I was surprised to see an email come through from someone who is based in San Fransisco, on learning more of their story I was told that Jarrod is originally from South Africa and Carly is from the USA. They met while both teaching english in Korea, and followed each other round the world for a few years before finally settling on living in the USA. They were married in Jarrod’s home town of Port Shepstone at a rustic venue called Umzimkulu Marina. It was a wonderful coming together of families, and there were some familiar faces there too, namely Marc and Vicki whose wedding I shot a few years ago.
Thanks for choosing me Jarrod and Carly, hope you love your photos!
It was wonderful meeting and spending a bit of time with this fun family. I was told during the shoot by one of the family members that they are all from Georgia, USA. I didn’t get round to asking what brought them to Durban, but whatever it was I’m glad it did. It isn’t often I do a shoot where there are great grandparents involved, but they were both there and smiling from ear to ear. What a great day!
I shot Zayd and Ayesha’s wedding two and a half years ago, it was a wonderful day at the Orient Hall in Durban. I was overjoyed to hear from them again, Ayesha told me that they were expecting their first child soon and would love to do a maternity shoot. They mentioned that a friend of theirs has a small boat at the Durban harbour and they’d like to do it there, they had t-shirts and a sign printed too. Congrats to Zayd and Ayesha, wishing you guys all the best for parenthood!
Wishingwell Lodge is a small affordable lodge situated in Westville, it has a big Boma which contains a full kitchen and big screen TV next to the pool. It has 6 generous size rooms, many with extra beds for the children. It’s situated close to the freeway.
Shooting interiors is a time consuming job, every shot was taken with the camera mounted on my tripod and triggered remotely. Still, I enjoy every moment of it!
Stephani and Blake are a wonderful young couple, they were smiling and giggling throughout the shoot which brought a smile to my face too. Stephani originally wanted to do the shoot at Botanic Gardens, but in the end Kloof Gorge seemed like a better option because it’s closer to home, less crowded and safer. The wedding is going to be in January at Olivanders Estate.
I always love shooting weddings in Ballito at venues like Braeside, Zimbali and Collisheen. They’re all in close proximity to each other and it’s just a short trip down the freeway for me. Kamlin and Mayuri’s wedding was one of the most stunning weddings I’ve shot with all the colour, traditions and smells of a Hindu wedding with amazing food and atmosphere. We did the creative photo shoot at the microlight airfield around the corner from Braeside which always provides ample spots for great photos.
Congrats to Kamlin and Mayuri, thanks for making me part of your big day!
Doing proposal shoots are always a bit nerve wracking, I always have to hide out around the corner and wait for the big moment. Then after the flurry of excitement has subsided then either the groom lets the cat out the bag that he hired a photographer or I go present myself and we do a bit of a photo shoot to mark the occasion. Dean & Annelize were so happy to have their big moment captured. They arrived a little bit later than what we had arranged so the light was a bit bright, but the smiles were just as special!
I recently spent two days up at Insingizi Lodge in Mid Illovo. It’s a popular wedding venue and it has a spa and stunning accommodation, 9 rooms in total. They are busy redoing their website and needed images of all the interiors and exteriors. Ruth and I spent a few nights there as a mini getaway after our wedding, and one evening while chatting to the the manager Ali I mentioned that I do photography. The next day an enquiry came through my website and she said she wanted me to do photos of the venue for their website.
Unfortunately the sun was a no-show so the pool photos didn’t end up being any good, but I’m quite proud of the way the rest of them turned out.
I was about to leave for a family shoot in Umhlanga when I received a call from a chap who needed some photos of his retail cart at Gateway, I told him I would happily swing past there on my way back from my other shoot. So I finished up the beach shoot and went straight to Gateway, I took a couple of photos of the cart and was finished about 20 minutes later. The next day I did a quick edit of the photos and sent them to the client, it was one of the quickest and most painless shoots I’ve ever done. A day or two after that, he called again and asked for some packshots to be done of his products, those pics can be found in the packshots gallery.
I always find it interesting how there are some people who love having their photo taken and some absolutely hate it, some people will pose and smile and others are incredibly awkward. These are obviously the two extremes with most people falling somewhere in between. Is it something to do with self esteem and confidence? I think so. The Sibley family contained members of all three of these categories, but what wasn’t lacking was the fun and smiles!