Winter Shoots

Big family reunion. When family comes together from two different countries and 3 different provinces of South Africa, no stormy weather will scare the fun away.

I felt so privileged to be the chosen photographer and capture that special day.

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Family photo shoot is a great tradition.

Photographing this beautiful family is turning into a tradition: from pregnancy with their first child to big busy family with two kids. It is exciting to watch Viljoen family grow and to capture their journey.

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Family photo shoot as a tradition.

Forest Photo Walk

Photographs are return tickets to moments otherwise gone. Foresty family photo shoot with very special people. Happy to share Zonjee family photo walk on one of the trails outside George, Garden Route South Africa.
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Paxton Family Shoot

Life is made of small moments like this. The moments we create together, remember and lean on when days get tough. Like they say, a hug from family lasts a lifetime.

Paxton family, thank you for amazing afternoon together. Thank you for letting me catch a glimpse into your family.

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Human Family Shoot

It is always such a privilege to continue telling a story of a family. Suika and Justin trusted me to capture their family photos, when beautiful Kate was a baby bump and Jake was still waiting on meeting his little sister. Human family once again welcomed me into their world to capture memories.

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Jenya Zhivaleva Photography.www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography.www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography.www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography.www.yourfotostory.com

Birth of Ethan De La Croix

Birth Photography. It is raw. It is real. It is emotional. It is beautiful. It is life arriving right in front of you. I felt at owe watching De La Croix family birthing their baby boy Ethan.

Yes, it is a family affair. Dad was helping his wife through all her waves of contractions, catching his own son and cutting his cord. 6 year old sister was hugging mommy’s tummy to help her with pain, jumping out of excitement on arrival of her brother and hugging everyone around of happiness.

And mother was breathing through every contraction which came closer and closer and eventually hit one on top of another. She birthed her son with no painkillers. Surrounded by family she welcomed baby boy she carried for so many months under her heart. Melissa cried from happiness of finally meeting Ethhan and knowing that the worst is over. In fact everyone was crying, including me. As I have just witnessed something so powerful, beautiful and inspiring.

Once again I can see that birthing your child at home is a real VIP experience of births. Comfort of your own home, everyone you love are around, no random people or check ups, freedom of movement, no interventions, no unnecessary medication, delayed cord clamping, and midwife or doula at your own disposal to help you at any moment.

Photographing birth made me feel so humble, as I have witnessed life at its grand arrival.

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Birthing mama Melissa De La Croix – check out her page to hear her own birth story.

Doula – Heidi van Zyl

George – South Africa – 2019

Garden Route Birth Photography

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Birth Photography – Welcome Ethan De La Croix

Birth Photography. It is raw. It is real. It is emotional. It is beautiful. It is life arriving right in front of you. I felt at owe watching De La Croix family birthing their baby boy Ethan.

Yes, it is a family affair. Dad was helping his wife through all her waves of contractions, catching his own son and cutting his cord. 6 year old sister was hugging mommy’s tummy to help her with pain, jumping out of excitement on arrival of her brother and hugging everyone around of happiness.

And mother was breathing through every contraction which came closer and closer and eventually hit one on top of another. She birthed her son with no painkillers. Surrounded by family she welcomed baby boy she carried for so many months under her heart. Melissa cried from happiness of finally meeting Ethhan and knowing that the worst is over. In fact everyone was crying, including me. As I have just witnessed something so powerful, beautiful and inspiring.

Once again I can see that birthing your child at home is a real VIP experience of births. Comfort of your own home, everyone you love are around, no random people or check ups, freedom of movement, no interventions, no unnecessary medication, delayed cord clamping, and midwife or doula at your own disposal to help you at any moment.

Photographing birth made me feel so humble, as I have witnessed life at its grand arrival.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography www. yourfotostory.com

Birthing mama Melissa De La Croix – check out her page to hear her own birth story.

Doula – Heidi van Zyl

George – South Africa – 2019

Garden Route Birth Photography

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Rhodes Family Shoot in Wilderness

It has become a tradition. Third year in a row I meet Rhodes family at Wilderness beach to capture those special moments that pass way to quickly. I feel very privileged to see their family grow and be recognized by their kids as “our photo lady”:)
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Chalk Fun


Another fun family shoot. Keeping toddlers entertained during the shoot is not a joke:) So one becomes creative. Chalk fun.
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Forest Family Shoot

What a fun photo shoot  that was! Looking for fairies and monkeys in Wilderness forest with De la Croix family. Photographs taken in celebration of Melissa and Michael’s wedding anniversary and 1 year birthday of beautiful Violet.

Melissa is a beauty and parenting blogger herself. Interesting stories and insights on her blog Pretty Messy Melon

Breastfeeding  photos became a special part of the photo session. Breastfeeding is the most amazing, natural and nurturing relationship between a mother and a child. Mothers milk not only helps baby to grow and  develop a very strong immune and nervous system, but also creates a special bond between a mother and a child. A bond that helps both of them on their journey.

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Forest Family Shoot

What a fun photo shoot  that was! Looking for fairies and monkeys in Wilderness forest with De la Croix family. Photographs taken in celebration of Melissa and Michael’s wedding anniversary and 1 year birthday of beautiful Violet. 

Melissa is a beauty and parenting blogger herself. Interesting stories and insights on her blog Pretty Messy Melon

Breastfeeding  photos became a special part of the photo session. Breastfeeding is the most amazing, natural and nurturing relationship between a mother and a child. Mothers milk not only helps baby to grow and  develop a very strong immune and nervous system, but also creates a special bond between a mother and a child. A bond that helps both of them on their journey.

⊙ Jenya Zhivaleva Photography

Gabriella – newborn photoshoot

Being first time parents is like landing on another planet. It’s scary but so exciting.

I was invited to photograph this gorgeous girl, Gabriella, who came to planet Earth in July. Thank you Shelley and Johannes for letting me capture such special moments.

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Maternity: Shelley and Johannes.