The Waterstons’ outdoor photo shoot in Pretoria
Eight adults, six children and 2 dogs – it’s safe to say that this outdoor photo shoot in Pretoria was lively, a little chaotic, but most of all: fun. The Waterstons got their extended family together for a family shoot with Bamboo Shoot Photography – aunts, uncles, cousins, grandad, gran and parents. Oh yes, and the dogs. It was noisy and filled with laughter and games.
This outdoor photo shoot in Pretoria took nearly eight months to happen. It’s not the norm, trust me. Wendy contacted me shortly after I’d officially opened Bamboo Shot Photography in December 2016 and asked if she could book me for a shoot with the extended family. However, the Waterston family encountered a couple of big curveballs as they lost a family member just a few weeks later, then a few weeks after that, Marika was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. What would have rocked the fabric of any family brought the Waterstons even closer.
Happiness, hugs and hope
Look, I love what I do – there’s something very magical about a photo shoot: initially it’s a little awkward as people stand very straight in front of my lens and give me their best smiles, then the ice breaks as I chat away to them and make them laugh and suddenly, there’s magic. My clients start to interact, laugh, play, and have fun together and it’s no longer just a photo shoot: it’s time together. It becomes about the relationship and about enjoying one another.
This outdoor photo shoot in Pretoria was something truly special. I didn’t encounter any awkwardness; there was no stiffness; no hesitance behind a smile. This family just ENJOYED one another from start to finish. Being around the Waterstons is like landing in a cushion of love – they simply envelop you with happiness, hugs and hope. And Marika? Well, there’s an incredible story about her journey – and I’d like you to hear it from her yourself.
While there is a beauty to their colour-coordinated outfits and carefully chosen accessories, what made this outdoor photo shoot in Pretoria shine is this family’s connection. They celebrated one another and simply made an afternoon in front of my lens another occasion to love the fact that they were alive, had each other and were very blessed. And they made me a part of their family – they laughed with me, gave me hugs and even treated me to tea in their beautiful home as the sun set and the crickets began to chirp in the dusk outside. I’m so honoured to say that this shoot resulted in a friendship with this amazing family. Thank you, guys!
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