I’ve finally gotten round to updating my blog. It’s been a long time coming and I’ve wanted to get some new work up since last year, but time just hasn’t allowed. I’m still shooting just as many weddings as ever, but I also decided to spread my focus around a bit to include some other adventures such as website design, video and possibly school photography. More on all that to come, but for now, here is Andréa and Kirsty’s wedding pics which I shot in August.
It was a stunning day with a beautiful golden sunset and a good looking couple who vowed to be together forever, the reception was one of the more festive in recent memory with lots of fun and dancing. All in all a great day in the KZN Midlands, congrats to Andréa and Kirsty!
This is the Christmas shoot I did in December for Del Coursy Jewellery. It was a bit late to do the shoot which put a bit of extra pressure on me to edit and deliver the photos in a hurry, but I managed to get them finished in time. The image below lived on the front page of the Del Coursy website for over a month and also went into some magazines here in South Africa and also in the UK. Juliet and Adela were again our wonderful models.
I was commissioned by a local technology publication to shoot the interior of the large Mr Price warehouse in Hammarsdale. I arranged with a representative to meet at the front entrance at 9am, so I made sure I left on time and was on my way through the gates ten minutes early. The only problem is that I had to drive around the factory several times before I could find the entrance, eventually I made my way in through the back door, across a changeroom and a canteen before finally finding an office and eventually I was there. I was given a tour while I shot all the photos on the brief and I was gone within about an hour. I found all the machinery and equipment fascinating so I was asking questions constantly about how things work, it was nice to do something a bit different and close to home!
Amy is from Johannesburg, Phillip is from the UK, they met in Fort Lauderdale and got married in Durban. The reason for all this travelling is that they both work on ships. Phillips family weren’t able to make it out from the UK so there was a lot of Skyping going on amongst the tears and excitement.
The sun was coming and going throughout the morning, by the time we did the creative shoot the wind had picked up so much that we had to keep hiding behind walls and structures for shelter. I kept on having to wipe the salt of my camera lenses. The storm came once we were inside the reception, but by then everyone was well fed and happy. It was a real privilege to be part of this wedding, Phillip and Amy were really down to earth and wonderful!
I wouldn’t normally take a booking for just a few hours of shooting, especially when it’s over two hours drive away, but when Zané told me that they were planning on taking a helicopter flip to the top of a mountain in the Drakensburg to get married, I just couldn’t resist. It was a wonderful experience flying over the Drakensburg mountains and capturing their intimate wedding ceremony. They only had a few friends attending which helped make it more special.
Any photographer will tell you that you can’t take outdoor photos at midday, and they’re not wrong because the light is at it’s brightest. So I just had to do my best, obviously there aren’t any golden sunset photos so I made use of the surroundings and the scenery. Congratulations to Juan and Zané!
Juan sent me an email saying he was planning on proposing to his girlfriend Anastasia on the Umhlanga beach, he wanted me to capture the moment. Obviously I had to be discreet about it and make sure that she didn’t see me. Not only did I not know what they looked like besides a fuzzy picture, but I had to hide out behind bushes to make sure I wasn’t seen. They went on top of a rock in front of the ocean and after a few moments Juan dropped to his knee. After the flurry of excitement we did a quick photo shoot, then I left them to enjoy the moment.
Congratulations on your engagement Juan and Anastasia, all the best for your wedding planning!
Two Acres is a garden market at coffee shop close to where I live in Hillcrest, they have a small separate functions room that is sponsored by the gin brand Hendricks. I was asked to go take photos of the decor and capture all the little trinkets and details. Never before have a felt so at ease shooting decor because it’s normally at a wedding where I’m in a mad rush before the next part of the day, so I was able to take a bit longer and find the things I might have overlooked if I had less time.
The cappuccino at Two Acres was also delicious, and much needed to fuel me the photo shoot.
Dylan and Lara were married in June at Providence in the KZN Midlands, it’s one of my favourite venues because it’s just so beautiful. It’s impossible to take a bad photo there, and to make it even better, Dylan and Lara were such fun. Lara couldn’t stop smiling and laughing all day, it made for such great candid photos. After a lovely ceremony in the quaint little chapel we were greeted with a stunning golden sunset just in time for the photo shoot. The reception was so much fun and the dancefloor took a punishing!
Congratulations to Dylan and Lara, it was an honour and a pleasure being part of your big day.
This was one of the quickest shoots I’ve ever done. I arrived at the FWJK offices in Umhlanga just before 9am, set up my lighting in the boardroom and in came the first staff member for their company photo. A total of four staff members rushed in on their way to and from meetings, I asked each of them to take a seat and smile while I take a few shots and literally 10 minutes later I was finished. It actually took me longer to drive there than the actual shoot took, incredible!
I was commissioned to do the company photos for Regal Meats. My job was to do portraits of the staff, some general photos in the factory and a group photo outside with the trucks. It all went well. I captured all the smiling staff for their company photos and did a few group shots, then went downstairs and did some general photos in the factory. Then when I went outside I asked if there was a ladder I could use to get a bit higher, I wanted to get the signage on the building and the trucks all in the frame. They didn’t have a ladder on hand so they decided to improvise, I had to stand on a wooden crate and they raised me up on a forklift!
All in all it was a successful shoot, but I don’t recommend looking at the factory shots if you’re squeamish.