Last month we headed out to the Winelands for a fun photo shoot as a family with Yolandi van der Merwe, a family photographer based in the Helderberg area that I discovered through the Mamahood Facebook group.
Now the last time we had any sort of professional family photo shoot was about 5 years ago so you can imagine how excited I was. I love capturing my own kids in photos from behind the lens BUT nothing beats having someone else do it AND for me to be in the photos too!
After liaising via email with Yolandi to choose a date, we then decided on a gorgeous venue for our photo shoot. Somewhere she had been very keen to shoot at – Canettevallei Lavender near Stellenbosch.
Then all that was left to do was to choose our outfits…. Yolandi sent through a few suggestions but this proved MUCH harder than it looks. I should have left more time but of course I left it to the night before. What a stress. DON’T do what I did. Please plan in advance!! Anyway I finally decided on a palette of purples, mauves and greys to complement the lavender backdrop… and packed a few backup options just in case!
Yolandi was so lovely to work with. Even my husband sang her praises afterwards, and from someone who hates having to pose for photos even more than my son THIS is high praise indeed. I think the thing he was most impressed with was that she was quick! No fussing around for hours – which really doesn’t work for small kids anyway – we were in and out within 45 minutes despite some rouge dogs and rather windy conditions wrecking havoc with our hair!!
Anyway I finally picked up the disc last week and I am beyond happy with the results… they are even better than I imagined and I’m so grateful to Yolandi for capturing this moment in the life of our family. I really shouldn’t have left it so long!!
And now if you would love to have a family photo shoot of your own then you’ll be super pleased to hear that I’m giving one away courtesy of Yolandi van der Merwe photography – a Mamahood Approved business.
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
If you’re not yet part of a Mamahood Group, why not sign up to one in your area:
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Yolandi van der Merwe
Tel: 083 532 3240083 532 3240