The Traveling dress is a project started by Ceazare Joubert. One of her beautiful dresses from #imaginegowns travels from photographer to photographer throughout South Africa and each photographer uses the dress in a styled concept shoot. The results have been breathtaking. Recently, it was my turn to give my interpretation and I was so excited to get Mishka Loesch (www.mishkaloesch.co.za) on board to collaborate. With the help of commercial HMUA & stylist Merlize Du Toit (www.merlize.com) we were able to bring my vision to life for a regal-styled shoot. Mishka, flawlessly and effortlessly captured the essence of a queen and I was just in awe.


The shoot took place at my home studio in Somerset West. I absolutely enjoyed being a part of this project. Do yourself a favour and check out The Travelling Dress- South Africa on Facebook to see the amazing images created with this dress by talented photographers all across South Africa. The dress has left my hands and on to the next photographer here in the Western Cape. When it's done here the next stop is Kwazulu Natal!



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So one of my favourite pass times with my mom is watching the TV Show Suidooster and I'll admit it's currently ranking under my favourite TV shows. I love the stories, the Cape Town culture and the accents. So as most of the fans know, recently they celebrated the wedding of Imraan and Kaashifa and we all followed the tumultuous build up to this special occasion. The thing that stood out the most was the endless arguing as the couple lost sight of the most important thing.....the marriage not the wedding.

So I thought I'd write a blog based on my own personal experience as a bride almost 15 years ago and conversations I've had with brides I've photographed on the day of the wedding.



1. Breathe

Start your day with just being still. Say a little prayer and draw your peace for the day. Meditate on what this day means. You have found the one whom your soul loves and this is start of your lives together. Be in the moment. Take it all in, every, single, moment. Consciously smile as you choose to feel nothing but excitement, butterflies and constant impending tears of joy. Don't allow anything or anyone to steal your joy on this day.


2. Don't sweat the small stuff

I cannot emphasize this enough. You have planned your day to the finest detail. You've done your absolute best. No one is going to know if the flower girl's shoes were suppose to be gold, but because they weren't packed she had to wear the white pumps she came to the venue with. Silly example I know, but on the day, the smallest thing can be the straw that broke the camel's back. So on the day, all you must focus on is getting ready and the love of your life who's going to be waiting for you at the altar.


3. Remember why you chose your bridal squad (bridesmaids)

Your bridesmaids are most likely the first names who jumped to mind right after you made the "we're engaged!" phone calls. So these are ladies who has a proven track record of having your back. So allow them to do their duty. With a good bridesmaid, the bride won't even be aware there was an issue as she anticipates your needs. At least that was my experience with my squad :-)



4. Hydrate and snack

You're probably thinking "duh that goes without saying", but I know the very common "I'm too nervous to eat". Now don't get me wrong, I get that the last thing you want is to bloat or feel like you need the ladies room every 5 minutes, but I can't tell you how many brides I've had feel faint especially if it's a summer's day wedding with an outdoor ceremony. Take tiny sips of water throughout the morning and light snacking as you go.


5. Smile. laugh, cry

In other words, just feel every emotion of the day. This ties in with point 1 and 2. This is goin to be one of the happiest days of your life, with many more to follow. Take in every emotion, but don't allow any negative energies into your space. When you look back on your wedding photographs, it should make your heart smile at the raw emotion that was captured on the day and you'll feel those emotions stir with every image.


I could probably keep going, but these are definitely my top 5.


#suidooster

#bridalpreparation

#weddingdaydosanddonts

#5thingstorememberonyourweddingday

#weddingdaytips


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In December 2020 I decided to do a giveaway on Instagram specifically for a styled maternity shoot to add to my Beautifully Pregnant portfolio. Maternity Photography has always been a beloved genre for me and it had been so long since I did one. So I wanted to bless a mommy-to-be with a beautifully glamourous session. I teamed up with some stunning collaborators to make this shoot possible. Check out their website links below.


Our lovely winner, Azure Heynes, is a true Capetonian and a first time mommy-to-be. She was an absolute joy to photograph and we had the best time creating some timeless keepsake photos for her to cherish for years to come. You'll also catch a glimpse of Azure's husband Chad during the session. These two did not have to pose, their love painted each picture. They met as colleagues and their relationship soon blossomed when they discovered that they were perfect for each other. 2020 was filled with celebrations as they promised forever to each other and got the news that they were expecting their first baby.


I am so happy to have been part of their journey. Maternity photography is just one of those genres that gives you all the warm and fuzzy feels. I hope you enjoy this session as much as I enjoy photographing it.


MUAH: www.makeupexquisite.co.za

Jewellery: www.poppydotsdesign.com

Dress: www.instagram.com/imaginegowns


#maternityphotography

#capetownphotographer

#somersetwestphotographer



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