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How else would they know that I was once fab at 40?

26th November 2018

So it recently hit me, “Kwambie, you have never had an official fab photo shoot all your life!!”. The urgency exacerbated by the fact that my fortieth year in the planet was soon coming to an end and I needed a memory for this momentous year in my life. Truth be told it is something that I had been deliberating on since my last birthday but I got caught up in so many things, so much was happening in my life that I kept on deferring this much anticipated event in my life: fab at forty photo shoot.

Time was fast running out with only two weeks left before turning 41. Panic stricken, a  facebook post to my friends seeking recommendations for a good photographer who would be able to capture this human being made by two precious people Moraa and Nyambane – my beloved parents several decades ago. How else would my grandchildren know that I was once an energetic beautiful forty year old? I got several recommendations and zeroed in on one, one Kibe of Kybe Photography Kenya after going through his gallery in his website

Having gotten a photographer, I decided on what themes I wanted to run through my photo shoot that would best depict myself as an individual  and I settled for four; the writer/blogger, proudly African woman, my faith in God through the ups and downs in life and my brother’s challenge to me to loosen up and live a little.

Next was the fun part; choosing the looks that would execute these three themes; what to wear, what added artefacts would I need, accessories needed. They had to at least have a touch of my favourite colour red and capture my favourite month of the year- November hence the choice of red and purple that would depict the Jacaranda tree that is full bloom in my birth month in my country Kenya. They also had to have a touch of the seventies, my birth decade – short dresses and the famous afro. Time to live a little and get three new outfits that would depict what look I wanted – at forty years young, don’t you agree I deserved it? So yes, I shopped around for some three outfits never won before for the photo shoot, advance birthday gifts to myself of sorts.

The photographer and I then deliberated on the photo shoot. We both agreed that a photo shoot in nature would depict my free spirit, love for all things nature and would make a beautiful backdrop for the photo shoot and hence the choice of the timeless African beauty easily accessible Nairobi Arboretum for the photo shoot. We then synchronized our diaries for the photoshoot. Unfortunately, on the material day it begun raining and we had to postpone the photo shoot to another day which as fate would have it worked out in our favour as it depicted different moments  of the day.

And so one evening work I availed myself for the photo shoot after a working day.; a mad rush in the Nairobi evening traffic to make it to the venue on time before dark set in. I had organized all that I needed for the photo shoot, change of clothes and accessories several days before. I need to add that a day before the photo shoot I went to my favourite salon to spruce up the Moraa Nyambane creation looks a little bit. I wanted my look to be as natural as possible to capture my real looks – I did my own make up with only a stick red of lipstick as my make up for the photo shoot.

“Lights. Camera. Action.” And soon the photo shoot was underway. Kibe is one photographer who makes one relax and gives advice on creative poses. I must admit that in the first few photos I was a bit tense and stiff but soon relaxed as the photo shoot progressed and even managed a few goofy shoots at the end of the photo shoot for posterity.

So for a photo shoot you need;

  1. To know what the essence of the photo shoot, what the compelling factor behind the photo shoot and work around it.
  2. Choose a professional photographer.
  3. Deliberate on the location and different artefacts that you might need for the photo shoot.
  4. Keep time for a flawless photo shoot.
  5. Have fun! It is after all your photo shoot.

Hope you enjoy a few photographers taken during my fab at forty photo shoot.

“Because  everyone deserves a photo shoot that brings out the best in them.”

Photo credits:, contact Phone: +254 721 671703

Kybe Photography, is the official photographer of Wacha nikwambie blog Kenya.

This photo shoot is dedicated to the memory of my father Prof. James Nyambane Ombega and my brother Joash Agwata Nyambane, to the hope of those they left behind my mother, my sister and I and our families. Thank you God for 40 years in the planet, I am giving them back to you. To God be the glory and may His faithfulness be made manifest in my family. Nothing shall separate us from His love.

Disclaimer: the photographers captured in this photo shoot are proprietory property of Kwambie Nyambane | Wacha nIkwambie blog and may not be reproduced in any way without prior permission from the blog.