Deidre & Terrick’s E-shoot | Pampoenkraal | Cape Town

I recently ran a competition in conjunction with Dina Baroutsos from My Wedding Web. What started out as a simple “Win an E-shoot with Dee During Photography”took legs and became quite a thing.

The lucky couple – Deidre & Terrick – ended up winning a fabulous make-over with Linda Cook, a dress and suit for the day, a limo ride to and from the venue, a picnic at Pampoenkraal which coincidentally happens to be their wedding venue anyway, an afternoon shoot with me and a Photo Book to round it all off.

What a divine couple to photograph! They arrived from a guesthouse in Durbanville in their own private Limo (blinged up with neon lights and smoke machine, champers and sounds) – it must have been quite a ride.  A mischievous lass, Deidre definitely took the lead and Terrick –  cuteness personified just went with the flow.   We traipsed around in the lush greenness that is Pampoenkraal, hardly illicitating a look from the cows and horses grazing in the far off fields.  The couple had a  lunch packed for them thanks to the venue and after a bit of posing and giggles, they settled down to snack on their picnic.  Love the pix of them re-enacting the proposal with Dee pretending to turn him down! Best wishes with the wedding guys. Hope the happiness and love just continues to flourish.
 
 

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Newborn Photography Top 10 Tips & Ideas

NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY | BABY LIAM | GORDONS BAY | 4 APRIL 2012

Newborn Photography is a challenge.  Don’t get me wrong, I LUUURVE a challenge and its not that I’m uncomfortable with Newborns,  not at all.I love to hold them and I’m confident being around them, having had two of my own. Its more the apparent rigidity of the “the backdrop”, “the props”, “the little hats and beanies” that seems to go along with the whole “newborn shoot”.  Like most of us, I went out and bought a few of them.  I’ve got the black backdrop. Even bought some fun material for a bit of variety, but I have realised that aside from the fact that everyone seems to be doing this and Newborn shoots are all looking rather similar, its just not my style.

I want to tell more of a story. To somehow convey the scene I was seeing and how the people involved were feeling at the time. Recording the simplicity, love and beauty that is a Newborn child!

As my own style is emerging, I’ve realized that aside from telling a story, keeping things real, original and emotive – I like to feel out the essence of the situation that I’m shooting. Does that make sense? Semantics is loosing me (ha!)

Anyway – this is a little shoot i did with the very delicious Liam who is in fact brand new son to one of my husbands’ cousins (work that one out frederick). He was way way more wakker than I expected him to be at 6 days old but precious-ness personified. We didn’t have much time as we were on our way to the Breede River for the Easter Weekend so – snatched moments with mom were all we could manage. Wish I had had the whole morning and a bit more light.

TOP 10 TIPS FOR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY:

  1. Turn off your flash.  Look for that beautiful natural light coming through a bedroom window or illuminating the changing area in the nursery.
  2. Make a list of the images you want to get especially that one shot you can’t live without’
  3. Photograph newborns between 1 – 9 days as they usually a lot sleepier and less active
  4. SAFETY – prime importance here obviously.  Bring a beanbag and use composite shots where necessary.
  5. Keeping the area warm.  You need to leave the shoot sweating.  Consider bringing a heater.
  6. Get close.  Those macro shots of fingers, toes, drool, wrinkles, little belly buttons – irresistable
  7. Put them in and on things.  Find stuff that is personal to the family.  Old blankies.  Beautiful throws.  All the new blankies the baby has yet to use.  Gorgeous fruit bowls.  Suitcases.  Anything antique or vintagey.
  8. Relax.  Its important for the mom (especially if she’s a first timer) to feel that the photographer knows what she is doing.  If you give off relaxed vibes, handling the newborn baby with confidence, the mom will tend to relax.
  9. Make sure you wash your hands (often).
  10. Always support the newborn babies head in upright poses.

LOOK OUT FOR MY NEXT POST WHICH WILL INCLUDE A CHECKLIST FOR PHOTOGRAPHING NEWBORNS.

 

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Wedding Photography | Cape Town | Armand & Tracey

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~I was so chuffed when Tracey asked me if I would photograph her wedding after having taken the photographs at her sister, Charlene’s, wedding in January of 2011.

Looking through the images you will see that although it was a fairly relaxed, lunchtime affair, so much care and effort was put into making it a perfect day. Set in the beautiful garden of their family home. Capturing every detail from the blushing bride (when she took the grooms left hand instead of his right to put the ring on when saying their vows) to the fab decor on the tables thanks to her good friend Donna (click here for more info on Donna at The Black Smiths) and the ever so yummy food lovingly supplied by The Larder!

Here’s wishing Armand and Tracey many years of happiness, understanding and compassion.  Thanks for letting me share your day (from behind my lens).

~ Dee