The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don't celebrate those, they can pass you by. Alek Wek
Last year my husband and I joined forces with our good friend and talented designer Jannine Williams in a leather business called Alter Collection. This shoot was a dream. Our original concept of a very minimalist shoot evolved into a rather dramatic one - extravagant and gorgeous - complimented with flowers and the most beautiful fabric (thanks to the team from Hertex).
To launch our partnership, we present to you our passion - ‘The Maker Range’. This is an invitation to you to join in our process and own your leather products in a whole new way. You join the Alter family in the journey by putting your hands and your heart to good use and make something with us that will be yours forever. We’ve designed this range of wallets, clutches, laptop sleeves, journals, artist pallet sleeves, and multi-purpose décor and storage boxes. We’ve cut the leather for you and provided you with the tools and the instructions to stitch your product and put it together. You can view the full range and order here www.altercollection.co.za
Recently we’ve also partnered with anti-human trafficking group Hope Risen and there is a sewn up version of The Maker Range available - sewn up by survivors who have been rescued and rehabilitated by this incredible organisation. Part of the proceeds from these sales go to Hope Risen.
Thank you to the ultimate makeup pro of make up pros Amy Sprawson, and to our ridiculously good looking friends AJ and Kris Holmes of Page & Holmes Photography for agreeing to be in-front of the camera on this one! Enjoy!
I’m going to let these ones speak for themselves. Go and eat cake at Nice. Make sure you eat brekkie there first. Then have lunch. And stay for tea and cake. I love this place and the beautiful creative women that run the joint. Thanks ladies - let’s do this again soon! You can see more of my images on Nice’s social media accounts.
The dynamic team at Tuscani recently opened for business in Rosebank. Dramatic and stylish decor makes a grand statement from the moment you enter. Over the years Tuscani Hair has grown into a name synonymous with hair salons and styles. Their mission is to continue to grow in experience, reputation and quality of service, to become a leading hair salon. Pop in and visit them - you won’t be disappointed.
I shot this fantastic event at Katy’s Palace Bar in Sandton for Shackleton Whiskey. Great to see the images and this article published in Whiskey Of The Week in the UK https://whiskyoftheweek.co.uk/shackleton-blended-malt-whisky/
There’s a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Parkhurst’s Blank Bar - running from the 14th of September to the 28th of October.
This concept and activation space is set in the heart of bustling 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg. Through engaging demonstrations, tasting and sharing you can enjoy learning valuable tips from behind the bar that can be replicated at home. This is a regular commission for RockingChair and such fun to shoot!
I’ve had the joy of watching (through my camera) this beautiful family grow over the years. Loved capturing their youngest daughters Matric Dance recently.
What a joy to photograph this place in every season. These are the early Spring 2018 shots for Glengarry Holiday Farm - my family’s favorite place to rest and rejuvenate. The views of the surrounding Kamberg and Giants Castle are majestic and breathtaking. Watch the sun go down from your chalet while you braai and your children play on the lawns in-front of the river. Whether you are looking for an action packed holiday of outdoor activity or simply to relax in rustic tranquillity, Glengarry Holiday Farm offers a spectacular Berg experience for friends and family. Glengarry is a nature lover’s paradise and a sports enthusiast’s playground. Go visit their website at www.glengarry.co.za
I shot these two beautiful women from The Resolution Choice for their new website. The Resolution Choice is a dynamic family mediation duo. They specialise in divorce mediation and in family dispute resolution. Find them @ www.theresolutionchoice.co.za
Lee-Ann is one of my favorite makeup artists to work with. We first worked together eight years ago on a car commercial. I was heavily pregnant with my son. It felt so beautifully full circle to photograph her and her husband just before they're about to welcome their first-born son into the world. We shot amidst the glory of Parktown's autumn trees - all morphing with the turn of the season in yellows and oranges. So lovely.
Last month at Blank - SPIRIT OF RUM, SOUL OF SUGAR CANE. I loved the gorgeous mural on the wall. Loved the tones and colors and had such fun trying my hand at art directing this shoot - laying out bottles and props, lighting cigars and styling rum shots.
When you think of Russia, a few things always come to mind. Amazing Vodka. Fuzzy hats. Chill. Interesting food. Words you can’t pronounce, besides water with a v, and we’ll have that too, with a twist – obviously. Russian style, and now football obviously.
So where will you be when your team wins the big game?
It’s Game on at BLANK Bar, With Russian vodka cocktails, perfect serves, stocked bar and food menu to enhance the full viewing experience.
Their mixologists will impart some of their tips and secrets to their gorgeous Bloody Mary or maybe its a Dirty Martini you're after? Bond would definitely approve There’s even a Hot Toddy for those extra cold Jozi nights. Ask their mixologists what the secret is to making the perfect Moscow Mule, and as always, you can download all their cocktails off the Blank Bar website to try at home and become famous for your new skills with your own friends and fans.
Drinks are cold but its warm inside. All games will be screened so pay Blank a visit!
Blank's latest offering (read pop up bar) is East Meets West. This is Japanese Whiskey at its best. This is compliments of Blank:
"Emerging from the East, comes some of the latest head-turning whisky sensations, which are changing attitudes and creating quite a stir.
With craft and culture permeating through all aspects of Eastern life, their whisky is no exception – as they take on the same craftsmanship and precision you would expect from anything from these honourable lands.
Even though they have been producing whisky for nearly a century – fairly unbeknownst to most of the people outside the country – we are now starting to savour this mastery in its true form.
Blank invites you to sample liquid artistry as we serve some inspired cocktails (which will even convert the “non” whisky drinkers), high balls and the perfect pours, sampling Nikka – Japan, Kavalan – Taiwan & John Paul – Indian
Not straying far from tradition delicious Don bowls (similar in appeal to its well-known cousin, the Poke bowl) and warming Miso soup are perfect a compliments as you taste, sip, experience and learn more about this fascinating beverage.
Remember our mixologists are there to share and impart some of their knowledge – so don’t be afraid to watch, ask and then download all our cocktails off the website and try them at home.
"BLANK Bar is proud to open its doors and celebrate some of Jozi’s favourite Gins – it’s time to beGIN at BLANK what perfect G&T’s, the way gin they should ideally be enjoyed or inspired cocktails from our mixology team.
A choice of carefully crafted combinations of zesty, spicy and fresh floral gins have been chosen to create 5 impeccably balanced cocktails. These cocktails will be matched to perfection with every Gin lover’s favourite bespoke mixer, Fitch & Leedes, obviously.
Taste, appreciate and enjoy a unique creation of Gin cocktail’s from our premium Jozi partners, Ginologist, Flowstone and Time Anchor." - http://blankbar.co.za/begin-at-blank/
The South African Image Academy (SAIA) is one of the country’s most highly regarded image consulting training institutes, offering a wealth of skills, knowledge and materials to all those eager to reinvent not only their career, but also their personal style. I had the privilege of photographing Alette' Winckler and her team in action as they trained a group of women at the gorgeous Morrels in Northcliff Johannesburg.