Rickie-Lee & Josh

Family

About two weeks ago a heart breaking request was shared on the I Love Fourways facebook group by a mom whose son would be emigrating without her. Rickie-Lee reached out to request some special memories to cherish once he was gone.

The outpouring of love, support and empathy from the community was incredible with so many photographers as well as other service providers offering what they could.

Among others, Greg Clifton-Wells from the Pay-It-Forward Foundation rallied to bring everyone together to help in whatever way they could.

See below for the reaction from the community – 425(!) comments and 316 reactions on the original post!

Fast forward 5 days and I met with Rickie-Lee and Josh to photograph them before his flight was due to depart just a couple of days later.

Below is a collection of the moments shared including a private, quiet conversation they shared that Rickie requested also be captured too as difficult as this must have been for her.

Rickie, it was really special to meet you both and I just hope that you will be re-united sooner rather than later so that your special bond with Josh can continue to flourish as he grows up. I have no doubt though that even being so far apart your love for each other will

You can read Rickie’s moving post on the day of Josh’s departure here.

You can view more of my family galleries here or contact me here for more information on my photography sessions for some special memories for you and your loved ones.

I’d also love to help with any milestones and celebrations in your life from weddings to maternity and newborn sessions. I also assist entrepreneurs and business owners with their portraits, social media imagery and product shoots.

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Sharon & Tom’s Wedding at The Silver Sixpence

wedding

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Sharon & Tom’s wedding celebrations towards the end of last year at the beautiful The Silver Sixpence Wedding Venue!

The weather couldn’t make up it’s mind but luckily the rain held off and their incredible forest ceremony could go ahead as planned :-)

Guests were treated to an amazing cheese cake, lawn games, a gin bar second to none and the vocal talents of Jeremy Glenn Rishworth with celebrations continuing into the night 💃🕺

Here’s a slideshow of highlights from throughout this very special day!

Sharon’s dress: Calegra Bridal House
Bride and bridal party hair: Carlomien Beauty & Bridal
Bride and bridal party make-up: Harmonette Health and Beauty Salon
Flowers & Decor: La-di-da
Wedding cake: Muffin Mate SA (yes, they cut it with a mini samurai sword 😜)
Catering: Bevvie Marais at Thistles Catering Company
DJ: Shockwave Music

Thank you to Carina Wheeler for your brilliant assistance on the day

Are you engaged and looking around for your wedding photographer? It would be a privilege to photograph your wedding day!

My wedding photography style is one that aims to ensure you get the most enjoyment from your day while still capturing all those special moments. A mixture of journalistic style, some beautiful portraits and candid images of you, your family and friends enjoying your celebration! View some of my favourite images here.

Why not start with a romantic engagement session? View some examples here

Get in touch and let’s plan something incredible!

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Fitness portraits with Nic Tessendorf

Fitness, Portraits

Watch the fitness portraits video below for a collection of most of the images from our shoot, but be sure to scroll down to view some more favourites!

A challenge was set among the trainers at Nic’s sports centre. The goal was to get in the best possible shape by the deadline given. Needless to say, Nic won the challenge with his impressive physique as you can see from the video and images below.

Thanks to last minute call from Nic’s wife Faye, we set up a fitness portrait shoot to mark the hours of training, dedication, effort and self-discipline it takes to reach such an impressive build.

Call time was scheduled for 6am on Saturday morning so we could shoot before Nic’s clients began to arrive for their training sessions.

The brief was also to include some creative edits so I did ;-) The behind-the-scenes pics were included intentionally too as it really helps set the scene for our fitness portraits session

Venue: Warriner High Performance Centre

Get in touch with us to book your fitness portraits or any other shoot! Click here.

Baby Meliah

Newborn

Having photographed Trusha & Kishan’s maternity session not so long ago it was really special to visit their home and photograph their beautiful daughter. This beautiful newborn session with 13-day old Baby Meliah was photographed in the comfort of the family home in Bryanston.

I previously worked with Trusha actually so it was even more special to meet her family after all this time. Although at first little Meliah thought everything was rather exciting and was a little fidgety we persevered and thanks to mom and dad’s patience we got so many lovely pics. She is too special for words, congratulations on your new arrival Kishan & Trusha!

Thank you to Props n Things for the stunning wraps and fabric.

Are you or a family member expecting? Get in touch to book your maternity and / or newborn session here.
Maternity sessions can be done at home, outdoors or in a beautiful studio style while newborn sessions are generally done in the comfort of your own home soon after baby’s arrival. Let’s chat about what you have in mind to forever remember this incredibly special time for any family.

13 day old Baby Meliah & her beautiful family

Portraits with Kayleigh

Portraits

Portraits with Kayleigh was inspired by the work of portrait photographer Jake Hicks and having purchased some of his tutorials I was over-the-moon to have the incredible Kayleigh Ross in front of my camera for a creative portrait session!

Kayleigh is a complete natural and was the perfect person for this – apart from being super patient with me while I tested the various lighting setups.

We shot this in Kayleigh’s lounge which really is testament to the fact that you don’t need a fancy studio to create some incredible images.

Follow the lovely Kayleigh here:
https://www.instagram.com/kayoss_za/

Find out more about booking your own portrait session here:
https://devinlester.com/contact-us/

For the photographers:
Fujifilm X-T2 + 56mm lens
Godox AD200’s x 2 + Yongnuo speedlight on slave for some images

Here are some favourite images:

If you’re love these portraits with Kayleigh, get in touch and let’s put together a mood board for your very own shoot.

Greenpark Craft & Night Market

Events, Lifestyle
Greenpark Community Craft & Night Market held on the 7th September 2019 – highlights video

The Greenpark Community Craft & Night Market held on the 7th September 2019 – what a fantastically organized and well attended event! Thanks so much to the people who made it happen and to all the vendors and visitors who attended. A big thank you to the generous sponsors who helped us raise funds for our community!

From an amazing DIY “drive-in” movie theatre for the kids to adopt-a-spekboom, craft beer and gin, delicious eats, amazing handmade crafts and even some budding young entrepreneurs the day was a great success!

For the gallery of images visit clients.devinlester.com – you’re welcome to download web res copies using the pin (5735), high res copies are available to purchase.