Valentines Shoot | Blaauberg | Cape Town Child Photographer

Child Photographer ~ Dee During


I was recently asked by a friend/colleague of mine, Sharon, if I would take part in a Valentines Day styled shoot that she wanted to set up to promote her business Chic Sugar.  Now, I have met Sharon a few times, follow her FB page  and feel that I  have some idea of her level of gorgeousness.  So – who was i to resist!  We set the date for Sunday, 27th January.  Sharon got the whole thing together including a kissing booth, stationery, make up artiste, 2 little chickens aged 4, cupcakes, sweeties, props and clothing for the kiddies.

We woke up at the crack 0f dawn and the South Easter (I’ve given it capital letters in respect) was HOWLING!  Being brave and industrious souls, we decided to go ahead with it anyway.

As a Child Photographer, I know, one needs patience and it helps when the elements play along.  Photographing little ones in a howling gale is potentially life threatening 🙂

Everyone (and I mean …. everyone) was incredibly patient.  Got on with it and did the best they could in a rather difficult environment.  A few glass goodies broke, heart-shaped balloons got popped on broken mussel shells and things got blown away but all in all, I think we did a grand job.

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With gorgeous red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese topping by Claire from Take the Cake, Kissing Booth, signage and detail on the sweeties by Pretty in Stains and Make-up by Love the Look Make-up.

Thanks everyone for your time, effort and patience and especially Sharon of @Chic Sugar –

If anyone is interested in booking me for their KIDDY BIRTHDAY PARTIES why not give me a call on 0794969761 or email me


StartSelection:0000000199 EndSelection:0000002321 Chic Sugar – (Chic Sugar Custom Candy Buffets)
Sharon Moore (Styling)
Bridget Nywanhewe (assistant)
Phone 084 559 1114
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Take The Cake (Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese topping)
Claire Roberto
Phone 072 982 1818
Facebook: takethecake

Pretty in Stains (Kissing Booth and Candy Buffet Stationery)
Melissa Ketterer
084 439 4747
Facebook: prettyinstains

Love The Look Make Up (Make up)
Linzi Lofthouse
Phone 083 594 3340
Facebook: love the look makeup

Models (Don’t know Yarden’s surname but perhaps better without them):

KZN Wedding Photography | Judy & Richard | Nottingham Road

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I had been looking forward to photographing Rich & Judys’ wedding near Nottingham Road, in the Natal Midlands since the day she asked me (almost a year back).  Firstly, because she is my sister-in-law, secondly because I  know she has great taste and thirdly, I had never been to the Midlands before.

For a wedding planned long-distance for 120 guests, it was an amazingly unstressed, unhurried, well thought out and totally seem-less affair.  A true organiser (or perhaps a very good delegator), Judes had everything sorted without missing a beat.

We got up to the Midlands on the Thursday afternoon and I immediately fell completely in-love.  Feeling right at home from the moment I arrived, I know I’ll be back someday soon.  The ancient oaks, the green rolling hills  sprinkled with gentle spring flowers and spattered at intervals with peaceful, grazing ngunis and most importantly for me, the meandering rivers,  – all served to delight the senses and add to the magic of the occasion.

We started the Friday morning with a superb facial and massage at Brookdale Spa (I was lucky enough to be involved in this too) and the afternoon was spent scouting the different shoot locations.   On Saturday, the simple ceremony was held next door at Farside (the neighbouring farm) in a beautiful stone barn-like building.   Guests  wearing high heels had to troop in high grasses, past the surprised  Nguni’s, to get to the marquee.

The stunning reception was held near a lake on Wildcroft Farm – Richards’ family smallholding – just a short drive from Nottingham Road.

The reception took place in a Marquee near the lake.  With a white palettte, and green and blues reflected in the photobooth umbrellas, flowers and origami birds, the simplicity of the decor resulted in stylish and uncluttered perfection.

Happy Days Richard and Judy.  Hope these bring you many happy memories of what was indeed a superb occasion.

{Popping the question}  – how did you two meet?  Rich and I met at university 18 years ago through mutual friends. We both went our separate ways and then 2 years ago, Rich moved back to South Africa and we sat next to each other at a dinner…followed by a few late night drinks….and as the song goes “it all started with a kiss”. Rich proposed to me in January this year at the open air Vertigo restaurant situated on the 61st floor of the Banyon Tree Hotel in Bangkok.

{Plan to party}  – The whole year around planning the wedding has been memorable. From the origami bird folding session with friends to Rich sourcing my make up artist to the neighbors dogs who joined the ceremony and reception – every moment has been memorable and special.

{Your wedding} – what was unique about it – give a description of your dream. I was never the girl that planned or dreamt about her wedding and had this perfect day in mind – for me it has always been about the story I would tell my children one day around the event and the friends and love and excitement and memories of the day.

{Advice for future brides} Be present and enjoy each moment!


Flowers: Perfect Petals, Nottingham Road, Natal Midlands
Dress: Eve’s Bridal, Illovo and Cavendish,
Hair Wendy, Notties Hair, Nottingham Road, Natal Midlands
Wedding Gown: Eve’s Bridal (Cavendish Square)

Photobooth:  GioBooth (Jhb)

Food:  CHC Catering (Pietermaritzburg)

Make-up: Gayle Davies, Natal Midlands
Bridesmaids Gillian Smith, Robyn Lurie and Jacolet van Heerden
Ceremony Venue Farside Farm, Curry Post Road, Natal Midlands
Reception Venue: Wildcroft Farm, Curry Post Road, Natal Midlands (Groom’s parents farm)

Roy, Lara & Adam’s family photoshoot | Cape Town

Finally got around to doing Lara’s family photoshoot last week.

Every time I saw her in the last couple of years Lar said she REALLY wants to do her family photies at some point.  Eventually I think I just said, “yes”, what-eva 🙂  Seriously tho’ – I honestly thought it would never happen. 

Well,  clearly, it did.  And what an awesome experience and enjoyable few hours it was.  So easy to see that the little dude is the complete apple of both of their eyes.  Talking of eyes – see if you can spot his amazing duo coloured ones !

When I arrived at Rhodes Memorial there was a humungous film shoot going on – they’d taken over the whole area that I wanted to use.  So – we improvised and decided to try a few other spots.  Slightly out of my comfort zone but it worked out well in the end.  I think Roy was relieved he didn’t have to sit on one of the lions anyway, he he.

The light in the late afternoon was so beautiful.  Soft, gentle long shadows and snippets of light dancing on the grass made it look  like it lit from below  Lara looked beautiful, Roy didn’t seem to fazed by the whole photoshoot thing, which I thought he would be – and every so often Adam gave me a beautiful moment which helped capture the ties that clearly bind this beautiful family.  When Adam poked his Dad in the eye with a stick I thoughts its perhaps time to call it a day.   

Thanks guys!  It was real.