23
Mar
14

Anya’s Maternity shoot & Emily’s arrival

At the end of 2013 I had a special on Maternity/Newborn Shoots and Anya Black decided that it was a good idea and purchased one. So on the 5th January, when she was close to her date, she decided it was time to do the Maternity shoot which we shot at the Helderberg Nature Reserve on a very overcast day. Then finally Emily was born on 18th January, which is my mom’s birthday (just by the way) and we eventually did the newborn shoot on the 26th January, 2014 when Emily was only 8 days old. We then did another shoot again on the 16th March (which was my late sister’s birthday). I loved the way that Derrick and Anya included their first child Lilli-Hannah in EVERYTHING and made her feel a part of the whole pregnancy and birth. Lilli-Hannah is crazy about her new sister and about her parents and I hope that you can see the love in these images that I have captured over the course of the 3 shoots.

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959_AnyaBlack_-1013-1Lilli-Hannah sat down and promptly folded her arms and very spontaneously so did mom and dad!

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14008254-1Listening to mom’s tummy to hear whether she can hear anything!

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1800273_10152180217757040_1821627769_nHolding her and protecting her in the palm of their hands at only eight days old!

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29
Jan
14

Valentine’s Day Special & Competition

Well it is that time of year again when LOVE is in the air and to celebrate Valentine’s Day I have a SPECIAL on for all couples before the 13th February, 2014. If you book and pay for your shoot before the 13th February, your name will go into the hat to win the shoot FREE.  So don’t waist time …. book your shoot now! :-) Please click on the image below to see the full size!

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29
Jan
14

The next 20 days out of 365 days

Well I have made it through week 2 and 3 so here are the photographs I took over the past 20 days. I do hope that you find them varied and interesting? Let me know what your comments are if you have the time to do so please?

8th January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - A baby Guineafowl and it's mother, which I managed to capture on a neighbours wall this evening while photographing the sunset and a few other things!

8th January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – A baby Guineafowl and it’s mother, which I managed to capture on a neighbours wall this evening while photographing the sunset and a few other things!

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9th January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - Stunning clouds just before sunset! Looked like cream and icecream!

9th January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – Stunning clouds just before sunset! Looked like cream and icecream!

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10th January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - Doing some paper Quilling today for a client. My famous 'paper roses'!

10th January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – Doing some paper Quilling today for a client. My famous ‘paper roses’!

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11th January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - An awesome shoot with an awesome couple this morning ... definitely one of the better ways to start a morning and a weekend!

11th January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – An awesome shoot with an awesome couple this morning … definitely one of the better ways to start a morning and a weekend!

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12th January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - Panoramic view of False Bay with the most unusual Cloud formation!

12th January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – Panoramic view of False Bay with the most unusual Cloud formation!

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13th January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - Supper!

13th January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – Supper!

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14th January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - I found a cute little bee sitting on a dandelion flower today at my photoshoot this morning in the Helderberg Nature Reserve plus many other beautiful specimens of Nature! Awesome weather with no wind!

14th January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – I found a cute little bee sitting on a dandelion flower today at my photoshoot this morning in the Helderberg Nature Reserve plus many other beautiful specimens of Nature! Awesome weather with no wind!

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15th January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - A very lost little baby guineafowl chirping for its mom trying to hide away from the crows who took out all his little siblings!

15th January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – A very lost little baby guineafowl chirping for its mom trying to hide away from the crows who took out all his little siblings!

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17th January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - The moon on a partly cloudy night tonight!

17th January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – The moon on a partly cloudy night tonight!

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18th January 2013 - Photograph of the Day - The foot of the newborn I photographed! Such a cute, good little baby boy!

18th January 2013 – Photograph of the Day – The foot of the newborn I photographed! Such a cute, good little baby boy!

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19th January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - Part of the Wedding Album I have just completed for a friend with Scrapbooking.

19th January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – Part of the Wedding Album I have just completed for a friend with Scrapbooking.

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20th January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - Guess what? I photographed the tin I use to keep all my pens and pencils in on my desk.

20th January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – Guess what? I photographed the tin I use to keep all my pens and pencils in on my desk.

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21st January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - Cassie, our Jack Russel sitting with Dad on his lap!

21st January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – Cassie, our Jack Russel sitting with Dad on his lap!

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22nd January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - I found this tiny tiny little fly, the size of a pin head, flitting around in a very random way on my kitchen counter and then stopping to put it's nose to the counter and bum in the air! I found it quite strange!

22nd January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – I found this tiny tiny little fly, the size of a pin head, flitting around in a very random way on my kitchen counter and then stopping to put it’s nose to the counter and bum in the air! I found it quite strange!

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23rd January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - A 'spent' Hibiscus flower that reminds me of a beautiful pink ballet costume!

23rd January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – A ‘spent’ Hibiscus flower that reminds me of a beautiful pink ballet costume!

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24th January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - I spent about half an hour shooting about 300 shots to get this one not so good image of an ant who I let survive for just enough time to be my 'model' and got a strange feeling of not wanting to get rid of it because of our 'close' relationship! I will post the others in a separate album so you can see what fun I had watching this minute little creature!

24th January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – I spent about half an hour shooting about 300 shots to get this one not so good image of an ant who I let survive for just enough time to be my ‘model’ and got a strange feeling of not wanting to get rid of it because of our ‘close’ relationship! What fun I had watching this minute little creature!

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25th January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - A beautifully coloured Bougainvilla petal blew down onto our paving! Love this colour!

25th January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – A beautifully coloured Bougainvilla petal blew down onto our paving! Love this colour!

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26th January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - Enjoyed 2 and half hours with a beautiful 8 day old Newborn this afternoon and her family! Happiness is ..... doing what you enjoy most!

26th January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – Enjoyed 2 and half hours with a beautiful 8 day old Newborn this afternoon and her family! Happiness is ….. doing what you enjoy most!

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27th January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - I simply love the colour of these geraniums in our garden, but decided to do a special effect on them and I must say I am very happy with the way it turned out! You need to go to fullscreen view to get the full effect. FB doesn't do great things to this!

27th January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – I simply love the colour of these geraniums in our garden, but decided to do a special effect on them and I must say I am very happy with the way it turned out!

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28th January 2014 - Photograph of the Day - Went on a trip to Cape Town this evening and in Bothasig we found this 'cart & horse' driving past us. We turned around and followed them to ask if I may take the photograph. So grateful for their 'YES'!

28th January 2014 – Photograph of the Day – Went on a trip to Cape Town this evening and in Bothasig we found this ‘cart & horse’ driving past us. We turned around and followed them to ask if I may take the photograph. So grateful for their ‘YES’!

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07
Jan
14

Week 1 of 365 days

Every year I attempt to keep up with a 365 day project and every year it gets the better of me! It is the end of the first week of 2014 now and I am once more going to try and photograph one thing every day! Here are my first 7 images! Hope I can keep this up this year?

1st January 2014  -  Nouki our Weimie graced me with her best post for the day!

1st January 2014 – Nouki our Weimie graced me with her best pose for the day!

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2nd January 2014  -  I found a dragonfly in our garden. At first it look quite black but once I edit it I saw it was blue.

2nd January 2014 – I found a dragonfly in our garden. At first it looked quite black but once I edited it I saw it was blue.

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3rd January 2014  -  Taz my stepdaughter's cat always has the habit of sitting on my lap when I work on the PC and today he decided to grab hold of my 'mouse' and 'help' me edit! :-)

3rd January 2014 – Taz my stepdaughter’s cat always has the habit of sitting on my lap when I work on the PC and today he decided to grab hold of my ‘mouse’ and ‘help’ me edit! :-)

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4th January 2014  -  It is difficult to find inspiration every day for a new image, so I looked around the house and found this foamalite head which I use to put my beanies on once I have crocheted them. I photographed it in very dull light and then worked on it adding different effects.

4th January 2014 – It is difficult to find inspiration every day for a new image, so I looked around the house and found this foamalite head which I use to put my beanies on once I have crocheted them. I photographed it in very dull light and then worked on it adding different effects.

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5th January 2014  -  I went to do a shoot at the Helderberg Nature Reserve and on the way there I saw this awesome rainbow and just couldn't resist stopping to take this image.

5th January 2014 – I went to do a shoot at the Helderberg Nature Reserve and on the way there I saw this awesome rainbow and just couldn’t resist stopping to take this image.

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6th January 2014  -  Today I was desperate to find something to photograph so I decided to use the cucumber I was cutting up for supper!

6th January 2014 – Today I was desperate to find something to photograph so I decided to use the cucumber I was cutting up for supper!

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7th January 2014  -  This afternoon I was walking outside to find something to photograph and suddenly I saw this beetle running across the car cover!

7th January 2014 – This afternoon I was walking outside to find something to photograph and suddenly I saw this beetle running across the car cover!

10
Oct
13

Ella before moving to Australia

I met Ella when she was about 8 years old as she is the daughter of a very good friend of ours! Over the past few years I have done various shoots with her and watched her grow from a cute little girl to a beautiful teenager.  Here is the last shoot I did with her in January 2013 before she and her mom left South Africa to go and live in Australia.  I miss her so much and hope that when she visits again I will be able to do another shoot of this natural beauty, who I believe, will really go far one day!

Have a look at these photographs and if you would like a fun Portrait/Portfolio Shoot done of yourself then please contact me and I am sure we will have loads of fun dressing you up for the shoot!  Email me at laurette9@hotmail.com for more information.

As you will see many of these items of clothing were purchased at real bargain prices from the Helderberg Hospice Shops a real treasure chest of props for photographers.

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The last time Ella and I were together we played around with various pieces of clothing which both of us had, plus some of my handwork and just generally had a lot of fun! Here she is wearing a cotton gypsy blouse and skirt (which I use as props for my shoots). The cushion on the left is one that I sewed, crocheted and embroidered myself. Her headdress is a few material flowers that someone gave to me when they were spring cleaning and I made it into a garland for her hair.

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Ella has the most beautiful blue eyes! So sweet and gentle!

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Here Ella is wearing a shawl which I got for a ‘song’ at the Helderberg Hospice Shop called 2nd Debut.  They have the most amazing bargains sometimes and it is a great place to go if you are a photographer looking for props for your models to wear.

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Here Ella is wearing an old skirt of mine, a crocheted lacey top that I got for a bargain at the Helderberg Hospice Shop, her black top and the black and gold shawl from the Hospice Shop. The shoes she is wearing are her own favourite pair.

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A beautiful portrait shot of Ella.

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A little bit Vintage and Romantic style look with flowers in her hair.

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This one reminds me of Eva Cassidy’s song ‘Fields of Gold’. The shawl is also a secondhand item from Helderberg Hospice Shop.

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I love the lace, the light and the Vintage look on Ella.  Just so Romantic! This dress I also got for a bargain from the Hospice Shop, and I use it as a prop for my portfolio shoots.

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Well what can I say … I love this one of her having fun!

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A true natural beauty enjoying the little forest of trees around her.  I wondered what she was thinking!

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Of course the family cat decided that doing a photoshoot was the place to be so it followed us wherever we went. :-)

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I loved the light shining through her moving hair!

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Here Ella is wearing her own jeans, a very old  top that I bought secondhand years ago which I tie-dyed and an old cotton headscarf also bought secondhand years ago.

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Whatever Ella wears it always looks good on her!

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…. and finally the Kitty Cat getting in on the act!

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09
Oct
13

Just a quick shoot!

My friend phoned me up and asked whether I could do a quick half hour shoot for her friend’s daughter’s Matric Farewell. I was to meet at my friend’s house as she had a garden that would be great for the backgrounds. Well when Celomi walked in, I was completely blown away by her beauty.  A natural beauty who was not only beautiful on the outside, but beautiful on the inside as well. She was with her boyfriend Rikus and her mom who I knew from the past. Hope you enjoy the images and let me know if you would like to book me for a Matric Farewell Shoot for 2014! :-)

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09
Oct
13

Love these children and the family!

A few weeks ago I got a phone call from someone who said she had bid for a photoshoot with me at the Helderberg Animal Welfare Fundraiser and had won and could she possibly book a date for a photoshoot.  I said sure and we made a date a few days later. They live in one of the most beautiful areas in the Helderberg Basin and when I arrived at their home I was met by two of their children and two dogs. Eventually once I got through the gate I had the great pleasure of meeting mom, dad, their son, two daughters, two dogs and two cats. We had so much fun and I so enjoyed the areas of their property where I could shoot. It made for a much more relaxed shoot for the family to have it done at their home. At a certain stage they were struggling to get their youngest daughter, Kayleigh, to co-operate, as she wanted to go and play on her own in her room, so I asked her whether she would show me where she was playing in her room and this broke the ice and I got her to open up. We had so much fun! Here is the result of some of the images I took that day.

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Meet Kayleigh, Wyatt and Roxy, three beautiful siblings who get on so well together. I actually love these children so much I offered to babysit them! :-)

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Roxy is a real natural and I will definitely try get her to do a portrait shoot on her own. She is so relaxed in front of the camera and really seems to enjoy it. She is the middle child and such a lovely personality.

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Kayleigh is the baby of the family and is a little shy of the camera, but is in a world of her own once you get her into her room with her toys, guitar, hamster etc. etc. She opens up like a beautiful flower telling you all about everything that she loves. She reminded me a lot of myself at that age.

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Then we have Wyatt, the eldest. A gentle spirit who loves animals and his family.  What a joy to meet such a lovely young man who is so well mannered and respectful, and I know that it is because of his parents and his upbringing.

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Meet Woody, their very old little dog who tried to follow us down the stairs even though it was difficult to get there with his short little legs. A real little sweetie and very close to the whole family, especially Wyatt.

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Then we have the cat, Ginger, who is a real beauty and very playful.

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The cutest of the bunch is of course, the yorkie, Chase! You just want to cuddle him!  The day I dropped of their photographs he got out and we couldn’t see where he was and then we eventually saw these two little ears sticking out above the grass of the field next door and realised he was after the guinea fowls.

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Meet Dad, Gerald, with his son Wyatt. Such a wonderful buddy relationship with this father and son. Both have a really wonderful sense of humour and love to tease each other. His wife, Dawn, who won the prize prefered not to be included in the blog, but maybe you should take a look at what she does as she is the abstract artist in the family and your will find her work here!

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While I was doing the shoot I came across this ‘heart’ in the bark of a tree!

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Roxy showing me her modelling skills!

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Kayleigh in her bedroom cuddling her very big teddybear! Comfort!

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Here Wyatt is cuddling his best friend, Woody, while sharing a moment with Roxy on the steps, but Chase is also looking for attention from Wyatt.

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Pretty Roxy the natural!

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Kayleigh sharing a special close moment with her dad, Gerald!

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Roxy sitting against a huge tree on their property with the river that runs through their property in the background.

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Kayleigh introduced me to her little hamster that lives in a cage in her room. What a cute little face it has!

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This very lucky cat, Ginger, has the most scratch poles any cat could ever wish for!  I’m sure our cat wouldn’t mind visiting there.

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Roxy having a fun moment with her dad!

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Kayleigh giving me a beautiful smile in her bedroom with the lovely morning light coming through her windows.

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Pose for me please Roxy! :-)

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Wyatt with his cute little yorkie, Chase. Love this one of the two of them.

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Thank you so much for allowing me into your home to meet and capture these memories of your family!




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