A new baby is like the beginning of all things: wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.
Eda J Lashan
I could not wait to meet this precious little bundle of perfection. Her mama kept me up to speed on every step of her wonderful pregnancy and birth of sweet Jané. I counted the days until I could meet her.
Babies are bits of stardust, blown from the hand of God.
Jaco and Janke took to parenting like ducks to water. It was wonderful to see how relaxed and calm they were, which is evident in how very relaxed and happy their daughter Jané is. I would love to have spent more time with them but alas, time did not allow and unfortunately it will be a while before I get to see them all again, hopefully, sooner than later.
A baby is as pure as an angel and as fresh as a blooming flower.
It’s the strangest and most fun thing, reconnecting with a junior school friend who in my mind’s eye is still a pre-teen. Then I got to meet her children who are around the age we last saw each other.
I enjoyed the happiest fun day with Sally. We nattered and laughed non stop catching up on a lifetime of stories. I do believe there were a few we never got to finish or even start.
There was some adulting required on our part as we were doing a personal branding and family session. We dedicated the morning to business and the afternoon for the family session.
It’s sad when we live so far away from each other – across the oceans in fact so it was wonderful to have our diaries align with each other. Hopefully, it won’t be another lifetime before we see each other again.
Doing doggy photo sessions are the best fun, although I am inherently scared of big dogs I don’t know so this was a great exercise for me especially as Zoro’s hello was bounding towards me with his bark as deep and loud as a tank!
Once I picked my nerves up off the sand, we quickly made friends and he gently took his favourite sweets (baby carrots) out my hand, then it was all systems go-go-go!
One-year-old pups are like toddlers on a sugar high – full of boundless energy so you have to be super quick and agile to keep up.
If there is one thing Zoro loves besides his daddy, it’s playing with his ball – so much so he broke the squicky insert on day one – a supposed indestructible ball is no challenge for this big boy.
“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”
– M.K. Clinton
“Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.”
No, not the vaccination, these two love-birds, Janké and Jaco. ❤
There is no remedy for love, but to love more
Where there is love, there is life
Working with these two beautiful people was so much fun. I’ve done sessions with Janké before who is an absolute natural in front of the camera as was her very patient, loving boyfriend, Jaco. Their love for one another is very evident and so inspiring to see.
There is something very special about photographing horses. They have the most beautiful natures.
Sue’s children gave her a Mother’s Day gift voucher for a session with her horses which she was unable to use until recently because of the awful winter weather we’ve been experiencing so we were both very excited when we finally firmed up a date.
Sue was most gracious in accommodating my requests for posing with her beautiful horses.
It was a little more challenging than I had anticipated getting the horses ears up and forward. I guess much like asking a child do do something they don’t want to do.
I loved that Duke, Tore and Jack were unsaddled and each had their own special bridal.
I’m looking forward to spending more time with Sue and her beautiful horses. ❤
Not sure what has taken so long to convert (albeit small) a spare room into a studio at home – best fun decision in a long time.
Sadly the third wave of Covid is rife in South Africa at the moment so booking regular shoots will have to take a back seat for a while but I will thoroughly enjoy using the space as much as I can in the interim.
On the last weekend, before our lockdown started, we enjoyed a day on the beach down at the mouth and came across two fishermen on our walk. On passing, we chatted briefly and all they had been catching were ragged (ragga) tooth sharks.
They had just cast new bait and within one minute had something on the line. I’ve never known such quick luck before and they knew immediately it was another ragged tooth.
It takes patience and stamina to reel in a 120 kilogram fish!
It was great fun photographing the teamwork between the two fishermen ensuring they landed their catch. Even better was hearing how knowledgeable and respectful they are about fishing; tagging and releasing their catches for research and conservation purposes. They, however, drew the line when I suggested they kiss the shark before putting her back in the water. 🙂