I remember becoming an uncle for the first time when I was a young teen. It was huge. The phone call came through, then the family piled in to the car and headed off to the hospital where my older sister Julia had just given birth to a beautiful baby girl named Donna. I remember looking at this tiny baby through the glass thinking “That’s my niece!” A few years later I remember carrying her on my shoulders while hiking during a family holiday in the Drakensburg. Then it was school, then her 21st, then in June this year I had the honour and privilege of shooting her wedding.
It’s very different shooting a family wedding, the major one being that I obviously knew almost everyone’s names (besides some of Ricky’s family) and I knew who needed to be photographed with who and it made life easy for me. I also got to sit down for a bit during the reception, and at one stage I was actually ordered to put the camera down and go dance! It was a also a little difficult getting through the editing process without shedding a tear at the more emotional shots. Congratulations Donna & Ricky!