Samantha and Francois wedding day had finally arrived after months of planning, and there was a lot of excitement in the air mixed with a few nerves. Their fabulous wedding which was both elegant and romantic was at Destiny Lodge, a beautiful wedding venue in Cullinan.
When we arrived at the venue, there was a flurry of last minute preparation being done by Sam's mom and grandmothers, who were the ladies responsible for the fabulous decor and flowers. The decor was a mix of silvers and whites with a hint of purple, which gave the reception a very chic and elegant look. The ever thoughtful Sam and Francois had made sure that the children had special packs that were packed full of cookies and sweets, while the adults had the most delicious chocolates as their thank you's.
The couple had gotten each other special wedding gifts for the day, and we were the lucky ones who got to deliver them. So we got some beautiful photographs of the Francois opening the boudoir album Sam had done for him, and of Sam unwrapping the stunning Thomas Sabo bracelet Francois had bought for her.
The ladies started to prepare for the main event by getting their makeup and hair done, while the men celebrated with a glass of champagne and cigars with Lee-Anne (my second photographer for ther day) and had a few photos taken. And then it was time, Sam looked magnificent in her gown, and was proudly walked down the aisle by her dad and gorgeous son Calvin. A short but beautiful ceremony later, Sam and Francois were finally husband and wife.
We had the perfect soft romantic light for their couple shoot, and these two look amazing on camera and their love really shines through. The reception started with a few speeches before Destiny Lodge served a delicous dinner. The highlight of the day for most, was when Calvin stood up and gave a speech welcoming Francois into his family and referred to him as Dad. He had the whole wedding party reaching for tissues when he said that he is glad Francois is part of his Mom's life, as when his Mom is happy, the hidings hurt less.
This was a beautiful and very memorable wedding, and I would like to thank Lee-Anne for working with me and helping to record the memories for this fabulous couple. Sam and Francois would also like to thank all of the awesome suppliers (listed below) that helped them plan and pull off this elegant wedding.
Lastly, I would like to thank Sam and Fafa for choosing me to be part of your wedding day. From the chats, to the frantic stressed out messages, I wouldn't change a single thing. Working with you was an absolute pleasure, and I wish you both a very happy future together. I hope that you are blessed soon with the twin baby girls you are trying for.
The best weekend of the year, at least for photographers that is, is almost upon us! Many photographers and enthusiasts, including myself, block this weekend off to attend the fabulous Photo & Film expo at the dome.
Running from the 30th of October, to the 2nd of November, this is an event not to be missed. From new products and great specials, to workshops that cover almost every genre of photography there is something for everyone.
This year though, it is even more exciting for me .... I was asked to present a talk and live demo on boudoir photography for femme fatale boudoir. I will be discussing basic posing and using continous lighting to create soft sensual and elegant boudoir images. So should you want to learn a bit about boudoir photography, pick up some tips or just see what its all about, come and visit me on the Fotacs stage.
I will be talking once every day, each with a slightly different theme and look. Here is the dates and times I will be doing the demos, so put them in your diary!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Many people have asked what is happening, why all the secrecy about the future ... well we have been working hard at creating something so fabulous, we just had to keep it a secret!
Chantal (Beautiful Boudoir & Shelley (Pretty Boudoir) have finally joined forces and also brought on board the super talented MUA's & Hair Stylists Monique & Shandré! Together they are invincible and glamorously gorgeous!
Our new boudoir website (www.femmefataleboudoir.co.za) and blog has arrived! Hello SA and welcome to the world of sexiness! We are here and more stylish than before! Have a peak at the new website and blog ... We will update the blog as much as we possibly can...we want all of you gorgeous ladies to be part of it. So comment, ask questions, if you have a shoot then give tips to newbie clients, let's get some chatter and a vibe going on here!
Looking forward to working with all of you sexy ladies!
The Femme Fatale Girls
Shelley, Monique, Shandré & Chantal
How many ladies want to do a photo-shoot where they look sensual and beautiful, but are just too shy to do it by themselves? Instead of having a private Boudoir photo-shoot, why don't you include some of your friends? Introducing the Boudoir Party, where a minimum of 3 ladies and a maximum of 6, can have a day of glamour and spoiling.
Contact me for more details!
Getting married is such an exciting event in every couples lives, but with the planning and preparation it can be a little stressful! So why not do something fun with your bridesmaids or with your friends and get some awesome sensual and sexy photos for you husband to be?
We are launching a Bridal Boudoir party, where you have your make-up professionally done by Shandre before having a photoshoot with several changes of outfits. Why are we doing parties? Well this is because doing a Boudoir shoot is a little daunting for some ladies, and it is easier to have your friends with you. Also, who can resist a day of glamour and fun?
At the Avianto Expo on the 22nd of April we will be giving a Bridal Boudoir Party away, this will be for 3 ladies, so dont forget to visit us at the expo!
The thing I love most about photography is my clients, and this extends from both the wedding photography to the boudoir photography. Sometimes people think it is strange that we specialise in a specific area, but it takes a lot of time and patience to develop the skills to do the photography.
I am specialising in two area's that are very close to my heart .... Wedding photography, as I just love the romance and detail of a wedding day. It is one of the most challenging forms of photography as we need to deal with what you have on the day. This could be bad weather to changing light conditions or even strange events happening during the day. Boudoir photography is my other love, as I believe all women are beautiful and can boost their self image but seeing themselves looking sensual, glamourous and beautiful.
The reason I am mentioning this in this post, is, when Robyn came to our boudoir marathon, I immediately thought that this is a different and exciting lady to work with. Not many people are comfortable to sit in their lingerie outside, but Robyn was! There was an awesome hole in the wall outside which I was dying to photograph, with lots of help from our MUA Shandre (who held the reflector) and Shelley (who was shooting with me) we got amazing photographs. The way we had to photograph this was definitely not traditional boudoir, and it was dealing with the same conditions for a wedding. Great thinking out of the box ladies, and dealing with the different situation!
Not satisfied there, Robyn was ready to give us sultry attitude and even was prepared to do implied nude photography. What a stunning lady to work with, I hope to work with you again!
I met Portia at the boudoir party with Shelley Burt and Shandre Araujo, and I have to say she is such a lovely lady! Not only is she stunning with a beautiful body and sultry eyes, but such a lady as well.
Even if you are shy and scared to dress in lingerie, the boudoir shoot is rather liberating. As a photographer, it really makes it worth my while when a lady can tell me that this shoot has boosted her self image and confidence! If this is to spice up your relationship or just as a fun thing to do for yourself, it is something I would highly recommend!
Due to our success and popular demand we are definitely going to do another boudoir party soon!
A few more images from our boudoir shoot on Saturday. Should anyone want details of Shandre, our make-up artist please let me know. The work she did with Sam is breath-taking!
Sam walked into our shoot, the most relaxed I have ever seen some one before a shoot where you "get your kit off". Her relaxed but sultry attitude and wonderful fun personality made photographing her an absolute pleasure. Have a look at some of her photos!
Last Saturday, I had the most amazing day with a very talented boudoir photographer, my friend Shelley Burt - Pretty Boudoir, and the best make-up artist I have worked with, Shandre - Make-up by Shandre. We embarked on a Boudoir marathon which meant we had 6 models to photograph in 6 hours.
We chose a stunning location, The Wesley in Bryanston as it is both beautiful and romantic - perfect for boudoir! It was a challenging but fun day, and I got to meet so many beautiful young ladies. Here is a sneak peak of the first model we worked with on the day .... The lovely Erica.
Thank you all for making this a very special event!
Quirky and often described as rather eccentric, I am a lover of all things beautiful. Capturing special moments and making my clients look and feel beautiful is what makes me happy!