Today’s shoot features the adorable Bothma family, beautifully captured by Expressions Photography by André and Selma.
“We were so excited when the Bothma family contacted us to do another family shoot for them. We have walked a long road with them already and they have become very dear to us. We originally met Jean-Marie and Chris when we did their engagement photo shoot. Since then, we’ve had the honour of documenting their wedding day, 2 maternity shoots, and 2 family shoots. It has been wonderful watching their little family grow.
We got a message from Jean-Marie one evening asking us if we had ever been to Merweville. Our response: “Where’s that?” Jean-Marie’s answer: “In the middle of nowhere and would you do a family shoot for us there?” Of course we would! Who could say no to a road trip 4 and half hours from Cape Town in the middle of nowhere to do a Karoo family photo shoot? We would get to combine two of our greatest passions; travelling off the beaten track, and taking photos of gorgeous people!
The Bothma’s family photo shoot took us to “Kransrivier,” Chris’s parent’s farm. It’s about 45 km away from the small Karoo village of Merweville. We were met with such warm Karoo hospitality (and delicious meals!)
The scenery on the farm is magnificent. The silence is almost deafening, broken only by the sound of the bleat of the odd sheep or goat.
We started off in Oupa’s “bokkraal.” Jean-Marie and Chris’ two little boys Lian and Eben just love visiting Ouma and Oupa on the farm. Lian was especially keen to show us the goats.
We also got to shoot in front of a special old building that used to be the original family home. The funniest thing happened during our shoot. We nearly got blown away by a freak whirlwind which hurtled across the farm with incredible gusto. Nevertheless, we recovered and carried on with our shoot – all of us with sand in every orifice and crevice imaginable!
After a quick stop at the cement dam and windmill we all piled into Oupas farm bakkie and took a little drive to a few other spots on the farm. What a beautiful, peaceful part of the world with vistas that seem to go on forever!
Thanks again to the Bothma’s for the opportunity to document another chapter in your book of life.”