Born and raised in South Africa to a South African mum and a Dutch father, I have a love for things sunny and rainy, hot and cold, colourful and orange, barefoot and clogs, biltong and cheese. coffee and speculaas, photography and art, music and sports.


I am married to my best friend, Dave, and am a mum of 3 quirky, fun-loving kids who keep me busy between high school, sports, music and performing arts. Art was one of my Matric (GCSE) subjects which opened up my world to colour, lines, shape, form, texture and space.


My love for photography was passed down from my grandfather to my mum to me. My grandfather, Alfred Welman, born in 1910, grew up in the age of black and white photos. He not only took his photos, but developed them too.. and later hand-coloured his prized images.


My sporty kids have turned my focus to sports photography and this is one of my favourite areas to shoot. However, events, productions, leavers proms, portraits, animals and landscapes fill my portfolio too. I love to learn new techniques and will shoot almost any subject.



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