There is a lot to be said for country living. Well. I guess I’m not much of a city gal so for me – there’s everything to be said about country life and Clare and her family certainly embody what this is all about.
As well as living with 8 horses, 2 jacks, about 100 endemic dwarf chameleons, the odd cat and who knows what else, Clare grows the most amazing veggies. If you join her gym class at Fordoun (she’s a real tyrant) you’re more than likely to come home with a gorgeous, fresh, organic head of broccoli (and a very sore body). I have to say, I’m looking forward to her future crop of asparagus!!!
Its quite clear where this family’s passion lies and it was a complete pleasure to capture them in their home environment. This is why I particularly enjoy “location-style” shoots as opposed to in studio with flash. People are generally uncomfortable in front of the camera so it takes awhile to warm up and chill out. When a family are in their own space its a lot easier to chill and actually enjoy the experience rather than feeling spare and wondering what to do with oneself.
Thanks Kent brood. In the words of the great non-president: “I’ll be back!”
I have to say – even tho’ I’ve said it before – I LOVE MY JOB! One of the most amazing things about being a photographer in this glorious part of the world, is visiting the farms and the families who live there. Each one so different but so beautiful in their own unique way.
So it was, my privilege and my pleasure to capture the Walker Family on their farm somewhere in the hills of Mooi River. Paula had been given a voucher for a family shoot at her baby shower. The little bump that was, is now the most precious sausage with cheeks that are so squishable you have to control yourself. Big Sister Molly is a delicious little person totally unto herself and Paula and Ryan – two very special peeps we are lucky enough to have in this neck of our woods.
Here you go guys xxxx
Kylie & Gerric flew in from the UK to KZN for their wedding at the gorgeous Cranford Country Lodge. Situated on the R103 near Currys Post, Cranford is an absolutely stunning venue for “country-chic” weddings. From the minute I met Kylie (bearing in mind we’d only ever communicated over email), I knew I liked her. Warm, welcoming and with abundant personality we fell into an easy relationship straight away. Her huge eyes and Greta Garbo style intrigued me the minute I had her in my lens :-). Not forgetting her husband, Gerric. A gentle giant with an easy humour and an observant eye. It was quite obvious that Gerric was madly in love with his wife-to-be. The two met as young teenagers sharing the same high school lift club. From what I recall of the speeches Kylie didn’t even look twice :-). Or was it the other way around?? However, the pair soon got over themselves and got together in the matric holidays. Think we are talking 12 years ago now. Gerric proposed by flying Kylie down to Cape Town, driving through Stellenbosch, then along the coast and finally checking into a romantic, luxury beach lodge in Hout Bay. On the second evening, sundowners in hand, sun slinking low below the horizon, he got down on the proverbial bended knee……. So much laughter, and tears to match, the wedding was a study in procrastination. Only joking. The wedding was absolutely sublime. The mist that drew in slowly and eventually descended like a blanket on the proceedings only served to add to the mood and mystical quality of the afternoon and evening. Thank you once again Kylie and Gerric for the wonderful privilege of capturing your wedding memories. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
ALL THE LITTLE DETAILS, PREPARATIONS AND THE CEREMONY
We were blessed with the most beautiful wintry afternoon light for this family photo shoot. There was also no shortage of posing and monkey-business going on. Loved the absolute spontaneity that characterised these two precious little sausages. They really made me giggle. Beautiful, Beautiful family. And shooting on Gowrie Farm was also quite pleasant with the amazing scenery, autumn leaves lying everywhere and the beautiful soft duskiness of the afternoon. And then it got cold and we had to go in for some wine. So very pleasant. Thanks guys.