Carmien Kiddies Blog | Family Shoot

When Jeanelde, one of my birth clients and also brain & heart behind Carmien Kiddies Blog, phoned me from Citrusdal to ask me to join Carmie panel of experts, I was over the moon.  I had captured the birth of their little ‘fynbos fairy’  the year before and idea of joining Carmien Rooibos in their efforts to support parents not only by beautiful baby rooibos tea products, but also with information, really appealed to me.

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After some planning a day-trip was arranged for me to photograph Jeanelde and her beautiful family between the daisies on their citrus farm.  The Carmien Kiddies Blog was the main purpose behind the shoot and after some discussions about the look and style of the blog we got to work.  For me the favourite part of this family shoot was seeing their little ‘fynbos fairy’ again.  She had grown so much.  I also loved working with Jeanelde, trying to do her particular vision and style for the blog justice.

Moving forward I will be the writer and photographer behind Birth Time and Photo Time on Carmien Kiddies Blog.  Come and pop in and say hello!  You will be in good  & caring company (there is a food and sleep expert of choice as well as Carmien Rooibos Tea), there’s lot to learn and share and you can partake in some awesome give-aways!

But first, more on the Carmien Kiddies Blog family shoot I  did.

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I’d love to capture your family’s loving moments and spirit.  Love Alda does offer stand-alone family shoots but bookings have to be made well in advance and previous birth clients are given priority. For packages and prices or to book email me at [email protected]

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Love Alda | Midwife, OBG & Hospital Approved

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Finding an integrated solution has always been a passion of mine.  Perhaps that is why I feel so strongly about the link between medicine and the humanities (with a focus on the arts and photography in my instance).  I recently completed a course on this through UCT.  You can read more about my thoughts on this ‘integration’ and how it can be applied to births with a focus on birth photography here, but I think Dr. Bernard Lown summarises it well in “The lost art of Healing” when he says: “…caring without science is a well-intentioned kindness, but not medicine. …Science without caring empties medicine of healing…”

Not any photographer can just walk into the birth space.  There are so many medical, safety, privacy and emotional considerations to take into account (over and above artistic considerations). The ideal birth photographer needs to fulfil many requirements:

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It was in the spirit of integrating medicine and the arts that I co-founded SABPA (the South African Birth Photographers Association) and I’m proud to say that the association has done miracles to build a sense of abundance and excellence in for the birth photography in South Africa with many of the leading hospitals and birth professionals only allowing SABPA-accredited photographers at births for legal, safety, privacy and other reasons.

I’m also extremely humbled that I can today say that I am personally approved to work in or with many of SA’s leading midwives, doulas, OBG’s and hospitals including with thanks (but definitely not limited to) the following:

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