I’ve never really claimed to be much of a newborn photographer, when I get an enquiry to do a newborn shoot I would normally pass it on to someone who specialises in newborn photography. I’m not the sort of photographer who looks at other photographers work, so I resorted to doing a google search for another photographer who has a very good newborn portfolio. Unfortunately I couldn’t find one so I decided that I’d have to do it myself, I’ve done it a few times before so I wasn’t too worried when Romano and Pamela asked me to do the shoot for them. I tried to keep my familiar natural style and apply it to a new subject, which was a bit out of my comfort zone but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I shot their wedding at the Windmills too a year or two ago as well so it was a real pleasure to see them again.

This tiny little human was the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen, with a perfect little dimple in her chin. Congrats to Romano and Pamela on the newest addition to your family.

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About once a year or so I try find the time to get away and take some photos that don’t contain people with white dresses, this time it was up to the Kruger National Park where we spent a week. We stayed at Lower Sabie Rest Camp which is right on the Sabie River. We had heards of elephants regularly walk right past us, with one coming right up to the fence, close enough to almost touch. There’s just nothing quite like being with your closest love, out doing photography during the day and enjoying braai’s every night. There was plenty of Amarula Cream too! We met people from all over the world who all had interesting stories to tell.

From a photography perspective it was a little more diverse than last time, there’s only so many pictures you can take of kudu’s before you want to go find lesser popular subjects such as a honey badger or the hundreds of species of birds. We did plenty of drives with the sole purpose of finding cheetah which unfortunately proved fruitless. Some of the other sightings were far away but I didn’t really mind, I included them below anyway.

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When I first met Clint and Gaynor they were quite keen to meet at the estate where I live, called Plantations in Hillcrest. During the meeting they expressed an interest in doing some photos along the main walkway of Plantations, I wondered how it would be possible logistically considering their wedding was going to be taking place in Durban. They said it didn’t matter and subsequently hired a limousine to drive them and their bridal party around. Now that’s my kind of couple, because it shows that their photos are important to them and they made sure their wedding day was absolutely perfect in every way. After the Plantations shoot we headed off to Summerveld to do some more bridal party photos, then back down to Durban. Gaynor’s make-up was done by one of Durban’s finest make-up artists Charelle Mcallister, the team from Beyond Measure Productions did the video.

Congratulations Clint & Gaynor, it was an honour being part of your big day, hope you like the pics!

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One of my favourite weddings of the year so far is Darren & Lucy’s at the stunning Zimbali Lodge, everything was just perfect. The bride and groom were both easy going and a pleasure to work with, their adorable children were smiling all day, we had a beautiful golden sunset for the photo shoot, and to top it all off we were at one of the most picturesque venues in KZN. I almost felt like I had been too spoiled at this wedding, all I had to do was aim my camera properly.

Darren and Lucy came out from the UK for this vow renewal, Darren is originally from Durban and Lucy is British. They have three beautiful daughters together who were all a big part of the wedding. On arrival at the reception there were zulu dancers who jumped around and beat their drums much to the delight of the UK visitors. Steven Heyns from the Wedding DJ was on hand to spin the tunes till the early hours. Congratulations Darren and Lucy, it was a pleasure being part of your big day!

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When Darren and Lucy first contacted me about doing an engagement shoot I thought it would be another one like all the others, they also said they were wanting to incorporate some fitness photos to be used for their business interests. I told them that I hadn’t done a fitness shoot before but I’d give it a bash, and for the first time ever it was the couple who were guiding me on the different poses they were doing instead of me being the director. There was also an element of a family shoot in this one too, because they have three daughters. So we all headed down to Umdloti beach early one morning and shot away. One would never believe that Lucy had given birth merely a few months before doing this shoot, these two are some of the fittest looking people I’ve ever met. One would also expect people who look like this to be very inwardly focussed, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that they are also modest, kind, relaxed and engaging.

It was an absolute pleasure shooting for these two and their family, their wedding at Zimbali which I shot a few days later will be next up.

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Grant and Robyn came out from Perth, Australia to get married in Robyn’s home town of Umhlanga. I only met them on the wedding day so despite not being able to plan anything in advance, the day still went smoothly. We did the photo shoot at the Umhlanga lighthouse at the request of the bridal party, so between the travelling and the freezing cold weather we only ended up with a few minutes to shoot. Luckily the bridal party were all great in front of the camera and Robin was smiling continuously which made my life a lot easier.

The reception décor was classic and elegant, the hall looked so stunning that I ended up clearing everyone out just so I could capture it all without guests and waitresses in the background of the photos. Congratulations to Grant and Robyn, hope you’re enjoying Bali!

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Melissa and her family are from Canada, and came out to South Africa to adopt the newest addition to their family. A little boy named Jackson. She mailed me saying they were staying in Umhlanga and wanted a photo shoot to commemorate this landmark in their lives. The only problem was that I was already booked on the only day they had available before they flew back home, I told her the only time I’ll have to do the shoot will be at dawn. She had no problem getting her entire family up and on to the beach at 6am for the photo shoot, and then after all that the sunrise was a no-show. We shot away anyway and the next day Melissa and her family were on a plane back to Canada.

I wish you all the best with this new adventure Melissa, you have a very special family!

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Erin came out from overseas for a holiday and decided she wanted to do a family photo shoot while she was here, I suggested we take a spin up to Summerveld near Hillcrest. There’s some lovely wide open spaces and trees which is just perfect for photos, and to top it off we had some wonderful light. The two boys reminded me a lot of my brother and I when we were kids, and the two sisters reminded me of my own sisters, so all in all it was a great shoot.

It was a pleasure spending some time with this wonderful family!

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I had been looking forward to shooting at Lythwood Lodge again, I shot a wedding there about 5 years ago and for some reason hadn’t been back since. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is still as leafy and colourful as I remember. The wedding co-ordinator Lisé is brilliantly efficient, so definitely check it out if you’re looking for a stunning KZN midlands venue.

I only met Michael and Janine for the first time on the day of the wedding, so we weren’t really able to chat much about exactly what they expected from me as their wedding photographer. So my plan was to simply do what I do the way I do it, to take all the usual expected photos along with the natural and candid moments in between. The ceremony was concluded with a heartfelt prayer, the sun went down behind the mountain and the reception ended with some brilliantly fun dancing. Congratulations Michael and Janine!

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In November 2012 I shot Danie & Natascha’s wedding at the Boathouse, it was a wonderful day and I remember thinking at the time that they were good fun and had some great friends. So it was a pleasant surprise when Natascha sent me an email saying that the same group of friends were on holiday down the KZN north cost and wanted to do a photo shoot. I suggested the Thompsons Bay tidal pool and beach because it was close to where they were staying and it’s a good location to do photos. We started with some close-up portraits and then headed down to the beach for a splash about in the sea.

It was great to see you guys again Danie and Natascha, hope you all like the photos!

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