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.

 

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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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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Birthday Party | A Chinese get together

[quote]“No one who is young is ever going to be old.” – John Steinbeck[/quote]

Working with Odette from Purple Plum Parties is always a blast! The parties are magical and the kids have loads of fun.
This Chinese get together was no different and as always the décor was spectacular!

The kids started off their birthday celebrations with a Chinese braai. Each preparing their own supper on huge gas burner braais. There was a little bit of dancing and playing around and a magical party was ended with a show of flashing hoola hoops.

It was truly a night to remember!

xXx
Sam

 

You can contact Odette from Purple Plum Parties on 084 789 7062 for more info on the décor and the entertainment.

 

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Personal Blog | Newborn | Britz Twins

[quote]”Twice as much to love, two blessings from above.” – Unknown [/quote]

It’s a personal blog, again, because their family 🙂 Meet the Britz twins, Gerhard & HJ and their beautiful big sister Skyra. If you missed the twins birth I posted last week, you can have a look here.

These are the gorgeous kids of my baby brother and sister in-law, which by the way, got married exactly 2 years ago today. And yes, I did those pictures as well 😉 Here is a link to their wedding pictures.

Twice as much to love …. , these two will never not know love. Their parents adore them, big sister is still a little sceptical but I’m sure she will get there, not to mention their grandparents, aunts, uncle and all the little cousins are totally in love with them.

Twice as much love, laughter, giggles, hope, blessings,prayers and all things good from above! That’s my wish for these little boys. May you always know our Lord, your Creator. May you always know that you are family and that we stick together. May you always know love. May you always know laughter and happiness and may you always be blessed!

And yes may you be twice as naughty just to get back at my baby brother!

Love you to the moon and back. All of you!

xXx
Pikkie (If you missed it, yes that is my family nickname 😉 )

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Birthday | Nelia’s 1st Birthday

[quote]”Blondes are wild, brunettes are true, but you never know just what a redhead will do”- Unknown[/quote]

First birthday parties are for fun, balloons, cake smashes, lots of laughs and loving families. Well……. we got balloons right, loving families and lots of laughs! For the rest, not so much as this little redhead had her own ideas!

She hated the idea of touching her cake, just look at how upset she got when she accidentally stuck her foot in it 🙂 She was my easiest newborn I have ever photographed but this time around she tried to hide from me all the time! (See her newborn pictures Part 1 and newborn pictures Part 2)

Little Nelia had a extra special birthday as she shared it with her “Ouma” whom turned 81! The day was filled with laughter, plenty of fun, cakes smashes that went terrible wrong and a family that loves and adores this little redhead.

xXx
Sam

 

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Family| FC & CJ

[quote] “Little boys are only superheroes in disguise” – Unknown[/quote]

I met little CJ a few years back when I first did he’s baby session. I’ve done a couple of family sessions since then but was over the moon to meet little FC a few weeks back for he’s first baby session. I’m amazed at how much older brother CJ has grown and can’t believe what a sweetie pie little FC is.

We had a bit of a battle to get to see FC’s personality as this young man was determined to sleep through most of this session but all was well in the end as both let me have a sneak at their superheroes outfits 🙂

xXx
Sam

 

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Family | Grove Family

[quote] “The love in our family grows strong and deep leaving special moments to treasure and keep” – Unknown  [/quote]

I’ve known Corne for sometime and always when we talk family sessions, her answer would be soon. Well finally soon is here and all this friend of mine wanted for her birthday was a extended family shoot.

We had a ball capturing all the different family dynamics and I could definitely see “The love in our family grows strong and deep leaving special moments to treasure and keep”

Cornè enjoy your moments and treasure the special family you have.

xXx
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!

 

xXx
Sam

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Personal Blog | Happiness

[quote]”Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason , You’re in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you.” – Unknown[/quote]

This picture reminds me of someone ones telling me, “Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason , You’re in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you.”

Made me wonder what my happiness are based on and I realised I need to work harder not to base my happiness on the people around me, my family, my kids, my work, my hubby, my surroundings, my home, what I have achieved or not achieved for the day, Oh and so many more … in order to be truly happy I need to be thankful and grateful. I need to see each thing in my life as they are, a blessing, a special gift God has chosen for me!

Like this gift with all the joy and happiness of the world in her eyes ….

xXx
Sam

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