To My Son … Turning 21 Today!
Raising you has been the ride of a lifetime. I wouldn’t trade it or give up a second I’ve spent with you, worrying about you, loving you, arguing with you. It’s been 21 years of pure emotion: love, joy, worry, anger, frustration, terror. Sometimes the emotion wasn’t even mine, but yours. When you’re excited, happy or even worse, heartbroken, I feel those things, too.
Ever since you were born, I worried and wondered about whether or not I was being the best mom I could be. Did I make you feel important? Did we find enough time for the little things that live on in happy memories – like laughter, and hugs, and “just-between-us” moments? Did I show you enough that you mean the world to me? And, more importantly, did you always know I loved you, even when I was angry at you? I hope I’ve given you enough and made you feel loved, cherished and important, because you deserve only the best!
Today I find myself frantically wondering if I’ve covered all the bases, told you all the things I wanted you to know… and wondering, too, if you ever truly listened. I hope you did sunshine. Ultimately, you are responsible for your own life. It’s a scary concept, isn’t it? Your happiness, your fortune, and your emotional well-being all essentially belong to you to control and steer. I am nervous for you, but at the same time glowing with pride about the young man that you have grown to be.
You have been the solid rock in my life, especially the last couple of years. It wasn’t always easy, but you were there for me through thick and thin!
Follow your dreams, and never give up on something you desperately want … ever. Don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made in life. You are my son and I want great things for you. You are love and all things good in my heart. When you hurt, I hurt. When you have joy, I have joy. Of all the things in my life that I might have, could have or should have done differently, there’s one thing I’d never change, and that’s having you for a son!
What I cherish most is the shape of your heart, and the way it’s wrapped itself around mine! If I didn’t always find a way to say it, I hope I always showed it – I’m proud to be your mom and I love you with all my heart and soul.
A mother’s love knows no bounds and neither does her sadness and trepidation as her son moves onto the next phase of his life, without her holding his hand every step of the way. Raise your cup to the days to come, my son. And all those who love you raise them as well … to one amazing human being!!
Happy birthday my boy … now let’s PARTY!!
Gauteng Boudoir Photographer
… she is the epitome of femininity and class. I did their esession last year which can be viewed on my blog. Looking forward to their wedding in February!
The photoshoot took place at the beautiful Illyria House in Muckleneuk Pretoria.Read More»
Esession Photographer Gauteng
At the Fly Inn Estate close to Bronkhorstspruit!
… celebration Ignette and Etienne’s esession in Pretoria East. The couple chose an aviation / vintage theme, not surprising as they are both pilots jetsetting worldwide. I have to share some history about Etienne specifically. Etienne was kind enough last year organising another pilot’s couple shoot at Rand Airport. Not only did he plan everything to perfection, but he also accompanied us throughout the whole day making sure that the shoot went as planned. What a gentleman and supporter, thank you so much.
The esession took place over two days, as our first session rained out at the airfield. All I can say is … I am looking forward to this wedding in February.Read More»
… my own personal photoshoot with the legend Mardee Maree, all the way from Port Elizabeth!
I have always been fascinated by the Western Movies, with cowboys and indians. I remember clearly as a little girl, being the eldest of 4 girls (my poor parents), I used to nag my dad to take us to the drive in. I knew exactly, somehow, when a Clint Eastwood movie, or any western movie for that matter, was screening. I used to force my parents to take us to the drive in even when it was pouring down with rain. Some of my childhood photos, I was always caught with an immaculate outfit (thanks to my dad), a toy gun in the left hand and a drawing book and pencil in the right hand.
Needless to say, my photoshoot was just about that, the Western inspiration … thank you Mardee Maree for making me feel so comfortable. As a photographer myself, I haven’t invested in photos of myself for a very long time, and boy was it a challenge … and extremely tiring after 4 hours of make-up and shooting!
My confidence of course came from a team that I trust: professional make-up artist and stylist Maureen Grobler and Jodine Viljoen for my hair, and photographer Mardee Maree, and of course Winston from the Diamond X Cowboy Ranch!!
I just have to mention, I am in general a very energetic and hyperactive person, with serious insomnia and ADHD (and yes I always pull faces, that’s just my thing), and it shows in the photos!!!
Please note that no animals were harmed during this photoshoot … and no disrespect to any culture with the outfits I am wearing!!Read More»