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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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2 Responses to “Ella before moving to Australia”


  1. 1 Edith H.Katzenellenbogen
    October 16, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Laurette: This was an amazing shoot with ‘n “beeldskone” meisie. WELL DONE! So proud of your work. I just love every ensemble and the settings you chose so aptly. Without a doubt, this is your niche. Hope you get to do many more like this. BRAVO! Love, Katzie


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