Seeing In a New Way | Project 52 | Week 19

For the 19th week in my project 52 I’m sharing a portrait.

A portrait of a girl with the most beautiful red curls!  Her name is Amber.

This past Saturday I had a shoot with this girl and 3 other beautiful little girls, a collaboration between me and other creative people here in the Overberg area to showcase our work and what we do.

And this just made me realise again what I love most about photography…

You see, I’m all for being prepared, planning, making lists, organising etc. etc.  BUT I love being a child photographer, I love the unpredictability of it, the split second moments you capture, how you just cannot be prepared for a shoot with children at all.  They are in control of the shoot actually, you just have to go with the flow and make the best of it, be prepared and also open to listen and be in the moment with them.

When you photograph a child, you capture a true, unspoilt soul, you can see it in their eyes, feel it in their image.


Pick up a pebble, a leaf, or a stick and look at it with the eyes of a child. When did we stop seeing all the incredible little treasures that fill our world?  – Katelyn Thomas


This quote rings so close to my heart.

I have been on a side of this world where I had nothing to remind me of what was precious to me, I had only my imagination for it.  When I did have it again, I really was like a child.  The smallest, most stupid things would get me all excited and happy and sometimes even in tears of joy.  And that is something I strive not to loose ever again.

So easily we forget that it truly is the most smallest mundane things in this life, that makes life all worthwhile.

From children, you can learn to be like that again.  Next time you’re with a a child, watch carefully how they see the world, take note and appreciate it again as if you’re that child.

I don’t have kids of my own yet, but I have spent a lot of time with kids as a teacher, and I have learned a lot from them too.  So I don’t know anything parents know about kids, but what I do know is that any child, your own or someone else’s, can teach you something about this wonderful world we live in!

Curls, Project 52, Week 19, Ilze Louw, Lifestyle Portrait Photographer, Overberg, South Africa

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