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”

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Sam

Maternity | Etienne & Ignette Moolman

[quote]”Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder, and I sit here in the middle of it all and wonder who in the world you will turn out to be.” — Carrie Fisher [/quote]

We had a couple of ducks joining us for this beautiful maternity session at the very impressive Illyria House in Pretoria. This venue is cramped with nooks and crannies and our time were just to short to use it all. However, those we did get to use were spectacular and Ignette and Etienne was exactly the right couple for this venue, they fitted right in.

Their incredible show of love for each other was magic to capture, Ignette’s face just lit up every time she looked over to Etienne, making this shoot, although a little different than what I normally do, pretty damn lovely!

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Sam

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Matric Farewell | Eldoraigne High School

[quote] “We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life. In a real sense, by the time we are adults, we are the sum total of the choices we have made”- Eleanor Roosevelt[/quote]

I love working with the young adults our world, I love the excitement in their eyes, the hopes and dreams for their futures, the joy and optimism in their laughter and the abundance in their way of just being. This bunch from Eldoraigne High School was no exception, you guys rocked your Matric Farewell shoot!

Good luck for your exams and always, always remember you are the choices that you make. They may not always be right but they shape you. Take responsibility for every single one, good or bad, and you will never regret a thing!

 

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Sam

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Wedding | Pelser & Jana

[quote] “I never loved you any more than I do, right this second. And I’ll never love you any less than I do, right this second.” – Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl[/quote]

A beautiful farm wedding with the reception on Pelser’s parents wheat farm in Brits. Everything was but together gorgeously and the reception “store” even had a John Deer tractor in the back just to give you that extra farm feeling.

We were so worried about the rain. It rained for 2 days straight and no sign of any sunshine soon. We all said a little prayer, not for the rain to go away, as the farmers so desperately needed it, just for the rain to give us a few moments, and the rain stopped just as Jana got to church and started again just as we were finishing up with the couples pictures. Everything worked out just perfectly as these pictures tell their own story…

 

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Sam

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Maternity | Bernadette & Charl

[quote]” Joy is overwhelming fun – fun so big that it overflows your mind, heart, body – as if all of life and love were spilling into you and you were spilling out.” – Bernie De Koven[/quote]

A maternity session a little different from what I’m used to, but I LOOOVVE different, it excites me, it makes the world a interesting place and this session was no different. I have never had a pregnant mama go down on her knees for a picture……

When Bernadette suggested we do their session at UJ’s Sports Arena, I was a little surprised and curios, as I already stated, I love something different. Then I heard the reason behind this venue and I was even more excited than before, as I’m a little sentimental too. Bernadette and Charl met here many moons ago and spend quite a lot of time here as athletes. Charl being a rugby player and Bernadette being a short distance athlete. The stadium holds a lot of incredibly fond memories for them and I was privileged to get to capture some more memories made here.

This session was fabulously different and incredibly fun. To B & C, your energy is contagious and your little girl is going to have a ball with a mom and dad like you. Keep laughing, keep having fun and keep loving each other just the way you do!

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Sam

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Maternity | Waiting for baby Claire

 

[quote] “Mummy, can you feel me? I’m wriggling just for you. I can hear you say you love me, Mum I love you too.
Very soon you’ll meet me, And kiss my tiny face. And I will feel your warm skin, and admire you for your grace. Mummy are you ready? My life is just about to start. I will hold your little finger, but you will hold my heart.” – Unknown[/quote]

 

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Sam

Wedding | Jan and Tanya’s bushveld wedding

[quote]” May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.

May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.

May the saddest day of your future

Be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

May your hands be forever clasped in friendship

And your hearts joined forever in love.

Your lives are very special,

God has touched you in many ways.

May his blessings rest upon you

And fill all your coming days.  [/quote]

A beautiful bushveld wedding at Sumba’s Rest Game Lodge in Nylstroom. What a beautiful romantic affair. Tanya, your attention to detail was gorgeous.

 

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Sam

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Engagement | Theuns en Rika

[quote] “We’ve danced in the risk of each other. Would you like to dance around the world with me?”- Dave Matthews Band[/quote]

An engagement session with the most beautiful winter light and I’m so excited to share these images with you.  Light was perfect, couple was stunning, venue was awesome and the photographer had a blast 😉 no wonder these images are so pretty!!! And of course these two will most certainly be happy dancing around the world with each other and I can not wait to witness the start of this magical ever lasting song when they get married in December.

Rika & Theuns good luck with the last of your wedding preparations, may everything be smooth sailing, hey and if it’s not, at least you got each other 😉

 

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Sam