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One of the loveliest things about blogging family & lifestyle shoots is being able to share the work of some of my favourite wedding photographers in a new way.  I have worked with Anneli Marinovich since the very beginning, and watching her business grow as she tackles editorial shoots, real weddings, food photography and family photography has been so much fun.

Today I get to share one of Anneli’s recent family shoots from her recent trip home to South Africa.  She took her nephew Anakin to the beach to play in the sea and sand, and catch that cheeky two year old grin!

Mum Lizelle says –

Since Anakin arrived we have become the ‘3 Musketeers’! We laugh & play together all the time. As older parents Anakin forced us to look at life & everything around us with fresh eyes – as if looking at it for the first time, and this is something I’m really thankful for. I work in hospitality and Dad works in the cleaning industry. With both of us being in leadership roles, it was only natural that Anakin would end up thinking of himself as the boss of his parents! He gets away with a lot by flashing his cute smile…something he learnt from Dad! J

My sister Anneli has done an annual portrait shoot with Anakin since he was born in 2012. It’s amazing to see how he grows year on year and the relationship between him and Anneli as his godmother and aunt, gets stronger and stronger. Every photo shows their love for each other.

Anneli chose his outfit – a cute beachy T-shirt from Country Road at Woolworths and his shorts were from Cotton On. We didn’t need anything else with the beautiful beach settin at Anstey’s Beach in the Bluff, near Durban, just before sunset (and bath time!) We spend a lot of time here as it’s only a short drive from our house.

What does being a mum mean to you? I have never seen myself as a conventional mom. I take every day in my stride and Anakin allows me to be myself and loves me as the weird and wacky Mommy I have always been.

I love being his mom. He is an amazing kid and has tons of personality. Being a mom has also taught me to have more patience and understanding. It has taught me not to be so hard on myself and that sometimes you just need to let things go and let it run its course.


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.


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