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!
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.
Tracy and Antonino had a nautical themed wedding, largely because they met whilst both working on a ship. Antonino is Italian and was blessed to have family and friends fly out for the wedding, Tracy is South African and her parents have a home at Zimbali. We had a magnificent sunset which greeted us just as we started the creative shoot, we were on our way down to the beach when I spotted some rays of light shining through some trees onto the road so we stopped the cars and did a few photos. During the reception speeches I was walking past the front door and noticed a blonde lady posing for a photo next to the fairy lights, so I snapped a shot just for fun. Only later when I was editing the photos did I realize it was actually the well know Afrikaans singer Patricia Lewis!
Wishing you all the best Tracy and Antonino, thanks for having me document your big day!
It was so fun shooting the wedding of my good friends Darrell and Jess, it’s quite different to most of the weddings I shoot which are for couples I only meet either on the wedding day or maybe once before the wedding. It was a close-knit affair with our other friends Carryn from Desire 2 Hire who did the décor, and Dave Yapp from Top Jocks who spun the decks and kept the party going. Special thanks to my Ruth for all the help before, throughout and after the wedding day. The ceremony was held at Highbury Chapel in Hillcrest, we did the creative photo shoot at Summerveld and finally ended off with the reception at Bellevue Café.
Congratulations Darrell and Jess, it was an honor and a pleasure!
I’ve been wanting to blog this wedding for a while now but I’ve just been way too busy with so much editing. James and Sarah had a beautiful wedding in April, the ceremony was at the Maris Stella school chapel close to where Sarah grew up and the reception and photo shoot was at Talloula in Botha’s Hill. The decor was done magnificently as always by Glynnis at Talloula, and the food is always on another level. The DJ was John Roux from The Wedding DJ who I often work with.
James and Sarah were so kind and fun throughout their big day, they took it all in their stride and finished it off with a great party!
On the 27th of March last year I got an enquiry from Bronwyn, she explained that she is originally from South Africa but now lives in the USA. She was travelling to KZN to visit family with her new fiancé Ty and wanted to do an engagement shoot. So we made the arrangements and did a lovely sunrise engagement shoot in Ballito which you can see here. I sent their images off to them in the USA and thought nothing more of it. Then at the end of October I unexpectedly received another email from Bronwyn saying that they had booked their date and venue, and they had chosen Babylonstoren in the Western Cape. She said they were so happy with the engagement photos and asked if I was willing to travel down there to shoot the wedding too. My initial reaction was of surprise and delight, I’ll take any reason to go to Cape Town.
So in April Ruth and I spent a wonderful week in the Western Cape, we went to Paternoster and Langebaan and finished off with the wedding at Babylonstoren. The gardens and scenery were a treat to visit, and the food looked amazing. Ty and Bronwyn were lovely, down to earth and kind. Thanks again to Ty and Bronwyn for having us down to share their day!