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When you have such radiant, happy faces on your screen all day editing becomes a pleasure :-) A sneak peek from gorgeous Jacqui and Patrick’s engagement shoot here in Elgin.

Cold winter days and lingering stuffy heads deserve some spicy, sour treats – a beautiful tom yum soup with loads of extra yum! Find the Food Fox’s super recipe here on our weekly food column for the lovely Pretty Blog.

What a fun bunch we had on the Intermediate Food Photography workshop this last Saturday! They really got stuck in to the photography prac session and experimented with their own styling ideas – love it!! Ilse at The Demo Kitchen conjured up the most exquisite food for us all to photograph and we tucked into a mouthwatering array of hearty soups for lunch with gourmet cheese toasties – yummies! Here are some of the dishes we photographed on the day and I’m so looking forward to some fun behind-the-scene pics taken by Dylan of Lad and Lass Photography! The last of this year’s workshops is coming up on the 29th Aug – I’m a little sad already that it’s almost over for the year…

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So last Saturday marked a happy ‘first’ for me. I’ve mentored two amazing photographers over the last two years and it’s made me realise how much I love teaching and watching people grow into their incredible talents! This year I decided to offer some food photography workshops – an intro skill level day as well as an intermediate skill level day. Last weekend was the first workshop and what a fantastic bunch of sponge minds I was lucky enough to have on it!! From bakers to bloggers, and restaurant owners to general food enthusiasts! I think I have a bit of the teaching bug now :-D

I just can’t thank my amazing friend Ilse van der Merwe aka ‘The Food Fox‘ enough for letting me use her super teaching space at the Demo Kitchen in Stellenbosch. Not only did she and Scott make the most beautiful food for us to photograph but also an incredible lunch from her Soup Bar, coffees, teas, cordials, red velvet cupcakes, scones hot from the oven, frittatas – oh the list goes on!! My incredibly stylish stylist friend Nicola Pretorius brought us an exquisite box of fresh garden goodies from Babylonstoren and her and Ilse added a fantastic layer to the chats throughout the day for the students!

Here are some photos from the styling prac part of the day. I’m so keen to see how this coming Saturday is different with a new group of fantastic photographers!

Here’s a tiny little sneak peek from the lovely shoot we did with breath-taking Fennec of Fox and Co last week…

Beautifully plaited dough cooked in sugar syrup filled with wonderful aromatics like naartjie peel, star anise and green cardamom… no need to tell you that these are a bit decadent but possibly impossible to resist… Find the Food Fox’s super recipe here on the Pretty Blog’s weekly food column.

Hellooo! I am selling my faithful Canon 50mm f1.4 lens as I’m finally upgrading. It’s a super portrait lens and has seen me through many weddings, family and baby sessions! I’m selling it for R2095 including a UV filter and it’s lens cap. Retail price is R4200. Inbox me if you’re interested!

My wedding was in winter so shoots like these hold a special significance for me :-) I got married in the Drakensberg mountains on a crisp July morning and the light was calm and low and all the colours were greys, browns and silvers in the fields and on the hills. I love this shoot we did with Fleur le Cordeur for Wedding Inspirations magazine so much!! What a beautiful vision she had for mixing so many elements and textures – natural and glamourous… I hope you enjoy the photos. Stunning installations, furniture, lighting and decor from Something Different Concepts and Shows. Breath-taking make-up and hair from the one and only talent Yolande du Toit. Swoon-worthy dresses and boas from Kobus Dippenaar Atelier and perfectly exquisite stationery from the awesome White Kite Studio. Our models were beautiful Valery Zelenyuk and Silke Viljoen and we shot at 401 Rozendal and they were such a pleasure to work with! Behind the scenes pics were taken by Chantall Marshall Photography. We were also lucky enough to have the shoot featured on the beautiful Pretty Blog :-)

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I so enjoyed sharing a cross section of black and white photos last year that I thought I would put together a few favourites of mine from this last season to end this year off… I hope you enjoy these little slices of wedding life :-)

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Milk tart – the baking pride of our nation ;-) Find the Food Fox’s super recipe here our weekly food column for the wonderful Pretty Blog.

My job is essentially an incredibly optimistic one. There really is a lot of love and so many happy connections out there in the world that I get to see… I know a lot of life is hard and demanding, but it’s an amazing thing to be able to witness this energised and inspiring time in two peoples lives when they can’t hide their adoration for each other or how excited they are for their future. I know these two, Margot and Leonard, will carry that beautiful spirit forward into their marriage together.

Margot, you have a 1000w smile and you and Leonard have been a joy to spend time with! I look foward to each of your lovely emails and I hope you love these photos and feel that they’re a wonderful start of your photo story with me which carries on in November! tx

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A true South African staple for our Local is Lekker month of July! Spicy and tangy, savoury and sweet, all with the most divine bay leaf egg custard topping! What more could you ask for for a winter weekend cook-in!! Find the Food Fox’s super recipe here on the inspiring Pretty Blog’s weekly food column.

Kate and Warren were my last wedding for this season! What a happy and emotional celebration they had on a softly lit day to welcome in winter. It was also my first wedding shoot at Landtscap and wow, what a view!

Kate, you’ve been a delight to email and chat with and I can see why there were so many tears of happiness from your family for you both! You have such a wonderful bond with your loved ones! It’s the beginning of something wonderful for you two!! I hope you love the photos and that they bring back the happiest memories for you always!!

Assisted by the ever wonderful Illyan Cloete.

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Well, I thought it would be awesome to go ALL OUT on the colour fest element of these photos! Danielle and Neil met us in Woodstock to shoot some townscapes for the Lovebirds engagement shoot and nothing says urban to me more than grafitti and bright lights :-) Oh and the vintage Harley of his grandfathers was just the cherry on the top!!! I hope these photos bring a seriously warm and colourful smile to you on these cold days :-D

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There’s so much to love about Taryn and Ivan – for me they’ve been a total delight from day 1! They’re the loveliest, happiest and most genuine couple and considering they first met and fell in love back in the day when they were just out of school and working at Edgars together, it’s incredible to see that they’re still very much in love… an inspiration really! Taryn and Ivan were married at the lovely Hidden Valley and enjoyed some really lucky clear winter weather with their friends and loved ones!

I hope you enjoy the photos and are all keeping snug in this crazy cold snap! Assisted by the inimitable Illyan Cloete.

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