I recently took a huge leap (of faith and bravery) and started working under my own name – Christie Mann Photography. I had been working alongside Colleen Sevitz for a few years and it was time to move out of that comfort zone and find me and concentrate on what I love, babies and children.
I also run a prop business called Oooh Pretty with my mother Maudeen and it keeps us very busy so I jump at any chance for an outdoor shoot. I don’t do as much studio as I did before but I am finding that chasing the light whether it is at a location shoot for a sweet little newborn or a couple of kids at a playground, is what I love.
I love children’s parties – I normally end up on the floor at the same level at the kids and watch them. I am an observer and I capture the moments and the expressions that the parents miss. One of the best things for me is when the parents see my photographs after the parties – they are amazed at what goes on at kiddie level and I am so blessed to be able to capture those memories and moments. I am so honoured that the photographs I take will be handed down from generation to generation. That is one of the nicest legacies a person can leave – a moment captured in time.
About the shoot
I run a few mini shoots every couple of months and at the end of July, Debbie called me and booked a shoot for Ryan and Julia. It was late afternoon, about an hour before golden hour started and the light was just magical. We shot in a little park and playground surrounded by huge pine trees in Thornhill Estate, Modderfontein.
The two of them were so natural in front of the camera – no self consciousness at all and they both have the most beautiful eyes.
It was all about the light and the light was just perfect!
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about the author
I am a creative at heart, who likes being surrounded by pretty things. My new house was the main inspiration for Lovilee, finding time to prettify, paint and ponder about change. Coffee, lavender, numbers, the color purple and my jeans inspire me. I believe that you should do what you love and love what you do! -