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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It’s always a treat to get away to a game reserve for a day and shoot a wedding, considering I’m a bit of a wildlife photographer too. Adam is from the UK, Danielle is South African. These two are adventurers who like to travel around Africa in their beloved Land Rover, so it only seems fitting that they would choose a game reserve as a wedding venue. Danielle chose a pastel blue / grey colour for her bridesmaids dresses, and the décor was full of colour with splashes of purple and orange. It was an intimate wedding with just the couple’s nearest and dearest, who surrounded them with sparklers during the first dance.

Gwahumbe Reserve is a great venue if you’d like something a bit off the beaten track, it has a wonderful spa, restaurant and pub. The accommodation is great and the views are magnificent from the infinity pool. It was a memorable wedding, congratulations Adam and Danielle. Thanks for choosing me to document your big day!

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Peter and Claire are a wonderful couple who had a beautiful wedding at Old Halliwell in the KZN Midlands. The ceremony was held in the garden overlooking the magnificent view, it was conducted by Beulah who is always great to work with. When Claire told me that they were having an outdoor ceremony at midday I was instantly concerned about the harsh midday sun causing a lot of shadows in the photos, as well as the heat which could make everyone look sweaty. Luckily it all turned out completely fine, there was just enough winter coolness left over to make it all ok.

The newest trend is to have soft pastel colours throughout the wedding, so when I saw all the bright oranges and reds I was automatically thrilled. It brought a lot of colour and saturation to the photos. Congratulations Peter and Claire!

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Grant and Roxy are a full-of-fun couple who had a wonderful wedding at the ever beautiful Zimbali. Roxy is the niece of Lori who is married to John who is one of my life long friends, we were also in a band called Spoonfeedas together for over a decade. Lori wasn’t only a bridesmaid, but I later heard that she made the wedding cake too. Roxy looked stunning in her white princess dress with long vail, and her bridesmaids complimented her in their lovely pink dresses. The boys looked dashing in their suits and were good fun during the photo shoot.

The ceremony was held on the picturesque chapel deck at Zimbali Country Club, followed by the photo shoot on the beach and reception. During Roxy’s speech she told the story of how she sent Grant out on a cold and rainy day to gather branches out of a field to use for their table centrepieces, it looked like it was well worth it because the décor was magnificent. Congratulations Grant and Roxy, you guys were super awesome to work with!

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It’s always a lot of fun taking a drive up the North Coast to one of my favourite beach spots, this time it was to capture the Posthumus family. Maritza and her family were in the area on holiday and decided they’d like to have a photo shoot on the beach. They came prepared with balloons which they wanted to release into the air for a photo, it added some nice colour too. It was an incredibly windy day which sent everyone’s hair flying everywhere, but also added some great character to the photos. One would never believe that Maritza had given birth to the smallest Posthumus family member merely 7 weeks earlier.

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

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Eden Lassie has such beautiful surroundings, add some great afternoon light to that and a bridal couple and you can’t help but take some beautiful photos. I felt quite spoiled at this wedding because I was also working with a bride and groom who really appreciated good photography and didn’t mind walking in a bit of sand and grass to get them. Linda chose a wonderful olive colour for her bridesmaids to wear and a beautiful pink bouquet which really made the photos pop. Mlondi and his groomsmen looked like James Bond in their tuxedos and the children had some excited smiles on them.

Mlondi and Linda are quite reserved and shy, the deep and thoughtful type. They planned their wedding immaculately and it was an honour to be there to document it, here is a small selection of photos. Congratulations Mlondi and Lindokuhle!

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I had been looking forward to shooting Avi and Sheri’s wedding since we did the engagement shoot, they were a great couple who were full of fun. Sheri had her pre-function and got ready at a stunning house on Forest Drive in Umhlanga overlooking the ocean, then she was chauffeured to Coastlands in a Rolls Royce. Avi arrived in a stylish Porsche. The schedule for the wedding day worked out that we had to do the creative photo shoot at midday, which if you ask any photographer is simply not possible. I’ve even turned away photo shoots before for people who want to do them at midday, you just can’t get great photos outdoor unless you’re shooting at sunrise or sunset. So I had no choice but to find indoor and shady areas in a hotel with limited locations, it’s challenges like that which keep me both humble and on my toes.

It was an absolute pleasure shooting for these two wonderful people, and I must say a huge thanks for being so patient for the photos. Congratulations Avi and Sheri!

 

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