Thursday, 11 July 2013

Dangerous Cheetah encounters

Dangerous Cheetah encounters

In March of this year I had an amazing weekend at a beautiful farm out side Johannesburg called The Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre. Link here --> Dewildt Cheetah's . They have just been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor. So worth a visit - especially as a family trip ... 
I was invited to view and photograph the Cheetah's in their enclosure with their owners... Anna and Roy. (2 Amazing people) Anna and Roy are helping Ann Van Dyk carry on her amazing work in conserving these endangered, beautifully dangerous, creatures.
To warm me up I started shooting the 1 year old cheetah's. These guys were playful and smallish. There are some images below of me with the little ones. There are no images of me with the big cheetahs as everyone else was busy holding the big cats back from using me as play thing. The first image in this blog is of Roy holding back a cheetah - locked in on me ready to pull me down (obviously - me the ever dedicated photographer couldn't leave without the perfect shot - hence the final shots in this blog are of my leg after one got hold of me .
The older ones were tame to a degree, but make no mistake these are wild animals and not house hold kitty cats, as I soon found out when something switched in them and I became pray … But only one photographer was injured slightly in the making of this blog but no cheetah's where harmed … Enjoy the images and when in town visit the Dewildt Cheetah Project
FYI - They offer a brilliant gap year program. You get to work with the cheetah's - programs run all year long - from one month to 1 year programs. If you are interest in this program please contact me for further information and details  

For more images go to cheetah images

My Journey back into the property ladder...

The trip begins

So I have just found a new source of admiration. As a creative person, with little family around me , except my husband and my kids i'm constantly looking to out side sources for guidance and inspiration.

I have always had a huge passion for property and business... Hence I have had and lost both ... not good ... Partly because of over inflated ego's and ignorance of youth and lack of guidances. Also my business and properties where in South Africa and now I'm living in the UK - massive difference. But i figure if i can own a few properties in the UK generating some kind of income - i'm doing well for myself and it's money for my retirement and for when i want to enjoy my grandchildren ... 

Ever since I can remember or heard about the word business empire - have wanted one ! Why ? Because with it comes so much freedom and a sense of accomplishment . I have never done well with being told what to do and having a boss (especially the kind that micro mange (you know the kind)). Hence I have always wanted to make my own money. 

So almost 10 years later i'm attempting my empire again ... a true entrepreneur never gives up ... we might go into hibernation (or have 2 babies in 3 years ) but never think we are gone! raaa ... ok womens lib thing done... 

So I've just started reading Vicki Wushe's book Using other peoples money... 
Its relevant , current (printed and written in 2012), and she's a women ( we like women role models - yay) and i'm desperate to become financially independent without having to give my kids away to a nanny 24-7 ... I'm hoping property will do this for us as a family... 

I'm also starting to think how I would like my children to see me in the future - what i would like them to model them selves against. I would hope it will be a sense of being financially independent  - free of a boss and running their own independent empires - if they so feel they want to do that... but in the mean time i just want to embed a good work ethic in them. 

Thats about it for now ... lets see what the next few weeks hold in store for me ... I'm hoping by blogging about it it will keep me focused and motivated as I distract myself easily with life.

ok part one of process - WHY BOTHER - getting my mind in the right place ! FOCUS (rocky music)

So why do i want to do this ?
Why do i need to do this ?

I want this because :
I want to because I feel I owe it to my brain, and myself to push myself to achieve more than what I have already achieved. 
And I like to give. I like to give and help those that need help the most - and unfortunately money does make the world go round. 
I want to show my children the world ! I believe travel to be invaluable to growing your mind and your children's mind ... I traveled alot as a young adult and it taught me the world (literally)
I want my husband to not be the soul bread winner ! I want him to be able to relax at home or on holiday if he really wants to ... I want my husband to see his children grow up and not just pop in out of their lives due to work. 
I want us to be able to grow our passions and personalities - through diving , fish tank building ( just down time to do what we want to do)

I need this because:
I need to do this for my retirement ! I need money coming into my bank account for when i'm old and cant help myself so i am not a burdon to my children. So i can grow old dignified and not rotting somewhere with poor care. I'd rather grow old on holiday or jet setting than in a care home... and i'd rather have my kids and their kids with me while i'm doing that (tickets are expensive) 

To be continued ...

Monday, 5 November 2012

Top tips to prepare your child to be photographed

Top tips to prepare your child to be photographed
 I thought I'd share some advice on preparing your child for a photographic shoot or just home photo's ingeneral 

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Try letting them choose their outfit (give them a few options to choose from - not the whole wardrobe)
Try to dress them in simple colours – not to many colours that deter your attention away from the child. Boys always look good in colour that closely resemble their eye colours. Try not to dress them in anything that has a lot of big writing on the front. Girls obviously always look great in pinks and yellows and bright blues…
Wash their hair the night before 
Girls look lovely with over sized clips, flowers or hairbands in their hair - colours that match their outfit are best
Bring a few accessories for both girls and boys anything you think would look good in a picture, girls especially love accessories – boys love their ride on’s – bring it along even if it doesn’t get used.  
Stand behind the photographer - To help the photographer - we are trying to get the child to look into the camera for best results 
Try arranging your shoot early in the day - they are in their best moods then and are more inclined to pose and do things for the camera 
Make sure their tummies are full and they are well rested – grumpy, hungry children do not photograph that well!
Things to bring along to a photo shoot: 
  • As few people as possible, preferably one parent/carer to one child (this eliminates distractions and can help when a shy or spirited child needs a bit more encouragement to sit or stand for a portrait)
  •  A entire outfit change - as accidents happen and we want everything too look good and match 
  • WIPES (lots of them)
  • A favourite toy or comforter (this helps easy the child in a new environment or unfamiliar environment)
  • For girls - hair brushes, clips, hairbands 
  • Snacks (dry snacks) biscuits, apples raisons - snacks that wont spill or stain. 
  • Water to drink (not juice as juice can cause stains and hype the little ones up)
When in doubt contact the photographer and ask their opinion. 

From Grumpy child photography                           To happy child photography
Grumpy child photography
Happy child photography tips

How to sparkle by made in chelsea stars ...

I do love Made in Chelsea 
...even if its made in cheese...

A few words from the fabulously wealthy !

Here we select 10 of Boulle's most precious gems:
* "Agree a price up front and get it in writing. My mother got my first ever invoice after I'd fixed the video recorder when I was nine. But we hadn't agreed a price beforehand. She fleeced me on the deal, claiming that my payment was continued food, shelter and lifts to school. A tough, but necessary, life lesson."
* "Networking isn't a nine-to-five activity, it's a way of life. I never stop networking, whether I'm working out, having a picnic or playing polo …. Be discreet. Best not to approach anyone at funerals or AA meetings. Generally, it's bad form to network in places of worship, with the exception of banks."
* "Tweet enough, but not too much. Anything more than once an hour makes you look like a twaddict."
* "The holy trinity of money management: spend a third, save a third, invest a third. This concept was illustrated by my mother when she gave me my first allowance, at five, and subsequently took two-thirds back: one third for my piggy bank and one third to invest in my burgeoning stamp collection.
Cheers, Mumsy."
* "Remember to feed and water your staff, and reward them with day trips to the zoo."
* "Always have an exit strategy in business, but keep it legal. Best to exit without handcuffs."
* "Surround yourself with success and intelligence – both are infectious."
* "Approach the early stages of relationships as a classic military campaign. Reading The Art of War is much more useful than Cosmo at the beginning. Getting yourself into the power position is critical – the same as claiming the hill in a battle."
* "Try to befriend people called Stephen, or any derivative of the name. They seem more successful than the rest of the population."
* "Throw as many parties as you can afford. It positions you at the centre of your ever-expanding network. Everyone needs a Gatsby in their life."

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Love photographica takes off

Love photographica takes off

I recently did my first school shoot and absolutely LOVED IT and the KIDS!
Best move of my life 
I love capturing the feelings and expression and personality of the little kiddy winks.

Visit my site for some images 

Hungry Caterpillar Party

Tristan Turns 2
Hungry Caterpillar Party

It happened on the hotest day of the year and the cake started to melt before we could cut it !