A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post on my goals for this year. One of the goals that never made it onto the list was a collection of fabulous family photographs. For years I hid away from the camera, if there was a photograph I was happy to take it and not very happy to be in it. I always wondered why folks had professional photographs taken every year… and then I had a couple of kids and seriously it can take 30 000 clicks of the camera and you still don’t have everybody looking at you or everyone’s eyes open. A while back I wrote an article for a magazine and they asked for a recent family photograph… shock and horror and mass scramble, not to mention stress… and many gritted teeth later… we had nothing to show for our efforts. So when a friend called me the other day and asked if we would like a family photo shoot and to do a GiveAway for our readers at the same time I couldn’t jump fast enough at the offer… really!!!
This Saturday past, we headed up our mountain, in gale force winds… chasing the sun as we went higher and higher… and we took a ton of fabulous fun photographs… A ton. And I love them. We may well have to create a little more wall art for our home.
The Photographer, Marike Herselman, was great… not at all intimidated by a heap of kids or clambering over precarious rocks to get her shot… not to mention all the chattering of my kids with about a bazillion questions and dashing every which way except together. What can I say, a photographer with endearing and enduring patience.
Now, since we are talking about goals… let me just get it all out. I realised earlier in the year that I didn’t have nearly enough, if any, photographs of me and my mum when I was a child, precious little photographs of my parents at all… and they were both avid photographers when I was a kid. I guess it is genetic to hide behind the camera. Anyway, I have had in the back of my mind for a while now that I really wanted to gift each of my kids with a photograph of me and them… one-on-one in a photo that didn’t look staged. They may think “odd mother person right now”… but years from now they will appreciate it and be glad that they have that memory… of an afternoon up the mountain in the crazy wind laughing and taking photographs as the sun set.
Not to mention, I always thought it would be crazy to try and co-ordinate the whole gang for a photo shoot. The hardest part was getting everyone in the same place on the day. Otherwise, it was easy. I told everyone to put on jeans and wear a plain t-shirt, and we were good to go. Off we went for a walk and let the professional say… stop, turn, look at me… jump, leap, whatever. Mostly she just chatted with us and the photos happened. She had very clear ideas about what photos worked and how to find the light, and how to get them quickly before little peoples’ patience ran out. She was also quite happy to create the photos we were after… take our ideas and turn them into real photographs.
We are giving away an extended family calendar shoot with our fabulous photographer friend, Marike Herselman, which is an hour shoot at one location of your choice. You receive 12 images in a personalised calendar as well as for download to print yourself. All you have to do is leave a comment… tell us when last you took an actual family photograph. Also, you have to be in Cape Town between 1 December and the 29 of December, to make use of your prize.
This GiveAway works in the usual way, leave a comment before the end of play on the 30 November 2016. We will draw and publish the winners on the 1st of December. I won’t respond to your comments as we do on our other posts because we don’t want to be included in our own giveaway. Our GiveAways are usually open to everyone, but this prize is very definitely Cape Town based. Otherwise, if you have already won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – hang on, our week of Giveaways is continuing…
We would like to thank Marike Herselman who provided us with the photoshoot and a Calendar Shoot GiveAway for our readers. This is not a sponsored post, we were not paid for the review and the opinions expressed in it are as usual, entirely our own.