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“A Blessing from Heaven” for Mark & Wanda

“We loved you
from the very start…
You stole
our breaths,
embraced our
hearts…
Our lives together
has just begun…
You’re part of us
Our little one…

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Reach for a Dream – Reach for your Slippers

“Deep within each heart, there lies a magic spark that lights the fire of our imagination…”

In South Africa today, there are thousands of children, whose only dream is to have a childhood without pain. Because of their medical condition, they are limited to being bedridden or wheelchair bound and many of them may never reach adulthood.

At Reach For A Dream every day is spent working with children between the ages of 3 and 18 who are fighting life-threatening illnesses. They strive to fulfill the dreams of these children across South Africa, who have been diagnosed with illnesses such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart conditions and renal failure, to name a few.

Reach for a Dream believes in inspiring hope and fulfilling dreams. Childhood should be the most magical phase of one’s life. For children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, the magic is easily lost. Reach For A Dream tries to alleviate some of the emotional, physical and financial strain of dealing with their illness by creating magical moments that last a lifetime.

“The power of a dream is the faith in things unseen. It is the courage to embrace your fear, no matter where you are, to reach your star and to realize the power of your dream…”

Making the dream a truly memorable and magical experience is the most important aspect to Reach for a Dream
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We were asked to take photos for Reach for a Dream – Reach for your slippers on 1 August 2014 at Greys.

Please keep the little children and their parents in your prayers and in your hearts.


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SA vs Australia Night Test Series at UKZN

The South African Schools Hockey Association (SASHOC) hosted the Australia School Sport boys and girls hockey teams to play the SA U18 boys and girls teams in a three-match Test Series hosted during the girls and boys U16 interprovincial tournaments (IPTs), which is the first time that both national Australian teams  attended together we were asked to take a couple of pics of the South African U/18 Girls hockey team playing against Australia U/18 Girls at UKZN.

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On the verge of the City

Lovely shoot with G on Saturday, amazing weather, awesome setting and a stunning model.

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Comrades Marathon 2014

Comrades Marathon is one of the events we photograph, that stays in our minds until the next Comrades race. It is awe inspiring, mind blowing and we treasure the privilege to be photographers of such an epic race.

It takes months of training, time and effort to prepare for Comrades and lots of courage to line up early in the morning at the start, knowing the battle is yours to conquer. We salute each and everyone of you!

The spirit along the route is always something to experience, runners helping each other, people who have never met before sharing life stories.  Even I, taking photos from the back of a motorbike, had the pleasure of having full-blown conversations with the runners as they ran next to us.  The look of utter disbelief on the faces of the runners having to turn around at Drummond because they did not make cut off, or the agony of runners with severe cramping is heartbreaking, but then you get to the finish and you experience  the elation of runners who cross the finishline.  That is the true story of Comrades!!

We want to mention Tubby, who belongs to the Highway Dragons Club.  He organises our motorbike riders and they do a phenomenal job of keeping us safe on the bikes. Savvy, for making sure Kierran gets leading men. Martin, who ensures that Mike has the perfect vantage point for leading ladies.  Joe, who took Em on her creative journey for the perfect pic and last but not least, Bushy for putting up with me (Magda). Thanks for the cup of coffee, it was soo nice!

Thanks to all of our MMPhotoSA team – you guys are amazing.

Until next year.

 

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Dusi Canoe Marathon 2014 – Day 2

The Second day of Dusi saw us getting up at 4 in the morning to secure a nice spot for photography.  The early morning was fine but the heat became  unbearable so no idea how the paddlers coped.  This next line was copied from Kierran Allan Photography’s Blog at : “Light was not on our side at all today making it hard for guys who shoot Canon to get any shots in at all……”I think I might have just opened a can of worms”.  Uhm, Yes Kierran!! At least the guys with Canon got the shot of the leaders on this particular day! Just saying!

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The Dusi Canoe Marathon 2014 Day 1

We have always wanted to do The Dusi Canoe Marathon but just never got around to doing so. This year we were asked by Pietermaritzburg Newspapers to do a couple of pics for them so we jumped at the chance.

Perfect weather on the day made for some easy shooting. Hope you enjoy!

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Portraits/Beauty

We have decided that before the end of 2013 we want to do a purge of all our photos taken through the years not an easy task if you take in consideration that we have photographed almost 3000 models and that we have about 10 hard drives to work through. It is a long slow process but also an eye opener to see where we started back in 1996 to where we are today. We thought we put some portraits/beauty head shots up as we go.

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Mark & Wanda

This shoot with Mark & Wanda took forever to plan as schedules had to be aligned and the weather had to be in our favor. So, when Wanda phoned to say the weekend of the 13th October is clear and weather forecast seems good we were overjoyed! It coincided with their one year wedding anniversary so all was set with high hopes that the weather would hold. Needless to say the day dawned as the coldest day in October but nothing was going to get in the way of this shoot, we braved the cold and had the most amazing time capturing their love and happiness!

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Blu Gel Hair Studio

We love working with Blu when they decide they want to do a shoot.  It is always filled with fun and laughter and good times all around.  This shoot was done at Blu Gel Hair studio and Savannah Estate.  Hair: By Blu Gel, Make-up: Odette

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