We originally planned to do the Mokaedi family shoot on the beach by the lighthouse, but it was just too windy and crowded. I suggested we head over to the lagoon by the Breakers Hotel instead, we did photos along the pathways, over the bridges and in between the bushes. Lindie is pregnant with their second child plus they were on holiday so it gave them double the reason to have a family photo shoot. This was a really kind and wonderful family!

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I shot Andrea and Westley’s wedding at Zimbali a few years ago, so it was wonderful to hear from Andrea again. She told me that they had a baby now and that she’d like to have a family shoot on the beach in Umdloti, the only problem was that we couldn’t actually button down the right time of day to do it, so after some arranging and changes in plans we ended up at their apartment. I brought out the studio lighting and we did a little family portrait photo shoot. They have a stunning apartment that overlooks the beach, you can see all the way to Durban. Baby Emma is too gorgeous for words!

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It was a very windy day when I met the Munro family for their photo shoot in Umhlanga, all the girls hair was blowing all over the place so we took a bit of shelter by some rocks. It was grandpa and grandma and their three daughters, with their respective husbands and children. The three husbands had shirts made especially for the photo shoot that read “Keep calm and marry a Munro”

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It was wonderful spending the day up at Haycroft Farm shooting Barend and Elserie’s wedding. The ceremony was held in the forest next to the lake which was stunning in every way, it provided plenty of photo opportunities for later too. The reception was in the main hall which was kitted out in loads of wonderful décor, all of it being very special to the bride and groom. It was a daytime wedding, so it finished quite early and there was no dancing. One of the best things for me is that Barend and Elserie were keen for good photos, so they didn’t mind climbing over rocks and doing all the crazy things I asked.

Congratulations Barend & Elserie, thanks for having me document your big day!

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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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Motion Tronic are an industrial automation business, I have no idea what that even means but they seem to sell and service all sorts of electronic machines and gadgetry that you’ll most likely find in factories. All I know is that they have a lot of complicated looking machinery there and the staff seem to be real boffins. They recently won a coveted service award and were proudly displaying the trophy in the reception.

I was called in to take some professional photos for their website and marketing material, and also a pic of them with their Christmas hats for their December emailer. The staff were easy to work with, which always helps a photo shoot run smoothly.

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Last week I joined the teams from Dezzo Roofing and Chilli Source Design for a Christmas give-away at John Dunn House old age home. It started off with handing out some food and treats, followed by a modelling show by Mrs India SA and some dancing, then the goodie bags containing perfumes, lipsticks, chocolate, dresses and other odd and ends were handed out. It was a really emotional experience for a lot of the residents, they were so grateful and for some of them it was the highlight of the year.

I tried my best to capture the emotional moments of the day, this a selection of some of my favourites. I’ll definitely make myself available to donate some time again next year.

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