Laughter and shrill screams of excitement were barely heard over the loud splashing of water as Abby’s two sons Jack and Matthew played around in Africa’s largest infinity pool. Posed with camera in hand I waited at the rim for the opportunity to take the best shot. It’s difficult to photograph children, their moods swing up and down and they’re easily distracted, especially in a place as entertaining and fascinating as The One&Only Hotel. Unlike a plate of food, it’s not always easy to get them to do what you want them to do!
We spent the day photographing the different child orientated features of the hotel from the pool to the kids menu to the specifically designed “KidsOnly zone”. Equipped with Wii, Xbox and Playstation and also offering supervised baking and cooking classes, not to mention milkshake on tap, the KidsOnly zone is ideal for the younger generation. Here the boys needed no encouragement to get their hands dirty and go to play as I went to work photographing them.
It was a tiring day matching Jack’s and Matthew’s endless energy supply but us adults had our fun too. Abby and husband Terry as well as Taste editor, Sumien Brink, were on scene to witness the antics and delight in the photos. Terry was a great help when it came to coaxing the boys into behaving for the camera and if that failed there were plenty of scrumptious cookies at hand to bribe with!
Get your sticky fingers on this month’s Taste and also have a look at Michael’s photographs of celebrated chef Luke Dale Roberts.