It was such a pleasure shooting Rickaal and Melissa’s wedding, these are two kind and genuine people who were surrounded by a lot of love on their wedding day. We had a great bit of light for their creative photo shoot, and we took a drive to a forest down the road too for something a bit different and extra. The decor was spectacular, and I made a point of not using too much flash in order to capture the stunning ambiance inside the Collisheen boma.
Congratulations to Rickall and Melissa, your wedding was wonderful. It was an honour to be a part of it.
This was such a great wedding to shoot, any couple who chooses Thunderstruck by AC/DC as their entrance song to their reception is number one in my book! Greg and Melissa are such a fun couple who really enjoyed their relaxed wedding day. The weather was perfect, the ceremony and speeches were moving and emotional. Melissa looked like a doll in her short dress with red bow.
Thanks so much for making me part of your big day Greg and Melissa, congratulations!
I’ve always loved shooting weddings on game reserves, not only because I enjoy doing a bit of wildlife photography occasionally but also because of all the wide open spaces and the feel of being out in the African wilderness. It’s even better when it’s close to home, Tala is only about 30 minutes away from where I live in Hillcrest so it’s a quick trip home. Ryan and Candice’s wedding was stunning in every way, with the bridesmaids wearing shorter-than-usual blue dresses and the groomsmen all dressed in smart grey suits. We encountered some giraffe while we were out doing the photo shoot so we sneaked up and got as close to them as possible.
It was great working with my friend Steven Heyns from The Wedding DJ, and Gabby Fick who co-ordinated everything splendidly. Congratulations Ryan and Candice, and all the best for your new life over in the UK!
I was asked to do photos for the Riverside Day Spa to be used in their brochures, website and other advertising. I felt like I had been transported to another planet when I walked in there, because as a man it isn’t an environment I’m used to being in. They really have thought of everything, from the relaxing music and subdued lighting to the friendly smiles of all the staff. They have a lovely lounge area and coffee as well as a locker room for their clients to keep their belongings safe. I spent a couple of hours there and saw many ladies arriving for their treatments, and to my surprise a few men too!
The Elangeni Hotel has become a regular venue for me to shoot corporate events, this time it was for BP. The day started with delegates arriving from all over KZN to be greeted with hot coffee, then they listened to formalities, asked questions and some of them received some prizes. A lot of them seemed to know each other and some of them owned not one but a few petrol stations. Also in attendance was Susan who is involved with the petrol station next to the wedding venue Brahman Hills which I often shoot at.
Today is a bumper wedding post. I shot two pre-functions plus the actual wedding for Manisha and Sam, the first was the Mendhi which was held at Manisha’s family home in Simbithi followed by the Hurdee at the Square in Umhlanga. Generally the sort of people who have the bigger and fancier weddings aren’t particularly the nicest people, but Manisha and Sam are completely down to earth and such a lovely couple. Their families are exactly the same, they welcomed me into their lives for a few days to share this special moment and I couldn’t have felt more welcome.
I worked with all the best wedding suppliers, it makes such a difference with A-players. Everything runs smoothly and is well organised. Congratulations Manisha and Sam!
It feels like forever since I’ve had the time to update my blog, in fact I’m going to have to do some posts and backdate them because I’ve had a ridiculously chaotic past few months. Today’s shoot however is of a budding actress and model named Tara who is on her way to the USA soon to showcase her talents, her agency got hold of me and asked me to do a portfolio shoot. Something simple and natural, that looks like a studio shoot but not quite a studio shoot. So here it is!
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.
I was on my way to another shoot when I got a call from one of my old clients, he told me one of their warehouses was empty and they needed professional photos to advertise it to potential tenants. The brief was quite simple, to show off the space and scale of the warehouse and offices. I did all the interior photos first and then finished off with the exteriors, in the hope that the sun had gone down a bit and the light wasn’t quite as bright. Sometimes it’s nice to do a shoot that doesn’t involve people, but after a while it got a bit lonely and I felt myself wanting to place people in the spaces to give it a bit of a human element.
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!