It was an absolute honour to shoot for Grant and Kelly, one of the reasons is because this is the fourth or fifth wedding I’ve shot for this group of friends and family. It’s so great to be shooting and to see so many familiar faces. I must say a huge thank you to Grant and Kelly for being so patient in waiting for their photos, it’s been quite a few weeks since their wedding but I just haven’t had enough time to get down to editing.

Talloula is a stunning venue which is located in Botha’s Hill, about 10 minutes from where I live. The food is delicious, décor is modern and contemporary and it just has an arty feel to it which I love. It was also such a pleasure to have such a quick drive home and a relatively early night. We had a glimpse of a sunset during the photo shoot before it clouded over, so I made sure I took full advantage of it. Congratulations Grant and Kelly!

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The Fiorito family came out from Canada to adopt a new son to their family, they had been going through a lot of admin to get everything sorted out and were very relieved and excited to be here in South Africa. They marked the occasion with a family photo shoot. The main Umhlanga beach was too windy and crowded to shoot, so we went along to the lagoon instead.

It was wonderful spending a bit of time with this kind family!

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The Msimang family came on holiday to KZN and decided they wanted a photo shoot on the beach, it was their youngest daughters birthday and as a present she got to stay at the Oyster Box. They had matching colour outfits and props but most importantly they brought their smiles.

I had a conversation with Kabelo after the shoot about photography and editing because she has an interest in photography herself. That conversation reminded me of how much I don’t even think about any of the technical aspects of photography any more, be it cameras, lenses, computers and software. That all just becomes routine second nature when you shoot and edit a lot, it’s just the tools you use to achieve a creative vision the same way that a chef uses kitchen appliances. My main focus when shooting is on the creative aspect, on capturing the essence of a family’s interaction with each other. It’s about light, composition and the candid moments. It was wonderful spending a little bit of time with this fun family!

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Luckily Kesendra and Selina were a dream to work with, because their wedding was the last in a series of about 18 in a row that I had shot without a weekend off. I was starting to feel really burned out and dangerously close to throwing all my camera equipment in the bin to rather go search for greener pastures. It was the day after Clint & Gaynor’s wedding and I dragged myself down to Collisheen, thinking “Oh it’s just another wedding” but when I arrived there was an excitement in the air that was totally infectious. Selina was relaxed as a bride could possibly be, everything was ready for me due to Amanda from Collisheen’s excellent planning, and once Kesendra joined Selina there was so much laughter and their natural interaction with each other was so fun and happy. It turned my whole mood around and I suddenly remembered all the reasons why I do wedding photography in the first place.

Congratulations to Kesendra and Selina, your wedding was wonderful. Thanks for choosing me to document your big day!

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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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