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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Denver and Sam have only been together for a short time, but knew they were right for each other from the start. They were married at a lovely guest house in Durban called Lambert House which has a magnificent view of Durban, and had an open air reception. It was an intimate ceremony with just those that are closest to them. Sam was feeling a bit ill the night before her wedding but she pressed on and made the most of it. There was a lot of laughter, smiles and emotions.

Thanks for choosing me to be a part of your wedding day Denver and Sam, I wish you guys all the best!

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Exactly nine weeks after I shot James & Trisha’s wedding at Lynton Hall, I was back again to shoot Neil & Keshani’s big day. It’s amazing that even though it was the same venue, same setup and basically same time of year, it was also completely different. Photos that I took which came out brilliantly at the last one didn’t work at all this time, and vice versa. It just goes to show that it actually doesn’t matter where you take your vows, what you’re wearing or what your décor looks like, the most important thing is the love, commitment and family around you. The things I look for when taking photos are the moments in between the moments and the natural interaction between the couple. I often crack silly jokes or act like a clown in order to pull the smiles out of people, but at the end of the day it’s the love and the light that makes for great photos.

It was great working with my friends from Beyond Measure Productions who did the video. Congratulations to Neil and Keshani!

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On the same day that I shot Lee & Odette’s maternity shoot below, I did a family shoot for the La Bella’s at Summerveld. This was a really fun family who were full of laughs, they didn’t mind jumping around and lying on the grass. I love the fresh air and wide open spaces of Summerveld, the spots to shoot are endless and on a good day with a wonderful family you can only get great shots.

Thanks for choosing me to capture some special moments for your family Sandy!

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It’s always such an honour when a couple whose wedding I shot gets in contact again for another shoot. I remember Lee & Odette’s wedding as if it were yesterday, they had a stunning day at Under the Marula in Shongweni, and they also had the great Durban reggae band The Meditators perform live for them. You can see their wedding photos here.

We did an early morning maternity shoot at my secret beach spot near Durban, they arrived a bit late because the muddy dog jumped up onto Odette’s dress! We spent a little while walking up and down the beach, captured a bit of light and got some great shots. Thanks Odette and Lee for calling me to shoot for you again, wishing you all the best for this new chapter!

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Jody & Chevaughne got married under a large tree on the bank of the Dudley Pringle dam in Tongaat, which is very near Ballito. The venue that is fortunate enough to be so conveniently situated is Eagles Cry. They have a few rooms in which the bride and groom can get ready too, which makes it very convenient. This was a really fun wedding, with Jody and his groomsmen providing the constant jokes and laughs throughout the day. Chevaughne wore a stunning dress with a lovely long veil which always helps for some wonderful photos. For the first time in a while the bridesmaids weren’t wearing infinity dresses, instead they were wearing lovely elegant pink dresses which Chevaughne picked out.

It was also great to work with André from Gouveia Video. Congratulations to Jody and Chevaughne!

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Heng and Anita came down to Durban on holiday from Centurion, and since they were newly engaged they decided to have an engagement shoot done. They were staying at a hotel in Umhlanga because they love the beach and wanted photos there too. I met them at the lagoon and we meandered down to the beach whilst taking photos along the way, we had some magnificent light shining through the trees which always gets me excited.

It’s always a pleasure spending a bit of time with a newly engaged couple, they radiate excitement and it shows in the images!

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Since Jess was very young she wanted her wedding to be in a castle, and the colour scheme would be purple. She’d meet her handsome prince who would adore her and they would be betrothed in a small ceremony with those nearest and dearest. Jess’s dream came true when Chris and her were married at Greesleeves at Camelot in Hillcrest.

They had originally booked another photographer, who ended up going overseas for another wedding so I was referred over. It was such a nice change to shoot a wedding so close to home, literally 5 minutes down the road. We had a brief but magnificent sunset which I took full advantage of. It was a wonderful day, congratulations to Chris & Jess!

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I had been looking forward to James & Trisha’s wedding for quite some time, partly because they had their ceremony at the beautiful Renishaw chapel where my neice was also married, and partly because they were a really fun couple to work with on their engagement shoot. The stunning Lynton Hall gardens was the venue for the cocktail hour, photo shoot and reception which was held in a marquee.

Trisha hails from the USA, and she had a large group of friends and family come out to sunny South Africa for the wedding. James is from KZN, he tells me he also enjoys wildlife photography. The two met while working at a game farm together, as told by James during his wonderful speech. Congratulations to Trisha and James!

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I love shooting at game reserves, whether it’s a wedding or wildlife I just love being in the outdoors with my camera. I have actually done a bit of wildlife photography on a few trips to game reserves around the country including the Kruger National Park. You can see some of my Kruger photos here and here, and some Tala photos here. Chris and Tunya also happened to go to Kruger for their honeymoon, what a treat!

They had a wonderful wedding at the Fig Tree Barn at Tala Game Reserve, with an outdoor ceremony on the lawn in front of the stone chapel. The decor was put together splendidly and the ambiance inside the reception venue was wonderful. They had a great bunch of guests who were keen for a good party to celebrate the union of their best friends. I also spotted a few familiar faces because Chris and Tunya are a locally based couple. Congratulations to Chris & Tunya!

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