Patrick and I went to school together over 20 years ago and, after bumping in to each other at a wedding (I was shooting), he asked me to do a shoot with him and his gorgeous family. Bizarrely, both of us have sons named Ben and while his Ben still has beautiful long hair, ours too had long hair till he was 4. We shot in a very quite spot (quiet on a Sunday afternoon at least) near Durban Harbour mouth. I think you will agree that not only is it a great location, the light was absolutely pulling out all the stops for us.
Fiona contacted me to set up a family shoot recently. So glad that I was able to do their family shoot in one of my favourite places, Durban Botanic Gardens. After meeting this gorgeous family, we had a little stroll around with me grabbing a few frames here and there with a few stops for more posed shots. I love shooting in this relaxed way as it (hopefully) puts everyone at ease and makes them more comfortable to have a camera pointing in their direction. I think, after having a look at the images of this fantastic family we made, you will agree with me.
Very chuffed with this beautiful family’s shoot. To start off, I think that, in any industry, when we are paid a compliment by our peers and people who’s work we admire and find inspiring, does seem to have more weight behind it. I am not saying that compliments from all my beautiful clients isn’t appreciated, but you do feel it more so when it comes from within your own industry. This is where Nicole and her beautiful little family come in. Nicole got in touch with me to shoot the three of them as she said she loved my style. Now, Nicole is a very talented photographer in her own right so having someone who makes such beautiful images say they would like me to make beautiful images of her family because she loves my work really does feel great. The shoot took place in the New Germany Nature Reserve which I had been visiting often in the months previously and while I had shot images of my own family there, this was the first client job that I had shot there and, I think you will agree, the images came out wonderfully (although it would be difficult not to make beautiful images of this family).
The Fenn family lived up the hill from us when we lived in Greymont in JHB and often saw me shooting in our local park. One day they stopped me to enquire about a family shoot for themselves. Luckily they did it just in the nick of time as we moved down to Durban about two weeks after this shoot. It was the last family shoot I did in our park. Really miss that place and will miss seeing all the little faces growing up there.
Moments pass and memories fade, even the ones we try desperately to hold on to. This is why we take photographs, as a visual anchor to the past. In doing so, we not only remember and learn from past experiences, but are reminded of the beauty and love that surrounds us. Very grateful to have been allowed the opportunity to do this for Clan Monaghan.
Niyathi and her lovely family are moving back to Mumbai soon and wanted to have a family shoot done before they left to help the family remember what a great place SA is and what a lovely time they had living here. The girls especially will miss it as the youngest, Samyra, was very young when they moved here. We all hope they have a safe and easy return to India and that they will come back to SA for a visit soon.
Karyn was gifted one of my family shoot vouchers by a mutual friend of ours. I love helping to capture memories for people, especially with young children as they grow so fast and vouchers make great gifts which keep giving for years to come. Little Courtney was a little shy at first but that only provided for some beautiful images of mom and daughter. Beautiful images of a beautiful family.