As some of you may already know, I was in South Africa recently to say goodbye to my brother at his memorial service. During my stay I visited my nephew on the farm where he lives and works. There I got to meet and photograph the Schalekamp family on their family farm. I love photographing little children as they are so honest and real. Editing these last week made me smile and was just the antidote I needed to get my focus back on work again. Here are my favourites from an early morning, and I mean early morning shoot. ;)
In November last year I got to meet Naomi for the first time. She was 5 weeks old and simply precious. You might remember her family that I photographed last summer when Vishu was expecting her. Her sister Tabitha is such a loving, doting older sister. It was such a privilege to be invited to their home during this special time. Here are some of my favourites from the day.
And of course, all older sisters want to play dress up.
I cannot believe it is the 8th of January already and that we actually really are in 2017! It would seem that 2016 went by in a flash. I wanted to share some of my favourite images from 2016, it was tough deciding which would make the cut and by no means could I include all my favourites. The year also ended with me capturing yet another elopement and an intimate wedding on the last day of the year. I want to thank each one of you who entrusted me with some very special memories and moments in your life. I have met so many wonderful families and people who have opened their homes and hearts to me. I've held infants and babies, giggled with families, chased toddlers, congratulated brides and grooms, met inspiring artists, scientists and even a wine maker not to mention photographing a cookbook for the very first time. I am grateful to each and every one of you who made these images possible. There are personal and travel images in here too, because I couldn't exclude the 3 most important guys in my life. 2016 has been an amazing year for me as a photographer, looking back at it I realised just how many hours I spent behind the lens and my screen, but I'm not complaining. I am also very grateful to my family who indulged me every time I needed a model, and supported me when I had deadlines with endless editing and being ok with sometimes eating toasted sandwiches and green smoothies for dinner. So here's to the new year, I wish you all a prosperous and wonderful 2017, and hope to see some of you behind my lens....
I met Deepa, Vidya and Kamala at their home one Autumn afternoon in November and it was such a joy photographing them. Here are some of my favourites from the shoot.
Kamala was just short of 5 months on this shoot and she is such a cutie, as you can see for yourself.
And in true Indian hospitality my afternoon ended with some sweet Indian tea and a delicious homemade snack. Thank you Deepa, Vidya and Kamala.
I started working on this project back in May this year and I received a copy of the book last week. It still feels a bit surreal seeing my photographs in print in an actual cookbook. Here is a little sneak peak into what you can expect to see inside.
I met the author Cecilie through 'Vin med Hjerte', a non-profit organisation that sells South African wine to help provide water in Africa, where I am also the in-house photographer. Cecilie is an office manager by day, with a Bachelor in Science and Engineering, and a foodie and oenophile in her free time. She is also the blogger behind Madentusiasten and it has been a dream of hers to publish a book for 'madnørde' or in English, food nerds, as she calls it.
It was a fun and at times a challenging project. The entire cookbook was shot at Cecilie's home in Vangede. Cecilie would cook and prepare the food and I would set up my gear and check for the best positions for light. Afterwards we would decide together on props and styling and then I would get to work on taking the images. Her knowledge about wine and the flavours and scents that go along with it really impressed me. The talented Anne Skouboe was responsible for the graphic art and she worked with Cecilie on the layout.
When I first met Cecilie at her home, to see if it would be suitable for shooting, I noticed a large wine barrel in the garden housing the gutters. When I mentioned it might be a good prop, Cecilie said her neighbour makes them, and so our first prop was chosen. It ended up taking centre stage as the cover image for the book. The images on the barrel above never made it into the book but they remain some of my favourites from the project.
Cecilie's portraits were taken in the summer. On the day of this shoot it started to bucket down with rain and we ended up seeking shelter in the garden shed. There was a moment where the rain stopped for a second and we ran into the sun-room. We had to wait about an hour before we could continue, needless to say a few glasses of champagne were consumed. In the end the result from the rain and beautiful summer evening light made for beautiful illuminated portraits.
If you love wine and food and always wanted a three course menu to go along with your wine, then perhaps this book is just for you. Next week Tuesday the 22nd of November the book will be launched at BØF in Copenhagen where you can meet the author and have her sign your copy. I hope to see you there.
Earlier this year I captured Artur and Heike's elopement in Copenhagen and I was delighted when they asked me to capture their celebration in Düsseldorf, Germany in August. This is Amelie, her granddaughter waiting for the arrival of guests. The celebration took place at La Passion du Vin. It was such a lovely and quaint location, perfect for a relaxed intimate celebration.
Guests were arriving on and off and here is Heike's youngest son arriving with a gift for the couple. Here are some of my favourite images from the day. It was hard to choose, but looking through these again reminded me what a loved couple Heike and Artur are.
The candy bar was done by Kira Weiler and it was a treat for children and adults alike.
The venue, friendly staff and food had a distinct French feel to it, and the relaxed guests added to this wonderful ambiance.
Every bite was sublime and looking at the above image, my mouth starts to water when I think of the delicious food that was served.
All the children were adorable, but this little guy above made my heart melt.
The cake and desserts made by Dolcinella not only looked beautiful but tasted divine.
After everyone gathered together for a group photo, Heike proceeded with a speech. As my German is very limited I didn't get it all, but everyone's faces told a tale of its own.
There was dancing and laughter. The piano man, Markus Goosmann, with his blue swede shoes didn't stop playing his tune and everyone was merry. It truly was a wonderful and joyous occasion. Artur and Heike are such generous and kind people. They invited my whole family to come along, but I opted to just bring my husband as I was afraid my children might deter me from doing my job. They made my husband and I feel like old friends.
Heike's three special men in her life, Artur and her two sons, Johannes and Nicolas.
Artur and Heike, may you always remember the love shared on this special day. Wishing you a lifetime of love!
In August this year I got to capture the Sturino family. Laura contacted me via my Facebook Page as she had seen some of my work. She loved the backdrop of the 'Danish Girl' movie and was hoping to get the feel of a Copenhagen backdrop for their shoot.
In my research and photo scouting I found that Christianshavn might just encompass the kind of architecture and feeling she was after, even though none of the scenes from the movie were shot there.
This was their last weekend in Copenhagen before heading back to the US. I had never met them until the day of our shoot and they were such a pleasure to photograph. Easy going, fun and definitely a family with a sense of humor.
I believe the boys even got to catch a few Pokemons on the shoot and at one point everyone was laughing at Pokemons dancing on my feet.
This summer I got to photograph my very first elopement and I loved every minute of it! Then again, Heike and Artur are the sweetest couple. So spending the afternoon with them was my delight. Heike and Artur live in Düsseldorf, Germany and one of her childhood friends that now reside in Denmark gave her my details. The funny thing is that when we started communicating over email I was amazed to hear that Heike was South African and originally comes from Paarl in the Western Cape, the place I was born.
I met them at their hotel and from there they took a rickshaw to Copenhagen City Hall. What an original idea. After the ceremony they couldn't wait to call family and share the good news. From there we wandered into the cobbled streets on our way to Kompa'9, the cutest cafe in Kompagnistræde.
As we were strolling along a brass band was playing and being the spontaneous people that they are, Heike threw her bouquet into the crowd and they started dancing. What a great couple! People were cheering, and loved it!
Heike's beautiful bouquet was made by Vilde Violer. Such a wonderful concept of organic flowers planted and harvested in Denmark.
The afternoon ended with champagne and tapas at Kompa'9. A few weeks after, they wanted to know how I would feel about flying to Germany, to photograph their wedding celebration with family and friends. Needless to say I was delighted. I cannot wait to share the images of their wedding celebration with you. Artur and Heike, thank you again for a wonderful afternoon spent photographing such a special moment in your lives.
This summer I photographed the sweetest, hospitable family. Vishu is pregnant with her second baby and awaiting the arrival of their baby soon. She wanted me to capture their family of 3 at the moment in this special time.
Tabitha is the most adorable little girl, full of smiles. Whilst waiting for her and Vishu to change their outfits, I was offered an Indian treat and some sweet Indian tea.
After our stroll, Vishu took a well deserved break and I couldn't help but capture a few intimate moments.
Gitte is a freelance journalist and I was delighted when she contacted me this summer to do her business portraits. She wanted to meet at Espergærde beach, and it proved to be the perfect location. She had clear ideas about what she wanted to wear and her friend, Kristina Henriksen, did her beautiful make up. However, what stands out most in these images is how relaxed she is in front of the camera.
Thank you Gitte for a delightful late afternoon spent photographing you, and thank you to Kristina for the beautiful make up and for taking some behind the scenes images of me on this shoot. You can see them on my facebook page. Rather funny seeing myself at work.
After receiving her photographs Gitte shared some on facebook and her words were really touching; "I think standing in front of a camera can be overstepping a boundary, that was until I met Rochelle Coote. I don't know anything about cameras, lighting, angles etc., but I know it is not only that, it is also about the eye that sees, confidence and trust. This I have in her, even when she has the camera so close to my face, which is definitely overstepping a boundary. However, not with Rochelle behind the camera. And then she is just so sweet. I have a pile of beautiful photos which I feel are a reflection of the real me."
Melanie and I met about 3 years ago through a mutual friend. It is also not the first time that I have taken her portrait, I have even photographed her apartment for my personal blog, Danish Exchange, before. Needless to say I was delighted when she asked me to do her corporate images for her blog Dejlige Days and new website Dejlige Days Welcome, a relocation company aimed at English speaking expats.
Melanie wanted to meet in Frederiksholms Kanal to take a few images. After that we started to wander into the cobbled streets in the surrounding area.
That is also when we by chance stumbled upon the cutest little coffee shop/café in Kompagnistræde. We stayed for coffee and it proved to be a great location for some more business portraits. With her chatty, open and friendly personality she even got chatting to one of the locals.
I love these images of her as they really are the Melanie I know, friendly, down to earth and relaxed.
In April this year I flew to London to visit some dear friends. I was able to combine my break with a little work too, by capturing a dear friend and her family. What made the occasion even more special was that it was their 17th wedding anniversary on the day of this shoot.
We visited Knole Park in Sevenoaks as it is a place that bears special meaning to them as a family. These were some of my favourites from the session.
Elizabeth and I met at the Hive Blog Conference in 2014 and recently we got to meet up again. She invited me for lunch and that is when I got to meet her new baby, Julian. It was such a treat for me to be able to capture him and a few stolen moments of them together. Here are some of my favourites from the morning.
He was such a wonderful and natural model. Isn't he just so handsome and beautiful at the same time.
Thank you Elizabeth and Julian for a delightful morning spent with you.
Earlier this year I captured the Babu family. Renjith's family were visiting from Dubai and they wanted some memories of their time together and also of their time in Copenhagen. It is not the first time capturing the Babu family, I had the privilege of capturing Mckayla's first birthday. It is always so amazing for me to see how quickly children grow, even after only 9 months.
Here are some of my favourites from the shoot....
Fastelavn is a carnival celebrated by Danish children. It is usually the Sunday before Ash Wednesday or a week before Lent, and schools and kindergartens often celebrate the Friday before. Children get to dress up and celebrate with fastelavnsboller, sweet carnival buns. Next week my children will be celebrating this Scandinavian tradition.
In celebration of this I wanted to do a styled shoot and managed to style the forest last weekend before the snow melted away. My children indulged my creative side and this was the result.
If your children, like mine, enjoy dressing up why not use the opportunity to have their portrait taken in their fastelavn or dress-up outfit. Something you both could treasure for years to come. If you would like to find out more about alternative children's portraits or styled shoots, please contact me via my about page.
Disclaimer: No children were harmed during this shoot. Warm blankets and hot cocao were on hand. ;)
It is nearing the end of January and I wonder how many of us have already broken some or all of our New Year's resolutions. If you are feeling discouraged then perhaps you should give Sue a call. Sue is a Life Coach and writer and her uplifting articles are bound to leave you feeling motivated in no time at all. And if saying no is a problem for you, then you might want to read this article.
Sue and her family came for a short break at the end of summer last year. We reconnected after a few years of our lives, having lived in different countries. Other than her own blog, she is also a guest blogger on Everyday Power Blog, and has written some inspiring articles about motivation and life goals.
I can truly recommend her to anyone, having received some Life Coaching from her myself. Whether you are starting or wanting to start up your own business or if you've had your business for a while but need some direction. Perhaps you are struggling with life goals and feeling rather discouraged after breaking yet another new year's resolution. Sue might just be the answer, she is excellent at expelling any limiting beliefs and at helping others gain clarity about what it actually is they want out of life and, or work.
Sue has such amazing blue eyes.
I love this family dearly and it was such a joy being able to give them some family memories.