I know the Rowe family pretty well, in fact Cathlin's mom, Desiree, and I are really good friends. So, when they asked me to be a part of this milestone in their lives, I wouldn't have missed it for anything! Cathlin is a beautiful young lady, with a very sharp wit and an even sharper mind. Not only does she excel academically, but shes a talented Violinist and that was something we had to feature in her photos.
It was a unique shoot as we did it over two days. As Desiree designed and made her gown, it was ready early, and she had booked her hair and makeup trials a week before the actual Matric Farewell. This gave us the opportunity to go and do a full shoot for her on location at the Modderfontein Nature Reserve, and then finish off with the family portraits on the day of her farewell. I loved that we could do it this way, it meant no time pressure on her portraits and we could have some fun.
Cathlin looked amazing in her custom made gown, and blue is definitely her colour! It was the first time I had ever seen her in a dress, but that didnt stop her from climbing up into places most people wouldn't just to get a beautiful shot. For this, I do have to thank her, because at times she thought I was crazy at my ideas. I just love the photos we got at the Reserve, everyone special, however I do love the ones with the violin the most.
A week later, on the day of her farewell, I arrived at the Rowe home and was greeted by Sheldon, Cathlins handsome date for the evening. Shortly after that, their ride to the event arrived. It was perfect, and in true Rowe style of being different! It was a beautiful blue Taxi, and driving it was a very well dressed family friend. As time always runs away before a big event, we quickly did some photos of Cathlin and Sheldon, and then some fun ones in the Taxi. After some family portraits, this lovely couple were off to the farewell.
In the few years I have known the family, I have watched Cathlin bloom into this amazing young lady. I wish you every success in your studies in the field of Forensics, and know that your Mom and Dad are really proud of you.
Here is a peak at the gorgeous Cathlin's Matric Farewell photos:
Suppliers & Venue Details:
Photoshoot Venue: Modderfontein Nature Reserve
Gown designed & made by: Deserable
Makeup: Makeup by Shandre
Thank you to the wonderful Rowe family for allowing me to be part of Cathlins Farewell!
Zelna and Hennie are such a special couple to me ... full of life and fun, it was a wonderful experience working with them! They are so much in love, and it comes through so strongly on camera.
Their wedding was set to be a very relaxed and vintage affair, and as they love South Africa and all its history we decided the best setting for their engagement shoot was Reefsteamers. This is one place that I love to work at, there are so many awesome places to photograph, and we walked around admiring the hard work that goes into the restoration of the beautiful old ladies.
As Hennie is also an avid photographer, he took great pleasure in comparing his Canon to my Nikon, and the afternoon was filled with loads of laughs and jokes. Adding to his delight, I pulled out my vintage Canon Film Camera and the two had a few funny selfie moments, and pretended that they were doing their own photoshoot.
This memorable afternoon ended with a spectacular Johannesburg sunset, and then we sat with the Reefsteamers team and waited for Susan, the oldest steam train in the yard to return from her Cullinan trip.
Thank you to the Reefsteamers team who allowed us to use the facility and for being so amazing with your historical knowledge. Thank you also to Makeup by Shandre for Zelna's stunning makeup, and lastly to my tireless assistant Michael for all of the help on the day.
Hennie and Zelna you are both fabulous, and I really wish you all of the happiness in the world as you deserve it. May your love grow and continue to blossom for many years to come!
Here is a peak at Zelna and Hennies fun e-shoot:
The gorgeous Leigh Ann was the second lady who modeled the fabulous Kiniconfidence range for us. This beauty looks so amazing in the bespoke range of bikinis created by this talented team of ladies. Her stunning figure and elegant look worked perfectly with the custom range of swimwear.
If you are wondering who Kiniconfidence are, well they are a family run business, started by my good friend and Makeup Artist, Shandre, her mom Ann and sister Angelique. Together they have created the most amazing and beautiful range of bespoke swimwear, each piece is unique. From the hand beading to the vibrant colours and mix and match options, you are sure to find the most amazing beach wear to suit your personal style.
Kiniconfidence have also expanded their range, offering bath and body lotion products (which I use) as well as accessories like body chains that are to die for! Later this year they will also be releasing their own lip product range, so this is a definite must visit company for all ladies!
I have to say a huge thank you to the stunning team at Kiniconfidence for asking me to work with them. To Leigh Ann, you are beautiful in every way and I would love to work with you again!
Kiniconfidence is a family owned business, and is run by the most awesome group of ladies. Shandre, who works with me at femme fatale boudoir as one of my makeup artists, created this bespoke and beautiful line of beach wear with her mom and sister. A while ago they asked if I could photograph a few of their pieces in their range for them.
Of course I jumped at the chance to help them, as this range is just gorgeous. What I love about their bikini's, is that each piece is unique. They hand make each one and add details like beading which makes them stand out from the rest. The other thing I love, is how you can mix and match throughout their catalog to create a look perfect for you. From high waisted, to tanga and boy legs, there is a huge range of different bottoms to suit your needs. I also fell in love with their sarongs and wraps and was delighted when they gave me one to say thank you for the awesome day we had shooting.
Angelique, our stunning model, is Shandre's sister and part of the design team, and she opted to be in front of the camera to show off the gorgeous outfits. Shandre did her beautiful hair and makeup, while Ann (their mom) did the wardrobe styling and assisted with the shoot. The camera just loves Angelique, and shes wonderful to work with. Not only is she beautiful, but she is a lovely young lady who I would love to work with again!
I would like to thank the ladies at Kiniconfidence for giving me the opportunity to work with them. Their range is amazing, so if you are looking for something unique, they are a definite must visit!
Samantha and Francois, had the most beautiful and very steamy engagement shoot in March this year. Their E-shoot was scheduled during the wettest months in Johannesburg, where we had no sun for days on end. Poor Samantha was very stressed out, and was ready to postpone right up until the morning of the shoot. A few panicky messages went back and forth between us, but as morning dawned, we woke up to the most perfect sunny weather. I do believe, to this day, that it was a sign that these two are meant to be together!
We arrived at the rather wet, but fabulous venue for the shoot, Reefsteamers in Germiston, and were greeted by the friendliest people, who are all volunteers that restore the old steam trains. They were so excited to see us and showed us the engines we could go inside and opened up the sheds so we could use different locations for the shoot.
Samantha looked beautiful, having had her make-up done that morning by Shandre, and the couple looked amazing together in their simple but elegant outfits of blue jeans and white shirts. Can you believe, Samantha and Francois had never really been in front of a camera and were super nervous about this? They are smoking hot and the camera just loves them! This young couple are just so in love and comfortable together, they needed very little coaching to get the steamy and sexy images.
Here is a peak at the E-shoot we did with this fabulous couple .... Sam and Fafa, I love you guys, you are amazing and I am blessed to have met you and to now call you my friends!
A huge thank you has to go to my second Chris who ran around with me, climbing up and down engines and made the day run a bit smoother, as well as to the amazing Team at Reefsteamers who provided us with the perfect location.
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
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!