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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I got a call from Stacey from A Brand Adventure, she told me she needed a photo shoot for a company in two days time and the images had to be ready the following day. Normally I would turn down a shoot with such a tight deadline, but since I’ve known her for many years I agreed. It was supposed to be a one hour photo shoot, but once we met them and got the brief it became apparent that it should be at least a three hour shoot. The amount of images they needed and all the different locations and people that had to be involved was going to take a lot more time than they initially planned for. Stacey and I flew through the shot list in record speed and were proud to say we did it in two hours.

The images are going to be used on their website and other marketing material, they wanted to appeal to new staff to highlight that it’s a great place to work.

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I was commissioned by Bradshaw Leroux to generate some video content as well as headshots to be used on their website and marketing material. This is a company who are extremely efficient in recruitment and placing people with physical disabilities in the job market and doing integration training too, as well as other services.

It was so wonderful to do some work for a local business, their offices are literally a 2 minute drive from my house. There were a lot of laughs between the filming and photos!

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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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Every now and then I do a bit of photojournalism work. I was commissioned by Hitachi to shoot a ceremony in which a Memorandum of Agreement would be signed between Japanese representatives and the mayor of Ethekwini. I’m not an engineer so I’m not entirely sure of the details but it has something to do with desalination and Hitachi would be providing technology. After the signing ceremony there was a site visit which they asked me to shoot too, it was within the restricted area on the bluff which I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to go to.

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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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I met Marno and Sunette early in the morning on the Umhlanga beach, I was hoping for a lovely golden sunrise which unfortunately never arrived. Luckily this couples natural interaction with eachother was enough to get some great shots, regardless of the light. Marno was very shy in front of the camera, Sunette said she had to coax him into doing the engagement shoot. I think it turned out wonderfully and it was great spending an hour down on the beach with these two love birds.

Thanks Marno and Sunette for choosing me to capture this special moment in your lives!

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