It was a pleasure doing Jared and Paige’s engagement shoot, they’re a really fun couple who were full of smiles and laughs. They like to play around and gently tease each other but you can see that under all that there is a deep love and commitment to each other. We did their engagement shoot out at Summerveld on a late afternoon, we had to time it for when Paige is back in South Africa because she works for Emirates Airlines which means she spends a lot of time abroad. Coincidentally I shot an engagement shoot and wedding a few years ago for another bride who also works as an air hostess for Emirates.

I’m looking forward to the wedding, it’s going to be at one of my favourite venues called Providence in the KZN Midlands.

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I was on my way to another shoot when I got a call from one of my old clients, he told me one of their warehouses was empty and they needed professional photos to advertise it to potential tenants. The brief was quite simple, to show off the space and scale of the warehouse and offices. I did all the interior photos first and then finished off with the exteriors, in the hope that the sun had gone down a bit and the light wasn’t quite as bright. Sometimes it’s nice to do a shoot that doesn’t involve people, but after a while it got a bit lonely and I felt myself wanting to place people in the spaces to give it a bit of a human element.

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Bicycles are popular items when it comes to wedding décor, I often see them leaning against a tree or at the the reception entrance, they usually have baskets of flowers or chalk boards attached. Sometimes couples bring them to engagement shoots to have some fun with. Darrell & Jess however had a very good reason to incorporate a bicycle in their shoot, they are both cyclists and Darrell owns a bike shop named Bring It On Cycles in Kloof, KZN.

We decided on the beautiful Thompson’s Bay beach to do their engagement shoot, we sped down there early to catch the morning sunrise. We had a lot of fun and went to breakfast straight afterwards. What a great way to begin the day. I’m looking forward to their wedding in May.

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Stanton and Zenilla had two wedding ceremonies and two photo shoots, the first was a Catholic ceremony and the second was a traditional Hindu ceremony which was held at Coastlands Hotel in Umhlanga.

I normally do outdoor photo shoots at sunset, but the way the day was planned out it wasn’t possible so we did a lot of indoor and night shots at the hotel. I was taken completely out of my comfort zone but I believe they turned out great. Congratulations Stanton & Zenilla!

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I was called in to a company called Chilli Source to do their corporate staff photos. Being a design and advertising company, it was important to push the creativity. Luckily their office block provided ample opportunity to shoot. We used indoor stairs, couches and walls to compliment the compositions. We also did a lot of studio-type shots so that they can photoshop different backgrounds and get more creative with doodles and collages.

It was a fun morning, thanks for picking me Odelle, thanks to Ruth for all the assistance and thanks to Trent for keeping me hydrated with a fanta while I was shooting!

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It was wonderful spending the day up at Haycroft Farm shooting Barend and Elserie’s wedding. The ceremony was held in the forest next to the lake which was stunning in every way, it provided plenty of photo opportunities for later too. The reception was in the main hall which was kitted out in loads of wonderful décor, all of it being very special to the bride and groom. It was a daytime wedding, so it finished quite early and there was no dancing. One of the best things for me is that Barend and Elserie were keen for good photos, so they didn’t mind climbing over rocks and doing all the crazy things I asked.

Congratulations Barend & Elserie, thanks for having me document your big day!

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Most of the time when families come for their photo shoot they like to match their outfits, white shirts and blue jeans seems to be most people’s first choice. I guess someone did it about 30 years ago and everyone since has just believed it to be the norm. I don’t blame anyone for it and it isn’t wrong, people want what they’ve seen on the internet because that is their reference. The reason I’m saying this is because I was pleasantly surprised when the Drysdale family arrived all dressed as if they were actually on a beach holiday, there were no brand new matching outfits or overdone make-up. No chalk boards, props or empty picture frames. They were just honest, real, full of fun and enjoyed every moment. To me the photos are much more special and meaningful when they capture a family’s natural interaction.

Of course every beach shoot that I do ends up with the family as far into the ocean as they dare, the Drysdale’s were totally game!

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The Greef family piled into one of their company busses and made the trip up the hill to Summerveld for a photo shoot. There were three family units in total, with all of them being just as fun-loving as the other. We got some great portraits and then I got the kids to run around, it proved to be a challenge to get them all to run in the same direction which prompted the parents to run after them trying to co-ordinate. I was just shooting throughout and got some really fun photos in between the madness.

It was wonderful spending a bit of time with your family Marinda!

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I was booked at the last minute to shoot baby Cayla’s dedication at Collisheen’s Orchid House, the family had initially booked Carmen Roberts but she had an unfortunate sporting accident and had to pass the job over. We refer work to each other often so it was nothing out of the ordinary. I was pleased to see Sandy from Sweet P who did a magnificent job with the the flowers and décor. There was a short service followed by a couple of photos and a lunch.

Cayla is such a cutie, she was discovering everything around her with a big smile. I think I may invest in a bubble machine!

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Njabulo and Nombulelo came down from Johannesburg to Alpine Heath resort in the KZN Drakensberg to get married. They had a wonderful celebration full of joy and laughter. Njabulo got ready at the venue, while Nombulelo got ready at her parents house as per tradition, and arrived already in her wedding dress and ready to get married. We did half the creative shoot straight after the ceremony and the other half at sunset after the reception, both times a chap from the venue came along with a white horse which we used for some of the photos.

Congratulations Njabulo and Nombulelo, your wedding was stunning.

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