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Positive Birth in South Africa: This is Tarryn Walton


The Gate-Keepers: A Portraiture Project

This is a portraiture project, documenting the “gatekeepers” of a growing movement regarding positive birth experiences in our country.  My aim: to promote those who are enabling women to identify with their power and femininity and therefore normalize birth and the body.

These are their stories / anecdotes / opinions about what they do and how they see it…accompanied by my portraits and some general information on each sitter.

Tarryn Walton has been a professional doula for two years now. She works all over: Northern suburbs, Cape Town central, southern suburbs, Atlantic seaboard.
Tarryn is a  Satyananda yoga teacher and specialises in prenatal yoga as well.
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Tarryn Walton Doula South Africa photographed by Leah Hawker

Giving birth to three children in the UK, has highlighted the stark difference between South Africa and England regarding the approach to childbirth.
My aim is to help educate women in terms of their choices in childbirth, encourage them to believe and trust in their ability to birth their babies with as little interference and medical intervention as possible.
In instances where a non-medicalised birth is not an option, I aim to work with the mother and her family towards optimising the chances of her having a positive experience.
A woman should feel safe, nurtured and empowered throughout pregnancy, labour and birth. She should own the experience and be able to congratulate herself on her achievement.
Helping facilitate this is an honour and a privilege.
• (I invite more participants to join the project, you are welcome to email me for more information).
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A Collection of Female Attire

The Collection: Panties & Bras
#80- #82

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

080 -The Collection Catalogued for TheSofterSex

#80 – Bra
Black lace and stretch satin, padded bra from La Senza, 36C. This was a hand-me-down from a friend who bought this fab bra from La Senza. It incorporates a bit of

 

081 -The Collection Catalogued for TheSofterSex

081 back -The Collection Catalogued for TheSofterSex

#81 – Panties
Lumo-orange, Mr.Price g-string. This is part of a three pack (all lump shades).  They came out just after Hanky Panky launched in SA and I think they’re a bit of a rip off but very comfy fit.

 

082 -The Collection Catalogued for TheSofterSex

#82 – Bustier/Bra
Size small, CottonOn stretch bustier with lace back detail. This piece was bought for the Miss July Playmate shoot which was done in my studio…all the pieces were sourced pretty last minute as the shoot was scheduled so late!

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A Collection of Female Attire

The Collection: Panties & Bras
#86- #89

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

086 -The Collection Catalogued for TheSofterSex

Candyfloss Girl by Leah Hawker,

#86 – Bra
Deep pink stretch satin, padded bra from LaSenza. A funky, fun piece, this bra was bought at La Senza. Its been used in a few shoots and used to have a big black satin bow attached to the cleavage area.

 

087 -The Collection Catalogued for TheSofterSex

087 back -The Collection Catalogued for TheSofterSex

#87 – Panties
Yellow cotton g-string with matching lace waist band. These were sourced and used in the Miss May Playmate shoot for Playboy in 2013.

088 -The Collection Catalogued for TheSofterSex

088 back -The Collection Catalogued for TheSofterSex

#88 – Panties
Black lace thong with beige detailing, from Womans Secret. These were bought for a Playboy shoot in 2013.

089 -The Collection Catalogued for TheSofterSex

#89 – Bra
French brand Allumette Lingerie, pink embroidered lace bra with underwire. This piece was a hand-me-down from a friend who bought the very expensive bra at a designer lingerie sale.

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A Collection of Female Attire

The Collection: Panties and Lingerie Sets
#83- #85

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

083 -The Collection Catalogued for TheSofterSex

083 back -The Collection Catalogued for TheSofterSex

#83 – Lingerie Set
Black, tasselled La Senza lingerie. These came from the once-apon-a-time La Senza sale shop. They’re a hard piece to work with in a shoot as the tassels need to be in order.

084 -The Collection Catalogued for TheSofterSex

084 back -The Collection Catalogued for TheSofterSex

#84 – Lingerie Set
Black mesh lingerie set with peek-a-boo cut and matching lace. These were bought at one of those underground Chinese shops about 10 years back. Totally ridiculous but kind of amazing. Vertically open cup top and totally open crotch knickers.

085 -The Collection Catalogued for TheSofterSex

085 back -The Collection Catalogued for TheSofterSex

#85 – Panties
Pink, white, orange and black animal print panties in chiffon from Mr.Price. I bought about 4-5 different pairs of these knickers on sale at Mr.Price for R9,00 about 8 years ago.

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