Category Thoughts

What are our model calls?

If you follow me on Facebook or Insta you will see that I sometimes do model calls.

These are not calls for actual models signed with agencies, my favourite kind of models are real women. Not just plus size, not just slim, and trim, not just camera ready or “photo-genic” – see I don’t believe in “your good side” or people being “photo-genic”. I show you what others see, what I see when I look at your beauty.

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Why I was hesitant to do a boudoir… and why some of my client’s haven’t booked yet

It was 2014 , August 2014 and I found a website when I was stalking other photographers. You see I had just resigned to be a photographer full time and I was looking for inspiration.

And then I found it, my heart pounded, I was totally addicted to the pictures that were unfolding on my screen.

As each image loaded my mouth hung lower and lower, my eyes grew so big, my fiance (now husband) had such a giggle, thinking I saw a ghost.

There was this beautiful tattoo’d goddess on my screen, beautiful brown locks and posed on a chair in an elegant hotel room.

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Why I don’t give my unedited images or RAW files

Firstly there is a difference (in my eyes) to unedited images and RAW files. In my eyes a RAW file is my direct file from my camera in its RAW format, this is not in JPEG or PNG and it is quite large compared to other photos. It also needs a special program to open (especially when shooting with a Fujifilm camera like I do). An unedited image can also be in RAW format or it could be provided in JPEG – which can be sized.


I have noticed a trend where photographers are offering RAW files, and as trends go the general public requests it from other photographers too. Why can’t we all just give our unedited, raw images?


Well, I for one like to think that my finished product is what attracted you to my website. That you like my work, that includes all the editing I did to get the image to where it is now. If you want to see exactly why I cant give you my RAW images keep reading.

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Every one loves a survey!

Like all businesses Vanilla Silk needs to grow, to help me grow my business please complete this survey (I am researching a new wedding product):


It would mean the world to me! Thank you so much for visiting my site!


Want to know what goes into our pricing?

Are you getting married soon and looking for a wedding photographer? If you have you are probably sitting with a few quotes that you need to decide on. Especially if you posted on social media for a wedding photographer.

Why is there such a big difference in wedding photography prices between professionals?

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Raising kids, pleasing your clients and keeping sane.

This is another one for my fellow photographers, especially for the ones with little rugrats and energy sappers that we call children. Now please don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my kids. I love them sooooo much I would give my life for them if it would insure their happiness. I do everything in my power to keep my kids happy and I try to keep the romance around for the sake of my hubby. BUT Vanilla Silk is my other child, it’s my other nagging kid that tugging at my leg to tell me that it needs attention. It’s jealous of the time I spend with my son and daughter and sometimes it just plain throws a tantrum demanding the attention that I have not been giving it.

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Waiting for Liam

Mariette and Charl are the cutest married couple. The photo shoot was full of laughs and jokes.

Mariette and I have been friends for 3 years now, we found out we were pregnant a month apart from each other. Their little boy was born exactly a month after our little angel. And he is just as gorgeous as his parents are.

This was the last shoot I did before going on maternity leave, it just took me a while to blog it. How absolutely stunning are these parents?

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Why I do what I do….. this one is for my boudoir clients

I have always admired the female form, the beauty of the curves and bumps that we were blessed with. Don’t get me wrong, a man’s body is interesting with it’s muscles and stuff but it is a woman’s body that can stop traffic or make a man weak in the knees.

Starting out, I wanted to be an all round photographer. Not specialising in anything and being a family, newborn,children,boudoir,couples and wedding photographer. My first boudoir photo-shoot was with my best friend, a gift for her husband. I did not know what I was getting myself into but I managed to pull it off. I was hooked! Boudoir was a calling I needed to answer.

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