Hartford House is one of those venues that I can never get tired of shooting at, it’s just stunning everywhere you look. We were blessed with some beautiful golden light for the photo shoot, which had me jumping for joy. We went to go find some horses during the photo shoot but unfortunately there were none around so we made the most of the light and surroundings.

Barend was a little camera shy, so I did my best to not over do it, in the morning he was looking at me like I was crazy but by the end of the day he was relaxed and full of fun. Jorette was in her element surrounded by all her closest friends and family, and her bridesmaids took good care of her from the beginning of the day through to the end of the reception. The ceremony was held at the Mooi River NG Kerk, which I was really pleased about because I got the freedom to walk around, take photos and do my job without restriction. Congratulations Barend and Jorette, thanks so much for choosing me to document your wonderful wedding, hope you like the pics!

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POPCRU is the SA police union. I had mixed emotions shooting this event. On one hand it was an honour to be chosen to shoot an event of this magnitude, the sheer scale and enormity of it was mind blowing. On the other hand, it felt like I had been transformed back in to the seventies or eighties because it was basically an anti-apartheid rally, except it was held at the biggest venue in KZN and millions were spent on it. They gave out prizes to freedom fighters and brought up O.R. Tambo’s grandson to speak. I couldn’t help but imagine what an effect it would have on our country if this much attention, energy and expense had been spent on the future instead of the history. Imagine they had been celebrating the current successes and victories of the police force, for example if they managed to crack down on corruption and violent crime. Obviously they can’t because they haven’t achieved any of that. The other thing which had me thinking was that honest hard-working tax-paying citizens like myself are the ones paying for this massive extravagance, they had SA music legend Ray Phiri on stage, hologram presentations, a massive team of media professionals and a hall decked out like it was a U2 concert. Still, it was something to behold.

Thanks so much to photographers Stuart Dods, Kevin Bender and Stephen Railton who helped shoot this event, all the below images were shot by me.

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Rosa got in contact with me well in advance before her wedding, she actually hadn’t even booked the venue yet. She had seen the image of Travis & Juanita in the boat and decided she had to have a boat photo too, so she set about finding a venue with a small dam and a boat. They came across Calderwood Hall and they loved it. I also always love shooting at Calderwood because on a good sunset day the light comes streaming across the valley, which if used right can result in some incredible creative photos. It was an emotional day, with Hosea unable to hold back the tears during the vows which made Rosa follow suit. The most adorable flower girls with flower crowns played the violin during the ceremony while Hosea & Rosa signed the register.

What a magnificent day, congratulations Hosea & Rosa!

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Tshego first enquired with me about a couple shoot on the beach, and after a few back and forth emails he dropped the bomb that he was actually going propose during the shoot. Then he dropped another bomb, he wasn’t familiar with the area either so he wanted to know where was a good place to pop the question. I suggested that he should do it on the rocks by the lighthouse while the sun was rising over the sea, he liked the idea so we made the arrangements. When the light was good and I was in position I gave him a sneaky thumbs up, he pulled the ring out of his back pocket and dropped down to one knee. Once the initial flurry of smiles and tears had passed we took a walk down the peer for some more photos.

Congratulations Tshego and Palisa, it was such a special moment and it was a real honour to be part of it. All the best for your wedding planning!

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Avinesh and Shereeze are a really fun couple who came down from Johannesburg to do their engagement shoot at the abandoned house next to Beach Bums, I was skeptical about shooting there since it doesn’t really hold any appeal to me or my style of photography. I like to put people in good light, get them to loosen up and capture their natural interaction with each other, so the location doesn’t really matter as long as the light is there and the couple are having fun. We decided to split the shoot in half, the first half was at sunrise in the good light on the beach, then when it started getting too bright we moved over to the house. I was expecting lots of swear words to be written on the walls inside there, which I’d have to photoshop out of the images, but I was pleasantly surprised to see some incredible graffiti art.

The wedding is going to be at Coastlands in Umhlanga which is going to be wonderful, looking forward to it!

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I love weddings that have a rustic twist, there’s just something honest about them. Lee and Odette are two down-to-earth souls who love live music, so Lee had arranged Durban’s premier reggae band The Meditators to play at their wedding as a surprise to Odette. When Lee announced them she was absolutely floored, it was a really special moment.

Under the Marula is one of those venues where I go shoot and hope that I will get booked to shoot there again, it has a country feel to it that is unique. The reception hall is all wood and the chapel is thatched with open sides, it’s set deep in the heart of the Shongweni valley.

Thanks so much Lee and Odette for choosing me to be your photographer, hope you love the pics!

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Earlier this month I spent 3 days down at the Wild Coast Sun shooting the annual Pam Golding conference. I arrived on my birthday with my camera in hand and didn’t really stop shooting until I left, it was full of fun and the delegates all seemed to have an incredible few days. There was a lot of food, entertainment, games, team building and dancing. On the second day there were speakers which made it even more worthwhile, because I was originally hesitant to be away from the office for so long considering the amount of editing I have to do.

From what I gathered and overheard, it’s only the top agents from around the world who achieve Gold Club status and are subsequently invited to the conference. There was an environmental awareness theme which dominated the printed material, stationary and speakers. Pam Golding herself decided at the last minute that she would fly up from Cape Town and attend the closing gala event, she arrived to a standing ovation which was a memorable moment. Here are some of the more creative photos that I took, enjoy!

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Florian & Sophia are both from Germany and are here in South Africa to complete their studies in medicine. They had a mid-week elopement on the beach in Durban, they hired me just to shoot the ceremony and some creative photos afterwards. I had no idea Durban had a beach this beautiful, I honestly felt like I was in Sodwana Bay or Mozambique. When Florian first emailed me I suggested they look up the North Coast for the perfect beach. There was also a lovely green area of trees where we went for some more photos in an attempt to chase the afternoon sunlight.

Sophia is a classic beauty who seems totally unaware of her looks. Florian’s parents came out from Germany for the occasion which was really special. Congratulations Florian & Sophia!

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On the 10 February 2014 I received an email from a bride-to-be named Lauren who said she was getting married in March 2015 in Muldersdrift, Gauteng. The venue was going to be Memoire which is known as one of South Africa’s top wedding venues. I replied to her email not really expecting to be booked, but to my surprise she replied saying that she had seen the photos from another wedding I had done for some friends of hers in the KZN Midlands, and that she didn’t want any other photographer. I was quite flattered, thanks so much Lauren.

It was wonderful to shoot for a couple who were really amped for good photos. We had an excellent time doing the creative photo shoot, with groomsmen all involved and helping out. Lauren is softly spoken with an infectious laugh and keen for all things creative, Rann is a go-getter who is both humble and confident simultaneously. The ceremony was emotional, light hearted and fun. The décor was classic and elegant.

Thanks so much for choosing me to shoot your wedding Lauren & Rann, it was an honor and a pleasure!

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I met up with this awesome couple at Melville Koppies in Johannesburg, they wanted to do their engagement photos at their favourite spot. They tell me that they like to go there once a week because it’s one of the few spots in JHB that doesn’t feel like JHB, and the view of the city from the top is magnificent. We were blessed with some golden sunset light, but what made this shoot so special is that these two are so kind to each other and just have a natural chilled out way about them. They had to include their fur baby which added to the playfulness. I think I need to go shoot in Joburg more often if I’m able to get results like this.

I’m looking forward to the wedding which is going to be on the beach in KZN in October. It was wonderful to spend an hour or so with this great couple, thanks for choosing me guys!

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