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Pic(k) of the week - A Mother’s Love {National Women’s Day}

Chantelle Fourie & her beautiful family. YSP

A mother’s love can conquer and overcome anything that life can bring you.

I met Chantelle in 2003 and from the first day she treated me like an old family friend. Her genuine kindness and warmth made a big impression on me. Chantelle and her husband, were blessed with two beautiful children. Their son, Hanno, was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy in August 2011. Hanno suffers from the same disease as Springbok, Joost van der Westhuizen. Please visit Hanno’s Facebook page and his website to read more about his condition or to show your support.

Chantelle’s strength and unconditional love through the difficult times has inspired me. She is an invincible mother and magnificent woman.

Photos supplied by Chantelle Fourie.

Happy weekend x

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Pic(k) of the week - Courage {National Women’s Day}

Celebrating women that inspire & lead by example.

I am writing out of a cosy office while it is pouring outside. Feeling lucky that I am a woman, wife and daughter. From this week until the end of August I will share with you ladies that inspire me. The 9th of August is National Women’s Day.

I photographed this beautiful woman a while ago in my studio. Her story is personal, but I can tell you that it took a lot of courage for her to appear in her swimsuit. Her strength inspires me to be proud of my body.

If you would like to share your story on the women that inspire you, please email me at yolande@ysp.co.za. I would love to post it.

Wishing you a warm & happy weekend x

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Pic(k) of the week - {Artist - Theo Paul Vorster}

I had a very busy week filled with art, lifestyle shoots and Jenny Morris’ jewellery range launch at freeRange Jewels.

The highlight was artist, Theo Paul Vorster’s walkabout at Rust en Vrede Art Gallery, in Durbanville. I love his work and have already built up a beautiful collection over the years. Theo, did two demonstrations on lino printing and on etching. Also taking us through the gallery to tell us more about his current exhibition. My favourite print is Suspended II. (See the original lino right.)

Happy weekend x

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Pic(k) of the week - {Ride}

Instagram - Shot from passenger window, driving on R43.

What I love about winter is the promise of spring and the beautiful light. Also the quiet time between wedding seasons, which is perfect to recharge creatively and to spend quality time with family and friends.

The past week I have been feeling very restless, really wanting to take the open road and explore our country. So I dedicate this week’s Pic(k) of the week to my inner adventurer.

For roadtrip inspiration listen to Lana Del Rey’s Ride.

Happy weekend x

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Pic(k) of the week - {God’s heart}

The kiss of the sun for pardon
The song of the birds for mirth
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden,
than anywhere else on earth.

My granny Jessie’s favourite quote.

Happy weekend x

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Pic(k) of the week - {Dedicated to Sophia}

I dedicate this week’s Pic(k) of the week to Sophia. This beautiful woman is getting married tomorrow in Bredasdorp to her best friend, the love of her life.

Sophia, jy is ‘n baie spesiale mens en ek weet jy en Riaan gaan so ‘n geseënde dag hê more.

Happy weekend x

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Highlights from last week…

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Pic(k) of the week - {Ouma Jessie}

Our greatest glory is, not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” - Confucius

It has been a month since my last Pic(k) of the Week post. We have suffered the loss of my grandmother and my father in law in May.

It is a difficult process to start the day with heartache, feeling actual pain. Proving that the person you have lost meant so much to you. I have learned that life does goes on. It is a matter of feeling the emotions, but going about your daily routine. Faith and support from family, friends and clients have also helped in this slow process of picking up the pieces and starting to move on.

My grandmother has been more than just a grandmother to me. Ouma Jessie inspired me. Introducing me to photography, art and nature.

Ouma, thank you for all your love and for believing in me. I miss you so much. x

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Wedding - Urban Groom {Featured on Lovilee}

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Lifestyle - Featured on Lovilee {Father’s Day}

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Pic(k) of the week - {Relaxing}

Violet & April, Second Time Around

I found that photography was a great way of relaxing on the set.” - Jeff Bridges

We were on an exciting shoot last week. I had a few minutes to myself and what did I do? I spent my break taking more photos. Photography is my life. I can’t imagine life without my camera.

Wishing you a happy weekend. x

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Pic(k) of the week - {Priceless}


I love shooting with film & found this treasure in my archives from a road trip in 2006. Traveling & film make a great combination.

Happy Weekend x

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Pic(k) of the week - {Just be You}

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. - Bruce Lee

The best time to realize it is okay to be you, is now. Being different makes life colourful.

Happy Weekend x

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Pic(k) of the week - {Be Scared, but take Chances}

The day after Surene & Thinus’ wedding, my husband Jacques, close friend Nic, new friend Pieter & I went for an adventurous walk from Pebble- to Blue Lagoon beach in the Agulhas National Park to reward ourselves with a swim. Something I haven’t done in a long time. Wearing a cozzie is not on my list of top ten favourite things to do.

I only gave the turquoise blue water one look and found myself in the water with my Nikon Coolpix S30. A little blue bottle graciously past me. The beauty of how it floated on the ripples of the tide, this delicate creature that can cause major pain, just made me realize that things that might hurt you in life can also be made harmless. It is all in the way you look at it. Be scared, but take chances. Wear your swimming costume and explore the world.

Happy Easter!!! Have a blessed time with family & friends. Drive safe. x

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Pic(k) of the week - {Autumn}

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been! - Percy Bysshe Shelley

When I look out my office window and see the leaves change colour, I feel both happy and sad. The orange hues creeping up on the green leaves announces Autumn is in the air. I love the “light” that this season brings. Making life seem more vivid.

Why, sad? I am going to miss the warm Summer evenings.

Happy weekend x

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Pic(k) of the week - {Role models}

Kaylin looks up to her mom.

Lately I have noticed how people have become more negative about our country, international stars & life. I believe that we should stop looking to others to bring us happiness & rather look closer to home. Put your trust in role models you can believe in, people you know. Your father, mother, brother, friend, etc.

Live by example. Actions speak louder than words.

Happy Weekend x

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Pic(k) of the week - {Nothing else matters}

So close no matter how far
Couldn’t be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else matters” - Metallica

The bride, Fransisca, came down the aisle while this song was being strummed on an acoustic guitar. {Romantic}

In keeping with this month’s theme, love, I felt that nothing can be truer than when you have love, nothing else matters.

Happy weekend x

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Pic(k) of the week - {Emerald Green}

This week’s Pic(k) was inspired by the Pantone colour of the year, Emerald Green.

Happy weekend x

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Pic(k) of the week - {Hope, Dreams & Love for 2013}

Image from Lisa & Duncan’s engagement photo shoot at the Taal Monument, Cape Town.

I am back in the office today after a wonderful holiday with my family & friends. To be honest, I might still be sitting on the beach with my feet in the sand, in my mind, but I am glued to my chair in my office. Answering emails and editing, with my desk fan blowing in my hair. (Which is also just as good.)

This week’s Pick of the week sums up all that I wish for you for 2013. May all your hopes and dreams come true & may love find you in unexpected ways. Here’s to a new year filled with new opportunities & adventures. Cheers!

Have a beautiful week. x

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Highlight - Guest Blogger on Lovilee

The enjoyment of a dream career is also in sharing with others your experiences, building good relationships & taking photos of so many special moments through out a lifetime.

I am happy to share that I am now a guest blogger on Lovilee, a comprehensive creative wedding, home & baby blog. Visit Lovilee to find daily inspiration, wether you are planning a wedding or choosing a theme for a baby nursery. I promise you will find beautiful images & professional advice.


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Highlight - The adventure of a Destination Wedding.

Once upon a time there was an airline, that won’t be mentioned, that could have ruined a certain photographer’s dream… But guess what?

I am shooting my first destination wedding this weekend. Excitement is an understatement. ;)

I will also be trying out my new Lowepro Pro Runner x450 AW camera bag. So far this awesome backpack with wheels have been heaven.

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For Brides - “What is a healthy marriage?” by Ds Kobus Swarts

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Pic(k) of the week - {Wedding guest}

This uninvited guest, at Alta & Oliver’s wedding made me smile & I thought I would share this with you before the weekend starts.

Happy weekend x

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For Brides - Cake Toppers by Sessi Bee Ceramics

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Spring Fever - Celebrating the new season.

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Pic(k) of the week. {Paint it Black}

It’s not easy facing up when your whole world is black.” - The Rolling Stones

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Little Pink Book {MiniMag September}

Leachen & Niki - Little Pink Book

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My work is part of the Cape Town Month of Photography 2012. {Highlight of my career}

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Sneak Preview {Spring fever}

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Pic(k) of the week. {In someone else’s shoes}

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For Brides - Add a personal touch.

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Passion vs Income

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The Desert Rose Project featured on SouthBound Bride.

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Tyger Valley Centre Bridal Expo 2012 - YSP & The Pixel Revelation

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Pic(k) of the week. {Spring}

Spring Fever - Elvis Presley

A little bird, he told me so
He said come on, get on the go
Open your eyes the sky is full of butterflies
The blossoms on the trees stir up the honey bees
Spring makes my fever right

Spring fever, spring is here at last
Spring fever, my heart’s beating fast
Get up, get out spring is everywhere

Happy Spring everyone x

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The Little Pink Book wedding workshop {4 Aug 2012}

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New additions. {The Desert Rose Project}

Inspired by candy & Summers at the beach.

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Pic(k) of the week. {Happy Thursday}

Happy Thursday x

Where - On our way to Malmesbury.
Why - Roadtrip with my Dad.

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Pic(k) of the week. {Happy Weekend}

I just had to share this beautiful lady’s smile. Melts away the cold.

Happy weekend x

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Where: La Residence
Event: Little Pink Book wedding workshop
Who: Natassja, wearing Bella Chiara Accessories

Turning 30 - Celebrating Life & Photography {7 Aug 2012}

Celebrating Life and Photography with Talented Friends

To celebrate thirty years of life, and a few of them well spent as photographer, Yolande Snyders invited a hotchpotch of talented friends to Studio Rose on Tuesday, for a morning of industry mingling and motivation.

In what was truly a fun and light-hearted event, photographers, videographers, graphic designers and writers came together as a group of individuals who share in a passion to provide their clients with excellent service. Each with their own, unique story as to where and how they came about in the industry of being a creative, the room was filled with specialists who inspire by doing.

Wedding photographer Kobus Tollig was asked to share his ideas on an art form that has literally moved him across the country and out of different careers to follow his dreams. He gave a compelling speech that explained what his work means to him saying, “Photography is so much more than just taking an award-winning photograph. It gives us the chance to view the world in a different light. Photography teaches us how to do business –how to create a website, manage social media pages and market services. All this help us to develop self-leadership. ”
For him, the client is the driving force behind his beautiful and captivating work, and he encouraged guests to share this mindset. “It’s not about me. It’s about making the bride or model look their most beautiful on that special day. Getting a compliment from a client is so much more rewarding than winning Photo of the Week.”

His speech motivated those in attendance to keep going during times of hardship –because, in the creative world there are many –and to “love what you do, no matter what you do. If you feel inspired when you do it, you’re on the right path. We all have bills to pay, I know. I have a little one that I have to buy diapers for. But I love what I do and I’ll do whatever it takes. Changing careers was the best thing I had ever done.”
So, why is it that we find the success stories of others so inspiring? I for one believe that when you know it, it’s yours. As Frank Capra once said, “A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something”. Kobus’s story is merely one of many reassuring if you act on your creative ideas, you’ll never be out of work. If you have a hunch, do something about it –no matter how crazy it may seem. And enjoy the ride.

I would like to congratulate Yolande on her special day, and thank her for being such an inspiration to myself and all guests of this inspiring event that celebrated being a creative, despite all the challenges that comes along with it. May every snapshot of your life be filled with love, happiness and laughter!

Written by Marelé Schultz

Derick from Cameraworld


Chocolate Chili Cake x

Image by Kobus

Legend - Herman Agenbag

Nic - The Pixel Revelation

Lara & haar ouers.

Collin Albertus

From Left - Nic Redelinghuys; André van Niekerk; Herman Agenbag; Derick Botha; Thys Visser; Front - Marelé Schultz; Leanne Evans; Willem Foster


Marelé - Writer & Guest blogger on this post.

Yolande Snyders, Michelle Rademan & Veronique Mills

Image by Kobus Tollig

Middle - Lovia Delport & Corne Engelbrecht

Image by Thys Visser

Beautiful Lara Tollig

The awesome Studio Rose team x

Thank you to everyone that was involved in making this celebration of life & photography such a memorable event. Life is full when I am surrounded by creative people like you!

Kobus, thank you for coming all the way from Bredasdorp to inspire us. You are a very talented photographer & I am blessed with a friend like you. Congratulations to you and Yolande on a beautiful daughter.

A Special thank you to Cameraworld, you guys have always been excellent with photographic advice & printing turnaround times. Half of a photographer’s success comes from their supportive Photographic Service Provider. Thank you for spoiling three creatives with awesome gifts & thank you for my beautiful card and gift pack.

Thank you Mooi Nooi, Collin Albertus was the lucky winner of your gift voucher. I am sure a lucky bride will be visiting you soon.

Studio Rose, thank you for being such friendly hosts, your coffee and cake are divine. Jacqui & Peter, your coffee shop is definitely the place to meet.

All images by Yolande Snyders Photography (unless stated otherwise) Copyright Reserved by YSP{2012}

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Preview - Little Pink Book {Wedding Workshop - 4 Aug 2012}

I had so much fun at today’s Little Pink Book wedding workshop at La Residence, Franschhoek.

A light hearted moment with Natassja, she was Claire’s model for the day.

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Turning 30 - Celebrating Life & Photography

I am turning 30 next Saturday & I will love to share this coming of age with industry friends and creatives. Thirty is the age where you can start looking back on your life and to the future and the one thing that has been in my life since I can remember, is PHOTOGRAPHY. So, I am not just celebrating life, but photography too. Because Photography is my life!

Kobus Tollig & Du Wayne Denton are two extraordinary wedding photographers and they will be sharing with us something inspirational about photography.

The first round of coffee and tea is on me. Bring your camera for fun and some business cards for the lucky draws.

*Where - Studio Rose, Durbanville* MAP Church Street, across from the Police Station.
When - Tuesday, the 7th of August 2012
Time - 10h30 Morning

I will love to see you there x

Join the party.

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For Brides - The value of a photograph. {Group Photos}

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Winter Market - The Desert Rose Project {Special}


What is the Desert Rose Project?

Find The Desert Rose Project on Facebook.

Please note the sale ends the 31st of July 2012 & the 50% discount does not apply to “custom”, “baby’ or “tie the knot” hangers

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Thank you - From Tendai {The Desert Rose Project}

Many thanks for the best wishes, I have seen and noticed the presence of God through your faith in me. Your helpful hands fulfill my dreams and I am happy to count countless blessings made possible by your support. May God pave your way in everything you do. May Jesus Christ fight any obstacle coming your way. Best Wishes.” - Tendai

Featured on Lovilee x

Special thanks to Willem Foster for his professional assistance in the YSP Studio

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For Brides - shine from within on your wedding day.

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For your camera bag - Memory Card Case.

When you are in the business of capturing special moments or shooting for high end commercial clients, you will want to safeguard your memory cards. I just love the Vanguard memory card case. Durable and easy to use. The memory card case keeps your memory cards organized. You can number your memory cards so that you can work systematically through them when shooting. Never getting confused about which card is full and which ready for shooting.

These handy holders are available from Cameraworld. For the price it is a bargain, seeing as it stores memory cards with your valuable images on it. Your images are your income.

The following steps are my basic memory “make & save” cycle. Repeat steps 2 to 7 before and after every shoot.

Step 1 - Buy a trusted brand of Memory Cards at your specialist photographic equipment dealer.
Step 2 - Test your memory cards and format them before using them at a big event.
Step 3 - Number your memory cards.
Step 4 - Store memory cards in the card holder.
Step 5 - Shoot you heart out and fill memory cards with beautiful images.
Step 6 - Do a back up of all your memory cards as soon as possible after the shoot.
Step 7 - Catalog all your images. I prefer Microsoft Expression Media 2.

Happy Shooting. x

Holds 6 CF Cards.

Holds 12 SD Cards.

Images by YSP

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Karolien & Callan’s Wedding - Drakensberg Adventure {Part 3}

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Happy Birthday, Tendai!!! {29 June 2012}

Tendai, you are a legend! Your creativity inspires me and your quality of workmanship is superb. Keep shining such an awesome light mighty man!

Dear Tendai

Happy happy happy Birthday!!! Your creativity has filled a huge gap in the industry! Thanx for sharing it with us!
May you be blessed even more in the years to come! HIP HIP HOORAY!

Much love

Happy birthday Tendai.
May you be blessed in every way. You can be proud of yourself and you are an inspiration to others. Be blessed. Kobus

Tendai, congrats! I hope you have a very successful new year ahead of you where you can build on what you already have achieved! You are doing a great job! - Nic

Dear Tendai

May you have a very special birthday!

Thank you for wiring messages of luck, love and hope in the hangers you make for my “brides” and their “bridesmaids”. What you create, goes way beyond just what your eyes see, you perfect very important celebrations with your art!

I hope that the year ahead will be full of amazing opportunities, as I know you will grab them with both hands and make something beautiful.

Best wishes


I sincerely wish you a very happy birthday and another year filled with happiness and success.
May the road ahead exceed your wildest dreams.

Kind Regards,

Happy Birthday! Your creativity has touched many hearts! Thank you for the inspiration. We wish you all the best for the years to come!
Little Pink Book

Dear Tendai - Don’t stop making beautiful things - your passion and your smile shine through!

Tendai, we are so privileged to have been able to feature your work on www.lovilee.co.za. We love your work and great smile. May you be blessed!

Karen Kelly

Meet Tendai here

Please feel free to leave your wishes for Tendai.
Thank you for your support. x

Thank you from Tendai. :)

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For your camera bag - Fun stuff

Here are a few affordable products & gadgets for your camera bag if you shoot weddings that I find essential. These items come in handy when you least expect it.

Also, remember to have an identification card in your camera bag.

1. Business Cards - {by Pink Pigeon} - You might get an enquiry at a wedding.

2. Hand Cleanser - Just after the bridal couple have enjoyed their first piece of wedding cake, you will have something for sticky hands.

3. Wet Wipes - Always handy.

4. Cable ties - Something to keep your cables organized.

My favourite!

5. Labels by Nikon to mark your equipment. Small sticker that can make a big difference.

6. Pocket Tissues - You are the only one following the bride & groom the whole day, be there for them in case of a teary moment.

7. Pocket Towel - Once at a beach engagement shoot I had the couple walking through shallow waves, they were very happy to dry their feet afterwards. Footnote {pun intended} - Baby powder is a great sand remover.

8. Plastic bags - For keeping things dry or separated.

9. Fresh & Sweet - Tic Tacs are my favourite, especially the orange flavour. I like them because you can share them with the couple, no chewing gum to be disposed of and they taste great. Not as overpowering as mints.

10. Desert Rose Hanger - A gorgeous wedding dress should hang on something special.

PS: Follow this link for an awesome battery holder.

Images by YSP Studio

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Playing with 35mm film.

I just love having fun with film! These images are a result of curiosity, playing with my humble old film camera, Minolta x300, I studied photography with at City Varsity & my usual 35mm colour FujiFilm.

My husband & I like to visit different places just once, just to say “we’ve been there” and then we have a few special places we visit frequently.

We visited Swellendam in March and we will definitely go back to see more of this beautiful town. Thank you to Braeside Guest House for making us feel at home.

Our favourite places to visit in Cape Town. The Iziko South African Museum, the Company’s Gardens & the South African National Art Gallery.

Blurry - Hand held at 1/15sec, ISO200

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