There’s nothing quite like driving along the N2 to the sunrise engagement shoot, and looking out the car window to see a completely clear sky. It’s times like that when I have to celebrate with a hearty fist pump because I know we’re going to have the best light. I met Bronwyn and Ty on the beach in Ballito at the crack of dawn and we immediately started shooting, They were a little unsure of what to do at first, but within a few minutes we were having a lot of fun, running up and down the beach and coming out of their shells a bit. They live in the USA but came back home for a brief visit before heading off to the Kruger Park for a holiday. It’s worth mentioning that Ty is a PGA pro golfer, I totally respect anyone who get’s off the couch to follow their passion and develop their talent. With Bronwyn at his side I’m sure they’ll be a formidable team.
It was a great shoot and Ty & Bronwyn were a pleasure to work with, wishing them all the best for the wedding planning!
A couple of weeks before Brett and Tyla were coming on holiday to Umhlanga, Brett mailed me saying that he was planning to propose to Tyla and that he’d like me to capture the moment. Of course it meant that I would have to hide out and shoot it without Tyla knowing, as if I was the paparazzi. He gave me a minute by minute breakdown of the plan, and shortly after the question was popped he was going to alert Tyla of my presence and we’d do a mini engagement shoot. The only thing we weren’t planning on was the rain, but it actually turned out to be a bonus because it meant the beach was nice and quiet. It was nerve-racking even for me who was an outsider, I can only imagine how Brett was feeling. There was no doubt that Tyla would accept, and once it was all done she couldn’t stop smiling and saying thank you. I could see all the emotions happening at once – excitement, nervousness and sheer joy and happiness.
I wish you all the best Brett and Tyla, it was an absolute honour to share such a significant moment in your lives with you!
There are some families who are quite shy and reserved, during the photo shoot I really have to encourage them to let loose a bit and have some fun. The Goodes family didn’t need any coaxing at all, they were laughing, smiling, playing around and having so much fun right from the beginning. They came to stay in Umhlanga on holiday, and decided it would be great to do a family photo shoot on the beach while they were here.
It was so great spending a bit of time with a family who are all very connected to each other, it was real privilege being part of their holiday!
Fernanda and her family came with their children down to Umhlanga for the December holidays, they decided it was very important to have a family shoot while they were here! It was quite windy as Umhlanga beach often is so we started at the top of the stairs where there is a good view of the lighthouse and is slightly more sheltered, then we moved down on to the beach where we had some fun running around. The kids were very excited to be in the sea which showed in their smiles.
Mike and Lauren had a stunning wedding at Shalwyn in the Tala Valley near Mid Illovo. It’s such a beautiful venue complete with picturesque landscape and a nursery, my intention was to take full advantage of all the photographic opportunities but unfortunately the rain prevented us from going down to the little dam. I would feel absolutely terrible if the bride and groom got flu just before leaving for their honeymoon because they were out in the rain having photos.
These two were absolutely made for each other, and they had a wonderful group of loving family and friends around them to help share in their special day. They’ve been eagerly waiting for their wedding photos and I’m pleased to now be able to share them. Congratulations Mike and Lauren, it was a pleasure shooting your big day!
I loved shooting Tyronne and Jo-Anne’s stunning wedding at Maroupi, it always makes such a difference when the couple are really amped for great photos and have a fun bridal party around them. It just makes my job so much easier. I also did Tyronne and Jo-Anne’s engagement shoot on the beach which you can see here.
This was a bicycle themed wedding, as you can see from all the little wooden details. This is because not only is Tyronne a pro mountain biker, but Jo-Anne has been known to do some peddling herself. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not but all the main service providers are also cyclists including David Yapp from Top Jocks, Alan Beitz from Rand Video and myself.
It was a real honour shooting your wedding Ty and Jo, I wish you guys all the best for the future!
There is a well known wedding venue / B&B in the Nottingham Road area called The Windmills, well they have rebranded and changed it’s name to Brahman Hills. They’ve also added a new larger reception venue, more rooms and a spa. All of this of course meant that they needed new photos for their website, social media, brochures and other marketing material. So they rang me up, we set a date for me to go shoot and I spent the day there taking photos of everything and anything. From out in the hills shooting the wildlife through to the underground pub, I covered it all. Soon after this shoot I had a wedding booked there so I went back again to see it all in action.
I whole heartedly recommend stopping in for a visit if not to look at if you’re wedding venue hunting, the whole place has had a major overhaul and it’s definitely worth checking out.
I was a bit hesitant about agreeing to travel so far up the coast just for a family shoot, Princes Grant is over 100kms from where I’m based in Hillcrest. Since it was December time and I was so fully booked up with photo shoots and weddings, I decided it would be a good idea to take a break from the editing and spend the day down the coast and finish it off with this family shoot. We did a mountain bike ride at Holla trails in Ballito, then went out to lunch and talk a walk along the beach.
Lisa and her extended family came down to the coast from Gauteng and stayed at Prince’s Grant for the holidays, she originally booked a beach photo shoot but because of the gale force winds we ended up shooting near the golf course in the estate. We had some great light and bright smiles, which can only result in wonderful photos.
There’s always something special about a young couple who are madly in love tying the knot, especially when the wedding is upbeat and fun. Lindie has a lot of very expressive mannerisms which provided me with a lot of great photos throughout the day. The wedding was a mixture of Afrikaans and English so I had to listen carefully to know what was going on. The sunset didn’t arrive for the photo shoot but luckily the Secret Garden has plenty of places to shoot so it was nice to get creative and use the venue to it’s full potential. It also helped that Sean and Lindie didn’t mind walking through long grass, standing amongst trees and having a lot of fun with their bridal party. Steven Heyns from The Wedding DJ was on the decks to make sure the party was rocking till the wee hours, it’s always a pleasure working with experienced professionals.
Thanks so much for choosing me Sean and Lindie, congratulations!
Matthew and Bridgette had a wonderful wedding at the stunning Calderwood Hall in the KZN Midlands. It’s always a treat shooting there, regardless of the weather, which was a little cold on the day of the wedding. Luckily the landscapers had planted some beautiful flowers in the front garden which I took full advantage of during the photo shoot. The décor and co-ordination was done by Midlands Style Events who are always on the ball and made sure everything ran smoothly. I didn’t get to meet or chat to the bride and groom about their expectations before the big day so I had to simply shoot away like I normally do and hope they were happy with it. All in all it was a stunning day with friends and family from all over the world.
Congratulations Matthew and Bridgette, I wish you guys all the happiness in the world and a prosperous life in the UK. Thanks for choosing me to document your big day!