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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
I met James and Trisha at the crack of dawn at the Umhlanga beach Lagoon, I was hoping we were going to get some lovely sunrise light and I wasn’t disappointed. The golden light shone from behind the trees in all it’s splendour while I shot away as this lovely couple were laughing and talking. We then headed down to the beach to go splash about and have some fun. It was a perfect start to the morning, complete with an almost deserted beach to work with.
I’m looking forward to the wedding next month which is going to be at Lynton Hall.
Robin and Sharon came out to South Africa from London where they met and live, Sharon is from KZN and Robin is British. It was a wonderful intimate celebration of love between two people who are from opposite sides of the planet. A good bunch of their friends brought their beards from the UK to celebrate too. These two must be some of the most genuine and humble people I have ever met, and I really enjoyed being part of their big day. It was a real honour and a pleasure. The Estuary Hotel now caters for smaller weddings too, with Robin and Sharon only having about 40 guests.
The creative shoot was my favourite part, with them wanting natural photos without too much posing, it’s always nice to do some extra documentary style photos in between. We shot on the beach, in the sea, along the roads and what’s great is that we didn’t have to rush. Thanks go out to Robin & Sharon for choosing me for their big day!
I was looking forward to Nathi and Bandile’s wedding since their engagement shoot, because this is a couple who like to have good fun. Bandile wore two dresses which were both very elegant and stylish, she has great taste. I knew their wedding was going to be magical, especially at a venue like Collisheen who have staff that are extremely experienced and efficient. The day went off without a hitch and ended off with a good party. It was a big surprise for the couple when the SA Idols 2013 winner Musa Sukwene appeared and sang to them for their first dance.
Congratulations Nathi and Bandile, it was an honour to be part of your big day!
Vikash & Tashika both got ready for their wedding in the same room at Zimbali Lodge, they just closed the interleading door between them. I was quite surprised to see that when I’d finished doing some photos with Vikash and then went over to Tashika, she was already in her dress and just about ready besides a few finishing touches. Then Vikash went through and helped her for the final few minutes. This is just one of the things that made Vikash & Tashika’s wedding deifferent and personal. There was an overall very colourful feel to this wedding which made for some great photos. Right at the end of the photoshoot we had a little hint of a sunset in which I managed to grab a few golden photos. DJ for the day was David Ward from Topjocks.
Congratulations Vikash and Tashika, your wedding was stunning!
It’s been a while since I posted a shoot that hasn’t been a wedding or at least wedding related. I also do corporate photography during the week, and the Glodina shoot was a typical day at a company for me. My main focus was the staff portraits which took most of the morning, then when those were done I headed into the factory to get some candid and more creative photos. Glodina is a big company complete with both a soccer team and a choir. I always find it interesting how different people react to having their photo taken, some are confident and fun, others shy or awkward, some simply refuse to have their picture taken and others want more and more photos of themselves.
A big thanks to my friend Kevin Bender who referred me for this shoot, much appreciated bud.