Last month I was out doing a photo shoot for Collisheen Estate, one of the wedding venues where I often shoot. The phone rang and a lady introduced herself as a representative of a sports management company, she said that one of the Sharks and Springbok rugby players is getting married and she wanted to know if I’m available for the date. So I checked my calendar quickly and told her that I am indeed available. She also sent a follow up email which I replied to and then I didn’t hear back from her, so I just wrote it off thinking that they’d decided on another photographer. Then a week later I was on my mountain bike in the middle of the Giba Gorge bush, I stopped to take a drink of water and a felt my phone buzzing in my pocket. I reluctantly answered it and to my surprise it was the same lady, wanting to know if I could do Lwazi & Steph’s engagement shoot the following day. It was a tight one because the day after that we were going to be leaving on a photography trip to the Kruger Park for a week.

I’m so glad that we ended up doing this shoot. Lwazi and Steph were full of fun and smiles, we all got on really well and we got some great shots. I’m looking forward to the wedding next year!

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It’s always great meeting up with a family who are full of fun, it always results in great photos. The Poole family were on Holiday and staying at the Breakers Hotel, so we did their photo shoot at the Lagoon area that leads down to the beach. We did some closer up portraits amongst the greenery of the mangroves and then headed down to the beach to have some fun. Activities such as running around on the beach, splashing through the water and swinging each other around are exactly what holidays were made for.

It was wonderful spending some time with this family!

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What do you get when you take two educated people who are madly in love, a stunning venue like Calderwood Hall, a dam with a boat and a golden sunset? The answer is the picture below which has to go down as one of my favourites ever. The boat had to be carried from the one side of the dam to the other which Jason and groomsmen did in their suits, now that’s some serious dedication.

It was an absolute honour to be part of Jason and Jacqui’s wedding day, and I have to take my hat off to them because they’ve been waiting patiently for their photos. The wedding day was absolutely perfect, and I always know it’s going to be a great ceremony when Jonathan Payne is the officiant. It was brilliant working with a couple who put a lot of value on their photos and were happy to structure their day to get the most out of their photography. I think I may actually be looking forward to seeing their final printed wedding album just as much as they are. We did their two part engagement shoot earlier this year which you can see here. Congratulations Jason & Jacqui!

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One of the wedding venues that I shoot at very often is Collisheen in Ballito, I’ve built up a good working relationship with the wedding co-ordinators so when they needed some photos for their website I was honoured that they chose me to do them, considering they have different photographers there every weekend shooting weddings. They also needed a few photos of the rooms over at the smaller venue Orchid House which I was happy to oblige. Always a pleasure shooting at this stunning venue!

 

From the moment I met Marc and Vicky for coffee I knew that is was going to be a great wedding, they chose Far Side Farm as their venue which is on the same road as Providence in the KZN Midlands. Before the ceremony they did an exchange of letters which they’d written to each other before hand, it was a really special moment. I have no idea what Vicky whispered into Marc’s ear but his reaction was a deep breath and big smile. The look on Vicky’s dads face when he saw Vicky in her dress was priceless.

We had a wonderful sunset for the photoshoot, complete with the boat photo which I seem to have become known for recently. The reception was so much fun that I could have carried on shooting until midnight. Thanks so much for choosing me Marc & Vicky, you can be proud of a perfect day!

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Byron and Danté chose one of the most picturesque venues in the Drakensburg for their wedding. I always love shooting at Cathedral Peak, the only thing is that I was dreading the two and a half hour drive there and the same drive home at the end of the night. I’ve been shooting there for years and the road has gotten progressively worse, but to my absolute elation I found that it has been re-tarred and the drive was smooth and comfortable, I arrived feeling fresh and ready to shoot.

Danté made sure that the day went exactly the way she planned it. The décor was handmade and wonderful, the weather was perfect and the celebration was as joyous as it can get. The bridal party was full of fun and we had a good time during their creative photo shoot. There were also a lot of emotional moments which are one of the things I often like to make sure I capture well. Thanks so much Danté and Byron for choosing me to shoot your spectacular wedding, it was a real honour!

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Camp Orchards is a beautiful venue in Hillcrest, and it was a perfect day. Kishan and Fahiema had a hybrid wedding that consisted of a Hindu ceremony and a western style reception, Fahiema wanted to wear her stunning white wedding dress with long vail for her wedding photos. Because of the time constraints we decided that it would be best to split the creative shoot in half, we did half of it before the ceremony and the other half at sunset when the light was best. This also meant that both Kishan and Fahiema had to change outfits three times. Fahiema’s change into her white dress after the ceremony was done at record speed, after I told her the light was fading quickly. We just managed to sneak in a few sunset shots.

It was a wonderful day full of bright colours, laughs and a wonderful celebration. I only had a five minute drive home because I live just up the road, what a treat. Congratulations Kishan and Fahiema, thanks for choosing me to document your big day!

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If you had told me back in 2011 when Roscoe & Ema first booked me to shoot their wedding in Durban that I would end up shooting another 5 weddings for their circle of families and friends, I would never have believed you. The latest installment is Jason & Justine’s stunning big day which was held at the beautiful Shalwyn wedding venue in the Tala valley. Justine was one of Ema’s bridesmaids.

The day started out with the preparations at Thorner Country Estate near Pietermaritzburg. I always try and guess the level of chaos that I’m going to walk into when I arrive to start shooting the bride’s preparation, sometimes I arrive to 30 people having a complete meltdown but Justine and her bridesmaids were all chilled and laughing. There was no panic and if she was at all nervous then she definately wasn’t showing it. She was all smiles, and she remained calm the whole time. The rest of the day was perfect, we had a glorious sunset which enabled us to get some magnificent photos. Congratulations to Justine and Jason, it was an honour to be part of this wonderful wedding!

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The Umhlanga beach will always hold a special place in my heart, because my family and I used to go there when I was a child. This was before the big walkway and the pier, before all the development and before all the hotels had locked gates leading on to the beach. Not that I’m old, but sometimes it’s nice to remember the great memories from your childhood. So many families and couples book me to do shoots there and I always jump at the opportunity.

The Ritson’s are a fun-loving family, mum Simone wanted a photo shoot before her two boys leave for the UK. She told me she’d been trying for something like 20 years to get everyone together, and on the same day the boys left for overseas she eventually managed to pull it off!

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Nimit & Pamela had a wonderful wedding at Collisheen Estate. The weather was looking quite dubious throughout the morning, then just before the ceremony (which was set up in the garden) it started raining. Everyone rushed inside along with all the staff who were carrying all the items from the stage. Then an hour or two later it started clearing up so everyone went back outside and the stage was set up for the garden ceremony again. It was one of the more challenging weddings I’ve shot, an outdoor ceremony at night with just one little light illuminating the stage that belonged to the videographers Heartistic Productions. I was almost ready to throw in the towel, but I pressed on with my prime lenses and carried on shooting. It was quite an experience, and one that definitely pushed the boundaries of what is possible with modern equipment.

The couple were all smiles throughout the day and they were such a wonderfully fun couple. Congratulations Nimit and Pamela, your wedding was stunning and it also made me a better photographer, and for that I’m truly grateful!

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