Our Love Story | Malan’s Birth | Mediclinic Panorama, Cape Town

The birth of Rohan & Carmen Kitshoff’s son was beautiful.

Love takes on many forms: a supporting, loving husband trying to absorb his wife’s pain, a mother braving her fears, a family waiting in anticipation for a first-born. Love is tears of joy – an instant recognition between parent and child. Love is a celebration of life. It touches everyone in close proximity to it.

Malan your birth is a testimony to the love between your parents, as well as the love they share for you. May you grow up to recognise it, feel it and to pass it on to others.

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You Are Ours | Remo’s Birth | Netcare Christiaan Barnard, Cape Town

I met Lisa for coffee to discuss her birth.  At the time this beautiful mama was deciding on whether she wanted to have a natural birth.  We talked through all the positives and negatives and immediately clicked.

A while later I met Lyndsay, her partner at their complimentary maternity shoot. I loved capturing their maternal journey and enjoyed this young, vibrant and trendy couple’s company tremendously.  We chatted about different business ideas they had and Lyndsay, who is very health consious even convinced me to stop drinking Coca-Cola when I’m stressed out!

In the end Lisa had an incredibly intense but beautiful natural birth and Lyndsay got to help catch their son Remo.  Watch their story and then we can start at the beginning!

I loved everything about Lisa and Lyndsay’s maternity shoot in Newlands Forest – from the luminous light, to the temporary tattoos Lisa decorated her baby bump with.

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Our Beautiful Life | Lucie’s Birth | Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt, Cape Town

I met Christelle, Tron and their two lively boys at Elandsbaai for their maternity shoot. We (my three kids, hubby and I) were at a family wedding at Muisbosskerm the day before and made a small detour to the sleepy seaside village on our way back where we met the Van Wyks.

Although the the weather was not playing along, I had so much fun with this vibrant and energetic family of four (soon to be five) on the quiet beach. No one took themselves too seriously and the boys were so excited about their new baby sister’s eminent arrival.  They were delighted that they could share her name (a secret at that stage) with me by writing it with chalk on the road! And so capturing their journey to meeting Lucie, the first princess to the family, began!

Please note:  All content shared with family’s permission, but copyright protected.  So feel free to share the love but note that you are not allowed to reproduce or publish without the photographer and parents’ permission.

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Life is Beautiful | Zak’s Birth | Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt, Cape Town

Louise is a trauma nurse and friend second to none. Her husband, Vic, is a paramedic. They see and work with people when they are at their most vulnerable. Help them. Hold their hands. They are very special people indeed and witnessing the moment they fell in love with their first-born, Zak, surrounded by medical friends and even family (Louise’s mom is a nurse too), was breathtaking.

Capturing Zak’s birth re-affirmed to me that life is indeed very beautiful and it is moments of connection and love like these that we want to remember and share forever.  Thank you to Louise and Vic for allowing me to share their beautiful birth story.

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No planned lighting. No flashes. No Styling. | Good thing I chose Birth Photography

As a photographer I’ve always preferred natural or unplanned lighting photography with minimal styling. There’s just something about the raw beauty of a moment or memory that (to me) can disappear with the use of too much artificial help. Good thing I’m a birth photographer then, as both (flashes and styling) are a no-no if you are capturing a birth story whilst honoring and respecting the birth space.
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Although I’ve done many styled, studio newborn shoots because clients have asked for it, I’ve always been drawn to natural light or unplanned lighting (even artificial as in theatre), like a mosquito to an open flame. Flame, because although in my opinion natural or unplanned lighting often delivers some of the most incredible, honest images, it is by far not the easiest road to take.

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It was at this recent ‘Welcome Home’ newborn lifestyle shoot (part of my Magnolia Birth Package) that I decided to permanently move away from studio newborn work. The room in which it was taken was fairly dark and this little princess whose birth I had captured a couple of days ago, was fast asleep on a cushion. I did not want to wake her for styling or by using a flash so I simply put her with her cushion in front of the bedroom sliding door. Perfection. All I really needed was one beautiful, happy baby with some natural light falling on her. The rest took care of itself.

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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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BIRTH Magazine – Sharing Maternal Memories

Maternity. Birth. Newborn. South Africa.  I’m so proud to announce the first edition of BIRTH, a seasonal maternal photo journal by Love Alda Maternal & Family Photography.  This magazine is all about capturing and sharing some of the beautiful maternal memories being created daily across South Africa.  It is a platform to tell our stories of love and meet some of the people that support us in our first wobbly steps to parenthood.

In this Autumn / Winter edition learn more about birth photography and why more and more parents are opting to have their birth stories captured by a professional birth photographer.  Learn how to select your birth photographer.  You also get to meet Dr. Jacky Searle and Midwife Sandy Standish.  There’s a beautiful nursery feature and a natural, water birth photo feature.

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For your future FREE online edition of BIRTH make sure you click on ‘Follow’ once you’ve opened the electronic version.  You can also stand a chance to win monthly prize. Hard copies of BIRTH is also available at selected maternal health care offices across the Western Cape.  For feature or advertising consideration email [email protected]

The Eskimo Pixie

Far, far away, where the land is white with snow.  Slept a little pixie with dark, dark hair – a little baby Eskimo!

I tend to do more lifestyle or photojournalistic work as I think they have a raw, emotional quality which styled photography does not have.  But I certainly believe styled newborn work has earned its popular spot in the world of photography with masters like Anne Geddes taking the lead.  There’s just something about a sleeping baby, propped up in a sweet way that makes us all go ga-ga.

For my styled newborn work I try to move away from cookie-cutter looks and over-the-top props.  Instead I opt for natural, hand-made materials, subtle colours and a minimalism.  I also like to create a sense of magical wonder with my images and love thinking up little stories around images like this on of the little Eskimo Pixie.

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