Rachel Turns 1 | Pretoria Children & Family Photographer

November 28th, 2013

This gorgeous little miracle turned 1 in October and I was invited to her party.  I can’t believe it has been a whole year since she was born and I went to the hospital to photograph her at just a few hours old.

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Pretoria Children & Family Photographer
Pretoria Children & Family Photographer

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Family Shoot in the Drakensberg | Pretoria Family Photographer

October 27th, 2013

I recently did a very special family shoot in the Drakensberg.  Treasure your family and make sure you tell them how much you love them every single day.

Drakensberg, Pretoria Family Photographer
Drakensberg, Pretoria Family Photographer
Drakensberg, Pretoria Family Photographer
Drakensberg, Pretoria Family Photographer

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Drakensberg Sun New Terrace Menu

May 21st, 2013

Chef Andrew Robertson, the Executive Chef at Drakensberg Sun, asked me to photograph the new Terrace Menu for the Hotel.  While I was there I got to taste many of the menu items, and let me tell you there were delicious!!  If you visit there you are guaranteed not only spectacular views, but absolutely fabulous food too.

 Food Stylist and Photographer

Food Stylist & Photographer

Food Stylist & Photographer

Food Stylist & Photographer

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Abu Dhabi Part 4 – Ferrari World & the City | Pretoria Photographer

March 3rd, 2013

Unfortunately we did not go into Ferrari World.  We were supposed to go with the group but golf went on longer than anticipated and we ran out of time in the day.  J and I did manage to make it there and have a look around the entrance and the shop, but we didn’t manage to go on any rides inside the pay area.

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Pretoria Photographer, Lifestyle Photographer, Family Photographer, Boudoir Photographer
Pretoria Photographer, Lifestyle Photographer, Family Photographer, Boudoir Photographer

 

Abu Dhabi is a beautiful city.  It is clean, you don’t see so much as a sweet wrapper laying around in the streets.  The grass verges are manicured (not just cut occasionally) and the flower beds are immaculate.

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Pretoria Photographer, Lifestyle Photographer, Family Photographer, Boudoir Photographer
Pretoria Photographer, Lifestyle Photographer, Family Photographer, Boudoir Photographer

Besides being so clean, Abu Dhabi is the most family friendly city I have visited.  The pedestrian crossings have timed lights so you can see exactly how much time you have left to cross the road.

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Then we were off to Dubai for 3 days
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Pretoria Photographer, Lifestyle Photographer, Family Photographer, Boudoir Photographer
Pretoria Photographer, Lifestyle Photographer, Family Photographer, Boudoir Photographer
Pretoria Photographer, Lifestyle Photographer, Family Photographer, Boudoir Photographer

Next stop Dubai …

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Abu Dhabi Part 3 – Desert Safari | Pretoria Photographer

February 27th, 2013

L’s friends in Abu Dhabi organised for us to go on a desert safari.  For those of you who don’t know what this is let me explain.  You get into a 4×4 with your group, they take you into the desert.  When you reach the soft sand they stop and let some of the air out of the tyres.  They then take you on the drive of your life.  If you are prone to getting sea sick you are pretty much guaranteed to be sick on this drive.  I do not get sea sick, fortunately for everyone in the car with me.  However, I was terrified out of my wits.  I should have known there was trouble on the way when I saw the padded roll bar inside the car!!!  I couldn’t get awesome pics because I was seated in the back.  You can take my word though that watching the car in front go flying over, down and around dunes was spectacular and hair raising at the same time.  When the roller coaster ride is over, they take you to a Bedouin camp where you are treated to traditional Bedouin food, belly dancers, the men doing their dances, falcon show, camel rides, dune surfing and henna tattoos.  All in all it was a wonderful, hair raising and exhausting evening :-)  Definitely worth it.
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Abu Dhabi Part 2 – Emirates Palace Hotel | Pretoria Photographer

February 26th, 2013

In this post I’m going to share with you the spectacular Emirates Palace Hotel.  Again, WOW and amazing and just spectacular.  One of the “must do” items when in a hotel of this calibre is to visit the bathrooms.  The ladies was exactly the same as the hotel, perfect and opulent.  We were visiting the hotel with another couple.  The husband went to the bathroom too.  Apparently in the mens bathroom there is an attendant who sprays soap into your hand, turns on the tap for you and then hands you a clean towel!!  The ladies had no such service we had to spray our own soap, turn on the tap for ourselves and even collect our own towel from a basket.
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Abu Dhabi Part 1- Sheikh Zayed Mosque | Pretoria Photographer

February 24th, 2013

I recently had the good fortune to travel to Abu Dhabi and Dubai on holiday.  Actually it was a golf tour, L played golf, J and I toured :)  We had an absolutely glorious time.  I have spent the past week going through my photos and trying to decide what to post (and catching up on washing, ironing and admin).  I have decided to break it up into smaller posts so that you are not overwhelmed.  This is the first part of the trip and covers the Sheikh Zayed Mosque.  I was so overwhelmed with the absolute opulence of this building.  It was truly spectacular and I really wanted to devote a single blog post to the beauty of this building.  Some of the photos of the mosque are from weird angles, you will notice that there was tape and cones up preventing us from walking wherever we wanted to.  I was trying to get shots without the awful red tape and cones.  I hope I manage to convey the enormity and beauty of this magnificent structure to you.

Pretoria Photographer, Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Pretoria Photographer Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Pretoria Photographer Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Pretoria Photographer Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Pretoria Photographer Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Pretoria Photographer Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Pretoria Photographer Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Pretoria Photographer Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Pretoria Photographer Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Pretoria Photographer Sheikh Zayed MosqueThe Mosque has seven imported chandeliers from Germany that incorporate millions of Swarovski crystals. The largest chandelier is the second largest known chandelier inside a mosque, the third largest in the world and has a 10 m diameter and a 15 m height
Pretoria Photographer Sheikh Zayed MosqueThe 99 names (qualities or attributes) of God (Allah) are featured on the Qibla wall in traditional Kufic calligraphy
Pretoria Photographer Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Pretoria Photographer Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Pretoria Photographer Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Pretoria Photographer Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Pretoria Photographer Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Pretoria Photographer Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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Corporate & Social Media Portrait

January 27th, 2013

Frank needed updated portrait headshots for his CV as well as his LinkedIn Profile.  We got together on Saturday morning and did a few formal photographs.  We didn’t have time for the more casual photographs as he had urgent work that he needed to attend to and we decided to get to the social media photographs another time.
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Corporate and Social Media Photographer Pretoria
Corporate and Social Media Photographer Pretoria

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Christmas Lights in Pretoria | Pretoria Photographer

December 17th, 2012

On Saturday night J and I went up the road to go and see the Christmas lights.  I don’t think this is as well known as the lights in Lawley Street, and it is certainly not as big, but it is wonderful.  There are about 4 houses that are all on one corner who really go all out and have literally covered their houses in lights.  One house has statues outside of the 3 wise men, another has a laser show on the wall of their house and another has their lights flashing in time to music!  It is absolutely wonderful and is a huge hit with the locals.  Last night I took a blanket along and J and I sat on the grass in front of the “music house” and just listened to music and watched people walking and driving past.  It is so festive and really creates a sense of community.  We will definitely be going back a few nights (if there is no rain) and enjoy the atmosphere.
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Pretoria Photographer, Christmas Lights Pretoria
Pretoria Photographer, Christmas Lights Pretoria
Pretoria Photographer, Christmas Lights Pretoria
Pretoria Photographer, Christmas Lights Pretoria
Pretoria Photographer, Christmas Lights Pretoria
Pretoria Photographer, Christmas Lights Pretoria
Pretoria Photographer, Christmas Lights Pretoria
Pretoria Photographer, Christmas Lights Pretoria
Pretoria Photographer, Christmas Lights Pretoria
Pretoria Photographer, Christmas Lights Pretoria
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Fun Family Shoot | Pretoria Family Photographer

December 16th, 2012

Lyndsay contacted me and said she wanted a “Fun” Family Shoot.  She didn’t want formal poses, or everyone dressing alike.  She wanted it to be as relaxed and natural as possible.  We met at Struben Dam Bird Sanctuary on Saturday morning to do their photos.  Her eldest 2 were very excited when they saw the venue, the large open spaces, water and trees really appealed to them.

I had so much fun with them.  Lots of laughter and lots of being goofy made for a fun morning and some stunning memories captured too. Have a look and judge for yourself :)
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Pretoria Photorgapher, Family Portrait Photographer, Childrens Photographer
Pretoria Photorgapher, Family Portrait Photographer, Childrens Photographer

Look at her gorgeous big blue eyes!!
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Uncles can just be so silly sometimes ;)
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Pretoria Photorgapher, Family Portrait Photographer, Childrens Photographer
Pretoria Photorgapher, Family Portrait Photographer, Childrens Photographer
Pretoria Photorgapher, Family Portrait Photographer, Childrens Photographer
Pretoria Photorgapher, Family Portrait Photographer, Childrens Photographer
Pretoria Photorgapher, Family Portrait Photographer, Childrens Photographer
Pretoria Photorgapher, Family Portrait Photographer, Childrens Photographer
Pretoria Photorgapher, Family Portrait Photographer, Childrens Photographer
Pretoria Photorgapher, Family Portrait Photographer, Childrens Photographer
Pretoria Photorgapher, Family Portrait Photographer, Childrens Photographer
Pretoria Photorgapher, Family Portrait Photographer, Childrens Photographer
Pretoria Photorgapher, Family Portrait Photographer, Childrens Photographer
Pretoria Photorgapher, Family Portrait Photographer, Childrens Photographer

Formal Family Photograph
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Mad Hatter Family
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Pretoria Photorgapher, Family Portrait Photographer, Childrens Photographer

The biggest little dude loved the bridge and wanted his photo taken on the bridge
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