On the 27th of March last year I got an enquiry from Bronwyn, she explained that she is originally from South Africa but now lives in the USA. She was travelling to KZN to visit family with her new fiancé Ty and wanted to do an engagement shoot. So we made the arrangements and did a lovely sunrise engagement shoot in Ballito which you can see here. I sent their images off to them in the USA and thought nothing more of it. Then at the end of October I unexpectedly received another email from Bronwyn saying that they had booked their date and venue, and they had chosen Babylonstoren in the Western Cape. She said they were so happy with the engagement photos and asked if I was willing to travel down there to shoot the wedding too. My initial reaction was of surprise and delight, I’ll take any reason to go to Cape Town.
So in April Ruth and I spent a wonderful week in the Western Cape, we went to Paternoster and Langebaan and finished off with the wedding at Babylonstoren. The gardens and scenery were a treat to visit, and the food looked amazing. Ty and Bronwyn were lovely, down to earth and kind. Thanks again to Ty and Bronwyn for having us down to share their day!
Doing packshots is never as easy as it seems. All these products were very reflective and I had to be very careful, I used a closed lightbox with just the end of my camera lens sticking through an opening. Even still I got reflections which I had to remove afterwards in Photoshop. The other trick is to get angles correct, if you shoot the product from too high or too low then you end up with lines and edges that aren’t straight. Finally, maintaining accurate colours is also a challenge.
The great thing about this shoot was that I did it at my clients premises, so once I’d finished I was home within 10 minutes, but since I didn’t take any of the products with me I had to make sure they were all shot properly because I wouldn’t have been able to re-shoot it. I think they turned out great!
I recently spent two full days doing fashion photography in my home studio for a jewellery brand named Del Coursy. The first day was doing the packshots for roughly 150 items and the second day was the models shoot. Because I don’t have a permanent studio, I set up my backdrop and lighting in my lounge. In came the two models Monique and Monica from Models International, as well as Kendall from Nixon Make-up and the two Del Coursy ladies. We worked as a team to get the best possible images for the website. All the images had to be cropped to square to fit the format of the website.
Somehow I seem to have picked up a bit more fashion work recently, maybe it’s something I should look at doing more in the future…
I was commissioned by an electronics company called Autotronix to shoot photos and video at their Lower Tugela Water Works site. I had a shot list which I was given and a site foreman who took me around, and off we went for the day in hardhats and reflective vests. The main aspect of the site that they wanted to capture was the electronics, cabling and boards as well as a few overhead photos and a couple of staff shots in between. It was a full day of shooting in may different spaces and environments, which was demanding from a technical aspect especially since I was shooting both still photos and video. Still it was well worth it and definately helped keep me on my toes
It was such a pleasure shooting Rickaal and Melissa’s wedding, these are two kind and genuine people who were surrounded by a lot of love on their wedding day. We had a great bit of light for their creative photo shoot, and we took a drive to a forest down the road too for something a bit different and extra. The decor was spectacular, and I made a point of not using too much flash in order to capture the stunning ambiance inside the Collisheen boma.
Congratulations to Rickall and Melissa, your wedding was wonderful. It was an honour to be a part of it.
This was such a great wedding to shoot, any couple who chooses Thunderstruck by AC/DC as their entrance song to their reception is number one in my book! Greg and Melissa are such a fun couple who really enjoyed their relaxed wedding day. The weather was perfect, the ceremony and speeches were moving and emotional. Melissa looked like a doll in her short dress with red bow.
Thanks so much for making me part of your big day Greg and Melissa, congratulations!
I’ve always loved shooting weddings on game reserves, not only because I enjoy doing a bit of wildlife photography occasionally but also because of all the wide open spaces and the feel of being out in the African wilderness. It’s even better when it’s close to home, Tala is only about 30 minutes away from where I live in Hillcrest so it’s a quick trip home. Ryan and Candice’s wedding was stunning in every way, with the bridesmaids wearing shorter-than-usual blue dresses and the groomsmen all dressed in smart grey suits. We encountered some giraffe while we were out doing the photo shoot so we sneaked up and got as close to them as possible.
It was great working with my friend Steven Heyns from The Wedding DJ, and Gabby Fick who co-ordinated everything splendidly. Congratulations Ryan and Candice, and all the best for your new life over in the UK!
I was asked to do photos for the Riverside Day Spa to be used in their brochures, website and other advertising. I felt like I had been transported to another planet when I walked in there, because as a man it isn’t an environment I’m used to being in. They really have thought of everything, from the relaxing music and subdued lighting to the friendly smiles of all the staff. They have a lovely lounge area and coffee as well as a locker room for their clients to keep their belongings safe. I spent a couple of hours there and saw many ladies arriving for their treatments, and to my surprise a few men too!
Today is a bumper wedding post. I shot two pre-functions plus the actual wedding for Manisha and Sam, the first was the Mendhi which was held at Manisha’s family home in Simbithi followed by the Hurdee at the Square in Umhlanga. Generally the sort of people who have the bigger and fancier weddings aren’t particularly the nicest people, but Manisha and Sam are completely down to earth and such a lovely couple. Their families are exactly the same, they welcomed me into their lives for a few days to share this special moment and I couldn’t have felt more welcome.
I worked with all the best wedding suppliers, it makes such a difference with A-players. Everything runs smoothly and is well organised. Congratulations Manisha and Sam!
It feels like forever since I’ve had the time to update my blog, in fact I’m going to have to do some posts and backdate them because I’ve had a ridiculously chaotic past few months. Today’s shoot however is of a budding actress and model named Tara who is on her way to the USA soon to showcase her talents, her agency got hold of me and asked me to do a portfolio shoot. Something simple and natural, that looks like a studio shoot but not quite a studio shoot. So here it is!