It was wonderful to be asked by Lexy to do her 2019 catalogue shoot, I did a previous shoot for her a few years ago which went well but I hadn’t heard from her since. When the call came through I suggested a few different locations but in the end she said she preferred our previous location which was the Umhlanga beach. This time Lexy decided to hire a model instead of being in the photos herself.
My second shoot in New Zealand was for the stunning Watson family, we did it early before work on Campbells Bay beach on the Auckland north shore. Doug is a former Dolphins Cricket player and coach of the Namibia national team, he now coaches the Auckland cricket team. He was also kind enough to show me around Auckland city centre and we stopped for a few pints on the way!
My first family shoot in New Zealand was for the Olivier family at Te Koutu Lake which is in Cambridge. It’s roughly two hours from Auckland and it was my base for the first part of my stay. The Olivier family are originally from South Africa but have settled in nicely to their new home in New Zealand, they’re well established and loving their new home. As I type this, they are in the USA on holiday. Lucky them!
It’s always such a treat to shoot proposals, there is a feeling of excitement and anticipation until the time comes for the big moment. Diego told Samari that they’d be doing a couples shoot, but he didn’t tell her he was going to drop to his knee in the process. We did a few shots first, then we went to the spot where he wanted to pop the question. I stood back a decent distance to give them some privacy, luckily Samari said yes because I have no idea what I’d be expected to do if she said no!
We had a wonderful golden sunset which added a real romantic feel to the photos. Congratulations to Diego and Samari!
The Black family assembled from all over the world for the holidays and decided to do a photo shoot, I suggested Summerveld as the location because the whole area is so picturesque that it’s difficult not to do great photography there. All a family need to do is bring their smiles and bob’s your uncle!
James and Samantha live in China, so they wanted a shoot that would be authentically Durban. The original plan was to go up to the top of the arch on the Moses Mabhida stadium and do some photos with the view of Durban in the background, but when we arrived we were told that the Skycart hadn’t been operational for several months. This, along with the protests in Durban central meant we had to stay out of the city centre, so we headed down to the closest beach. When we arrived at the beach we found that there was still a lot of debri from the recent floods. It seemed like all was lost but we decided to make the most of it and shoot anyway, the photos don’t necessarily show us in the heart of Durban but there were some great moments nonetheless.
It was lovely meeting and spending a bit of time with Grant and Alex at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. They were smiling from ear to ear throughout the photo shoot, which is totally understandable considering Grant had popped the big question only a few hours before. We explored all the corners of the hotel and did photos all along the way, ending off with the iconic pool shot. Congratulations to Grant and Alex, wishing you guys all the best for your wedding planning.
Lee-Ann and her family came to Durban to visit her parents, and decided to have a family photo shoot to mark the occasion. Even though they were staying in Ballito they decided Summerveld would be a good spot for the shoot. It’s always so much easier doing photos for a family who don’t need encouragement to have fun, they were all smiles from the moment they arrived to the moment we said goodbye!
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!