I spent an hour down on the Zimbali beach with the Fairweather family, capturing all their holiday smiles. It was grandpa’s 70th birthday so they decided to rent a house and all get together, family members came from around South Africa and abroad for the occasion.

Children are always the busiest little bodies, so I have to be ready with my finger on the button to capture the fleeting moments when they may be looking towards the general direction of the camera. It’s always fun hearing the parents trying to get the attention of the children, and inevitably there is bribe of sweets if all else fails!

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Heng and Anita came down to Durban on holiday from Centurion, and since they were newly engaged they decided to have an engagement shoot done. They were staying at a hotel in Umhlanga because they love the beach and wanted photos there too. I met them at the lagoon and we meandered down to the beach whilst taking photos along the way, we had some magnificent light shining through the trees which always gets me excited.

It’s always a pleasure spending a bit of time with a newly engaged couple, they radiate excitement and it shows in the images!

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Since Jess was very young she wanted her wedding to be in a castle, and the colour scheme would be purple. She’d meet her handsome prince who would adore her and they would be betrothed in a small ceremony with those nearest and dearest. Jess’s dream came true when Chris and her were married at Greesleeves at Camelot in Hillcrest.

They had originally booked another photographer, who ended up going overseas for another wedding so I was referred over. It was such a nice change to shoot a wedding so close to home, literally 5 minutes down the road. We had a brief but magnificent sunset which I took full advantage of. It was a wonderful day, congratulations to Chris & Jess!

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I had been looking forward to James & Trisha’s wedding for quite some time, partly because they had their ceremony at the beautiful Renishaw chapel where my neice was also married, and partly because they were a really fun couple to work with on their engagement shoot. The stunning Lynton Hall gardens was the venue for the cocktail hour, photo shoot and reception which was held in a marquee.

Trisha hails from the USA, and she had a large group of friends and family come out to sunny South Africa for the wedding. James is from KZN, he tells me he also enjoys wildlife photography. The two met while working at a game farm together, as told by James during his wonderful speech. Congratulations to Trisha and James!

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I love shooting at game reserves, whether it’s a wedding or wildlife I just love being in the outdoors with my camera. I have actually done a bit of wildlife photography on a few trips to game reserves around the country including the Kruger National Park. You can see some of my Kruger photos here and here, and some Tala photos here. Chris and Tunya also happened to go to Kruger for their honeymoon, what a treat!

They had a wonderful wedding at the Fig Tree Barn at Tala Game Reserve, with an outdoor ceremony on the lawn in front of the stone chapel. The decor was put together splendidly and the ambiance inside the reception venue was wonderful. They had a great bunch of guests who were keen for a good party to celebrate the union of their best friends. I also spotted a few familiar faces because Chris and Tunya are a locally based couple. Congratulations to Chris & Tunya!

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Duncan & Taryn live in Australia now, but came home to KZN to get married at the ever beautiful Rain Farm in Compensation, Ballito. I always love visiting game farms, especially to shoot a wedding. I had an extremely bad bout of flu, but I didn’t let it stop me from working as hard as always. As usual I was rolling around on the ground and walking through long grass to get the shots.

They had a wonderful ceremony in the picturesque chapel, followed by the photo shoot for which we drove around on the game viewer with all the bridesmaids, groomsmen and children. The speeches were hilarious and I loved the big fire in the centre of the reception hall. Congratulations Duncan & Taryn, thanks for choosing me!

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I hadn’t been to St Ives in the KZN Midlands for quite a few years, I even remember that at one stage there were some signs outside saying it was on auction. It has since been taken over and the new owners seem to have spent some money. There is now a magnificent chapel overlooking the dam, the gardens are immaculate and the whole place is just buzzing with a newfound energy. I can see clearly why Mervyn and Andrea chose it as their wedding venue. We had a magnificent sunset which always makes for spectacular photos, and there are no shortage of spots to do photos too.

Mervyn is a funny guy, full of jokes and laughter with his groomsman. He also happens to be the cousin of my friend and wedding photographer Tyrone Crossman. Andrea is as cute as a button and looked like a princess on her special day. It’s always wonderful shooting for a lovely down to earth couple. Congratulations to Mervyn and Andrea!

 

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  • Marlene coetzee

    Gorgeous photos!
    You really captured the mood and happiness of the day.

I got a phone call from an excited chap by the name of Chad, he told me he was planning to propose to his girlfriend of 9 years Caitlyn. It was going to happen at Sodwana Bay, which I’d been to before a couple of years ago for a wedding. I thought it would be nice to go along for a weekend away, but was a little hesitant at first because it’s a long way to drive for an engagement shoot. I’m so glad that I eventually agreed because it was absolutely wonderful to spend a few nights away and be part of this wonderful couple’s engagement. It happened under water that morning when they were out scuba diving, Chad had arranged a suitcase with a picture and the words ‘Caiti will you marry me?’ along with the ring inside a suitcase, and a little water resistant board for her to write her answer. How incredibly romantic.

That afternoon Ruth and I met them on the beach with the intention of doing a sunset engagement shoot, unfortunately by that time it had clouded over and by half way through the shoot it was raining. Most of the shoot happened in the forest and the final shots on the beach were actually taken in the pouring rain. It was so fun to work with a couple who didn’t mind climbing trees and running around in the rain. Thanks to Chad and Caitlyn for having us along to share in this wonderful occasion!

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Junaid and Anthea have already been married for 20 years and have two grown up children, but they never actually had a wedding back then. They dreamed of one day having a proper wedding in a beautiful venue in the Drakensburg, and it was an honour for me to be the photographer. The day started out with Junaid getting ready with his son as groomsman, he was a bit camera shy but co-operated with the crazy photographer. Anthea decided on a bright red dress which was beautiful, I was told that is suited her go-getting personality. Their daughter was the bridesmaid. Interestingly they asked all the guests to wear white.

It’s always a treat shooting at a stunning venue like Cathedral Peak Hotel, especially with a bride and groom who are willing and keen for great photos. Congratulations to Junaid and Anthea!

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Tumi and Rethabile are a wonderful couple who came down to Umhlanga on holiday, and decided they’d like to have a maternity shoot done while they’re here. I met them on the Umhlanga beach and we had a bit of fun, we chatted and got on really well. They were smiling from ear to ear throughout the shoot, and they didn’t mind doing all sorts of crazy things like climbing rocks to get good photos.

Thanks for being so grwat to work with Tumi and Rethabile, all the best for the future!

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  • Eva

    Wow! now I know about the maternity shoot; Fantastic!!! proud granny to be!!! Wish you all the best that God provides!!

  • Rethabile Mongae

    Thank you very much Colin. The photos look amazing. We had fun during the shoot.

  • Phenyo

    Wow congratulations Tumi and Thabiso ! Beautiful pictures ! Indeed there is no greater blessing than a new baby.God is trusting you with a precious gift and He will guide you as you embark on this fantastic journey. Love you more…. Masego le Matlhogonolo…..ke malome wa ngwana akere🍼

  • Wow!!!! This is beautiful. You both look so beautiful and so happy. I love it. All the best.

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