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.

I met Barend and Elserie at the crack of the morning on the Amanzimtoti beach, we were so fortunate to have a wonderful golden sunrise for the first half of their engagement shoot. We splashed around and had some great fun on the beach. Then after a double cappuccino and a giant muffin we went to their gym where they learn martial arts. It’s always nice to include something that is relevant to the couple and their interests as opposed to sticking to just a beach shoot which can sometimes look a bit generic.

It was a great morning and they were wonderful to work with, looking forward to the wedding in November at Haycroft Farm.

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Darrin and Sarusha’s wedding was great, I always love the colours and the atmosphere at Hindu weddings and when it’s held at a stunning venue like Zimbali it can only result in a wonderful day. Sarusha has a very kind nature and a bright smile, and is always up for a bit of adventure. They didn’t mind doing anything I suggested during the photoshoot. Darrin came across as very thoughtful, and his love for Sarusha is very evident. I shot two of the events leading up to the wedding too, which enabled me to meet the families and get to know everyone a bit. I also did an engagement shoot for Darrin and Sarusha.

Dave from Brand New Day Imaging was my video partner, and it’s always a pleasure working with Christo from Zimbali too.  Thanks so much for choosing me to document your journey Darrin and Sarusha, congratulations!

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  • Christo van Wyk

    WOW!!!!
    So stunning!!!

  • Colin

    Thanks Christo, always a pleasure working with you bud!

  • Sarisha

    Beautifully captured Colin!Truly stunning images.

    I love the pictures of the wedding cake we created for them too! Thank you…

    Indeed Christo is a true professional!

    Warm regards,

    The Baking Room Durban

  • Colin

    Thanks so much Sarisha!

I met James and Trisha at the crack of dawn at the Umhlanga beach Lagoon, I was hoping we were going to get some lovely sunrise light and I wasn’t disappointed. The golden light shone from behind the trees in all it’s splendour while I shot away as this lovely couple were laughing and talking. We then headed down to the beach to go splash about and have some fun. It was a perfect start to the morning, complete with an almost deserted beach to work with.

I’m looking forward to the wedding next month which is going to be at Lynton Hall.

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Robin and Sharon came out to South Africa from London where they met and live, Sharon is from KZN and Robin is British. It was a wonderful intimate celebration of love between two people who are from opposite sides of the planet. A good bunch of their friends brought their beards from the UK to celebrate too. These two must be some of the most genuine and humble people I have ever met, and I really enjoyed being part of their big day. It was a real honour and a pleasure. The Estuary Hotel now caters for smaller weddings too, with Robin and Sharon only having about 40 guests.

The creative shoot was my favourite part, with them wanting natural photos without too much posing, it’s always nice to do some extra documentary style photos in between. We shot on the beach, in the sea, along the roads and what’s great is that we didn’t have to rush. Thanks go out to Robin & Sharon for choosing me for their big day!

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