Faaria is Muhammad’s sister whose wedding to Rumaisa I shot last year, it was wonderful to see some familiar faces amongst the guests. The day started at Faaria’s family home in Durban where all the ladies were having their make-up and hair done, then I headed off to the NMJ Islamic Centre to take photos of the magnificent décor, followed by the arrivals and the rest of the wedding day. Yaseen and Faaria opted to do a post wedding shoot which we did at the Fairmont Zimbali resort on a cold and rainy day, so I had to make use of the hotel interiors. There are so many nooks and crannies at that hotel that I really didn’t battle for locations at all. They were very relaxed in front of the camera and great to work with, Yaseen is a man of few words and wanted to keep his beautiful bride happy, I barely had to ask Faaria to do anything because she was a natural. They were very brave at the end of the shoot when they were willing to walk on the narrow ledge of the pool in the pouring rain, all because I had an idea for a photo.

Thanks for choosing me guys, I wish you all the best for the future. Hope you like the pics!

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Whichever kind of function that I shoot, whether it’s a wedding, corporate function or anything else I always find that it’s the guests who are in their forties and fifties who seem to have the most fun. Maybe it’s because they don’t mind letting loose a bit more than their younger counterparts, maybe it’s because they feel they have nothing to prove to anyone, but the biggest smiles are always from that age group. The Pam Golding Gold Club Awards was no different, agents came from far and wide to recognise and celebrate the best amongst them followed by a tear-up on the dance floor. What a night it was and such a great venue!

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The Oosthuizen family came down to Umdloti from White River for a weeks holiday and decided it was time to have a family photo shoot on the beach. They got in contact with me and a few days later they were rolling around in the sand while I shot away. Their two girls have got some of the happiest faces I’ve ever seen, and this family knows how to have fun. The portraits were a breeze and we had some wonderful photos in two strokes of an ants whisker.

Thanks for getting in contact with me Ronel, it was lovely to spend a bit of time with your family!

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Adriaan & Lindsay’s big day had the makings of a stunning rustic chilled out wedding, at one of the most scenic venues on the KZN north coast. It was a scorching hot morning which I wasn’t prepared for because I was rushing around shooting in a black shirt and long trousers, then the afternoon cooled down in time for the outdoor ceremony on the bank of the river. I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of people who I know, first was the legendary Durban musician Dave Birch who I shared a stage with at Splashy Fenn and other music festivals back in my band days, then my mom’s oldest school friends son named Boris was there with his wife, he works for the same company as Adriaan, and lastly there was also a videographer whose name escapes me who I had worked with at a wedding.

There was a lot of décor for me to take photos of including a bicycle with a flower basket, mason jars, books, pots, suitcases and ornaments. The juice dispensers and sweets table were a hit. Open air receptions that are dimly lit are always tricky for photography so I used a mixture of prime lenses and flash. By the end of the formalities when the summer rain started I was hungry, thirsty, tired and drained so I packed up my equipment and began the long journey home. I put in a good days work at a memorable wedding!

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I met Natalia, Jason and Little Sofia on the Umhlanga beach. They told me they hadn’t had a family photo shoot for a very long time and they needed new pictures to put up on the wall at home. All our correspondence had been on the telephone leading up to the photo shoot, I could here that Natalia had a foreign accent but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it so I had no idea what nationality to expect. As it turns out Natalia hails from Russia and she is married to Jason who is South African. Little Sofia is too adorable for words, she had just lost one of her milk teeth and another one was loose.

It was wonderful spending a bit of time with this close family!

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I was fortunate enough to shoot an event for Alexander Forbes, it was a lot of information about retirement which has been on my mind recently. Sometimes speakers at corporate events talk about very complicated and highly specialised information, which requires you to be qualified and working in the field to know what they’re talking about. This time though, I was able to keep one ear on what the speakers were saying and I was very interested. I actually even spoke to my financial advisor soon afterwards and updated my retirement policy.

The TV chef Benny Masekwameng finished off the event with a cooking performance, and he even got one of the delegates to join him on stage. All in all it was a good day!

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Liezl is a school teacher and Justyn is a plumber, personally I can’t really think of two more honest salt-of-the-earth professions. They have a beautiful young daughter together and the time finally came for them to get married. Liezl booked me a long time ago, and I had been looking forward to their wedding since. I met up with Justyn at his parents home where he got ready, on my way out the electric gate closed on my car which resulted in it being at the panel beaters at the moment. Liezl got ready at the Assagay Hotel where her and her bridesmaids rescued a kitten. It was a morning wedding with a lunch time reception, and we finished off the day with some extra creative photos just down the road at Summerveld.

It was a wonderful day full of laughs and a few scottish traditions including a bagpipe player and kilts. Thanks so much for having me along on your big day Justyn and Liezl. Congratulations!

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Kevin and Jeanine are a wonderful couple who came down to Umhlanga on holiday, and decided it was time to do an engagement shoot. They are pregnant with twins whose names are going to be Riley and Jessie. I spent a wonderful hour or two on the windy Umhlanga beach with them at high tide, where they laughed a lot smiled a lot, and generally had a great time. It was overcast too which is perfect for portraits. It was easy getting great photographs these two (four).

Thanks so much Kevin and Jeanine for picking me to document this special time in your lives, I wish you guys all the best for the future!

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I didn’t get a chance to meet Jacques and Sally before their big day and we hadn’t chatted much over email either, so I had no idea what to expect. I was feeling a little bit apprehensive while I was on my way there, but when I arrived and saw Sally’s bright purple hair I just knew it was going to be a good day for photos. Jacques explained to me that they were actually already married, and that this is more of just a celebration with their close friends and family. So that’s the reason why they did a lot of things differently, to start with they didn’t mind seeing each other while they were getting ready, there was no-one officiating the ceremony so it ended up being just them exchanging rings and sealing it with a kiss, and then later there was no throwing of the bouquet and garter or first dance. They also opted for a bonfire on the beach instead of dancing. It was just a chilled day of laughter and togetherness.

As I’m typing this I just remembered that Jacques also mentioned they were in the process of packing up and moving overseas, so my best wishes and thanks so much Jacques and Sally for having me document your wedding celebration!

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I’ve been looking forward to getting this engagement shoot edited for Jacqui and Jason, we actually did it quite a while ago but my editing queue has been really backed up since the busy December season. This is a two part shoot, the first was a natural and fun daytime shoot up at Midmar Dam in Howick. Weirdly this is the second engagement shoot in a row where a couple have brought a bicycle as a prop. I’d been wanting to do a fashion inspired James Bond style shoot in an underground car park for a while, so when Jacqui told me they were keen I went location scouting and made some phone calls. For the first time in years I took my studio lighting out on location and actually used it for the purpose that I bought it for, it was liberating and daunting at the same time because I don’t usually work with so many flash lights. I believe the results were worth the effort!

Jacqui & Jason are both veterinarians. Jacqui told me she grew up on a farm which is one of the reasons why she wanted a photo on a field of cows, and it’s pure coincidence that when I drove past the cows I thought the same thing. The wedding is going to be at Calderwood Hall in May which I’m really looking forward to. Thanks so much Jacqui and Jason for being so cool to work with!

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