31
Oct
14

Hilton & Agnetha’s Engagement Shoot

In just under a month my hubby and I will be photographing and videoing one of our South African Paralympian Heroes, Hilton Langenhoven, at his wedding to his beautiful fiancé, Agnetha Jeftha.  My sister, Tanya Swanepoel, who passed away in 2006 of Ovarian Cancer, was a good friend of Hilton as well and he told me that she was a wonderful mentor to him when he first started taking part.  Hilton and Agnetha met in 2011 at a Sporting event hosted by the minister of  Sport at the time. The athletes returned from the World Championships and a tea was arranged for the Western Cape athletes.  Agnetha was working at this event and Hilton saw this girl in the room and told himself that he I needed to chat to her. They then made small conversation in the lift and 7 months later they met again through a sports event where Agnetha happened to approach Hilton and asked him to be a mentor for the Western Cape team participating in the SA Games and after that engagement, he saved her contact number.  Returning from SA Games they stayed in touch, and during December 2011 they had more frequent chats and he asked her if she’s seeing anyone.  In January 2012 he invited her to his flat in Stellenbosch, to watch a Liverpool match, a team they both support.  After that he invited her for the best milkshake in town, then for lunch… and after that… let’s just say…. the rest is history….!  I recently did their Engagement Shoot and here are just a few photographs from that shoot. Hoping that you will enjoy looking at them and come back once I have photographed their wedding as well.  I loved working with them both and I am really looking forward to shooting their wedding on the 29th November 2014.

 

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Hilton Langenhoven - South African Paralympian and Medalist

Hilton Langenhoven – South African Paralympian and Paralympic Medalist

 

 

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Agnetha Jeftha - Hilton's Fiancé

Agnetha Jeftha – Hilton’s Fiancé

 

 

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Hilton and Agnetha enjoying the beautiful Radloff Park on a sunny day.

Hilton and Agnetha enjoying the beautiful Radloff Park on a sunny day.

 

 

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Save the date for the wedding of this very special couple - 29th November 2014.

Save the date for the wedding of this very special couple – 29th November 2014.

 

 

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A kiss that says it all!

A kiss that says it all!

 

 

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Down by the river at Radloff Park sharing this special time together just a few more weeks to go to their wedding.

Down by the river at Radloff Park sharing this special time together with just a few more weeks to go to their wedding.

 

 

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Sharing a special moment of happiness together.

Sharing a special moment of happiness together.

 

 

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Chilling together at the water's edge.

Chilling together at the water’s edge.

 

 

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Happiness is .... time spent with the person that you LOVE!

Happiness is …. time spent with the person that you LOVE!

 

 

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Fancy meeting you here!

Fancy meeting you here!

 

 

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You are the girl of my dreams!

You are the girl of my dreams!

 

 

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Love is all around us in this beautiful place on this magnificent afternoon.

Love is all around us in this beautiful place on this magnificent afternoon.

 

 

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Here's lookin' at you kid!

Here’s lookin’ at you kid!  He stole her heart and she is going to steal his last name.

 

 

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Life is great with the your best partner in the world.

Life is great with the your best partner in the world.

 

 

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Hugs for my special lady!

Hugs for my special lady!

 

 

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The area that Hilton grew up in and which is so close to his heart and which he is able to share with the woman that he loves.

Land-en-Zeezicht the area that Hilton grew up in, is so close to his heart and which he is able to share with the woman that he loves.

 

 

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Running on the sports fields of Radloff Park with the beautiful Helderberg in the background.

Running on the sports fields of Radloff Park with the beautiful Helderberg in the background.

 

 

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Keep up with me and I will love you forever. :-)

Keep up with me and I will love you forever. :-)

 

 

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Having fun together!

Having fun together!

 

 

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We're having the time of our lives together.  Trying to get the 'Dirty Dancing' lift! :-)

We’re having the time of our lives together. Trying to get the ‘Dirty Dancing’ lift! :-)

 

 

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Our lives are going to be a walk in the park because we trust our lives to our Saviour!

Our lives are going to be a walk in the park because we trust our lives to our Saviour!

 

 

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Man Oh Man ... I love you!!!!!

Man Oh Man … I love you!!!!!

 

 

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Watch this space for the one of the weddings of the year!

Watch this space for the one of the weddings of the year!

 

 

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What a magnificent day and a beautiful couple!  Excitement is high for the 29th November 2014.

What a magnificent day and a beautiful couple! Excitement is high for the 29th November 2014.

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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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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Valentine's Day Special

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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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