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.

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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!

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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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Newborn Photography | Skylar Howarth

“All the stars in the universe danced on the day you were born….” – Unknown

For those who don’t know, a rainbow baby is a child who is born after a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant/child loss — the rainbow after the storm. Newborn Skylar is a Rainbow Baby and I found this letter to the parents of a rainbow…

“Dear Rainbow Mom & Dad,

Congratulations on your newborn baby! I know how hard it was to announce this baby, the complicated mix of jubilation and guilt. You want to be excited about this new life, but you want to be respectful toward the life who is no longer here.

This is the tightrope you’ll walk down for the rest of your life, but it will get easier.

It’s OK to be afraid. It’s OK to take it day-to-day. It’s even OK if you’re not excited. You’ve learned, in the worst possible way, that nothing in life is guaranteed. But it’s also OK to have hope, and make plans. Yes, the baby deserves that, but so do you.

A baby after loss is scary. Be kind to yourself. Accept help when it is offered, and ask for it when you need it, even if it seems outlandish.

There will, of course, be people who assume that with the arrival of a newborn baby, you are “better.” They won’t get why you’re “still sad.” There will be others who think you’re a terrible person for daring to go forward with your life, as if having another baby means you’re replacing the one who is gone. These people will never understand.

Aren’t they lucky? Ignore them.

Life can still be good (even great) after unthinkable loss.

Every day, you will be able to breathe a little bit deeper. Every day, you’ll love your babies — all of them — just a little bit more, until one day, that love overtakes the pain.

Congratulations on your beautiful rainbow.”

If you have missed this rainbows birth, you can view it here BIRTH. Their beautiful slideshow can be viewed here SLIDESHOW

xXx
Sam

(Extracts from Huffington Post – To the mother of a rainbow baby)

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Newborn Photography | Sharlette Rose

“You will always be the miracle that makes my life complete.” (George Strait)

Having a newborn in the house mostly don’t feel like the miracle you expected.  You’ve probably heard that all a newborn baby does is eat, poop, cry, and sleep. Sounds simple, right?

It may become simple, but chances are it won’t seem that way at first. That’s okay. That is also perfectly normal. O wait. Normal, perfect and newborn are not alowed in the same sentence! Nothing about taking home a tiny human being feels normal. Everything about your newborn that you imagined would be perfect, feels and looks a little alien like….

Now here is a little truth. Your little newborn alien are perfectly yours. Your own little miracle!

Sharlene shared her miracle baby Sharlette’s story with me.

“I remember the day clearly. We had just returned from our fabulous honeymoon. It was a wonderful week of delicious food, parties on Long Street and even paragliding, however it was time to settle into married life.

I felt really ill so Shav suggested that we do a pregnancy test just to rule that out. So there we were on Christmas Day in the bathroom, waiting anxiously for the results. Those blue lines changed everything. Four positive tests later, we left the bathroom feeling a ton of different emotions.

What a wonderful day to discover we were going to be parents. Our very own Christmas miracle.

I always wanted to be a mom. Shav loves kids and has a wonderful way of relating to them. We had discussed kids many times so finding out we were pregnant so soon after our wedding felt like a blessing from God.

You see, diabetic complications would make it difficult for me to fall pregnant. Shav and I had prepared ourselves for the worst but then God chose us to be Sharlette’s parents.

Everything about our daughter is a divine gift.

From having a wonderful Doctor who walked beside us on this journey to her uncomplicated delivery, Sharlette Rose is proof that God’s love and mercy has no limits. Even whilst tucked in my womb, Sharlette Rose was working her magic. Her very existence deepened our faith in God.

We prayed that she would be strong, fierce and compassionate. I truly believe that Sharlette Rose will move mountains one day.

Our little angel was born on the feast day of the Assumption of Mother Mary. The 15th of August is the day Mary’s soul ascended into heaven, a special day that is celebrated by millions around the world. It’s now Sharlette’s special day too.

She is the light in our home and most importantly our lives. Without her, life has no meaning. We are honoured that we were chosen to be her parents”

xXx
Sam

 

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Newborn | David Böhmer

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“Never let the odds keep you from doing
what you know in your heart you were meant to do.”
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

You have met David already, if you have missed it here is his Fresh 48. He was extremely chilled during this whole newborn session. He gave a few moans when we fiddled too much and he needed some milk but overall a sweet, happy, content baby. Any photographers dream for a newborn session.

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How do we get to be content? Content with life, in a state of peaceful happiness……?       Now this, will never happen if you live to be someone you are not meant to be.

This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your journey, embark on a new one. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start loving yourself. Stop over-analyzing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful and deserve to be heard. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people; we are united in our differences. Ask the person next to you what their passion is and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating. Live your dream and wear your passion. And lastly, live and love in the truth.

I am still learning what contentment for me will be, but I am enjoying the adventure along the way. I don’t know what my future holds and no matter how hard I try I won’t know until I get there. I’m learning to live for today because yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.

Dietmar, Linda and newborn David, enjoy every moment of this adventure. May you always be happy and content!

xxx
Sam

 

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Personal Blog | Clothing battles

“Life reveals her beauty one precious miracle at a time”. – Flavia

I loved dressing my kids when they still allowed me, my style for them was a perfect mix of bohemian chic and preppy cute. They fitted right in with this vision I had of what my life as a mom would look like. It involved a home straight out of a design magazine, with hip furnishings and educational toys. Long walks on beaches and picnics under oak trees…. Pinterest Perfect!

AND THEN MY PERFECT LITTLE MONSTERS STARTED COMUNICATING IN THEIR OWN “AWSOME” WAY!

As it turns out, they have their own opinions on everything, from clothing to food to home décor.  My children seem to be instinctively drawn to mismatched clothing and clashing prints.  Unfortunately for me, their fashion taste rarely meshes with mine….

As perfectly imperfect as it may sound, I had to surrender my vision of what my life as a mom would look like. Not only do my home rarely look anything like the interiors from a design magazine but very rarely do we have the perfect picnic and long strolls on the beach. It’s often much more like a scene from a Disney cartoon with me trying to get the girls down from branches in that perfect oak tree or running after them into the ocean. So surrendering my choice of clothing for them was one of the easier ones, but that also means that if they want to wear rain boots with fairy wings and swimming costumes then we go with it.

This specific day it my youngest decided on leggings and her swimming costume….. I was both horrified and cracking up about this perfectly mismatched outfit!

How do you manage clothing battles with your kids?

xXx
Sam

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Fresh 48 | David

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[quote]”A wise woman once said to me that there are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these she said is roots, the other, wings.” ~William Hodding Carter (1907–1972)[/quote]

“When I think of that word (roots), I picture an entanglement of yucky, brown, dirty stringy things. And above it, I picture a beautiful oak tree giving shade to young children at play. What’s amazing to me is this, in order for the oak tree to protect those children with its shade, it must be held up by the dirty, yucky roots that at first seem so unappealing.

God wants us to have roots. He wants us to go through life’s difficulties with one another and to be connected. Every year brings a new challenge to the strength and connection of every family. The loss of a family member, the challenge of illness, children acting out in school, a job change or loss…these are things that can cause strife within families. While they are happening, you wonder, will we make it through this? Your mind is flooded with negative thoughts. Think about the oak tree. In order for it to protect the children with its shade, it had to have the yucky, dirty roots. In order for a family to stand strong, it must often go through some of life’s yucky, dirty messes. The family that stays right with God, prays, and leans not on its own understanding can use those dirty yucky situations to build protection for itself.

It is important for us to go through struggles in life, and the family unit is affected by the struggles it goes through as a whole, and the struggles that affect just one of its members. Those struggles may at first seem so dirty and unappealing, but in time, their purpose is revealed.” (Extraction from A Walk of Faith http://www.faith4women.com/)

Meet little David Wilhelm Böhmer.  David meaning “Beloved” and Wilhelm “Determined Protector” can you see the Oak Tree?

Dear little David, may you always stand tall and detriment, may you fly high and always know unconditional love!

xXx
Sam

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Birth | Vosloo Twins

[quote]“ Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into. – Henry Ward Beecher[/quote]

Meet two little flowers that God did not forget to add beautiful souls to! Louisa and Fleur Volsoo!

As many births go this was a little “unplanned” welcoming of the girls at only 36 weeks (see their maternity session HERE only 2 days earlier), but the smaller one of the two had a little trouble. (I think her sister ate all her food 😉 )   As we discussed some admin the night before the birth, one of the questions was if they have decided which little girl is going to be named Fleur and which Louisa. The first born will be Louisa, it should be the smaller one and the second one will be named Fleur. (Because of the girls positioning they could make an educated guess which will be born first) It’s exactly how it happened, little Lulu were born screaming, strong and fierce. “Renowned worrier” that’s the meaning of this little fighters name. Perfect don’t you think? Fleur was born a little quieter, more delicate, exactly as her name describes a “flower”. Louisa gets her name from her Great Grand Mother Louisa or Lulu and Fleur is a beautiful name that both Anecia and Gerhard liked. Only later did they discover that both these names have a connection to flower. Identical twins with the same name!

What are the odds of these girls given these names purely by chance, I think not! It makes me think of Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” as well as Isaiah 43:1 “…I have called you by name, you are mine”

Be blessed little flowers! I look forward to witness how you grow and bloom into the persons you were born to be!

xXx
Sam

(Have a look at some more of their beautiful birth story HERE)

 

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