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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Melissa and Terence were such a fun-loving couple to shoot, full of smiles and laughs. It always makes my job much easier to capture natural moments when I don’t need to prompt them and crack silly jokes to get reactions. I asked them to please be on time for their photo shoot in order to catch the sunrise, and I was so pleased when they actually arrives 5 minutes early. We did photos along the beach, on the pier and the walkway and then took a little spin over to the lagoon where they arrived with a change in outfits. What a great morning!

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I met the Van Staden family on the Umhlanga beach, they were on holiday from JHB. We did a lovely photo shoot with the grandparents and children, some of the individuals and some different combinations. Towards the end we decided to walk a little way further down the beach for the family to play around in the surf. As I was shooting away a big wave came and knocked the children right off their feet, there was a moment of panic while the children were whisked out of the water. That signalled the end of the shoot. I hope the drive home wasn’t too bad!

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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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When a couple comes home from the rainy UK to get married in sunny South Africa, the last thing they want is rain on their wedding day. Unfortunately this is exactly what happened, but Shaun and Rachel didn’t let it bother them at all. They had a wonderful wedding despite the odds, we did a good long photo shoot and they danced the night away with their friends from SA and the UK. It was definately one of the more spirited parties I can remember from recent weddings.

Umtamvuna River Lodge is one of the venues I enjoy shooting at a lot, there is plenty of spots for photos if you look hard enough. Congratulations Shaun and Rachel!

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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 with 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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We originally planned to do the Mokaedi family shoot on the beach by the lighthouse, but it was just too windy and crowded. I suggested we head over to the lagoon by the Breakers Hotel instead, we did photos along the pathways, over the bridges and in between the bushes. Lindie is pregnant with their second child plus they were on holiday so it gave them double the reason to have a family photo shoot. This was a really kind and wonderful family!

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I shot Andrea and Westley’s wedding at Zimbali a few years ago, so it was wonderful to hear from Andrea again. She told me that they had a baby now and that she’d like to have a family shoot on the beach in Umdloti, the only problem was that we couldn’t actually button down the right time of day to do it, so after some arranging and changes in plans we ended up at their apartment. I brought out the studio lighting and we did a little family portrait photo shoot. They have a stunning apartment that overlooks the beach, you can see all the way to Durban. Baby Emma is too gorgeous for words!

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It was a very windy day when I met the Munro family for their photo shoot in Umhlanga, all the girls hair was blowing all over the place so we took a bit of shelter by some rocks. It was grandpa and grandma and their three daughters, with their respective husbands and children. The three husbands had shirts made especially for the photo shoot that read “Keep calm and marry a Munro”

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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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