For the first year and a bit of Rex’s life, he slept in a camp cot in our room. We live in a three bedroomed flat so when we decided that it was time to move him into his own space he landed up in the guest bedroom and because he was now old enough to try and escape his camp cot every time we put him in it, my anxiety levels were reaching all new levels of high, which meant it was time to get him a big boy bed.
This time of the year is always awesome! There is just a certain something in the air that makes you feel instantly at ease with the world. I love December, I love all the Christmas hype and anticipation leading up to the day. I’m also one of those people that kind of goes overboard on the present front. I feel that there are only a few occasions during the year that you can 100% do that and for me, it’s Christmas and birthdays.
The project that I am about to share with you guys is one that I’m extremely proud of because a number of people have put a lot of love, effort and emotion into it. I’m also so thankful that I got to be a part of something that celebrates amazingly strong women who have taught me to appreciate life a little more, what with all it’s pitfalls, highs and lows.
My friends Adi Koen, Nicola Cooper and I got together a few months ago to create and shoot a series made up of sixteen phenomenal women (including Nicola) who have survived really traumatic and in some cases life-threatening events and now proudly wear the scars that represent those times in their lives as badges of honour.
We met with everyone to hear and document their stories and to photograph them and their scars, creating portraits and tributes that celebrate their journeys and triumphs. After we took their photos we then sent them to fourteen of South Africa’s most talented illustrators and artists and asked them to create a unique armour out of lines, paint and forms, cladding them in one-of-kind items of clothing designed specifically for them.
Hey guys my next post is all about a shoot that I did with Adi under Churche for the wonderful Sarah Bentz who is the owner of Living Yoga in Craighall. Sarah is a certified Jivamukti teacher and works with the most amazing team of like-minded teachers and I had the honour of spending the afternoon with her and one of her team members Jo. We chased the light in the most amazing heritage house on Jan Smuts and I’m so so pleased with how these images turned out.
Below are just a few of the shots from the series I really hope you like them and as always all comments are welcome and as well as all enquiries 🙂 If you would like to work with Adi and I then just drop me a mail and we hopefully we can make something awesome together soon!
If any of you are looking for a new yoga studio and a new yoga family to join, I highly recommend Living Yoga, Sarah and Jo are two of the calmest and nicest people I have ever met, they’re both a bit like walking rays of sunshine!
It feels like I haven’t posted a Churche shoot up on my blog in a long time so I’m really amped to share this lookbook that we created a little while back for Via la Moda. This shoot was also used to create a magazine for them, my first ever glossy magazine that has gone to print that I shot from cover to cover! It was so awesome receiving a copy and paging through it, seeing your work in print is a pretty amazing and real feeling.
Below you will find images from the whole lookbook. Adi and I worked really hard on this project and we’re so happy with how it turned out. Once again if there are any brands out there, big or small that are keen to work with us, please drop me a mail. All the projects that we shoot we conceptualise, art direct and produce ourselves, so all you would have to do is show us what you would like shot and we’ll do all the rest.
Here is my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographer/Art Director: Angie Batis Durrant
Stylist: Adi Koen
Model: Amy Harrison
Make-up: Christine Pearse
If you missed some of our other shoots, just click here.
This next post of mine is quite a fun one because it’s all about how to give a space in your house a quick makeover just by adding a few key pieces to the room, and refreshing it in a way that will not only make it feel cosier but more considered too. I will also be giving away TWO sets of 3 x Skinny la Minx designer cushions (six cushions in total) to one lucky winner and a friend. Details on how to enter at the end of this post!
Now there are a lot of ways to do this that can and will cost you loads of cash, which will make your room nice and happy but your face really sad! There are however some quick, not-so-pricey ways to add to a little something to a space that will instantly change it up. I’m going to start by introducing you to a fantastic local label (which I’m sure many of you are familiar with already) called Skinny la Minx and their very cool and brand spanking new Pillow Lab and range of Colour Pop Pillows.