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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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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From Parents:

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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

From Medical / Birth Professionals:

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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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A Tribute to C-Section Mothers

One of my birth images was recently published in a ‘First Meeting’ feature published by Kidspot. The feature only covered natural births.  The response to the post was very positive, but I could not help but notice a sadness amongst some of the moms not fortunate enough to have experience natural birth.  A sadness I, as a three x C-Section one x failed VBAC mom can emphasize with.  I too once felt those pangs of regret, but doing what I do I’ve also learned that how you become a parent is far less important than becoming one.

So to all the C-Section mothers out there:

Whether chosen or pushed into; whether it was necessary for medical reasons or whether you just elected it for personal reasons; whether you feel heartbroken that you did not experience natural birth or whether how you gave birth is not important to you; whether you experienced a gentle C-Section or a scary one – nothing can make meeting your child for the first time less special. Because how you became someone’s parent is far less important than the fact that you did.

Do I wish all woman could have beautiful natural births? Yes, wholeheartedly so – I’ve seen few things that can be as empowering, or the lack thereof mourned so deeply, but I have also seen breathtaking C-sections, I have been grateful for the option in emergency situations and I have learned, first hand, that in the end love does conquer all.

For more on shaping your first or next maternal and birth experience visit Maternal Choice.

To end this post off – some breathtaking C-Section birth photo’s. Thank you to the relevant hospitals and birth professionals for working with SABPA (the South African Birth Photographers Association) to give me special theater privileges and by doing so allowing me to capture these incredible moments.   But most  importantly thank you to my birth clients for allowing me to share your incredible, miracles and memories of a first breath that I know has been etched into each of your hearts.  You are tigers and you wear the stripes to prove it.

Interesting: Did you know that some woman find birth photography to be very healing in C-Section situations as it allows them to see that first moment albeit after the fact – something they often miss out on lying flat on their backs.

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