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!
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 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!
I started doing the McCormick family shoot at the top of the Umhlanga lagoon, we did photos in the forest and a few on the wooden bridges. When we got to the beach it unfortunately wasn’t easily accessible, the whole beach was completely washed away with the sea going right up to the forest. So it was only the younger and more agile family members who were able to go down for a few shots. This was a last photo shoot before some of the family members emigrate, I seem to be doing a lot of those nowdays.
I’ve finally gotten round to updating my blog. It’s been a long time coming and I’ve wanted to get some new work up since last year, but time just hasn’t allowed. I’m still shooting just as many weddings as ever, but I also decided to spread my focus around a bit to include some other adventures such as website design, video and possibly school photography. More on all that to come, but for now, here is Andréa and Kirsty’s wedding pics which I shot in August.
It was a stunning day with a beautiful golden sunset and a good looking couple who vowed to be together forever, the reception was one of the more festive in recent memory with lots of fun and dancing. All in all a great day in the KZN Midlands, congrats to Andréa and Kirsty!
Emily came out from Australia to visit her family, and wanted a photo shoot at her home with her mom, gran and other family. I arrived at their home in Westville where I was treated to a little tour, Emily explained that it was the property that her and her siblings grew up on. They had since developed the property further but the lawn that we did the shoot on was the same lawn that she played on as a child. I did some photos of her with her newborn baby and then a few family ones afterwards, the whole shoot was finished within about 30 minutes.
Amy is from Johannesburg, Phillip is from the UK, they met in Fort Lauderdale and got married in Durban. The reason for all this travelling is that they both work on ships. Phillips family weren’t able to make it out from the UK so there was a lot of Skyping going on amongst the tears and excitement.
The sun was coming and going throughout the morning, by the time we did the creative shoot the wind had picked up so much that we had to keep hiding behind walls and structures for shelter. I kept on having to wipe the salt of my camera lenses. The storm came once we were inside the reception, but by then everyone was well fed and happy. It was a real privilege to be part of this wedding, Phillip and Amy were really down to earth and wonderful!
I wouldn’t normally take a booking for just a few hours of shooting, especially when it’s over two hours drive away, but when Zané told me that they were planning on taking a helicopter flip to the top of a mountain in the Drakensburg to get married, I just couldn’t resist. It was a wonderful experience flying over the Drakensburg mountains and capturing their intimate wedding ceremony. They only had a few friends attending which helped make it more special.
Any photographer will tell you that you can’t take outdoor photos at midday, and they’re not wrong because the light is at it’s brightest. So I just had to do my best, obviously there aren’t any golden sunset photos so I made use of the surroundings and the scenery. Congratulations to Juan and Zané!