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Mihle & Zolani’s – Jozi City Maternity Shoot

My clients are awesome,  really they are, and Mihle and Zols are no exception. They were so chilled and so much fun to shoot. They followed direction perfectly and we had loads of laughs. This was one of my favourite maternity shoots for many reasons.

We started our session off in Braamfontein and then moved to Newtown and finished off on The Nelson Mandela Bridge at sunset. I love this city, Jozi is magical, it truly is, I have said this before, but I really need to spend more time in the city, so that’s exactly what I will be doing.

Mihle & Zols are expecting their little lady very soon, she should be arriving the beginning of October, but I have a feeling it may be sooner. I wish them lots of love and light, cuddles and laughter.

Contact me to book your Maternity shoot

Bronwyn@heartandsoulphotography.co.za

Mobile: 078 734 9701

 

Pretty Undead Shoot – Johannesburg Pin-Up Photographer

In Bettie Flash’s own words:

It seems like every few months a new craze emerges, first Vampires were the hot topic and now Zombies have taken centre stage.  I like being a little unusual and decided on a whim that I wanted to incorporate the undead and Pin Up to create a Pretty Undead Pin Up Shoot; fortunately I have an amazing photographer who was willing to be a part of my macabre idea!

With quite literally a day’s notice, Bronwyn from Bella Dea was on call help me achieve my latest must have photoshoot.  Looking for a suitable venue in the middle of winter with little time to plan to boot made it a challenging task to say the least, but we did it!  We shot the photo’s at West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg, searching for the older sections of the cemetery and chasing the sun to get a natural glow (and this is something that a photographer would know more about).

With make shift blood to add the gore and cleverly applied make up, we were off!  I think that I managed to pull off what I would consider a freshly turned walker, possibly searching for her lost love – or a living being to eat – and thankfully I had the ever valued guidance of Bron’s eye to pose me.

There is something quite surreal about being in a quiet cemetery in the late afternoon, you can hear the hum of rush hour traffic in the distance but you’re surprisingly at peace.  Even though we spent the latter part of the shoot chasing the sun, we still managed to get some amazing shots! I didn’t even know that it was possible to make a zombie look as good as Bron did!

So again, I have to say a big thank you to Bronwyn for putting up with my bizarre requests and being so willing to jump in to help them come to life.  It was something to cross off of the ol’ Bucket List, but that doesn’t stop my mind from working overtime to come up with a new, wild photoshoot concept that I will definitely ask Bron to help with.

To book your shoot, please contact me

Bronwyn@heartandsoulphotography.co.za

mobile: 078 734 9701

Sister, Sister By Rachel Zadok – South African Author

I don’t usually blog about things not photography related, but I need to tell you about this brilliant author that I know and admire, Rachel Zadok.

That day I walked into Exclusive Books during my lunch break, whilst working at The Barnyard Theatre, long before I plucked up the courage to pursue my passion and to create  a career for myself  in photography, I noticed from the corner of my eye, a book, titled Gem Squash Tokoloshe by Rachel Zadok. I doubled back, picked up the book, in hope it was the same Rachel Zadok that I knew and adored, and low and behold it was.

I can’t tell you how excited and so very proud I was. In a way, for me, I was reconnecting with Rachel again, through her beautiful story (you must understand this was before the time of Facebook and Twitter, where finding old friends was not very easy at all, and definitely not done by merely  pushing a button)  I read the back page blurb, and just knew this was a story I wanted to read.

I bought my copy of GST right there and then, and forgot what I was actually looking for in the first place, besides I had no more money to spend, but… I had me a copy of  GST, exactly what I was looking for, it turns out.  It resonated with me, having had a mother who suffered, for most of my childhood, with severe depression, even to the point of being hospitalised a few times, and mostly leaving me to my own devices. My mom too, passed away, most probably from a broken heart, having not being able to deal with my brother’s death. She never spoke much or expressed how she felt.

I loved Gem Squash Tokoloshe, because somehow it felt a bit like my story, and came into my life at the perfect time, just as I started re-evaluating my behaviour and how I perceived my life, especially with regards to my mom and my ‘lost childhood’. Gem Squash Tokoloshe had a huge impact on me.

Then came Rachel’s second novel, Sister, Sister, Damn! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, and waited very patiently for it to be released. It is, I have to say, one of my most favourite novels of all time, up there with Memoirs of a Geisha, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Night Circus and American Gods. I loved every single second I spent reading it. I climbed into to the story completely, from the first page. The narrative is poetic, the landscape is dark, but easily imagined, the characters complex, but easily recognised, and I felt a special connection to Sindi, her struggle to communicate and express herself, is something, I too, have battled with over the years.

I am no wordsmith, so I struggle to convey what I feel, yes, even in the written form.  I have no fancy words or literary comments to offer you about Sister, Sister, but I can tell you this… I love reading, I love literature, I always have, and I LOVE Sister, Sister, It’s beautifully written and simply sublime. It’s a novel, that deserves to be read, and I’m pretty damn sure, will be thoroughly enjoyed and even adored.

You can pick up a copy of  Sister, Sister from Exclusive Books and most good bookstores around the country, and from www.loot.co.za

Get your copy of Gem Squash Tokoloshe from: www.loot.co.za

Kwela Books, Rachel’s Publisher

 

 

The Lovely Trio Pin-Up Shoot | Miss Oh, Bronwyn & Cashe | Johannesburg PinUp Photographer

I recently had the absolute pleasure of photographing three very gorgeous woman, Pin-Up style,  in a most stunning lingerie boutique situated on 44 Stanley in Johannesburg, South Africa.  It was a day of stunning bodies, all different shapes and just celebrating their beauty as women. These are my favourite type of shoots, for many reasons.

I asked Cashe ( Bettie Flash) to write a little insert  from her point of view, on what this Pin-Up photo shoot meant to her, what follows are her words:

Who said three’s a crowd?

I often Google pictures of the gorgeous Pin-Up and burlesque ladies from way back when, and more often than not there are very few where the gorgeous ladies are together.

So when I was asked to participate in a trio pin up shoot, I jumped (very gracefully naturally) at the chance.  It was a lot easier to agree to a trio shoot when the fabulous burlesque performer; Oh Miss Oh wanted in on the action as well.  As always; the incredible Bronwyn Stewart was on hand to work her photographic magic on three very different ladies crammed into one awesome lingerie shop in Milpark.

The setting was perfect, we were using Mechant & Gentil as a location, and there is really something about being surrounded by stunning lingerie that brings out the sensual goddess within, hair and make-up done by a professional also helps!

When you are being photographed with two other gorgeous women; two women you haven’t actually met in person before; there is a certain nervousness that takes over that you cannot let show on the photos.  Fortunately Bronwyn Stewart is a master at helping her models feel at ease, it is very easy to feel so comfortable wearing very little when Bronwyn is behind a camera; she has a way with words, poses and energy that allows a girl with curves to feel like the sexiest creature in the room.  And there were three of us.

With myself, Miss Oh and Bronwyn Ruth Williams made up and ready for our shoot, it was surely a challenge to get all of us positioned and posed beautifully, while taking into consideration that each of us have very different body types and personalities.  Bronwyn S just has a way of bringing our personalities out without much effort either; all while having the artistic vision to capture some incredible shots of the three of us!

I absolutely adore the Pin-Up pictures of the three of us; the edgy and beautiful way that they were captured shows a group of ladies who have known each other for years; even though it was only for a few hours.

Bronwyn S allowed us to bring our ideas to the table and worked with what we had envisioned for the shoot in ways that neither of us could have imagined.  It made me wonder that if three almost strangers could produce photos of this nature, I could only imagine what a group of friends could produce. 

I am no professional model; I am definitely not a skinny girl and I am not the type of girl who will flaunt my mom curves, thanks to Bronwyn S though; I am very proud of my body and of any beautiful woman who is willing to flaunt her best side.  I have said it before and will say it again, I would definitely recommend a pin up shoot with Bronwyn Stewart – she is a lady who nails pin up poses to help you get into them; she knows exactly how to direct you into the most flattering positions and is more patient with her clients than most people I know.

So I would like to thank Bronwyn once again for helping me realize that I am more than just a mom; more than just a girlfriend or just an employee –  I am a woman and a pretty sassy one at that and without Bronwyn I wouldn’t have seen that at all!

Contact me, Bronwyn, to book your Pin-Up shoot

bronwyn@heartandsoulphotography.co.za

Mobile: 078 734 9701

 

The Basmadjian Family Photo Session – Johannesburg Family Photographer

This photo shoot was a very special mother’s day gift to Lisa from Haig and the kids. We met at Pecan Manor Conference & Function Venue nestled in the middle of a Pecan Nut Forest in the foothills of the Magaliesberg Mountains.

The kids had a ball, especially Hanna, she loved the whole experience, and was so willing to pose for the camera. Lisa’s dad also joined in for a few shots, which made for some very special moments. All in all this a really wonderful family photo session. Thanks Basmadjian family, I loved the time spent with you all.

Lisa sent me a lovely message after receiving her photos from her family photo session.

“Thank you Bronwyn for the most amazing photo’s of my amazing family! Priceless” – Lisa Basmadjian

 

Thapelo & Tabitha Engagement Party – The Fire & Ice Melrose Arch – Johannesburg Event Photographer

I had the pleasure of photographing Thapelo and Tabitha’s engagement party on the 18th May 2013, what a wonderful celebration it was, shared with family and close friends. I set up a little photo booth in the corner for all their friends and family to have some fun pics taken with a few props that brought along with me, needless to say the booth was a hit and and all the guests had a blast.

Going through all the pics whilst editing made me smile, Thapelo and Tabitha are so blessed to have such a wonderful and colourful bunch of friends and family, and of course each other, but that goes without saying. You just can see everyone had a a wonderful evening, celebrating their engagement with them.

To Thapelo and Tabitha, I wish you a beautiful life together, filled with love, joy and laughter.

Contact Bronwyn to book her for your next event

Mobile: 078 734 9701

bronwyn@heartandsoulphotography.co.za

Danielle’s PinUp Shoot – Johannesburg PinUp Photographer

I must say I just love Pin-Up sessions and I especially love it when my client is super, super excited to do her shoot, we planned her shoot for weeks from choosing the venue to getting ideas for Pin-Up style hair and make-up, to wardrobe, it was rather epic but so much fun, I rather enjoy the planning of a photo shoot, it’s loads of fun, sometimes frustrating but mostly it’s fun.  I must say I was rather nervous as the time approached to do Danielle’s shoot, I just wanted it to be perfect and  I had so many ideas in my head ads far a posing was concerned, I think I flooded my mind a bit.

This Pin-Up session was initially, a wedding gift for her hubby to be, but I think it ended up being more a gift for Danielle, she loved every second of her session, from the minute she stepped into the room and started getting her hair and make-up done to the actual Photo shoot. When we were done a few hours later, Danielle said that she would be spreading the word and convincing every woman that she knows to book a boudoir/ Pin Up session, as this was for her one of the most empowering experiences she has ever had. At one stage during our shoot, she blurted out ” Damn I’m one sexy woman and I’m feeling it right now” and we both giggled,

This is why I love what I do, and why I love Boudoir and Pin-Up photography, it’s more than just pretty photos it’s a wonderfully empowering experience.

Hair & Make-Up by: Lee Binks

Book your Pin-up or Boudoir Photo shoot with me. Mobile 078 734 9701

Bronwyn@heartandsoulphotography.co.za

Pillow talk – All about Boudoir Photography – Johannesburg Boudoir Photographer

Every woman has this desire to look glamorous and sexy, all while maintaining her class and sophistication, and lets face it – it’s an awesome confidence booster.

When you immortalize that radiant seduction in photos – you have a constant reminder of the powerhouse beauty that you are and what better setting than the one place in your house where you aren’t just the mom or just the wife?

Boudoir: is a lady’s private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room. Emphasis on the lady.

Commonly boudoir or pin up shoots have been categorized as risqué or tastelessly erotic – bordering on pornography perhaps – but this is not the case at all.  It is timeless and captures the intimate beauty of a woman, man or couple in a setting they themselves are comfortable with.

Growing in popularity, the idea of contemporary boudoir photography is to take variations of candid and posed photographs of a glamorous looking and confident feeling person partly clothed or in lingerie.

Nudity is more often implied than explicit – leaving much to the imagination of your significant other and maintaining the grace; and as mentioned sophistication of being a lady.

Commercially the boudoir or pin up shoot is marketed for brides to surprise their future husbands by gifting the images on or before their wedding day. A taste of things to come if you will.

Other motivations or inspiration for boudoir photography shoots include anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, weight loss regimes, maternity, or just to celebrate the beautiful woman in you.

Think Bettie Page, Mae West, Clara Bow and Jean Harlow – all photographed in boudoir styled shoots capturing their elegance and sensuality all in one photo.

Sweet Judy Garland and her Ruby Red slippers were immortalized in the form of a pin up shoot in the 1940’s and still she is a beloved silver screen icon.  Twiggy had her very own pin up shoot, waif frame and all. Cindy Crawford, Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot, the list is endless – all woman who have had their sensual beauty captured and all of whom have had their moment in the sun.

What is your excuse for not having your moment in the light?

Contact Bronwyn to Book your Boudoir Photo session

bronwyn@heartandsoulphotography.co.za  mobile: 078 734 9701

 

Lady T’s Vintage Boudoir photo shoot – Johannesburg boudoir photographer

Lady T contacted me in February wanting to a boudoir shoot as a surprise gift for her boyfriend’s birthday present, I love that, what a fabulous gift to give your man and indeed yourself. The shoot was kept very hush, hush from Lady T’s boyfriend, as it was a surprise after all. We discussed various themes and finally decided to go with a vintage style boudoir photo shoot. I do so love me some vintage, so i was over the moon.

 We found the perfect venue, an old Victorian style house in Parktown complete with antiques and a most fabulous energy. The gracious owners were very accommodating which made the shoot even more enjoyable because of the very chilled environment and the complete privacy they afforded us.  Lady T is gorgeous and such a beautiful person, she was nervous in the beginning, as was to be expected, but we quickly put her at ease and kept the vibe very light-hearted and fun. She was however very open to all our ideas and trusted us completely which really made a huge difference, and oh my word, did she have the most gorgeous lingerie and so much of it to choose from, so much of loveliness.

We had an absolute ball. I am so ecstatic with pics from a stunning vintage boudoir shoot with a gorgeous lady. What is even more important is that Lady T  absolutely loves her pics.   I loved every minute of Lady T’s shoot from concept to shooting, to post production.  I really  love, love, love what I do.

Here are the pics from Lady T’s vintage boudoir shoot, I’m sure that you will love them as much as I do.

Thanks to my photography partner, Sigrun Wagner for being amazing every step of the way, your contribution is, as always invaluable, and highly appreciated.  Thanks to Iliana Kirilova for doing Lady T’s lovely make-up.

The Henson Family Photo Session – Johannesburg Family Photographer

This is the second time I have had the pleasure of doing a family photo session for The Henson Family, Melissa, Mark, Shay and Tayla, and this time Granny Jeni joined in. The kids have grown so much, but I guess that’s what they do every year. Tayla is just too beautiful and Shay is such a sweet little man that adores his sister, actually they adore each other, you can see they have a strong bond, its super special to see, I hope they never lose sight of how special that bond truly is.

What a fabulous day, we did the photo session at Delta Park in Johannesburg, one of my favourite venues, to use for family shoots, or any shoot actually, because of the many different spaces that one can use from veld, to forest, to open fields, to a Graffiti wall,and I’m so pleased that the cosmos was still in bloom, the kids had a blast with the all the pretty flowers and oh so perfect for little girls, we got some stunning pics of Taylor amongst the cosmos.  Granny Jeni joined in for a few photos especially the shots with the kids, there is also such a precious bond between Gran and the kids, so Jen had to just be  there.

Taylor and Shay were so well behaved, I was so impressed, which made my job a breeze and the session a joy. thanks to the Henson family for yet another stunning family photo session. Until next time. I hope you enjoy the photo’s from your session.

Please contact Bronwyn to book your Family Photo Session

bronwyn@heartandsoulphotography.co.za or mobile 078 734 9701

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