Wendy and David sitting on the Melville Koppies

Quick Photoshoot on the Melville Koppies

Last week Wendy Carstens, the chairperson of the Friends of the Melville Koppies, asked me to take a portrait of her and her husband, David, at the top of the Koppies. The portrait is a gift for their daughter’s birthday.

I have huge respect for Wendy and the work she does maintaining and promoting the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve, with a small amount of money and a massive amount of determination. So I was honored when she asked me to take the portrait, but also nervous. I don’t do many assignments like this and I was scared of messing it up — that Wendy and David wouldn’t like any of the pictures I took and I would feel like a miserable failure.

Luckily that didn’t happen.

Wendy and David sitting on the Melville KoppiesWendy and David at the top of Melville Koppies Central, with the northern suburbs and Sandton City behind them. This is the picture they chose.

Wendy and David-7539Another option, with Melville in the background. Wendy liked this one too.

Wendy and David-7480This one was my favorite but I don’t think they wanted such a close-up shot.

Anyway, this is a super-short post. But I thought I’d show off some pictures I’m proud of and remind you that the Melville Koppies is (are? Subject-verb agreement stumps me here) the best park in Joburg and everyone should visit. The Friends of the Melville Koppies host great guided walks every weekend. Read more about the history of the Koppies and Wendy’s work here.

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  • Reply Eugenia A Parrish May 23, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Wonderful job. I can see why they chose the one they did — the close-up blurred out the Koppies, which I gather was part of the point. The other one had a tall building in back which was a distraction from these two wonderful subjects. Kudos!

    • Reply 2summers May 24, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Yep, you’re quite right. Hope all is well with you!

  • Reply marbletownrealty May 23, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Lovely pictures…. that smile!
    It’s great to see the Koppies appreciated

    • Reply 2summers May 24, 2016 at 8:06 am

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply daltonkadams May 23, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Your fave pic is also my fave!

    • Reply 2summers May 24, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Great minds think alike!

  • Reply contrafacta (tekla) May 23, 2016 at 8:24 pm


    • Reply 2summers May 24, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Thanks Tekla!

  • Reply Tenney Mason May 23, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I like the middle pic with the skyline. It also had kind of a candid feel.

    • Reply 2summers May 24, 2016 at 8:05 am

      I like that one too, but the power line annoys me and my photoshop skills still aren’t good enough to erase it.

  • Reply Wendy C May 24, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Thanks so much for the blog and photos, Heather. It was quite a giggle having two wrinklies trying to act like lovebirds on the beloved Koppies, but you caught the mood and the Koppies beautifully. My daughter who now lives n Oz loves the photo.

    • Reply 2summers May 24, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Haha, you can’t trick me Wendy. The two of you weren’t acting like lovebirds — you really ARE lovebirds! 🙂

  • Reply autumnashbough May 25, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Great photos. As always. I like the skyline in the second one, but the smiles in the third. 🙂

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