When American couple, Jason and Stephanie, decided to plan a holiday to South Africa, Stephanie started thinking of a way to surprise not only her husband and son but also the rest of their friends and family. She arranged a secret family shoot with talented South African photographer, Adene, and inspired by their love of the African fauna and flora, they made sure to incorporate these beautiful natural elements in the shoot. The boho teepee with its cascading flowers is simply stunning and Elijah, their cute little boy, totally stole our hearts! Nearing Father’s Day, this shoot also reminded us to make memories with our loved ones as often as we can, because time spent with family is time well spent.
The Surprise Shoot
The whole photoshoot was a surprise to my husband, Jason. I had come across Adene’s work a few months before our trip to South Africa and decided that we should do a family shoot with my little boy, Elijah. So I bookmarked the page and sort of forgot about it. Then, when I started planning our trip, something brought me back to that page and I started looking up all her work, deciding to contact Adene about doing a photoshoot on our vacation. Once we started chatting, I knew I had to go all in because it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I didn’t tell anyone because I wanted the pictures to be a surprise for our friends and family.
How did you pull it off?
A few days before we left, I was busy preparing for the shoot by taking my husband’s measurement and he must have known that I was up to something, but luckily didn’t ask about it. Even when we arrived in Cape Town for the fittings, he still had no idea what it was all for – he asked if we were getting married again and I just laughed. Driving to the farm the next day for the shoot, I asked him if he wanted to know what we were doing and he simply said, “No, surprise me.” If it were me, I would have been dying to know what was going on!
When we arrived at the farm, Columbia (the zebra), came right up to our car to check us out. My son thought it was so cool. Finally the moment had arrived – I had been anticipating it for so long and started to see the vision. When we had finished getting dressed I finally told my husband what we’d be doing – we were there to do a family photoshoot with a zebra!
The scenery and flowers were just perfect and Adene did such an amazing job directing us, managing the whole set. We wanted a natural, fun style which Adene perfectly accomplished and captured so beautifully. We just took it all in and really enjoyed ourselves. It was such an amazing experience and before we knew it, the shoot was over.
Would you recommend a family shoot?
We were blown away when we saw the final product. I couldn’t have dreamt of anything better – this whole experience was so worth it and truly memorable. We feel so blessed to have had the privilege of experiencing South Africa and we know that we will return one day.