Most of the time when families come for their photo shoot they like to match their outfits, white shirts and blue jeans seems to be most people’s first choice. I guess someone did it about 30 years ago and everyone since has just believed it to be the norm. I don’t blame anyone for it and it isn’t wrong, people want what they’ve seen on the internet because that is their reference. The reason I’m saying this is because I was pleasantly surprised when the Drysdale family arrived all dressed as if they were actually on a beach holiday, there were no brand new matching outfits or overdone make-up. No chalk boards, props or empty picture frames. They were just honest, real, full of fun and enjoyed every moment. To me the photos are much more special and meaningful when they capture a family’s natural interaction.

Of course every beach shoot that I do ends up with the family as far into the ocean as they dare, the Drysdale’s were totally game!

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The Greef family piled into one of their company busses and made the trip up the hill to Summerveld for a photo shoot. There were three family units in total, with all of them being just as fun-loving as the other. We got some great portraits and then I got the kids to run around, it proved to be a challenge to get them all to run in the same direction which prompted the parents to run after them trying to co-ordinate. I was just shooting throughout and got some really fun photos in between the madness.

It was wonderful spending a bit of time with your family Marinda!

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I was booked at the last minute to shoot baby Cayla’s dedication at Collisheen’s Orchid House, the family had initially booked Carmen Roberts but she had an unfortunate sporting accident and had to pass the job over. We refer work to each other often so it was nothing out of the ordinary. I was pleased to see Sandy from Sweet P who did a magnificent job with the the flowers and décor. There was a short service followed by a couple of photos and a lunch.

Cayla is such a cutie, she was discovering everything around her with a big smile. I think I may invest in a bubble machine!

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Njabulo and Nombulelo came down from Johannesburg to Alpine Heath resort in the KZN Drakensberg to get married. They had a wonderful celebration full of joy and laughter. Njabulo got ready at the venue, while Nombulelo got ready at her parents house as per tradition, and arrived already in her wedding dress and ready to get married. We did half the creative shoot straight after the ceremony and the other half at sunset after the reception, both times a chap from the venue came along with a white horse which we used for some of the photos.

Congratulations Njabulo and Nombulelo, your wedding was stunning.

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The Hadebe family came to Durban on Holiday at the end of November, they stayed in Umhlanga and decided to have a family photo shoot on the Umhlanga beach while they were here. They were very excited about it and they even bought new outfits, it was a lot of fun and the photos came out wonderfully!

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Tobias and Prinita had a multi cultural international wedding, with guests from five continents. Prinita is originally from Durban, she met Tobias while she was living overseas and the two got together. Tobias is from Germany, but has lived in different countries all over the world and collected friends all along the way. They live in Germany now that they are married, and kudos to Prinita who taught herself the German language and can speak fluently.

The wedding started off with a traditional Hindu ceremony, followed by canopés, then the Christian ceremony followed by more canopés and finally the reception which included video messages from friends all over the world and a fireworks display. It was great working with pros like Jonno from Videoccasions, Dave Yapp from Top Jocks and the band Afritude.

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Lexy has launched a range of beachwear and accessories, and came down to Durban from JHB to do a photo shoot. These are the images that are going to appear on her website and other marketing material. I met Lexy and her sister Kate on the Umhlanga beach, they arrived with a rack full of clothing and a tub full of accessories including bracelets, bags and hats. I got quite engrossed like I normally do when doing a photo shoot, then after a while I turned around and noticed that a bit of a crowd had started gathering on the promenade behind us.

Lexy was a great model, jumping around on the rocks and changing outfits multiple times in an instant. The brief according to the samples photos she sent was to take completely natural looking photos, nothing overly posed and no artificial light. Thanks for choosing me as your photographer Lexy, it was great fun.

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It’s not often one gets to be a bridesmaid or a groomsman at one of your parents weddings, but that’s exactly what Malcolm and Roz’s children were. This was a really fun wedding with major emphasis on having a lot of laughs and a great celebration. Roz wore a Marie Antoinette inspired dress and a bouquet full of baby’s breath, Malcolm and his groomsmen opted for brown waistcoats and trousers.

It seems like every time I shoot a wedding at Cranford Country Lodge it ends up raining, which really emphasises the green outdoors country feel of the venue. Luckily it held out just long enough to take a walk around the dam and get some photos, and we went in when it started coming down again. Congratulations to Malcolm and Roz!

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Kangelani Lodge are redesigning their website and were in need of updated images, so they called me in to take photos. We had to postpone the shoot originally because they had guests checking in at the last minute. I took photos of the exterior from the front and back, pool, bar, reception, lounge, dining hall and the rooms. I’m going to be going back again to get some night shots too.

If you feel like getting away to a rustic venue near a game farm then I highly recommend it. Rumour has it they’re going to be doing weddings from next year too, maybe I’ll get the booking to shoot the first one!

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I met James and Sarah at the crack of dawn for their engagement shoot, we decided that Summerveld was going to be a great spot for it’s wide open spaces and beautiful areas. What we didn’t count on though was all the racehorses making their way to the race track for their morning races. We got some wonderful photos when the morning sun peaked through the clouds before disappearing for the rest of the day. I’m looking forward to this fun couples wedding next year at Talloula.

Thanks for choosing me James & Sarah, hope you like the pics!

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