GIVE-AWAY NOW CLOSED!
If I wanted to count the amount moms I know who’ve complained about not having many decent pix with their own kids, that are not those awkward selfies, I’d need to grow a couple extra dozen more fingers. Am I right? And there’s no way we are counting the work of our very loved but clearly non-instagrammy dads who really actually don’t want to “quickly take this photo”. I mean let’s be honest – a lot of their shots are strong contenders for the “nailed-it” memes. And if you do get lucky with everyone being in frame, and it’s not all big-foot blurry, chances are you probably all aren’t looking to the lens, or smiling and looking your best. Or junior over there might even be elbow deep up his nose going for gold. Ok, ok, ok, so that last one may sound a bit much…but this happens people. This is real life parenting, and real life parenting often doesn’t make space for perfect pictures WITH mom in it. Unless of course, you have Josie in your life.
Who is Josie? Josie Van Zyl? Well, only one of the loveliest and sweetest people you will ever get to meet in your life. And who also happens to be one heck of a talented photographer…and specialises in a Mother’s Love Portrait sessions (amongst other things). Now, what are mother’s love portrait sessions, I hear you ask? Well, ummm… I’ll let her pictures do the talking:
These were taking shortly after our first hospital stay this year with Parker– sleep deprived and still recovering, while the kids themselves were not in the best of spirits. And yet Josie (and Kristine) came in and made magic to produce these beautiful shots.
Also, my girls darn near squealed with delight when they realised they were also in for a morning of pampering with Kristine, as she did hair and make-up (gloss) for them too. Little girly heaven for sure!
And what really blew me away was Josie’s calm and patience and just her beautiful way she had with my girls. I mean my girls were ALL OVER the place that day. Like on a sugar rush, without the sugar. They even gave her (and our neighbours) a full blown karaoke concert – complete with microphones and dance moves. Also, they mostly had their own version of what modelling should look like for the day – it entailed endless twirls with their gorgeous swishy dresses, and pretty much everything to do with perpetual chaos and silliness. And yet, despite their crazy antics, Josie managed to catch all the lovely moments so effortlessly.
I met Josie at the CTMeetup this past August and even though our chats were fleeting that day, her positive energy and easy going nature was so apparent. And I certainly enjoyed getting to know her a teeny tiny little bit better later on. So who is she other than an incredibly talented woman? Well, she’s a mother of two – so she clearly understands why having precious portraits taken with your children are so valuable, and understands how to work with children. She is a born and bred South African, and after making a beautiful life for themselves up in New York for a few years, Josie and hubby decided to move back to South Africa to raise their family. And aren’t you glad they did?! I know I sure am – having this talent right on our doorstep is certainly a score for SA!
Now, firstly, if you don’t know by now, I’m a photo person – in fact, with my humans and fur people aside,photographs are my true treasures in life. But given the life circumstances and health situation we were in at that time with Parker-Grace, these pictures became even more cherished by me. They captured a very tender and fragile moment in my life with my girls, and turned it into something sweet and beautiful. Images I am now forever grateful for – THANK you Josie!
Secondly, I would really want this for every mom out there – beautiful moments that you lived out with your children; A depiction of that transcendant love beating within you as a mother, now frozen in time. For you to forever enjoy and look back upon. (Seriously, moms, you should all really do this..at least once.) Now, whilst I can’t pull an Oprah on ya’ll, Josie and I can make one lucky mother very happy by giving her, her very own Mother’s Love portrait session with her child/ren. Complete with a pro make-up and hair stylist who is equally as talented.
That’s right! Im giving away a Mother’s Love Portrait Session package with the lovely Josie from Josie Photography worth R1750, complete with a professional make-up artist and hair styling.
It would be a 30 – 45 minute shoot, and includes 15-20 high resolution prints on USB, and 5 prints(15x20cm)
To stand a chance of winning, all you have to do is :
1. Subscribe to this here my blog (just pop your email addy into the follow text box which can be found to the left or bottom of your screen and CLICK the follow button. I dont spam at all.)
2. Comment here below with how you currently get in on the photo action with your kids – awkward selfies, how begging your hubby or if you ever even get in on those pix at all.
Whilst you dont need to subscribe to any of Josie’s social media channels to qualify, I’d like to encourage you to check them out anyway – she’s always sharing such beautiful shots.
( Her website, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.)
Please note, this is only open to South Africa – need to be able to be/come down to Cape Town for the shoot. The competition closes the 14th December 2016 and winner will be randomly selected using Random.org and announced thereafter. The winner will have plenty of time (three months) to set up a shoot date with Josie. The session will take place either at the your home or at her home studio in Kenilworth. It’s completely your choice, however please note you will need enough space to setup her portable backdrop (1.5m wide x 1.5m high) and natural light to shoot in if you prefer your own home.
Lastly, and I know I may be spoiling the surpise just a bit for you here, but I have a thing for gorgeous presentation – and well, Josie’s presentation just makes me weak in the knees!! I mean, just look!