<description>Capturing beautiful images of newborn babies is one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. To capture someone at the very start of his or her life is such a privilege. I love working with babies and children as they bring so much delight to each and every day.
The best time to photograph a newborn is when they are 5 – 10 days old, not only because they are small and supple, but also because they are very dozy and easier to settle than an older baby. Small babies are able to curl up on their tummies whilst asleep. I love to use gorgeous hats, for boys and girls, and flowers and tutus for little girls. But keeping the images simple is key. The focus must always remain on the beautiful baby.
Images with the parents and their newborns must reflect the emotional relationship between the parents and new baby. I especially love the newborn baby being placed in the strong and secure hands of their Daddy together with images of the new mother gently kissing her sleeping baby.
My other favourite stage to photograph babies is at the sitting stage. This is usually around 8 months. By this time the baby is responding beautifully to games the parents and baby have discovered over the past months and the child will laugh and give the biggest gummy smiles. It is enough to warm the coldest heart.
Cathy Heaton has become one of South Africa’s leading portrait photographers specialising in pregnancy, baby, toddler and family photography. She also loves doing boudoir shoots and modelling portfolios as she also gets to use her skills as a make-up artist in these shoots.
Many brides give their husbands an album of their boudoir shoot as the Groom’s gift on the day of the wedding or as a first anniversary present ~ as the traditional gift is paper.
“Our first anniversary is coming up and as a gift to my husband I decided I wanted to do a boudoir shoot (first anniversary = paper – photos = paper, get it?). Cathy organised for my hair to get done, she did my make-up and then we spent a good couple of hours doing the photo shoot. I was really quite nervous, because I have never done anything like this, but it turned out so well. I felt really comfortable with Cathy and actually had quite a lot of fun in front of the camera. I got my pics back from Cathy this weekend and they are fantastic!! So classy and beautiful. I don’t know how I am going to choose which to print. Can’t wait to show my husband, I am sure he is going to love them.
“Cathy did a fantastic job and I would definitely recommend her.”
“Cathy, your photos are like a delicious meal. Never enough! Thankyou so much.”
~ Vanessa Imbriolo
Cathy Heaton works from her studios in Fourways, JHB.
<telephone>082 601 3625
<title>Moments by Annalene
I am Annalene, the owner of Moments by Annalene Photography. Travel, cats and photography are the loves of my life! Photography was my hobby and I am lucky enough that it became my profession. I chose to specialise in people photography (portraits, wedding and lifestyle) as I find the human form and range of emotions a fascinating subject.
Everyone hates having their photo taken! It is invasive and usually the results are less than pleasing. With lots of training and experience I have found ways to get past the resistance, find the right angle, and ways to make personality shine through. As I result I cannot be too serious when working with people!
My work consists of weddings and studio work. Weddings are an adventure with costumes, ceremony, expectations and high emotions. As an objective observer I am part of the story from start to end. I love to tell the story of a wedding in photos.
In the studio I photograph kids, babies, families, models and fashion. I built my studio at home, and currently have an array of equipment to make artistic images.
<telephone>072 603 6368
Patrick Furter is a professional photographer that has been doing weddings for the past 23 years. He has a wealth of experience in all the different aspects of Wedding Photography, from weather to light, to running out of time. Patrick can adapt his style of photography to what each client wants, but in the end, his photography will portray the wedding day as it unfolded with all the romantic and classic moments captured through a journalistic view.
Most of Patrick’s efforts go into giving everyone a glimpse of the bride as she moves through all the stages of the day, from getting ready to the anticipation of seeing her man the first time. Then, to bring out the GQ side in every man… photographing the groom usually presents itself as a challenge, but more often that not, at the end of the day, the groom loves being in front of the lens!
Photographing the bridal couple is by far the most satisfying. Patrick says he does his best work when the couple is relaxed and when they are just being themselves. He then uses his talent to bring out the essence of each couple.
Months are spent dreaming up all the detail for the wedding and it will not pass unnoticed. Patrick makes sure that all the detail is properly recorded and that the couple will always remember what everything looked like even though they might not have seen it all on their wedding day.
Patrick says: “Photography was a hobby that became my life. I realised early on that a wedding consists of two real people that planned their biggest day, and they chose my talent and personality to capture it. At every wedding, I strive to be the best I can, and to produce timeless images that epitimises the couple on their wedding day.”
<telephone>082 550 0139
<description>Snapdragon Pictures is a small business run by us – Sean and Leanne Williams – a husband and wife team of videographer and photographer respectively. We love shooting weddings and often find ourselves happily immersed in recording many of the highlights throughout the lives of our bridal couples.
We specialise in Weddings & Pre-Wedding-Events, Trash the Dress Shoots, Couple Portraits, Boudoir Pics, Family Photos, Maternity & Newborn Shoots, Birthday Parties and Anniversaries, etc, and we limit the number of clients we take on to ensure that each photo and video clip can be treated as an individual work of art.
The two of us are personally involved in every step of the creative process, so when you book with us you’ll get personal attention, customisable packages, a diverse team of specialist freelancers, fastidious coverage, spontaneous footage, sincere editing, top-notch equipment with backup gear, and our celebrated practices of making the most of any challenge, going with the flow, and blending in on The Day.
While we enjoy working candidly throughout your wedding, we also offer a relaxed intimate couple-photo-session (a nice chance to sneak away for a cuddle with your new ONE), a fun family photo-session (for the parentals to frame for their home), and a photobooth to entertain your guests. And after your wedding: albums, prints and bluray dvds – beautiful souvenirs to last for your whole happily ever after.
Bryanston East (by appointment only)
<telephone>Leanne 072 355 9570
<telephone2>Sean 072 048 5833