Julia Merrett Photography

I am a photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. I shoot portraits, weddings, events and anything else that catches my eye. All images (C) Julia Merrett 2013

I shot a 21st birthday party in Plumstead a few weeks ago. Here are just some details of the house and the food. They run a restaurant from their house and cater raw and vegan food. The midsummer rainstorm made the beautiful garden seem even more exotic and lush than it already is. Quite the suburban oasis.

The Banquet, Let there be Light, Side St Studios, Woodstock.

I shot a Campaign for Take Care, a local Fashion label by Jessica Harwood in Cape Town. The Spring / Summer range was launched yesterday! Available at 73 Kloof St.

South of France

South of France



I visited Babylonstoren the other day with some friends. I have seen so many pictures of the place on various blogs and was almost over it before even going there… BUT: It is a glorious, peaceful oasis of beauty and good taste that leaves you in awe of the amount of effort and attention to detail that the owners and farmworkers put into EVERYTHING. We ate at the Glasshouse which is good for a snack if you’re popping in on short notice (no need to book), but the fancy restaurant is called Babel and requires some serious advanced planning… I think about 3 months to get a booking. 

My favourite about the Babylonstoren is that you can walk around the gardens for hours, and not only do they grow all the fruit and veggies for the restaurants, but they grow things like cotton - not enough to farm but I had actually, unbelievably, never seen a  cotton bush or flower before. So it’s a great place to educate yourself or your children about nature. Touch, smell, pop open seeds, read the plant labels, take a few sneaky seeds to propagate at home…

The shop is full of delicious and beautiful things, like dusty pink ceramic oyster mushroom plates serving plates… everyone needs one of those right?? (I do…)

It was citrus season when we were there, but I’m dead keen to go back in Spring when we’re back from Europe!!

Barrydale weekend Part 1

Barrydale Weekend Part 2

More on the weekend - recipes etc… on the Elle Deco Blog

Barrydale weekend Part 3