As a family, we’ve only had two photo shoots. One of them was taken at a studio when my eldest was about 3, and the other was part of my extended family shoot. I didn’t have a maternity shoot and we didn’t do the newborn shoot either. It’s not that we dislike photos though. On no, we truly love photos and our home is filled with photos everywhere! But I wanted more than an ordinary family photo shoot. I wanted to create a memory and have it captured. I wanted to feel the happiness in my heart when I looked at the photos and remembered each moment.
Our Grand Little Adventure
When I came across the Grand Little Adventure profile on Instagram, I immediately knew that it was exactly what I was looking for. I finally realized why I hadn’t booked any other photo shoots in the past. Although I didn’t feel that we had missed out because every precious memory was still beautifully captured in my minds eye. But I knew that if I didn’t book with Grand Little Adventure, I would indeed be missing out.
Days leading up to the shoot, myself and Tabitha (owner and photographer at Grand Little Adventure) discussed where and when we would get together. I chose Sunset Beach because it is my favorite beach in Cape Town. It’s never too crowded, its a 20 minute drive from home, and the evening sunset there is just beyond beautiful. Furthermore, I love beach walks and so does my family. I find it so soothing and relaxing after a long work day, and pretty cooling after a long warm day of sun. Liam, my eldest, loves chasing the waves and and throwing stones in the water. While Cole, my youngest, loves running right into the water. So it is abit of a work out for us all. And how could I think of anything else, than be in that very moment. It truly is a stress free time for us all.
We felt relaxed and comfortable throughout the shoot
Tabs is such a friendly and easy going person. She really made us all feel so relaxed and comfortable. I’m pretty shy in front of the camera, especially when I’m in the spotlight. But I didn’t feel this way in front of Tabs’ camera. Infact, it eventually felt as if she wasn’t even there. We walked along the beach, we threw stones, we got hit by the freezing cold waves, we laughed, we fell and most of all, we created a memory. At no point in time did we “smile for the camera”. We were just us. And Tabs captured each memory for us so beautifully.
I wanted more than an ordinary family photo shoot
I wanted more than an ordinary family photo shoot. I wanted to create a memory and have it captured. Tabitha understood this and she helped us achieve exactly that. All we had to do, was be ourselves, do whatever we wanted to and she snapped away. There was no pressure to smile, or not to smile, or stand in a specific way. Infact, I’m not big on posing. I never know how to pose. It makes me feel awkward and extremely uncomfortable.
Says Thabitha about her approach to each shoot:
One of the reasons why family portraiture used to intimidate me, is the fact that kids are so unpredictable. I felt like I had so little control over what pictures I was going to get! Now, a few years on, that is precisely what I LOVE about it! With kids, you just never know what you’re going to get, and I love that surprise element! This is why I have adopted a documentary-style approach in how I shoot families.
There’s a time and place for a photo of everyone looking at the camera, but I believe that the most valuable photographs are those that manage to capture a little bit of personality as well! My absolute favourite is photographing families in their homes, and capturing the kids doing things they love to do- whether it be painting, baking, dancing or just playing wit their favourite toys.
No posing, no props, no saying cheese!
I love “action shots’. Capture me in the moment, as I laugh, as I smile, as I frown and as I giggle. If like me, you love action shots too, then you should take your family on a Grand Little Adventure. Think of it as going to create yet another memory as a family, and as a bonus, you get to see the memory in the form of a photo.
Family is where life begins and love never ends
I have 141 photos from this shoot. 141 pieces of our memory. Did you like this shoot too? I’d love to hear what you thought about it in the comments at the bottom. If you visit the Grand Little Adventure website, you will find these idea’s on what memories you can create while Tabs snaps away:
– Let your child paint a picture
– Build a fort together
– Play a board game
– Bake cupcakes
– Go for a swim in the pool
– Let them dress up
– Read them a book
– Water the plants in the garden (My sons favourite thing to do ever!)
Below are all the contact details for Tabitha at Grand Little Adventure:
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