Who’s behind the camera?

Hi, I’m Hazel, owner, founder and photographer at Bamboo Shoot Photography. I love being behind the camera and getting my clients to laugh but I understand exactly how awkward it feels to stand in FRONT of the lens. I like to make you, my client, feel comfortable during your shoot so be warned that I am the official teller of bad Dad jokes. (How do dinosaurs pay their bills? With Tyrannosaurus checks…) (more…)

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My 20 favourite photos of 2017

So I had plans to post my 20 best photos of 2017 a few weeks back, and well… it’s already the end of January 2018 (say what?!) and I am only getting to this blog post now. Yeah, 2017 was cray-cray and if I wasn’t taking photo shoots or editing, I was falling asleep over my supper while trying to post sneak peeks and full shoots on my website. But you know what? It was incredibly FUN and super rewarding to be able to do all of these shoots with my fantastic clients (you guys really are amazing). And it gave me all the warm fuzzies to go back and pick my 20 best photos of 2017. Here they are, in no particular order:

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{Sneak Peek!} Fabulously fun family shoot with the Sishis

I can’t get over Elijah’s smile. He’s the littlest of the Sishi clan, but he is the epitome of gap-toothed cuteness! And then adding the gorgeous Kendra into the mix with her confident little strut… Best of all, was getting a smile out of Aaron-John (it’s tough to be a too-cool pre-teen!) Seeing these three interact, laugh and play with their parents – the incredibly talented Ed and Clarinda – well, let’s face it: the Sishis were a fabulously fun family to photograph.

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Sneak Peek! The Phipson’s beautiful couple’s photo shoot

Guys! Wow, what a crazy couple of weeks it’s been and I am only getting to share this beautiful couple’s photo shoot with you now. And no, I’m not just saying it’s a beautiful shoot simply because I took the photos (that would be seriously biased!) This was one of those gorgeously scenic Durban winter afternoons. The light was absolutely perfect and we entered into that surreal time of golden hour where the sun’s rays seemed to float, suspended in the air… Just LOOK at how these photos from Jane and Howard’s beautiful couple’s photo shoot came out!

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Tips on doing photo shoots with a newborn baby

As first-time parents, tips for photo shoots with a newborn baby are invaluable in capturing beautiful images of your child. It’s quite overwhelming becoming a new parent. You’re still trying to figure out why she’s crying or whether he’s latching properly, but just SO unbelievably thrilled with your precious bundle of joy! Here are a few tips for photo shoots with a newborn baby and making the experience a happy one with precious memories to cherish for years to come!

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{Sneak Peek!} The Swanepoel’s gorgeous family photo shoot

Hera is a cutie – there’s no way around it, with those liquid brown eyes, I knew from the start that this family photo shoot in Pretoria was going to be very special. Then comes Kayla, with her beautiful honey-golden locks and enthusiastic smile who couldn’t refuse the opportunity to pose as often as she could in front of my lens. Debbie had asked me to do a family photo shoot in Pretoria for them two months ago and we settled on Mooikloof Nature Reserve as the best location. And what a gorgeous afternoon in golden sunlight!

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Win a family photo shoot worth R675!

Ladies and gents, it’s time! I have been deliberating over the entries of the competition to win a family photo shoot worth R675 and we have a winner!

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who entered and shared their funniest family nicknames! I have had plenty of giggles reading all the comments and I love the nicknames. (more…)

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