Welcome Little Dylan to our world! This little man is quite the champ – two months old and he weighs more than my five month old! Belinda, you got some serious liquid Gold! A hearty WELL DONE!! Cute lil fella! Mummy love… so pure! Im thankful, Belinda, yet another new Mum, was very open to me photographing her breastfeeding. One of the most beautiful things in the world! Such a precious time! Love this! Ah man!
So you are now pregnant. THE rollercoaster has begun! Yeehaa! Ever thought of professionally Photographing your precious new Baby’s Birth Day? I hadn’t. Not until I had my daughter six months ago. It never occurred to me in the slightest. In fact, I was slightly repelled by the idea! I really didn’t fancy the idea of someone taking picture of my ‘you know what’!! With me on that? I came across some professionally done Birth photographs whilst scouting around on the net one day. They were anything but the horrid, gory, graphic pictures I had imagined. They scared the life out of me, I will admit. But they were beautiful. So beautiful. They captured the amazing essence of what was about to happen. They captured a new life. A new breathe. They were simply amazing. No gory bits… just pure emotion. I gave Birth to my Daughter, Eva, on the 10th of April 2012. Although I never had a professional Birth Photographer, I did have a very willing Doula on hand. Robyn Hertog. Although her role as my Doula required other duties, I still handed her my camera – with very strict instructions. No ‘down there’ s! At all! I bet she was […]
Wow, was there some ENERGY in the room during this little shoot! Little Melissa, gorgeous and sweet, but she comes with a whole load of bouncing beans! 😉 And precious little Rebecca, quiet and content, with not a care in the world! Might I say so myself, I am pretty impressed I got some decent shots of these gals with the energies bouncing around! Rebecca getting some Mummy Love! The naughty lil munchkin! Sisterly love!! POW!
It was so lovely to meet and photograph Heather and ‘lil Mr Tristan! So love a mommy who is completely taken by their new little person! Gorgeous little Tristan at 6 weeks old… Absolutely loved how open Heather was to me photographing her breastfeeding. Mommy so absorbed… So precious and beautiful! Only got eyes for Mommy! Cutie bums!! 😉
Yes, I am a little slow… I was clicking through my pics the other day and saw these, and thought to myself, gee, we had a really great Christmas and it deserved some attention! It was our first, after having moved to the Cape, and I was determined not to spend it alone! So in Joburg, we were. It was baby’s first christmas too… in mommy’s tummy! 😉 Lovely little family… These two are quite something together… as you can just imagine! Hmm…. ????!!! An Oh so lovely Xmas lunch by Sam, my sister-in-law… YUM it was! and I did find the home-made mince pies!! Hmm what did father christmas bring me this time?! 😉 Mmm… Scrumptious!!
Dear Eva My heart has never felt bigger. Whilst I was pregnant with you I never really connected. I was so afraid. I feared your impending birth to the depths of me. I feared life with a new baby and I was uncertain as to how I would react to you. Babies were a very unnerving and unknown territory, for me. Sure enough, the scans showed us, and we got more and more excited as the months went on. But a small part of me does feel that I denied you. The day you were born, I admit, I was totally numbed. I don’t think you cried; I don’t remember. I was relieved. My fear totally dissipated and that was all that mattered at the time. As I lay alone in the bath afterwards, your Daddy took you. You connected. In a way that is totally different, but totally wonderful. He has not been the same since. You changed him. He will climb Everest for you Although our initial meeting is, at this point, very vague; it is, now, five months later that really matters. How we have grown. Together. I cannot, and never want to, imagine my life without you. […]
Oh boy… yet another one! I am totally addicted im afraid! There’s no helping me. It was raining out today and so the raindrops entertained us! Oh those lashes… Oh how i absolutely adore this pic… the wonderment! 🙂 So innocent and beautiful.
So when its warm out, my tummy is full, and my bum is in the air… im happy. Just plain happy! 😉 The life of a baba! Mwah Man those toes are edible… And those thighs!! hehe Mom, enough now… ENOUGH!! ;p love it Bum bum bum and a cutie baba smile to end off!
I admit. I am besotted. I am infatuated. I am just plain crazy about her! As each day passes, mothering gets easier. It is True, she grows cuter and cuter! The bond is amazing. It may not happen immediately but it sure does happen and it get stronger and stronger. They say the cord is never really cut – every minute I am away from her, I can feel the tugging. I just do NOT get tired of taking photographs of her! There is the craziness. She is changing so fast its unbelievable and before I blink she will be walking and talking!! Talking for real that is. I shall enjoy this time; I can place her as I wish and take as many photos as I like, because soon she will have me running after her in the garden, attempting to take some photos! No doubt she is going to cringe at the mere sight of these baby pics! She is simply gorgeous!! To me. And so the glaring, at the sight of a camera, begins… 😉
It’s been 12 weeks. 12 weeks since I gave birth to my daughter, Eva Elizabeth. It feels like yesterday. As you lie asleep in your cot, I stare in amazement. I am so incredibly proud of you. Words just cannot even begin to describe. I read my Birth Story over and over – If I had to have only written it now, it would be a totally different story. Less pain and an unbelievably overwhelming TRIUMPH!! I created and gave Birth to YOU!! I get a lump in my throat. It is just beyond me what I have conquered and overcome personally… what is there to fear now?! What a gift I was given being able to give Birth to you naturally. I needed too; for you and me. You are growing beautifully. You are wonderful. You are ever so precious. You are hard work. But you are worth it. What I love about you… The way you nuzzle your face into my neck when you are tired Your, head backward-bum out-legs curled, stretch you do when I pick you up from your nap The way you talk to me – it melts my heart Your delightful smile when you […]
So my Cuzzy, Charmaine, and her Man, Chris, were very eager to do some snazzy posing around UCT! Some UCT security guards… not so eager! So dodging them guards, we went, and searching some nooks, we found! These two have got it made! Well Done you two… what fantastic shots!! The beforehand ‘outfit craziness search’ was well worth it!! ;p Do I just L.O.V.E these red Ivy leaves… Gorgeous Char and her lashes… Damn her!… and a fig all women would die for! sheesh …’these boots are made for walkin’ …some funky reflections! this little creation takes some serious concentration 😉
Robyn is very dear to me… She played a very crucial role in one of the most amazing and difficult times in my life – The Birth of my daughter, Eva. I owe her everything. I have to say, if it weren’t for her (and my dear husband of course!) I might just have given up on a natural birth. BUT, Robyn, with her passion and love for what she does (being a Doula ;p), she gives new Mom’s a new found strength and perseverance. She allows you to feel what you feel and know that it is okay! It’s a BEAUTIFUL thing… Robyn, this is the very least I could do for you… A huge heart-felt THANK YOU! Know that what you did for me and my new family is worth way more than words could ever say!! And thank you for your friendship! This little dude has some crazy energy… definitely kept me (and Mum) on our toes!! A little taste of the crazyness! 😉
The Birth of Baby Eva Elizabeth 10 April 2012 The 2nd of April came and went – our due date. As each day passed (although I knew it to be fairly common to go overdue) the anxiety and suspense escalated still. Now there was a definite unknown… when? Our Doctor, Dr D. Schneider had spoken to us about his plans to go away for two weeks (of which was right over my due date) and the possibility of an induction on the 10th when he returned. That would be eight days overdue. I was never concerned; I never believed I would go overdue, not for a second. Time when by. The start of my birth plan already changed… The realisation of an induction loomed. I was scared out of my mind – I knew, with an induction, that labour could be a lot more intense and there was a real possibility of failure and a resulting caesarean section. Dr had assured me that they would not induce if things were not favourable – yet I still feared it! Deep down, I feared labour actually, to the absolute deepest part of me. I felt that if it happened on its own […]
the apple of our eye 37 weeks; 10 March 2012 Iv’e always wanted to do a maternity shoot, for myself… so between Hubby and me we decided to do a D.I.Y maternity shoot! It’s really not the easiest thing out there, considering I am over obsessive over my photo’s and well, hubby is just not… Off we went on a beautiful Saturday afternoon on a drive out past Grabouw in search of some wheat fields, as this is where I wanted the photos taken. Yet only to find very brown, very short, measly fields of wheat… wrong time of year clearly. Just off the N2, we found a very scenic little road heading towards ‘the valley’. Here, we found some gorgeous lush apple orchards… and with luck on our side, a gap in the fence! How beautiful, lush and green… the perfect setting. And how very appropriate! Now I must say, I am not crazy about being in front of the Camera… but to hell with it, I figured, I want some memories of this precious time in our lives. Hubby did a STERLING job me thinks!! Although, very hesitant to begin with, with some slight guidance (he don’t really […]
the race 35 weeks; 29 February 2012 Its the Maritzburg to Durban race. We’re training for. Hell, if only I knew. 89 Kilometres! Four weeks or so to go. My body is ready and I TRUST it. My mind, in its final stages of training. Our loved ones cheering us on… what more could we need. So, the bags are being packed; enerjellies, salticrax, fluids, fluids, fluids. LOVE, Chocolate and S.U.P.P.O.R.T! I got my training partner at my side, 24/7. My true pillar of strength. I am empowered. It’s a long hard race. It’s our first time. It’s unknown territory. Our Doula, Robyn, she has got our back. She knows the route. She knows the ups and downs. She also knows the prize. So as a team, we begin. And will finish, together!
the birth 23 weeks; 6 December 2011 Every mom-to-be sets out on a mission to have a natural birth, as if there are other options!! 😉 I have to tell you, things happen for a reason. At my temp job I was privileged to meet a wonderful Women by the name of Avis; a Sister, a Midwife, a Doula. Those who know me well know that when the day came I was sure as hell NOT pushing it out! It scares the living daylights out of me! Honest to God. There is not a day that goes by where I don’t think about it and fear it! Avis, passionate beyond words about women, birthing and babies! If it were not for meeting her, I would still be hell-bent! For sure! She has the most incredible passion and love for her work. And it can only be this passion that swayed my thinking. Me, yes, me. Terribly stubborn, me. I am so sad she will not be here for the birth of our little one, yet, she has made her mark; she made me realise what is best for Mom and Baby and that natural birth is just that, natural. Yes, […]
The gorgeous Saralyn and Marcin tied the knot at the stunning Kronenburg Wine Estate in Stellenbosch this December. Heathyr was kind enough to drag me *literally* along again 😉 What a stunner of a venue! An outdoor ceremony in their amphitheatre and straight next door to the reception in their very spacious dining hall. I think the photographs tell all… ! Enjoy!