Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Merry Christmas Everybody,

Christmas 2012I’ve said it before - this is my favorite time of the year.  I love the bright twinkling lights, the rich colors of the season, the wonderful carols playing on the home stereo, car radio, Pandora, I-Heart Radio, Spotify, Rdio, et. al. And, I love the wonderful fragrance of pine in the air – yes, we put a REAL tree up every year ;~)  I like looking over the Christmas card list in the mail and reminiscing about the good times, over the years, I've shared with all the special friends and family on that list.  I like reading every holiday card that crosses our inbox or mailbox.  And I love what this season stands for compassion, love, joy, peace and sharing. And we all know the world needs a lot more of that.

That indeed is the most important thought to keep in mind during this wondrous time of the year.  Christmas isn’t made special by shopping till we drop, rushing from one party to the next, or heading to the latest opening movie on Christmas Day.  Christmas is a celebration of life and love.  It’s about touching others lives and hearts in our own thought, word, and deeds. Christmas is made special when we take a pro-active approach in doing just that. 

ChristmasMost of us will be spending time with family and friends enjoying this wonderful (day)season. From kids to grandparents and beyond, families and friends will be enjoying everything this holiday season has to offer - friendship, laughter, good food, and love.  But, take an extra step and reach out and help make Christmas special for everyone you come in contact with these next few days. The easiest way in the world to have a great day is to help someone have a great day first – Christmas season is a good place to start.

I wish each and everyone one of you the most wondrous of holiday seasons and pray that they too find peace, caring, compassion, and love at Christmas.

Merry Christmas Everybody!

-David and LaDawn

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Candid Frame #167 - Varina Patel



Varina Patel is a nature and landscape photographer who believes that there is nothing more remarkable than the power of nature. Along with her husband and fellow photographer, Jay Patel, she explores the natural world whether it’s the expansive landscape or the stunning details of the macro world. She is generous in sharing her passion for photography via workshops, e-books and using social networks. You can discover more about Varina and her work by visiting her website and blog

Varina Patel recommends the work of Susan Onysko



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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Year End Function Hendrik Gerryts Group

7 December 2012
Oude Libertas Stellenbosch


I was asked to photograph the beautiful year end function of the Hendrik Gerryts Group. Marriette Crafford helped with the beautiful decor and made the most delicious (and interesting) food. They also arranged for everyone to go to the Nataniel show after dinner. Afterwards awards were handed out and they were treated with sweet treats as well as coffee (made by Barista Sista)

















Marie Antoinette and Santa's helpers came to help out the evening.






























































 The guys that that worked very hard to make the evening a success.






Monday, December 17, 2012

The Candid Frame #166 - Robert Larson



Robert Larson is a freelance photographer and writer living in Los Angeles. He is working on a long-term project entitled, Waiting for Haiti. In this self-assigned photo project, he is documenting the continuing impact of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. 

In his blog, he writes about the stories behind the images in his project as well as speaking frankly about the challenges, he's faced trying to start a career as a photographer. You can discover more about Robert and his work by visiting his portfolio website and the Waiting for Haiti website. You can also discover more by visiting his blog

Robert Larson recommends the work of David Carol



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Chrizelda & Andre

1 December 2012 
Riebeek Wes



These two were so happy to get married after being together for 8 years already. It was 'n classical 4 seasons day filled with lots of happy tears and big smiles, shared with close family and friends that traveled all the way from Pretoria to share the special day. It was a great joy to photograph this wedding, hope you enjoy the images!