Thursday, May 28, 2009

The elusive boy

Joubert is so difficult to capture at the moment, I'm always happy if he just looks half decent in a picture. I received his school photographs this week, you should see the fake smile he put on for those! I just had to buy them to show him how ridiculous he looked when he is older (;
But these two images captures him in a way that more reflects who is really is... at least to me!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I was approached by a make-up student to do some glamour shots for her portfolio. This isn't my normal thing, but what a whole lot of fun I had! This is just a small sample.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Red beads

I used these beads in a recent shoot, because I thought that they would make an interesting prop, but mostly to hold this 10 month old baby's attention as they can be so difficult to keep still! I actually liked the way they came out much more than I anticipated - these are just a few fun shots. Keep an eye on my other site for more of these to come.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

De Mond Nature Reserve

De Mond is a tiny nature reserve on the coast of the Overberg region, halfway between Struisbaai and Arniston. It's a place of awesome beauty with a pristine beach that stretches for miles and miles. I absolutely loved exploring this extraordinary place and listening to the silence walking along the river, until suddenly, one reaches the dunes and starts to hear the roar of the ocean. Definitely another favourite!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Roadside entertainment

When we returned from our trip to Cape L'Agulhas to our rented cottage in Arniston, we took a dirt road shortcut that ran through several farms. I just had to stop to photograph some of the hundreds and hundreds of sheep we saw. I found them hilarious to watch, and the noise! They were not impressed with our presence at all and immediately moved away from the fence, complaining loudly, when we got out of the car. But curiousity soon got the better of them and they wathed me intently (all the while carrying on at the tops of their voices) while I snapped away.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


I've been enjoying my Canon so much that I almost never take out my old Olympus (in fact, I've been acting like a real snob around the old faithful camera...). I have a 14 - 42mm Olympus lens that I sometimes use to capture landscapes, but since landscapes aren't really my forte, it lies mostly forgotten in my camera case unless Henk plays around with it. But now that I've looked through these images, I'm quite impressed with what the lens can do and have remembered why I liked the Olympus so much in the first place. I think I should try it out more often.

These shots were taken at Cape L'Agulhas, the southern most tip of Africa.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

Photostory Friday: Two ways to come down a hill

On our recent trip to Arniston, the kids really enjoyed the sand dunes that the area is famous for. Joubert, having had three years more experience than Emma, can navigate the dunes without much trouble and almost never ends up with sand in his face. Emma, though, is a different story... She was very keen to start on this new adventure and enthusiastically followed her brother up the dune...

...quickly falling behind when he started running after the seagulls...

...and finally gave up altogether.

She soon realised that the way down might be much easier and promptly stood up and at first started walking down hill. Gravity got the better of her though and walking turned into running and then uncontrolled flying with high sounds of glee. Off course this couldn't end well - she ending up falling forwards and actually stood straight on her head for what felt like several seconds, before keeling over, mouth, eyes, ears and entire face full of sand. Needless to say, I was too shocked and horrified to capture the moment, but after Henk and I established that she was okay, we had a good laugh about it.

Joubert on the other hand gently rolled down the hill in a controlled fashion...

...not giving his mother a heart attach at a much too young age...

...starting and ending with the same enjoyment...

...and even pausing to smile for the camera. (Despite the mad hair, hehe)

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