Bernice en Oswald | Matriekafskeid

Posted by on 2012/10/22 in Lifestyle | 3 comments

Ek dink ek is een van die mees bevoorregte fotograwe ooit.  Ek werk met die mooiste mense!  Toe Bernice en Oswald se pa by my wou weet of ek hul tweeling sal kom afneem voor hul matriekafskeid daardie Dinsdag het ek nooit kon droom dat die tweeling so stunning is nie.  Ek dink Ma en Pa is baie geseën met die tweetjies en jy kon sommer ban die begin af sien hulle het ‘n baie goeie verhouding met mekaar. 

Geniet die foto’s!

































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New packaging leads to the idea of new Business

Posted by on 2012/10/17 in Marketing and packaging | 7 comments


I am so proud and super excited to share with you my new packaging.  It is so bad that I think I am in love with it.  Even just the idea of it being handmade and stamped with a stamp carved out by hand by someone who works on the streets of Joburg CBD – which two of my work colleagues found in their wonders around town during their lunch time – makes me smile all the time.  I wanted a specific size and although this guy promised he would give it to me in the perfect way I wanted it, he never mentioned that the machine can’t produce that size stamp.  But when I got it I was stunned by the craftsmanship and quality of the hand carved stamp.  See the result on the last images!

To make my own handmade packaging was born out of the frustration with what was available in the market for photographers and myself being so into the vintage feeling, I just couldn’t find anything that made me happy or gave me that warm cuddly snoozing feeling.  So I did some homework and found this idea on the Internet (and so many more), bought material (just love Chamdor at Decopark in Fourways *swoon*), measured, cut, pinned, sewed and played with ink and paint stamping my logo onto the packaging and was so stoked with what I saw.  Although this is a cover for a single disc with the edited images for the client, I have already made covers for double and more discs and the clients were so impressed, surprised and happy about it.  My first package also went to a bridal couple in the UK!!

So out of my desperation for new packaging, the lack of inspirational variety in the industry, and the passing of my beloved friend Jana who motivated me to be just happy in what I am doing, my fiancé, Jacques, and I decided to start a business together which will just make us happy.  Which will bring us joy when delivering a product to friends in the photography industry and eventually other events, like weddings, corporate events, etc. too.  Then Unexpected Grace was born! 

The focus of the business will be on handmade material packaging, whether it needs to be stamped by hand, folding material flowers, sewing felt details to make a logo, customized to suit the individual client’s needs, setup of stamp if not in stock already and even be challenged to create packaging that we have not made before.  We are still busy creating a range of products that gives the client an idea of what we offer, as well as the website to promote and market the business.  Till then we do take in orders.  The best part of it, which will be a relief for most photographers, is that as we decided to start off with a minimum order of 25 items per order and not 50 or 100 as per usual orders.  This leaves open a window for variety and change just because sometimes we do get tired of the packaging we use.  For more details, phone me on (076)*4223977*.

So stay close by, because more details will follow soon…:-)










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Sheralee and Louwrens | Ruth Avenue Guest House

Posted by on 2012/10/16 in Weddings | 0 comments

 Sheralee and Louwrens got married at Ruth Avenue Guest House in Edenvale and it was a very intimate wedding with only their closest family and friends attending.  It was initially a very cold morning, but by the time the ceremony started it warmed up a bit although it was still cloudy.

I know Louwrens from work as I worked with him in my previous team and when he asked me if I would be interested in shooting their wedding I was really honored.  I met up with him and Sheralee and was pleasantly surprised by this beautiful  and stunning woman.  Without a doubt I wanted to be part of their special day and I don’t regret it for a minute.  I so loved their decor and the food was divine. The guests were fun and made for awesome laughter at times.  Sheralee’s beautiful dress was made by Louwrens’ daughter.

I had the privileged to have Karin Ellis shadow me at this wedding.

















I couldn’t choose which ring shot to use…:-)


















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