Maternity Photography | Nic & Angelique Stefas

The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart~Tich Nhat Hanh

I met Angelique and Nic at a baby market not to long ago and fell in love right there and then. They just confirmed what I felt that very first day when we met up for their Maternity Session a few weeks later. Their love for life and one another are contagious. They are passionate, caring and loving their journey with hearts of abundant freedom!

Their journey is one of excitement and double blessing!!! Yes you have read correctly. Double. This gorgeous mamma is pregnant with one little boy and one little girl! An adventure that are just waiting to happen.

“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.” –Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

I am privileged to get to be able to witness a small part of this incredible journey of adventure and possibilities. I can not wait to meet your “squishies”

xXx
Sam

Family Photography | Hein Family

Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we’d give blood.’ – Charles Dickens

Meet the Hein family! They no all about this saying by Charles Dickens. Man they are living it!

Tiffini was very specific when se contacted me about a family photography session. First I could not understand why but after some discussions it was very clear to me that this woman and her family are special!!! Incredible actually! Inspiring!

You see, this family is not just Dad, Mom, a little girl and a little boy, but there are 3 other babies whom they love as much as their own!

As you can imagine, a photo session with 5 kids under 5 can be a little unpredictable, and of course we had a few acrobats in the trees as well, but the love I witness here was incredible!

There is a saying by Maya Angelo that goes

What I love most about my home is who I share it with” 

Hein bunch you are owning Maya Angelo’s words! Thank you for being so amazing and what you guys are doing out there! You are an inspiration!

xXx
Sam

*Images of the littlest ones are deliberately not included for safety reasons.

 

Birth Photography | Liemè Graaff

“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are Mine.”- Isaiah 43:1

Birth Photography is sometimes hard, most of the times the hours are extremely long. They take you away from your own family in order to capture the beginning of a new family. At times it could seem that the sacrifices you make, are just too great. Then you get to be a part of the birth of little Liemè Graaff……

When Lulindie originally contacted me for birth photography, I was a little sad that her due date was the 25th of December. You see, that is our annual family holiday time. I met Lulindie at the birth of her nephew Aaren in 2015 and was already booked for the birth of her twin nieces, in a few months time. In my heart I knew, there is no way that I could miss this one….

Lulindie and I started planning around this actually huge obstacle. Each of us hoping that the little one would make her appearance a little later than planned. Lulindie’s family were on holiday over the same time period than I was. Nevertheless we planned around this and agreed that I will fly in from wherever I am and there is the possibility that I might miss it all together.

As I was packing the last things for our camping holiday, I spoke to Lulindie on the 15th of December. Her midwife were happy and baby was perfect. She even thought that this little one might just wait for her Granny to get back from their holiday on the 30th. Relieved at the news we left the morning of the 16th, our wedding anniversary, at 02:00 in the morning. As was expected the roads were extremely busy, but we had a save journey. Now for setting up camp!

Those whom have camped with me before, know this no quick job. Although I LOOOOVE camping, I hate struggling. So, when we go camp, I pitch every fold UP table I can, closets, basins, you name it! As I was unpacking the last of the suitcases, kids fed and in bed, I got the message from Lulindie…. “Lyk my Liemè is haastig” Long story short, 20min later I got a flight and was on my way back to JHB.

This HBAC (Home Birth after C Section) was one of those life changing experiences, one that can never be explained to anybody.

Lulindie had to work really hard through this birth. There were some moments that you could really see her struggling, doubting and not knowing how this will end. But she never gave UP! There was something insides of her that urged her to go with it, to work with her body and not give up, everything was under control! Under His control! Oh and did I mention, she also had the amazing support of her husband Dirk, incredible midwife Elrika and fantastic doula Tertia. They helped her through this journey that she later described to me as being incredibly “stormy”.

In the early hours of the 17th Lulindie was fighting fatigue as her legs started cramping during contractions. As the last couple of leg cramps past, and the next contraction was building, Lullindie suddenly asked for her phone. She selected “Oceans” by Hillsong United. This was Lulindie, communicating the storm inside her, the fight she was fighting, the new beginning that was about to happen.

“….. lead me where my trust is without borders.Let me walk upon the waters. Wherever You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander …..”

These lyrics were floating through the room and as Lulindie surrender this storm inside her to her Savoir, her daughter was born, and with her, new life, new beginnings, promises and the end of an era.

Liemè Graaff, you were called by your name!

xXx
Sam

 

 

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Family Photography | Dreyer Family

It is a happy talent to know how to play.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

As they say there is a first for everything. This was the very first time I had to incorporate a grass cutting machine into my a family photography session. Looking through these images of the Dreyer family reminds me of the quote on top. “It is a happy talent to know how to play.”

This boy have loads of talent in that department and he kept me on my toes…. He loves all things boy! I had a hard time getting any shots unless he was busy with something wheels. As long as it turns he is happy and all smiles. O yes the only other thing he thoroughly enjoys are his cousins!

Odette and Christy you are dear friends to my heart. Enjoy playing with this special little man.

xXx
Sam

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Lifestyle Maternity Photography | Charl, Lizette and little Darius, waiting for a baby girl

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~Lao Tzu

I always seem to be in a hurry, but when Lizette Pretorius contacted me to do this Lifestyle Maternity Session, hurry changed to worry. I was very worried that baby would arrive before we had our time in nature. All ended well, as you can see and baby’s timing was as nature, perfect.

Can you believe this stunning mom was already 38½ weeks pregnant when we did this session? Her little boy Darius is one of those old souls. You can see it right away when you look into those gorgeous blue eyes. He can not wait for his sister and is very informative of how she is going to enter our world 😉

Enjoy this very special time and I believe our journey has only begun, even if it was in a bit of a hurry!

xXx
Sam

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Lifestyle Family Photography | Lubbe Family

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“Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So today is my new favorite day.” Winnie the Pooh

The theme of this lifestyle family photography session was “Punk Rock”. Not many mom’s are brave enough to attempt something like this, but when one of best friends wanted family pictures, I knew they would rock it!

Finding a venue that is safe is always a challenge. Finding that perfect, save, available venue is almost impossible. We had some grace on our side that day as we only confirmed venue an hour before the session. Everything just worked!

I love the attitude that comes with a family photography session like this!

I love the personalities that shine thorough even though this was more of a styled session. The thing I however loved the most from this session was the way the Lubbes just fit. How their family unit move and flow! The love between them are special. Unconditional. Unrestricted.

They love spending time together and I just know that this was one of their “new favourite days”

Love you guys always

xXx
Sam

 

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Lifestyle Family Photography | Kleynhans Family

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“Life is not perfect but it has perfect moments”- Unknown

I had the privilege to spend some time with the Kleynhans family. Working with their beautiful images from our lifestyle family session, made me think of all the moments we plan. The time and effort we put into planning our daily routines and lives.

The hard work it is to plan these days, the hard work it is to keep to these schedules. The utter chaos it sometimes creates should one not keep to these demanding time lines. The little time we have left just to be. Just to have a moment…..

I was lucky enough to capture a few moments with this lifestyle family session, as there always seems to be a fair bit of “unplanned” when you have little kids around. You can plan all you want with a two year old in mind. It never, never turns out exactly as you hoped.

“The hallmark of the perfect moment is that it is unplanned. It is unexpected, and it shows up to remind you to quit planning and start savouring.” Whitney English

I have already burdened my planner with places to be and people to see this year but are rethinking a couple of entries just to make space for moments. Moments that I can hold my plans loosely, moments that I might stumble into the perfect moment….

xXx
Sam

 

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Lifestyle Family Photography | Keys Family

“Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing” – Jarod Kintz

Looking through this lifestyle family session of souls dancing, you can’t help but smile!

Elizabeth & Terence are particularly special to me. I’ve known Elizabeth for 20 years! Yes 20 and NO we are not old yet! We met when we were 14 years old and have been friends ever since!

Terence has always been the quieter one of the two, which I guess gives balance to his crazy wife and is a perfect fit as a Data Steward Manager. Having a specific role in incorporating processes, policies, guidelines and responsibilities for administering organizations’ entire data in compliance with policy and/or regulatory obligations, is an incredibly demanding job. With an average of 14 hour days 6-7 days each week, seeing and spending quality time with his family is a commodity for this IT Specialist.

Elizabeth holds down the world around them and not only juggles her own full time job but also her very successful Beauty Salon. Up by 4 a.m. everyday, she works and juggles kids activities. Despite their demanding schedules and the ever elusive way time seems to fly, they make the most of every single moment they have together. When family time is a commodity, soaking up the moments is all the more of a priority.

Elizabeth is a goofball. She and Hailey are two peas in a pod. Megan is the athlete of the family and are doing incredibly well in every single thing she competes in.

When we chatted about their lifestyle family portraits we knew we wanted to capture a piece of their real life – those private moments of family silliness when they are just having fun! I wanted to create a photo session environment that was comfortable and casual to allow their personalities to truly shine through. And that’s exactly what we got when we visited the theme park!

Often times my clients call my lifestyle family sessions ‘play sessions’ which I find quite amusing! And quite honestly, this session is by far one of my favourite portrayals of the candid style of photography I enjoy. I want to capture art, gorgeously painted with my clients laughter and giggles.

So we rode the carousel and jumped, we danced and turned upside down to capture the real personalities of The Keys Family. Megan is at that age that little girls love to “POSE” for the camera, getting those real smiles becomes a lot more difficult, but we managed a few 😉 Hailey on the other hand could not care less, she just wanted to have fun on the rides. We made a deal that if she had some fun with me on camera first, she could have a blue Slushy and her ‘OWN’ bag of popcorn! That seem to do the trick and we had plenty of fun on and off camera!

It’s these moments that we want our kids to see decades from now so that they KNOW they were truly loved and adored!

xXx
Sam

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Christening | Martehelie

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“Even the sun directs our gaze away from itself and to the life illumined by it” – Eberhard Arnold

I always struggle a little bit when I write a blog post as I’m much better at telling stories with my camera than I am with my pen. Marthelie’s christening was no different.

A christening to me is one of those very personal happenings in a persons life. The little child’s life as well as the parents. It’s intimate, it’s sacred and not really something that I am able to describe in words. What I can however put in words is Matthew 5:16.

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

I found the beautiful words of a song from Lauren Daigle – “Salt & Light” that is based on
Matthew 5:13-16.

Oh the beauty of the King
You make righteous those who seek
You have written and redeemed my story

Let my eyes see Your kingdom shine all around
Let my heart overflow with passion for Your name
Let my life be a song, revealing who You are
For You are salt and light

Oh the love that set me free
You bring hope to those in need
You have written and redeemed my story

Let my eyes see Your kingdom shine all around
Let my heart overflow with passion for Your name
Let my life be a song, revealing who You are

For You are salt and light
You are love’s great height
You are deep and wide
A consuming fire

You are salt and light
You are love’s great height
You are deep and wide
A consuming fire

Let my eyes see Your kingdom shine all around
Let my heart overflow with passion for Your name
Let my life be a song, revealing who You are
For You are salt and light
You are salt and light
For You are salt and light
For You are salt and light

You can listen to it here – Salt & Light

Little Marthelie, may you always walk in Matthew 5:16.

xXx
Sam

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Newborn Photography │ Luan Viljoen

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“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” ~Desmond Tutu

Having your newborn photography session is hard work, but this little guy was just amazing and handled it like a pro! He was just one happy content bub that loved being cuddled by his new family.

Little Luan was born a few weeks ago (If you missed the blog post on his birth click HERE) to Dad Rickus, Mom Tharina and Big Brother Rian. He is adored and loved, as you will see in the images below, and completes the circle of family for the Viljoens. I loved spending time with them and his dad was a blast to photograph!

He is not only a gift to his own family, but also to mine.

The Viljoen family might not be blood related but they are a blessing from above and part of my Family

Our family started out on a couple of KTM motorbikes (you’ll see some motorbike accessories in the pictures below ;)) and grew to a family of friends that have been irreplaceable in the past 2 years. The dads of the family will get together early Saturday mornings on their orange machines and meet up afterwards for a braai with the wives and kids. (I’ll do a post on the orange machines in the new year and tell you all about the purpose of these weekly motorbike meetings)

We have all prayed and hoped for little Luan, and now that he is here we can’t thank God enough for this little soul! He has changed his mom and dad’s lives already and have captured the hearts of many.

Little Luan Viljoen, may you always know how loved and treasured you are, how adored and special and may you keep on touching lives around you as you have already done in this short, short time you have been a part of our journey on earth.

Love you lots Viljoen’s, thanks for being the special friends to my family that you are!!!

xXx
Sam

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