Clicks are holding a roadshow that is going round the country, I was commissioned to do the photography at the Durban leg. It was held at the ICC, where I seem to spend a lot of time nowdays. The event consisted of executive speakers, an annual report back, prizes and a talent show. The staff were all dressed like hippies and it had a Christmas theme because we’re going into the Christmas season now, and the whole event was sponsored by Nedbank and Old Mutual.
Along with the photography I also shot a lot of footage with my video camera which I had with me, I edited it all together to make this highlights clip.
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.
I was one of four official photographers at the ITU Telecom World 2018 conference and expo at the Durban ICC. Even though the event took place over three days, I was hired to shoot for six days because of all the pre-events and planning meetings. It was an intense couple of days when the main event was on, the health app on my phone said I walked an average of 6km every day while carrying a 25kg equipment bag. The brief was to capture as many natural and unposed photos as possible, and to make sure all VIP’s were photographed at every meeting. After each session I had to upload a selection to the official Flickr account for journalists all over the world to download. The president Cyril Ramaphosa spoke at the opening ceremony, and the minister of telecommunications Siyabonga Cele was there throughout the conference. I think he must have grown tired of seeing me with my camera’s everywhere he went.
Thanks to Ledia from ITU for calling me all the way from Geneva to chat and hire me for the event, and thanks to the boys from Ocean Driven Media for shooting with me. I’ll recommend you guys again any time.
Robert and Sarah-Jayne had a wonderful wedding at Zimbali Lodge, with guests from all over the world making their way to Ballito for the event. Robert is Canadian while Sarah-Jayne is South African, they live and work in Dubai but like to travel a lot too. Robert has a keen interest in videography so the photos and video was important to them, hope I met their expectations. It’s always a treat shooting a good looking couple at a stunning venue like Zimbali, plus working with Beyond Measure Productions on video and DJ Ash.
Congratulations to Robert and Sarah-Jayne, and thanks for choosing me to be part of your big day!
Marco and Acsah had a wonderful wedding at one of my favourite venues in KZN, Collisheen Estate. It was a mixture of cultures that blended seamlessly into a big celebration for their loved ones. Marco and Acsah met at university and haven’t been able to take their eyes off each other since.
We did both the photography and the video for Marco and Acsah’s wedding, it is always a full day when I have to concentrate on doing both. Luckily my wonderfully talented wife Ruth was there to help me with the filming, and she even started doing some directing too. I’m seriously proud. Congratulations to Marco and Acsah!
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!
As I was editing Melchior and Tarryn’s wedding photos, my wife Ruth when walking past my computer screen said that Tarryn looks like an adorable little doll. I couldn’t agree more, these are two wonderfully kind souls who were perfectly made for each other. They had a wonderful winter wedding at Insingizi, with their nearest and dearest coming together to celebrate their union.
It’s always a bit of a challenge to find a bit of colour at the venues in or around Mid Illovo, there are generally sugar cane fields and dams aplenty but not often are their flowers. We were on the way to the photo shoot when we spotted a bank full of pink coloured plants and decided we need to do some photos there. They turned out to be some of my favourites from this wedding.
Congratulations to Tarryn and Melchior!
Dean is from KZN while Karen and her family are Dutch, they met whilst playing in a hockey league in Europe and stayed together through a lot of trials and tribulations. It was a wonderful heartfelt day with a lot of emotions and laughs. Karen arrived for the beach ceremony on a white horse, how absolutely wonderful. We did both the photography and video for their wedding, she asked for a natural documentary style with no posing so I had to try my best to not do too much photo direction. My wonderfully talented wife Ruth did the video camera work while I did the photos. It has taken me a while to get all my video editing done after a lot of both technical and personnel challenges, Dean and Karen have been wonderfully patient and understanding. Luckily I’m now back on track and everyone will have their photos and videos on time.
Dean and Karen I wish you guys all the best with your new life together!
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!