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Birth Photography – My second Baby girl – Riné

This is another special personal post of mine. The Birth Photography of my second baby girl, Riné. My first born is now nearly 3 years old, and I simply can not believe how fast the time has flown! Three years went by in the blink of an eye and now my second one is here. There is no feel more special than seeing your child born, and being fortunate enough to witness it for the second time is even more special. Our date was the 3rd of March 2016 and my wife, Karin was booked into her bed at the Christiaan Barnard Memorial hospital in Cape Town the night before. The next morning, as we were first on the list, I had to face a bit of rush hour traffic to get to the hospital, but luckily I was in time. As this was the second one, we knew what was going to happen, and what was even more special, apart from the assistant surgeon, the whole team was exactly the same as it was with Emily's birth 3 years ago, so this was almost like a reunion! We received the exact same special treatment from the staff as we did with Emily. Because I knew what was going to happen and when it was about to happen, I spent more time looking at what they did and it's fascinating to see. I really think I should have worked harder at school and maybe I could have been a surgeon myself hahahaha. Not even 20 minutes after we went into the theatre, Riné gave her first cry, a sound that touches a parent's soul and a sound that you will always know, even if your baby is laying between 20 other babies and all of them are crying. Its nature I guess, the pure primal instinct that is buried so deep in each of us humans. It has now been nearly 3 weeks later and Riné is fit and healthy and sleeps like a dream. We could not have asked for anything better. So here I am, sharing some of our families most intimate moments with you. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do sharing it with you. If you did, please feel free to share with friends and family.      


Proposal Photography – Hentie & Caitland’s African Engagement

I got this email one morning from Hentie asking about proposal photography, to which I replied but somehow it must have gotten lost in the interweb's abyss, I got a phone call from a number showing Florida on my phone...weird, who would call me from all the way over there? It was Hentie, so we had a quick chat about what he had in mind. Basically to cut the story a bit short is that He wanted to ask Caitland, on her first trip to South Africa, to marry him in the African Bush. Now the Western Cape is not renowned for their amazing wildlife opportunities. After quite a few phone calls and WhatsApp messages back and forth the venue was decided. He booked a private game drive at Aquila Game reserve, just outside Touwsrivier. From there we would go to Kagga Kamma in the southern part of the Cederberg. Now its a bit of a drive but its worth it. Right, so here was the plan. Firstly I had to make a sign for him, saying: Would you Marry me Caitland. That was done while we just had our baby! I just figured I need to help this guy going through all the effort for this special day, and to say the least, I think we became friends in the process! I was going to meet them at Aquilla, I was going to act like just another tourist that just happened to be on their game drive. So armed with my long lens I looked like a wildlife photographer. As we got on the game drive vehicle we introduced ourselves and I had to pinch myself from giggling like a little girl the first half of the trip! We chatted like this was how it was supposed to be. I asked what they do and where they are from, obviously I knew all of that already LOL. I even offered to take photos of them and offered to mail these to them afterwards hahahaha. So as we took the drive up the hill where the table was set with bubbly and flowers I got myself ready to jump out and start shooting. As they say, the rest is history! Man, it was so special to be such a huge part of this special day for them. From Aquilla, we drove to the stunning Kagga Kamma Nature reserve to do the formal engagement shoot. The location we did it at was their outcrop room under the stars! Simply mind blowing. Caitland got all dressed up and after a short quad bike ride with some laughs, we were there. We were treated to a spectacular sunset. So here is some of the images of this awesome day. Feel free to comment and share with your friends and dont forget to give my Facebook page a like.    


Commercial photography – Food photography

I needed to update my portfolio with some food photography. This is an area in photography that is rapidly expanding and to be able to shoot great food photos is not as easy. To leave the viewer wanting to eat that right away can sometimes be a challenge. So collaborated with an awesome local chef to get some awesome new images for my portfolio and also for his. PJ is the head chef at the Opstal Wine Estate just outside Worcester in the Slanghoek valley. Have a look and tell me you are not hungry now!


Engagement Shoot – Frederick & Annele

I will be doing Frederick and Annele's wedding later this year at a stunning new venue in Worcester. But first we had to do the engagement shoot! Both Frederick and Annele wanted to do something a bit different. Not the normal couple shoot for their engagement shoot. They really loved the idea of something to do with water and I have always wanted to do a similar shoot at Theewaterskloof Dam. So the plan was made! With the current level of the dams in the Western Cape, there is very little water in the dam, that means that all the old trees that used to grow on these grounds that is submerged during winter when the dam is full, is all exposed on dry land! This makes for a stunning backdrop and I have shot here many times before. With the awesome late afternoon golden light, we had we created some amazing images in and out of the water. So, let me not keep you longer, here they are!  


Montpellier Wedding – Bennie & Uhann

This is the wedding of Bennie and Uhann at the stunning Montpellier Wedding venue in Tulbagh. This was my third same sex wedding I have done and I just love doing them. There is loads of emotion and nothing pretentious about gay weddings. We could not have asked for better weather than we had. Cool with a slight breeze and a bit of clouds. Perfect for great photos. The venue at Montpellier is simply stunning. Loads of shooting locations with great light made for some awesome shots. Not to mention the cellar! I love the dark moody feel and you will see in the images it looks amazing. Bennie and Uhann. Thank you guys for being so awesome and trusting me with the images of your big day. Please have a look and feel free to share with friends and family.


Bohemian Fashion – Model Portfolio – Mindol

I was booked by Mindol for her very first model Portfolio Shoot. She wanted to do a Bohemian Fashion look and I must say, I love that style! I wanted to keep it simple and after some idea swapping via Pinterest, we got our look and off we went. Well here is the images and please feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think.  


Fitness Shoot with Jody C and Hasselblad South Africa

I recently had the opportunity to shoot in the studio of Sunshine Company in Cape Town. But that was not the highlight, the highlight was that I could use a state of the art Hasselblad H5D-50C camera and lenses as well as their Profoto lights for the day! The first part of the shoot I did the recently published shoot for Deetlefs Estate as I wanted to take full advantage of the monster 50-megapixel sensor of the camera. The second part of the shoot I wanted to have a model to test things like focus speed and how easy is it to handle such a monster of a camera. At nearly R500 000 for the setup, this is probably not something I will own very soon, so I had to make full use of it for the day. For the second part, I did a fitness shoot with the awesome Jody Calitz. She is a fitness athlete and trainer and is also a full on vegan athlete, something that commands huge respect from anyone. Jody was awesome and here are the images from her shoot. Please pop on over to her website to follow what she is doing. All the other links will take you to the different sites of everyone mentioned. Please feel free to share.      


Model Portfolio – Anja

This is the Model portfolio shoot I did for Anja. This was the very first time that she has stepped in front of the camera and she was a total rock star! She was natural and with some guidance we made awesome images. ~feel free to comment and share.


Commercial photography – Deetlefs Wine Estate MCC

I was commissioned by Deetlefs Wine Estate to shoot the new campaign for their MCC Champagne. We had loads of fun with this and to see the final image and product come together was just awesome. Some long hours behind the editing machine but it was worth every second. Have a look and tell me you don't want to have a glass of bubbly right now.  


Wildekrans Estate wedding – Jorge & Debbie

Debbie and George booked me to photograph their stunning Wildekrans Estate wedding in December. It was a warm and cloudy day, perfect weather actually as it was not too hot. The setting was this awesome tent outside and because it was a morning wedding the whole atmosphere was relaxed. Debbie was driven in on the back of an old Ox wagon that was restored and it was something completely different than the norm. Debbie and Jorge have been together for years and now they have made it official on this awesome day. Their little boy was the proud ring bearer and you could see what an honour it was for him. If you are ever in the Botrivier area, please stop by this estate to taste their award winning wines, its simply mind blowing! Please feel free to share with friends and family.  


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