• About Me

    Photography is so much more than just "good pictures". Every man and his dog has a camera these days. Documenting a piece of your life with a camera, whether it's the day you take your vows, or the the photos of your one week old baby: these moments are sacred. Some never to be repeated. Choosing a photographer is a big decision that should be carefully considered.

    I focus primarily on family photography: from maternity, to newborns, to toddlers, to group family shots- I specialize in making the most of your treasured family moments, and giving the precious gift of photography to you.

    I am, myself, just a family girl. I married my knight in shining armour in 2001, and as testament to my love of family, we have 4 wonderful busy boys, and a sweet little daughter who is now in Heaven. I'm a little bit crazy sometimes (which the kiddos love in our shoots) and I love a good giggle. I am also mildly OCD and try to look on life with a half full cup. Preferably of sweet tea.

    But more than that, I am a professional. I respect both your money and your time- and I strive to inspire you with pictures that you love, and hold dear.

    It would truly be an privilege to be your photographer, and share a little bit of what I so love doing, to give you pictures of the people you love a whole lot.

    Photograph credit: Nicole Maurel of Lamplight Photography

This lady

For the last 6 months, I have had this wonderful lady, Cara Nel, assist me with my newborn shoots. It was kind of an internship or mentoring agreement, in that she assisted me, but the off-set was that she would get to learn from me.

Well, today I want to honour that lady. She has given so much of herself over the last few months. The time that she has given to this period of learning, is an investment in herself, and in her business. That takes a huge sacrifice, and I believe is part of the difference between success and failure. It’s one of the biggest mistakes I see in wanna-be-entrepreneurs: they fail to INVEST in themselves. And part of investing in yourself comes out of a BELIEF in yourself. As my husband always tells me: “if you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will”. And that’s been her willingness and sacrifice over the last few months, and I believe it has paid off for her.

But, and this has been the biggest surprise, it’s been so much more than just her learning. Over the last 6 months, Cara has been a huge blessing to me. Huge. She has encouraged me and challenged me. The irony in all of this, is that I have grown in the process of teaching her to grow. Isn’t there such an amazing lesson here to learn? We spend so much time honing in our own skills, and perhaps even investing in ourselves. But then, the second failure, is that we then HOLD onto that learning. We hog it, as if it were our own to begin with. We keep our secrets ours, we dare not tell lest others then become better than us. But what I have always known, but have now experienced first hand, is that when we extend out a hand, and help others, we in turn help ourselves.

There is nothing glorious or noteworthy about hanging onto our gifts and our talents. When we learn to share, and GIVE, the irony is that we gain so very much more.

Cara, thank you. Thank you for your patience, for your kindness and generosity (I am notorious for not drinking enough water, and example of her wonderful heart of generosity, but also her awareness, is that she bought me a LARGE water bottle that I can carry around with me lol). Thank you for your humility, for the laughs, for the friendship. I cannot say enough how much I am going to miss having you around at every shoot.

And while I will still have an assistant from 2016, it is with much sadness for me, that Cara spreads her wings, and has officially started her own photography business. I know there are great things in store for you. Remember to believe in yourself, to always learn, to use your gifts and talent for good, to always remain humble, to remember your roots, and to always keep your (fantastic) sense of humour.

And I got to photograph her special family as well- and here are some of those great shots.

These two kiddos. Love!

How many faces can Cayden pull in 30-seconds? (even more than this!)

When in dress. Must. Twirl.

And be sure to keep an eye out for Cara’s photography business, Starlight Photography.

Now go forth and conquer:)

Nel family

Meet Ava. She was so good for me. And she’s my assistant’s niece, making the shoot all that more special. Such a pretty little girl.. we had a ton of fun.

Naude family

So we missed the mark for a newborn shoot for little Ezra (newborn shoots are done in the first 10 days from delivery)… and so we did a nearly 3 month old shoot with him. I really love this age to photograph… they’re still so LITTLE, but are responsive- even smiling! And Ezra knew he was having a shoot- and pulled out all the stops for me! I also love how curious they are at this age… and Ezra has recently discovered his hands… and man! Those things are In-ter-est-ing.

 

Yes, that down there is NECK wrinkles! Right?! Don’t you LOVE them???

We had a Lion King moment… complete with a Milky Mouth.I love his sleepy eyes… can you believe he had a little suck on his dummy, and then just fell asleep in Daddy’s arms?!  And look at those gorgeous lips of his! I LOVE them!

August Spring Minis

So sporadically through the year, I offer mini shoots- a great cost effective way to update annual family pictures. These are minimum cost for maximum output. Here are some from August’s mini’s:

 

The Symes family:

 

The Taljard family:

The Heydenrych’s:

The Berkeley’s:

The Forrest Family:

I LOVE that Les has her eyes closed in the first picture- so much love right there!

Because a bunny ears photobomb is a must!

Ava and Nikki:

 

The Wilson kiddos:

The Barnard Family (It’s their second mini shoot… and just like the first one *last year* [how did it go so quickly?!?], we had a ton of fun.

And then some fun with friends:

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