“She is clothed with strength and dignity, she has no fear of tomorrow, she laughs at the days to come (Prov 31;25)

I would like to introduce you to an amazing woman who I don't just have the pleasure of knowing, but I also had the pleasure of photographing. Meet Lizane van Aarde, owner of Woman of Worth Image Consulting (www.wowimageconsulting.co.za) Lizane doesn't just help you find colours and styles that suit you, she takes you on a journey of self-discovery where her goal is to help woman see themselves as God sees them, uniquely beautiful, fearfully and wonderfully made. She doesn't refer to her company as "my business", but rather "my ministry". Every time I see her or speak to her, I walk away feeling fuller, as though my soul has been fed. She has such a beautiful calling on her life and she has helped transform so many women from the inside out. We got together two months ago to do a personal branding shoot for her.


I asked her " How do you envision your shoot?" she said I really want my true self depicted, soft, natural and strong. I must admit this shoot was very different, not so much in how it looks, but how it felt. For those of you who follow my work, you know that capturing someone's true reflection is my creative why when it comes to women portraiture. It's also somewhat of a spiritual journey for me and Lizane's session was so much deeper than just a photo shoot.


I do love the journey of creating the perfect session for each of my clients. An all-rounded experience where you're celebrated and pampered. This was definitely a personal branding shoot with a twist.

Flawless hair and makeup was done by Merlize Du toit


#womanofworth

#personalbranding

#womemportraits

#studioportraiture

#capetownportraitphotographer


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Vow Renewal at The Oyster Box

It all started with a romantic getaway for their 10-year wedding anniversary. Then Irene and Toni asked Ginny from The Oysterbox Hotel (www.oysterboxhotel.com) if it would be possible to have an intimate ceremony during their stay there, preferably on the day of their anniversary. Not only was it possible, but the hotel went out of their way to make the occasion special and treated the couple like royalty.


Now before I continue writing this, let me confess my bias for this specific assignment. You see, Irene is also my baby sister and 10 years ago she married the love of her life Antonio, who I now consider my baby brother, so a lot of love went into this day. Well, significantly more love than I usually put into my work. So when Irene called me and asked if I would be willing to fly out for the day to capture this special occasion, of course there was zero hesitation. Not only did I get to witness this very intimate ceremony with my sister (it was only the couple and a pastor), I also had the opportunity to shoot at one of my bucket-list venues.


It was an early start to the day, I was on the 6 am flight from Cape Town to Durban where I was met by hotel transport, quite the luxury experience. When we arrived at the gorgeous hotel, the events manager Ginny Eslick was waiting to welcome me. Irene was already being beautified by local makeup artist Natasha Shannon. She looked flawless. Then it was time for big sis (that's me) to do her hair, styled with a beautiful comb that our mom sent along as a gift.


The ceremony took place on the balcony of their ocean-view suite, that's why you'll see the infamous lighthouse in the background of some of the images. The balcony was beautifully decorated by Sues Wedding Flowers. Pastor Wessel Wessels spoke such a beautiful blessing over the couple and it was just the perfect start to the day. A few friends and family joined in via Zoom.


I have only been to Durban a handful of times in my life, but never once experienced rainy weather. On the one hand it was a blessing, the pool area was empty and free for us to do the couple's portrait session, but it also meant rushing inside as soon as the showers hit again. Fortunately, this one of a kind hotel had the most beautiful spots to shoot at, so we were spoiled for choice and if I didn't have a return flight I would have probably kept shooting. This experience for me, was one for the books and I feel blessed.


#theoysterboxhotel

#suesweddingflowers

#natashashannonhairandmakeup

#vowrenewal

#southafricanweddingphotographer

#destinationweddings

#capetownweddingphotographer

#canonsa


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On a windy afternoon in Cape Town, Andries, Ebette and I ventured onto Strand Beach to commemorate their 8th wedding anniversary. Now this wasn't just any couple's session. They're two of our dearest friends. In fact, Andries and my husband were roommates at university and have been best friends ever since and Ebette and I connected instantly when they started dating that I ended up having the honour of being one of her bridesmaids. If you understand how deeply I feel about the people who's portraits I capture, you'll have only a vague idea of how extra special this shoot was for me

We started the day off how any shoot should start, with Ebette getting her hair and makeup professionally done in my home studio by Renske from www.blushmomentsbyrenske.co.za.

I have had the pleasure of working with Renske on a few projects and always such a pleasure. Ebette was very pleased with her final look!


Ebette was styled by herself. Working as a CA(SA), she is also a qualified image consultant, helping women to dress for success. Find her on FB and IG Ebette Image Consultant & Stylist.

What a gorgeous power couple and oh my goodness were they easy to capture! The love between these two is so tangible they made my job effortless as they just glided through the session. Andries wasn't to keen on going in the water, because as unpredictable as Cape Town weather is, it was a chilly December afternoon. But, luckily he's all about a happy wife and he wanted the session to be everything she envisioned. This elegant beach session was a dream shoot for me. The light was perfect and i opted to use the available light to set the mood. I had to consciously stop shooting, because I could've carried on with these indefinitely.


I'm looking forward to 2022 and capturing many more love stories. See the full gallery below.

#capetownportraitphotographer

#somersetwestphotographer

#coupleshoot

#couplebeachshoot





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