I shot an event for Lord Taverners at the Elangeni Hotel, there were some local sportsmen there including Shaun Pollock and Francois Steyn, as well as other names such as Simon Doull and David O’Sullivan. The aim was to raffle off sporting memorabilia for charity, particularly sporting development for children which is a great cause. Amongst other prizes was a photo with the sportsmen which I took in front of the banner, other prizes included holidays, cricket bats and shirts.

Shaun Pollock told a few funny stories about when he was playing cricket for SA, I could think of a worse way to spend an evening!

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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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Duncan & Taryn live in Australia now, but came home to KZN to get married at the ever beautiful Rain Farm in Compensation, Ballito. I always love visiting game farms, especially to shoot a wedding. I had an extremely bad bout of flu, but I didn’t let it stop me from working as hard as always. As usual I was rolling around on the ground and walking through long grass to get the shots.

They had a wonderful ceremony in the picturesque chapel, followed by the photo shoot for which we drove around on the game viewer with all the bridesmaids, groomsmen and children. The speeches were hilarious and I loved the big fire in the centre of the reception hall. Congratulations Duncan & Taryn, thanks for choosing me!

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I hadn’t been to St Ives in the KZN Midlands for quite a few years, I even remember that at one stage there were some signs outside saying it was on auction. It has since been taken over and the new owners seem to have spent some money. There is now a magnificent chapel overlooking the dam, the gardens are immaculate and the whole place is just buzzing with a newfound energy. I can see clearly why Mervyn and Andrea chose it as their wedding venue. We had a magnificent sunset which always makes for spectacular photos, and there are no shortage of spots to do photos too.

Mervyn is a funny guy, full of jokes and laughter with his groomsman. He also happens to be the cousin of my friend and wedding photographer Tyrone Crossman. Andrea is as cute as a button and looked like a princess on her special day. It’s always wonderful shooting for a lovely down to earth couple. Congratulations to Mervyn and Andrea!

 

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I spent an hour down on the Zimbali beach with the Fairweather family, capturing all their holiday smiles. It was grandpa’s 70th birthday so they decided to rent a house and all get together, family members came from around South Africa and abroad for the occasion.

Children are always the busiest little bodies, so I have to be ready with my finger on the button to capture the fleeting moments when they may be looking towards the general direction of the camera. It’s always fun hearing the parents trying to get the attention of the children, and inevitably there is bribe of sweets if all else fails!

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I got a phone call from an excited chap by the name of Chad, he told me he was planning to propose to his girlfriend of 9 years Caitlyn. It was going to happen at Sodwana Bay, which I’d been to before a couple of years ago for a wedding. I thought it would be nice to go along for a weekend away, but was a little hesitant at first because it’s a long way to drive for an engagement shoot. I’m so glad that I eventually agreed because it was absolutely wonderful to spend a few nights away and be part of this wonderful couple’s engagement. It happened under water that morning when they were out scuba diving, Chad had arranged a suitcase with a picture and the words ‘Caiti will you marry me?’ along with the ring inside a suitcase, and a little water resistant board for her to write her answer. How incredibly romantic.

That afternoon Ruth and I met them on the beach with the intention of doing a sunset engagement shoot, unfortunately by that time it had clouded over and by half way through the shoot it was raining. Most of the shoot happened in the forest and the final shots on the beach were actually taken in the pouring rain. It was so fun to work with a couple who didn’t mind climbing trees and running around in the rain. Thanks to Chad and Caitlyn for having us along to share in this wonderful occasion!

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Junaid and Anthea have already been married for 20 years and have two grown up children, but they never actually had a wedding back then. They dreamed of one day having a proper wedding in a beautiful venue in the Drakensburg, and it was an honour for me to be the photographer. The day started out with Junaid getting ready with his son as groomsman, he was a bit camera shy but co-operated with the crazy photographer. Anthea decided on a bright red dress which was beautiful, I was told that is suited her go-getting personality. Their daughter was the bridesmaid. Interestingly they asked all the guests to wear white.

It’s always a treat shooting at a stunning venue like Cathedral Peak Hotel, especially with a bride and groom who are willing and keen for great photos. Congratulations to Junaid and Anthea!

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Tumi and Rethabile are a wonderful couple who came down to Umhlanga on holiday, and decided they’d like to have a maternity shoot done while they’re here. I met them on the Umhlanga beach and we had a bit of fun, we chatted and got on really well. They were smiling from ear to ear throughout the shoot, and they didn’t mind doing all sorts of crazy things like climbing rocks to get good photos.

Thanks for being so grwat to work with Tumi and Rethabile, all the best for the future!

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I met Barend and Elserie at the crack of the morning on the Amanzimtoti beach, we were so fortunate to have a wonderful golden sunrise for the first half of their engagement shoot. We splashed around and had some great fun on the beach. Then after a double cappuccino and a giant muffin we went to their gym where they learn martial arts. It’s always nice to include something that is relevant to the couple and their interests as opposed to sticking to just a beach shoot which can sometimes look a bit generic.

It was a great morning and they were wonderful to work with, looking forward to the wedding in November at Haycroft Farm.

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Darrin and Sarusha’s wedding was great, I always love the colours and the atmosphere at Hindu weddings and when it’s held at a stunning venue like Zimbali it can only result in a wonderful day. Sarusha has a very kind nature and a bright smile, and is always up for a bit of adventure. They didn’t mind doing anything I suggested during the photoshoot. Darrin came across as very thoughtful, and his love for Sarusha is very evident. I shot two of the events leading up to the wedding too, which enabled me to meet the families and get to know everyone a bit. I also did an engagement shoot for Darrin and Sarusha.

Dave from Brand New Day Imaging was my video partner, and it’s always a pleasure working with Christo from Zimbali too.  Thanks so much for choosing me to document your journey Darrin and Sarusha, congratulations!

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