13
Aug
13

Kelly’s 21st Birthday Lunch

A couple of years ago I met Kelly’s sister, the South African singer Jessica Truter, when I did a photoshoot of a friend’s son’s Matric Social.  Last year I had the wonderful privilege of shooting Jess’s Matric Social and met Kelly there with their mom, Wendy.  Such a wonderful closeknit family of mother and two daughters who obviously love one another very much.  When I saw Kelly, I thought to myself, I would love to do a shoot with her, but could see, and later her mom confirmed it, that she was very shy of being in front of the camera.  So I was thrilled when Wendy contacted me this year to photograph Kelly’s 21st Birthday Party.  What a beautiful looking girl, but not only the outer beauty which is quite evident in the images below, but she is a beautiful person inside as well. My challenge was to get her to relax enough to give her images of herself that she would be happy with and to win her over and get her to feel comfortable enough to want to trust me with doing a portrait shoot in the future. I am so happy to announce that I WON!!!! Can’t wait to do the Portrait shoot with her as she said she also would like a portrait shoot on her own in the future. 🙂

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Beautiful Kelly at her 21st Birthday Party at Brenaissance Wine Farm.

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Kelly with her lovely sister, Jessica Truter.

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Anyone can see where the two girls get their beautiful looks from here!

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Mom, Kelly, Grannie and Jess … three generations of beautiful women.

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Happy together Kelly and her boyfriend Nicolaas Keyser.

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Kelly enjoying the magnificent day at Brennaisance in Stellenbosch.

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Kelly’s beautifully created 21st Birthday cake made by Charlys Bakery.

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Kelly starting to relax in front of the camera.

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Happiness is  ….  sharing a moment with someone you love!

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Two sisters and the best of friends, Kelly and Jess.

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Sharing a joke with her friends!

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Interesting Gift bag which Kelly received. Loved the black and white theme that went with her decor.

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Another look at the Birthday Cake.

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Sharing a fun moment with her beautiful friend, Anke de Wet.

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The whole purpose of this celebration … getting the key to the door to independance.

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A fun gift from one of her guests.

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Kelly didn’t feel she needed to wear this for the duration, so only five seconds was allowed to take the photo.

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What a gorgeous smile that would light up anyone’s life.

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Lovely pink roses – a gift from one of her guests.

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Kelly holding a polaroid photograph that had just been taken of her and Anke.

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A pensive moment in the middle of the celebrations.

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Kelly and Nicolaas

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A beautiful young woman enjoying her day.

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A good-looking couple having a cuddle.

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Such a gorgeous smile of happiness.

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Kelly and Nicolaas sharing a stolen intimate moment with each other.

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The first cold beer to be ordered.

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Beautiful mom, Wendy, watching her daughter enjoying her friends.

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Birthday Balloons creating a Festive mood.

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Champagne to celebrate Kelly’s coming of age.

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3 Responses to “Kelly’s 21st Birthday Lunch”


  1. 1 Wendy Truter
    August 14, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Thank you Laurette for capturing the day and the moments so beautifully!

  2. 2 Rene Knipe
    August 14, 2013 at 4:49 am

    What gorgeous photos of a family of absolutely beautiful women!!! Right from gran, mom, and the two girls!! kelly looks stunning on all her photos ( but that is easy as she is gorgeous!!) Jess and mom and gran …equally gorgeous…I’m running out of superlatives!! Enough!! Everything and everyone on these pics is outstandigly beautiful!! Happy adulthood to Kelly!! Be happy and be blessed! Lots love, R. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  3. 3 Ant West
    August 14, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Awesome photography, Laurette! Very professional too


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