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Real LOVE:Wintry Waves

Wintry Waves crashing on the shore nearby and gloomy skies sets the mood for this engagement session. I spent a lovely misty Sunday afternoon with a couple very much in love and about to start their life together as husband & wife.

The gloomy sky made it difficult to differentiate between water & horizon but none of this matters as Monique & Hans look in to each other’s eyes. There is a mutual respect and graciousness in how the treat each other that tells a story of endurance & true love.

I guided Monique with styling advice for their session but she has such a great sense of style; she made it her own and came up with 3 wonderful look books for herself & Hans and each perfect for their personalities.

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Marnel Toerien did a beautiful smudge eye for Monique’s make up. Using tones of nudes and a dark liner she highlighted Monique’s natural beauty while adding just the right amount of drama to suit this Boho Glam look. Moniques’ hair was beautifully curled and draped over one shoulder to finish off the look.

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While the Wintry Waves crashed against the shore line and the wind chilled you to the bone; two people walk along the shoreline of Strand beach holding hands as they make their way to the concrete jetty jutting out into the grey waters.


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An ocean tumbles through dreams of you.
In depths unknown, I float above.
~Rhonda Johnson-Saunders~

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After the formal look book, Monique & Hans chose to change in to a more relaxed beach outfits. Monique chose a flowing chiffon skirt and nude lace crop top for a playful look book to match Hans’ comfortable jeans. The chiffon skirt was perfect in creating playful movements as they frolicked on the cold beach.

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Take my hand and lead the way,
Pour out all your deeper thoughts,
Let your soft voice whisper swiftly into my ear,
All these lovely things I want to hear.
~Mashudu Nemukula ~

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For their last look book I took some creative liberty and did a moving portrait session. An exciting new product I want to offer to clients because its such a special thing to capture these moments; not only with still photos but also a little keepsake to remember the finer nuances.

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Who Made it Happen: 

Styling Advice -Samantha Clifton

Hair & Make Up – Marnel Toerien



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