Although we could not be there | Cape Town Grandfather shares appreciation for Birth Photography

This letter from Cape Town Grandfather, Joep Joubert, to his first grandchild was so heartwarming to receive.  His gratitude for being able to share in those first moments, even though he could not be there himself meant so much.  This is why I do this.  What an incredible gift to fathers, mothers, grandparents, but ultimately the child who will one day see how much he or she was loved from those very first moments.

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Love Alda | Master Birth Photographer | Cape Town

Birth photography is slowly capturing the imagination of South African parents.  As a mother of three & a master birth photographer in Cape Town, my goal is to provide you with breathtaking maternity, birth & newborn imagery to kindle & share memories of a life-changing time that goes by too quickly.

I am a Co-Founder & the Chair Person of the South African Birth Photographers Association, which means I specialise in on-call birth photogpraphy & that I work towards the highest standards & level of integrity.

Although based in Cape Town, I am available for destination births throughout South Africa.

With a heart for the birth environment & a deep respect for the privacy of my clients, I capture those precious first moments at home or at the hospital in a discreet & caring manner. I am also available for maternity, newborn & family sessions.

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My Natural & C-Section Birth Packages include:

  • a birth plan
  • a mini nursery shoot
  • on call service
  • recording of labour / moment leading up to birth, the actual birth, as well as first bonding moments via photography & some videography
  • a birth announcement package (custom-designed same-day MMS birth announcement, as well as 20 printed birth announcement postcards)
  • birth story slide production with licensed music

Due to the on-call nature of birth photography I only take on a limited amount of clients a month, so early booking is recommended.

To capture the day you meet your baby for the first time contact me at [email protected]

 

 

Expecting Twins [Leandri & Christiaan] | Cape Town Maternal Photographer

It’s more or less a year ago that I did this maternity shoot for Leandri & Christiaan.  I also had the privilege to capture the birth / first moments of their beautiful twins in January this year and shortly after that did a newborn shoot of the two princesses.

The light at the beach that day was breathtaking, but the love and friendship between this couple is what made me love their images so much that I felt like re-blogging them today, more or less a year later.

I’ve said this before but I think these images proves my thinking on this:  I do not create beauty I simply capture it as it flutters by my lens. People make their own magic.  Read more about Love Alda Maternity session here.

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It’s Love Alda Maternal & Family Photography’s Birthday!

Today I celebrate the ‘birth’ of Love Alda Maternal & Family Photography.  A big, big thank you from the bottom of my heart to all my friends, family and parent clients who support me every day of the year.  You are as priceless as the memories I share with and have the honor of capturing for you.  A big thank you also to all the amazing birth & maternal professionals out there who works very hard to help South African moms to give birth beautifully and safely.  You are my heroes.

My gift to you this year:  a 15% discount on any birth package booking confirmed before or on 5 September 2015.  I can only take on 4 births a months so subject to availability.

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Happy Birthday Beth!

Beth was born at home on the 31st of August.  It was a much colder and rainier day than today, but inside the house was warm as the steam from the hot water in the birth pool mixed with the scent of the aroma oils midwife Marianne was using on Michi as she laboured bravely.

Today Beth turns one.  I will never forget the moment her parents met her and I will forever be grateful to them for allowing me to share some of their memories from that incredibly precious event.  Happy, happy birthday little Beth.  My your life be blessed and filled with love and happiness.

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Meeting-Beth-Spread-by-Love-Alda-Birth-Photography-Cape-TownTo watch ‘Meeting Beth’ click here.

RSG Radio Interview | Capturing the Birth of Your Child

I had a blast at RSG Radio’s studio this morning.  I was interviewed by Martlize Brink and Johan Rademan on capturing the birth of your child – something I am very passionate about.  To be able to inspire memories of such a precious time for parents is a privilege. I had so much more to tell, but I guess in the end a picture says a thousand words.

Diegene wat dit misgeloop het kan hier gaan luister en sommer terselfde tyd in ‘n paar ongelooflike foto-oomblikke deel.

Those of you who missed it can click here and share in some extraordinary birth photo moments.

Although based in Cape Town, I do travel for destination births across South Africa.  For booking please contact me on [email protected]

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Kind Words | Client Endorsements

What I do, is truly a labour of love. Birth photography is hard work.  It’s not glamorous, but it is priceless. What a privilege to capture fleetings moments that will be treasured for a lifetime and beyond. And when I receive heart-warming letters and references from happy parents who invested in breathtaking maternity, birth and newborn imagery to kindle & share memories, it makes it all worth while.

I wish I can share all the messages, but with this blog I will attempt to give through as many of them as possible (will update as and when I have time).

I am also very proud to now offer potential clients with the option to talk to some of my existing parent clients who where so happy with my services that they have offered to give personal, one-to-one references upon request.  So when you contact me at [email protected] to find out more, get a quotation or make a booking, remember to ask about this service should it be of interest.

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For written referrals visit here.  Or scroll down for more – I will add with time.

From Grandparents:

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“We would like to thank Alda from LoveAlda for the professional yet personal manner in which she captured the journey of our baby boy into this world, from the whimsical maternity shoot to the wonder of his first breaths. She captured moments so fleeting that they may have been forgotten had it not been for her keen attention to detail and love for her profession. Mere words cannot thank her enough for the gift of eternal memories!” Rouvay & Martin, Somerset West

“Het geen woorde om aan jou te beskryf hoe ongelooflik {special} ons foto’s is nie! Ek sal vir ewig dankbaar wees dat jy oor ons pad gekom het, want wat jy vir ons beteken is van onskatbare waarde en die klein foto skatte wat jy vir ons gegee het is elke traantjie (van geluk) werd! Jy het ‘n {special touch} wanneer dit by geboorte fotografie kom en ek sal altyd die oomblikkies onthou wat jy my bygestaan het al was dit net ‘n drukkie om my kalm te hou! Ons gesin is bevoorreg om ‘n engelmens soos jy te kan ken!” ♡ Thinus, Melanie & klein Pieter, Worcester

“It was such a pleasure to have Alda photograph Abby’s birth. My partner and I were very skeptical at first as a birth is a very intimate and emotional time for a couple. Alda was great, she came over to meet with us and discuss the day and what we expect from her, she often called in to see how I was keeping which I enjoyed. She really made you feel like you were her only client. On the day she was such a pleasure, not only did I hardly notice that she was there, she really made me feel so comfortable. I was so overwhelmed by her unbelievable and the absolutely beautiful and breath taking images she captured on that day. I would highly recommend Alda. I never had the privilege of having a professional photographer at my first born’s birth and with all the emotions and chaos on the day we never took half the photos I would have loved to have captured on that day. Thank you Alda for capturing my daughters birth, these are images we will cherish forever and generations to come xx” Sherri Geleijnse, Table View

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Meeting SA’s Birth Professionals: Gynaecologist & Obstetrician Jacky Searle

As a Cape Town-based birth photographer and chair person of the South African Birth Photographers Association, I get to work or meet with some of South Africa’s best birth professionals.  Dr. Jacky Searle is one of them.  She’s a mother of two and successful practice at Vincent Pallotti Hospital.

Article was originally published in BIRTH magazine.

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Meeting SA’s Birth Professionals: Midwife Sandy Standish

As a Cape Town-based birth photographer, I have worked with many amazing birth professionals who support women in their journey to become mothers.  Sandy Standish is one of them. Sandy, a mother of five, is the owner of her own Midwifery Practise Birthing Naturally.

Article as originally published in BIRTH magazine.

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FREEBIES for Love Alda Photography Clients & Fans

I have a passion for capturing, preserving & sharing maternal & birth memories in a beautiful manner.  To book me as your maternal, family or birth photographer, or as I like to say, story catcher, contact me at [email protected]  For the ‘sharing & preserving’ part make sure you check out the Love Alda Clients & Fans Freebie box on my facebook pages www.facebook.com/withlovealda or www.facebookcom/lovealdabirthphotographer for regular freebies, such as beautiful birth announcement templates and discounts on prints or photography gear.  Simply like the page and click on the ‘FREE GOODS’ tab at the top to download your freebies.

Love Alda Birth Maternal Newborn Photography Cape Town Freebies

Some freebies that you won’t find in the Love Alda Freebie Box, that are exclusive to my BIRTH PACKAGE CLIENTS:

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