever I moved. It now has found its rightful place in St Anthony’s. The Crucifix figure was bought in Oberammergau, Germany where the Passion Play is performed once every 10 years. The olive wood Sacred Heart was bought by me in Shepherd’s Field outside Bethlehem in Israel as well as the Crusader’s Cross (also known as the Jerusalem Cross), which hangs above St Anthony’s statue in the back of the chapel above the doors.

Most of the other articles in the chapel have been donated by various people. There are too many names to mention them all. I would like to say once again thank you to everyone for their generosity.

Different denominations, mostly through staff members, use the chapel. Sometimes there is up to three or four church services on a Sunday. On the 4 December 1999, His Grace, the Archbishop of Cape Town, Lawrence Henry blessed the chapel. In his sermon he mentioned that he would like the chapel to become a place of pilgrimage for all the people from the Cape Town area. Today the chapel and community hall are used very frequently for retreats, not only Catholic but many other religious denominations from all over the Western Cape.

As you can see everything has its special God given place in St Anthony and in my life.

I would like to thank God for all these privileges. I am truly blessed.
Schalk W Visser
082 414 8333 or beesting@mweb.co.za

The money that we receive for the weddings will help pay the school fees and school clothes for the children from the workers on the farm.

Eden on the bay

I had a shoot at Eden on the bay with a lovely couple about a week ago.  The wind was howling and I decided to put away my Canon EF 18-200mm lense and use only my Canon EF 50mm for the shoot. My reason was simply because of the wind it would be much easier to handle in the wind and I was afraid that sand will get into the lense. Normally with my outdoor shoots I use my Canon EF 18-200mm and for my studio shoots I normally use my Canon EF 50mm.

Here are some of the photo’s I took while we were waiting for the couple. Lian my youngest came with to help me. He ended up carrying  props, backpack and shoes…
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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: hein@heinsmitdesign.co.za 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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Badenhorst Family Shoot Featuring on Website

A while back I got an email from Armand’s shooting coach and teacher. She wanted to book a family shoot for her and the three men in her life.

We went to Joostenberg Bistro on the R304 for their photo shoot. Of course I took Armand with to assist me with the shoot. We had a blast and laughed alot.  It took the oldest a while to warm up to the camera an in the end the boys were literally swinging in the trees….BFam133BFam66 BFam19 BFam120BFam126 BFam129

 

For some more photo’s of their family shoot please click here.

Wilken Family’s Vintage Shoot Featuring on Website

 

Danette contacted me one day and asked if I do vintage shoots… Well I never did one before but as you all know by now I never say no to learn something new…. First I panicked because what do I use for props? Then one afternoon I was dusting my show cabinet and there it was…. Old camera’s, my toy car my grandfather bought me when I was small, my Mother’s sewing machine from her childhood a old telephone my Father brought home one day and the list goes on….. In the end I had lot’s to choose from.

I hardly ever do set up’s for my shoots but after doing this Vintage shoot I think I’ll do it more often. I just have no idea where I am going to put all the props…. When it came to the editing of the shoot I did not do much I just played with the different effects.

I am very happy with the end results of this shoot

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Strydom Family Shoot Featuring on Website

I met Natasha and her kids about three years back. I was very honored when she asked me to do their family portraits for them.

Normally children take a while to warm up to the camera, but not these two. They had their own ideas of how they would like to pose. The shoot was a breeze. Before we could blink the shoot was done.

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For some more photo’s of their family shoot please click here.

Dudley and his Friend’s Matric Farewell featuring on website.

A few months before Dudley’s matric farewell his mother phoned and asked if it would be okay if is best friends are included in the photo shoot. My answer was the more the merrier….

It was a very busy afternoon but we had a ball….DA121 DA115 DA58 DA56

To view the rest of Dudley’s Matric Farewell shoot click here.

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Robert’s Matric Farewell featuring on website.

Robert and his partner  for the dance is best friends. We did their Matric Farewell shoot at Joostenberg Bistro on the R304. I just love this venue for my shoots. So many different and natural “backdrops” to choose from.
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To view the rest of Robert’s Matric Farewell shoot click here.

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DJ’s Matric Farewell featuring on website.

My mother and I used to look after DJ when he was still in primary school. Just look at him now all grown up and ready to face the big world outside school walls….
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To view the rest of DJ’s Matric Farewell shoot click here.

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Zaide’s Matric Farewell featuring on website.

The original plan for Zaide’s Matric Farewell shoot was to go to a farm on the Bottelary road, but unfortunately they ran late and we had to improvise.

I ended up taking some photo’s in a neighbours garden and in the driveway a few houses down the road. The wind was also acting up and we had to make it a quick session.
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To view the rest of Zaide’s Matric Farewell shoot click here.

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Lizette and her two prince’s featuring on website.

I launched a Mothers day competition in May month. My student Lizette was the lucky one who won a photo shoot with me. We had a ball and she got first hand experience on how it feels to be a client at my studio. AJ her oldest child loved posing for the camera, Janco on the other hand had to be bribed. In the end we got lovely photo’s of them and even Janco could not stop laughing….

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For more photo’s on their shoot please click here

Aletta & Yolandè’s Photo shoot Featuring on Website

A few months back I had the pleasure to capture Yolandè and her mother Aletta volunteered to pose for me so that my student can get some exposure to studio photography.

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For more photo’s of their photo shoot please visit my website by clicking here.

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Coreen

 

 

 

 

JP & Michelle’s One year shoot featuring on website

The first time I laid eyes on Michelle  she was only a few days old. WOW that was a very long time ago….

A while back I had the privilege to capture her and her special friend JP’s one year anniversary. I just loved the way he talked to her so sweet.

I wish them all the best for their journey as a couple and who know’s what the future holds…
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For more photo’s on JP & Michelle’s shoot just click here

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Yolandè’s Photo shoot Featuring on Website

A few months back I had the pleasure to capture Yolandè. Her mother and she volunteered to pose for me so that my student can get some exposure to studio photography.

 

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For more photo’s of Yolande’s shoot please visit my website by clicking here.

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Coreen

 

 

 

 

Aletta’s Photo shoot Featuring on Website

A few months back I had the pleasure to capture Aletta. Her daughter and she volunteered to pose for me so that my student can get some exposure to studio photography.

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For more photo’s of this lovely lady please visit my website by clicking here.

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Coreen

 

 

 

 

Conrad’s Four Month shoot featuring on Website

I am a bit behind with Master Conrad’s shoots. Conrad was Four Months in May. Look he even shows us how old he is…

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For more on Conrad’s 4 Month shoot please visit  Conrad’s First Year on my Website

 

 

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Save the Tie Save a Child Fashion show Opening Night: Behind the Scenes

WOW what a rush opening night was. The models started getting ready from about 3 O’Clock the afternoon. Then while some was busy with hair and make up the rest walked the ramp to get the feel of it. The day was filled with laughter, talking and of course taking snapshots… I went back stage a few times to capture the buzz but space was a problem so I just took a few and then moved back to the stage area where I captured the models practicing.

The little one’s was so confident I think some of them have more confidence in their pinkie that I have some days… Oh my and when they are on that ramp they have attitude and some of them walk just like the models on Fashion TV.

Here are just a few collages of the photo’s I took.

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After the show some of the models mingled in their tie dresses with the guests while enjoying a finger dinner. The designers posed with the guests and models and we all just had a great time…

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The Psychedelic Theatre Featuring on Website

I was asked to photograph three ladies from The Psychedelic Theatre a while back.

The day of the shoot I was as sick as a dog but it did not stop me at all. When I got to the All Star Theatre  I got one big surprise they were busy building the set for show that was filmed there.

I had to do their shoot in a small corner on the original stage with dust and very low light. I  did the shoot in Manual mode and for some photo’s I had to crank up my ISO to 4000 and my Shutter speed 1/45 sec. To put the icing on the cake I did not have my tripod with me so I did this all handheld.

For more on their photo shoot please visit my website: The Psychedelic Theatre

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Coreen

 “If you can dream it, you can do it” Walt Disney

Save the Tie Save a Child Photo Shoot Featuring on Website

A few weeks back we had our Photo shoot at the All Star Theatre for this awesome project by Mrs Cape Town 2013 Chantal Witthuhn.

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Chantal Witthuhn in action. She is a fashion stylist and I love working with her. She has a thing for hairspray… I better start stocking up on some… Think it’s rubbing off on me too…

 

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Zeez Beauty Boutique opening Featuring on Website

Estrolita Petersen are one of my photography clients. I first met her when Mrs Cape Town Chantal Witthuhn introduced us and I did a portfolio shoot with her.

She phoned me 4 days prior to the opening of ZEEZ and asked if I could come and capture this special event. I did not even think twice.

What a lovely evening we had. The food was great and we all got some tips on how to do our make up in only a few steps… I do not really like make up but in the fashion and beauty industry unfortunately I must also look the part. Even though my face are behind the camera 95% of the time.

Estrolita I wish you all the best for your new adventure with ZEEZ.

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For more photo’s please visit ZEEZ Beauty Boutique opening on my website.

 

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Wihan’s 2 Week shoot featuring on Website

I had the pleasure to capture little Wihan at 2 weeks. He was born on 34 weeks.  This little boy was wide awake in the beginning of the shoot but we got him to settle down in the end.

I had to laugh even though he was born early this little boy had very strong legs and boy oh boy he wanted them stretched out not tucked in. Later I just let him be. My motto is baby must be comfortable.

For more on his shoot please visit my website under Newborn to 12 Months.WS_1694

 

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Conrad’s Three Month shoot featuring on Website

Conrad’s 3 month shoot was great. I dressed him like a little bee. He looked to cute. He started smiling when you talk to him. Love this little man to bits.

For more on Conrad’s 3 Month shoot please visit  Conrad’s First Year on my Website

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Aran’s mini shoot featuring on Website

When I started my business my brother and sister in law was expecting little Aran. When he was born in August 2010 he became the face of Coreen Kuhn Photography. Now just look how he has grown.

The best of all it looks like all that photo shoots with him rubbed off…

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For more photo’s of his mini shoot please visit my website.

 

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Candice’s Photo shoot Featuring on Website

 

I had the pleasure to capture this beautiful lady a few weeks back.

Candice is one of the Out of Africa Winter Queen finalists for 2014. I wish her all the best for her journey as a finalist.CM_0149banner

Here is just a small description of herself I got from her Facebook page

I am proud to introduce myself as the 27 year old Candice Myburgh from the Western Cape. I am a proud mom of two beautiful and healthy children. I’ve been happily married for almost 7 years to the most amazing man ever. I am a stay at home mom and absolutely enjoy every single moment.

I try to make the most of each day and live life to the fullest, always putting my family first. I’ll describe myself as fun, loving, compassionate & honest.

I have a passion with working & helping people in our community. It has always been my biggest dream to make a difference in the lives of others. I can honestly say I am living my dream to the fullest. To see others happy makes me feel good about myself and about life. I am proud and honored to say I am making a difference in my own way.

My motto in life: Live today like there is no tomorrow. You only have one shot in life make every second count.
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For more photo’s of this lovely lady please visit my website. Candice: Out Of Africa Finalist 2014

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Louis-Thomas 7 Month shoot featuring on Website

With Louis-Thomas’s mommy working now and with all the bugs that goes around we had to combine his 7 and 8 month shoot. LOL how do you do that well he comes for his 7 month shoot 2 days before his 8 month shoot…

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For more photo’s from Louis-Thomas’s  7 going on 8 Month shoot please visit  Louis-Thomas my first year on my Website

 

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Miss Winelands Petite Gerda- Mari’s Photo shoot Featuring on Website

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Gerda-Mari was one of the winners of the two vouchers I sponsored for the Miss Winelands Petite 2014 Pageant. This lady is so beautiful I had no problem filling up my memory cards with photo’s of her. She made the most simple outfit look absolutely fantastic…. It took us a while to get a booking that was convenient for everybody but it was surely worth the wait.

For more photo’s of this stunning Lady please visit Gerda- Mari Miss Winelands Petite 2014 on my website

 

Mother Daughter shoot featuring on website

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I had the pleasure to capture these beautiful ladies a few weeks back. The daughters decided to do something special and bring their mother for a photo shoot with them. We had so much fun and I enjoyed the shoot very much.

 

For more on photo’s on this Mother Daughter Shoot  please go and visit my website.

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Correia Family featuring on website

A while back I had the pleasure to capture the Correia family.  We did two shoots that morning. One for the family and one of Chase the newest addition of the Correia family.

Little master Cruz had a mind of his own like most 2 year old’s have. I am just glad I did get to capture some shots of him laughing…

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For more on this lovely family please visit the Correia Family Shoot on my website.

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Save the Tie Save a Child Meeting 2 Featuring on Website

A few weeks back we had our second 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 to raise funds for the Children of Cape Town.

Time is really flying now before we know it the big night is upon us. So far I am feeling blessed to have this opportunity to work with this wonderful team. Knowing we are playing a role in a brighter future for some of the kids of  Cape Town….

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

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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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Chase’s 4 week shoot featuring on Website

I had the pleasure to capture little Master Chase a while back. He was so tiny he still fitted on the newborn bed Ronald made for me.

For more photo’s on little Master Chase’s  4 week shoot please visit my website.

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Estrolita’s Photo shoot Featuring on Website

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I had the pleasure to capture this beautiful lady a few weeks back.

Chantal Witthuhn (Mrs Cape Town 2013) helped with the styling of the shoot.  I must say this shoot was allot of fun and I look forward to working with these two wonderful ladies again.

For more on Estrolita’s Portrait Shoot please visit my website.

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.

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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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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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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

 

Conrad’s 10 day shoot featuring on Website

Time surely flies when one have a baby in your mids. I was so busy with other shoots that it took me a bit longer to post his blog. He was so adorable and slept through most of his shoot.

For more on Conrad’s 10 day shoot please visit  Conrad’s First Year on my Website
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Van Romburg/Metcalfe shoot featuring on Website

About a week ago I had the pleasure to capture this lovely family.

Lady Benesia (7) just love the camera had no problem getting her to pose for a photo.

Little Master Eden (5) on the other hand was a bit difficult but with my magic and my finger always on the shutter button I got some awesome shots of him. In the end he did not want  to stop posing for the camera. We really underestimate the power of a lollipop….

Little  Master Christopher  (4 weeks) was not feeling himself  but he did give us the opportunity to capture him in between tears….

For more on this beautiful Families shoot please visit Van Romburg/Metcalfe Family Shoot
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Leigh & Rupert’s engagement shoot featuring on Website

Finally it happened. We did it. We had Leigh and Rupert’s engagement shoot…..

Originally they wanted a shoot  at Blaauwberg with Table Mountain in the background. Every time we had an available time set up Gail force Winds ruined it for us. So we settled for another setting. We visited Paarl Mountain Nature reserve for their shoot. We made sure that we were there when the gates open.

I fell in love with the Nature Reserve and I am definitely going back for some more shoots….

For more on this beautiful couple’s shoot please visit Leigh and Rupert: E shoot @ Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

 
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Anke’s 3 month shoot featuring on Website

The first time I met Anke she was not herself. We then decided we will have a separate shoot for her. She was full of smiles but only had eyes for her mommy….

To view Anke’s photo shoot please visit Anke: 3 Months on my website

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Milani’s first photo’s featuring on Website

Little Milani was born on 16 January 2014 and I had the pleasure to do a onsite  newborn shoot with her. Normally I do newborn shoots in my studio were I can control the temperature and light. I prefer to capture newborns in natural light.    She was sound asleep and just now and again opened her one eye to see what all the fuss is about.

The little hat she is wearing in this photo my friend Jeanine Crochet for me…

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Please go and have a look at Milani: 9 days  on my website.

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Louis-Thomas 5 month shoot featuring on Website

Normally we take Louis-Thomas’s photo’s on or around the 15th of each month. In January we totally lost track of time and only did the shoot more than a week later.  

This little blue eyed heart breaker had a mind of his own with his shoot. When we put him in his little chair  he just wanted to get out. When we put him on his tummy then he’ll roll on his back and chew his fingers. When we put him on his back he rolled onto his tummy…. I had a good workout.

In the past our sessions was up to 90 minutes. From this one it will become less  and I’ll have to know my story to capture him.

To view Louis-Thomas’s photo shoot please visit Louis-Thomas: My first year.

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Marais Family Shoot featuring on Website

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Christelle and I practically grew up together since I was 3 I think.  I saw her fall head over hills love with Francois. I was there when they got married and started their beautiful family. My mother (a day mother at that time) took care of their 3 oldest daughters until they moved away. I saw them all pulling faces at their first bite of food,crawl, take their first steps and go off to school . So all and all this was a very special family shoot for me.

Please go and have a look at Marais Family on my website. Feel free to comment and like the photo’s too.

Conrad’s first photo’s featuring on Website

Isn’t little Conrad just to beautiful for words.  I am so blessed to have this opportunity to capture his first year for you. So for the next 12 months you will see allot of him and how he is growing.

During this period I am going to try and use different props for each shoot.  The little crochet hat’s I used in the Newborn shoot was made by my dear friend Jeanine. 

Please go and have a look at Conrad: My first year  on my website. 

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Birth Announcement: Conrad Fourie

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I am very happy to share this wonderful news with everybody.

Little Conrad has decided that he don’t want to wait till Monday 27 January 2014 to be born. He wanted to see the world and meet all these voices cooing around his mommies tummy. Yesterday evening around 6h00 we got a phone call it look like Loühn is in labor. So hubby and I rushed over to their house well tried to rush anyway…. All the robot’s were red and the people drove so slow. So it seemed anyway.

Got to their house and there Loühn was busy with washing, packing her suitcase and she was so calm. The kids was super exited about this change in events.  Who am I kidding I was super excited about the change in events. Loühn and Ignatius went to the hospital and I had my cellphone in my hand looking at the screen every few minutes to see if there is any news.  Ignatius phoned us and said they are doing a cesarean and Loühn is going in at 21:00.

People that was the longest wait ever, I watched my cellphone like a hawk. Every few seconds and if that red light is blinking I get super excited just to be super disappointed when I see it’s a email…. The waiting and then after 10 I got a photo of little Conrad from Ignatius. Conrad was born at 21:51, birth weight  3.875 kg and is 52 cm long. I was over the moon. The long wait is over……

So I thought anyway but to pass 12 hours is very hard. I could not fall asleep all I was thinking of is meeting little Conrad and to make sure my friend is all right. I was a bit worried about her but everything worked out great. This morning time crawled by it felt like 9:30 was just not getting any closer… At long last it was time to go to the hospital to go visit Loühn and little Conrad…. When I saw my friend glowing and little Conrad on her lap I had to control the tears of joy…. Both Mommy and baby was alright….

Little Conrad had his first mini shoot and he was only 12 hours old….

Louhn’s 8 Month Baby Bump featuring on Website

Today is the last post of my dear friend Loühn’s baby bump. When she got pregnant she offered to be my model and build my mommy to be portfolio. Can not believe that on Monday 27 January 2014 little Conrad will be born. We had so much fun with our shoots. The last one had to be the highlight of them all. About half an hour before Loühn came for her shoot the power went out… So we had to shoot with natural light. Not ideal for that time of the evening. The light is all wrong but we did it and with allot of laughs to.

I would just like to thank Loühn for being such a great friend and giving me the pleasure to capture her growing baby bump.

For more photo’s on Louhn’s 8 Months shoot please feel free to visit my website.

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Otto Family Shoot featuring on Website

On the 2nd of January 2014 I had the honor to capture the Otto Family in my home studio.

Mommy Michelle was so excited about the shoot they tried to learn little 21 month old Mienke to say smile and then she smiled… But when it came to the push little Mienke did not smile at all we tried everything  she just did not want to work along.  While mommy was interacting with Mienke I saw she relaxed a bit and I told mom to keep going  I took a range of photo’s of little Mienke while mommy and daddy distracted her.  I had to crop and clone out mommies hand in all Mienke’s individual photo’s but at least I got some great shots.

Looking forward to our outdoor shoot later the month. Gonna put on my running shoes and  camouflage clothing so that Little Mienke don’t spot me….

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

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Aiden 10 Months featuring on website

I had the pleasure of meeting little Master Aiden a while back. He was not entirely himself according to his mommy.  When we started out with his shoot he kept on touching and holding his right ear. Later he started crying and it took some time before he was calm again. I have got many tricks in my hat and in the end of the day Bubbles did the trick…

For more photo’s of his shoot please visit my Website
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