It's been more than two years since I have seen these special friends and since then they have travelled across the world, between South Africa, Scotland and South Korea, and added to their numbers with the most precious Caleb Bear. Vix and Brennan are staying on her mom's beautiful farm near Tarkastad and so we took a scenic drive through the mountains to visit them and snap a few family photos. It was such a treat to stay on the beautiful farm and spend time with this special family!Read More
Welcome to the world little baby Imogen Scarlet! I'm extra excited to be sharing these photos - not just because of this beautiful family but because they have such a special place in our lives, especially Immy. Debs and I were pregnant with our little girls together and I can't wait for their first play date! These are just a few of my favourites...Read More
I love posting photo shoots from around and about my new hometown of Adelaide in the Eastern Cape, and this shoot is no exception. Richard and Kate have four beautiful kids and farm outside of Adelaide on a gorgeous family farm - the perfect place for a fun photo shoot. I have so enjoyed getting to know this lovely family, and especially Kate, these last few months and so to spend the afternoon exploring their farm with them was so much fun and I hope the photos show the fun, love and beauty of the family and farm.Read More
What do you get when you mix a party of Ozzies, a bride with an eye for details, a sizzling hot day, and one of South Africa's most beautiful wedding venues? A wedding party of epic proportions. John and Kate's wedding was small and intimate but there was no shortage of fun, laughter, champagne, family and friends.Read More
Wow what a year it's been! Going through my work from the year I am amazed by how much I have been able to shoot and how quickly the year has gone. In January I though that I would be taking Sophie Smith Photography full time in Cape Town but by June we were living on the other side of the country and working for an NGO and doing photography part time. It's been a year of all sorts of different and interesting assignments - from working for the amazing Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race and doing marketing work for corporates and NPOs, to weddings, engagements, preggie shoots and a whole lot of wonderful family shoots. It's been a year full of laughs, challenges, surprises and twists in the road. It's fun looking back, but I'm also looking forward to 2016 and all that it holds.Read More
Summer is Cape Town is perfect for a family shoot - and this was the Marffy family's first holiday away from their farm in years so they took the opportunity to get some photos done. It was such a relaxed and fun shoot - what a pleasure to spend the morning with this lovely family.Read More
What fun photographing this lovely family! As it goes in a small town, Liezl is my beautician, Pilates teacher, dance instructor, but most of all, a wonderful friend. One of the highlights of moving to this little Eastern Cape town has definitely been getting to know her and Chris and their lovely girls, Emily and Catherine. Yesterday as we took a little walk on a friend's farm to snap some family photos before the end of the year...Read More
Madeline and Rhyno love natural photos and spontaneous moments – my favourite thing to photograph. I know this from the magical beach engagement shoot we did a few months ago, and was so looking forward to their wedding day. And true to their beautiful, creative personalities, the day was natural, simple and truly beautiful.Read More
This special couple go way back for me. Ash and I used to live together, I remember the days when she and Craig started dating, and of course their beautiful wedding three years ago. And so when I happened to be in Cape Town for the weekend and she phoned me up and asked if there was any way I could do an anniversary preggie shoot with them - I was only too happy. It was lovely to catch up with them and see them thriving and about to be a family of three.Read More
Bennett family feels like home away from home and so lying on the grass with their kids and jumping on the bed felt like the most normal way to spend a Saturday morning. Jadon is full of mischief and little Amber is just realising the power of that little smile on her parents. I loved spending time with this beautiful, fun, loving family and I hope you enjoy the photos too.Read More
This shoot was just the way I love shooting with families - fun in the garden with lots of play and very few poses. One of the best things about moving to the small town of Adelaide in the Eastern Cape, has been meeting this lovely family. Debbie and Mike have been so friendly and welcoming, and their boys so much fun! And I'm also so excited that number 3 is only the way soon, so you had better get used to seeing these beautiful faces.Read More
I met Carla and Graham earlier this year to do their engagement shoot and get to know them a bit and it was pretty clear from the outset that they weren't too keen on posing for the camera and liked to keep things as natural as possible. They emphasised that they would love me to shoot the wedding in a "ninja" documentary style - capturing moments as they happened, rather than lots of posing - my absolute favourite request from a bride and groom!
The wedding was definitely a favourite so far - the weather was perfect, Carla and Graham had organised the most beautiful event down to the smallest detail, and yet were so relaxed and enjoyed their day, and the venue, Olive Rock, was absolutely gorgeous.Read More
Lizette wanted a lush, green, spring themed shoot and luckily there is no shortage of lush green spots in Cape Town in spring. We found a little park near Kirstenbosch and the shoot was, literally and figuratively, a walk in the park - I don't think I've ever met two little girls so happy and cute in front of the camera, what a pleasure it was to snap some shots of this lovely family.Read More
Abby and Etienne celebrated their marriage, South African style, at the beautiful Overture restaurant on the Hidden Valley wine estate. After tying the knot at home in the UK, they had another ceremony here in South Africa for local friends and family.Read More
I spent the morning on the beautiful Lombard family farm taking photos of Christoff and his mom and dad, and then of his amazing ONE-derland first birthday party. What a beautiful spot and a lovely family.Read More
This beautiful wedding was in Hout Bay valley - the ceremony and reception were at Monchique but my favourite part of the day was exploring the beauty of Orange Kloof Nature Reserve with Cheryl and Marissa for their couple shoot. Marisa and Cheryl love spending time together outdoors and so it only seemed fitting to get out into the lush green nature reserve to take their photos. It was lovely to photograph a wedding that was a little different, but full of fun and love.Read More
A few of my favourite shots from David & Melissa's baby bump shoot. They were absolute troopers, missioning through the fields even though she is very pregnant and it was freezing cold! But you would never say so from the pictures, what an elegant mom-to-be! Thanks for letting me share this part of your story and I'm looking forward to taking more photos of your little girl when she arrives!Read More
Common Good is a fantastic non-profit organisation based in Cape Town with a focus on addressing the city's challenges of Education, Employment and Early Childhood; the three E's. Each one of these areas is addresses through partnering with different projects.
What I love about this organisation is that the focus really is on long term sustainable development and empowerment, rather than simply hand-outs and welfare.
I met with Sarah Binos, one of the directors and she shared a recent motto with me; "The job isn't done until the story has been told". I got involved with these projects to try and help tell the stories of the different people involved with and affected by the projects.Read More
In March I spent a week in my old home town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape and got to take some photos of a number of beautiful families. To celebrate my move back to this part of the world, I thought I would compile a few of my favourites into one blog post and I hope all this loveliness makes you smile as much as these cute faces made me smile!Read More
Is it even legal to have so much cuteness in one family? What a treat it has been to get to know the lovely Tucker family over the last few months. Blake and Rachel are such authentic, real friends and are a amazing example of excellent parenting. They have been such a support and a blessing to us in the last few months and so I was so glad to be able to do a family photo session with them before I leave Cape Town and head to the Eastern Cape. Cape Town is looking so beautiful in all it's autumn glory and so a walk in the park was definitely in order. I hope you enjoy the photos of this beautiful family as much as I have.Read More