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!
Phelisa and family came down to Durban on holiday to visit family, and brought their baby daughter for a photo shoot. We met up at Summerveld early in the morning hoping to grab a lovely golden sunrise, but instead we got an overcast morning. I love shooting so close to home, Summerveld is so beautiful and a wonderful alternative to the beach. No wonder I keep doing shoots there!
Dylan and Lara were married in June at Providence in the KZN Midlands, it’s one of my favourite venues because it’s just so beautiful. It’s impossible to take a bad photo there, and to make it even better, Dylan and Lara were such fun. Lara couldn’t stop smiling and laughing all day, it made for such great candid photos. After a lovely ceremony in the quaint little chapel we were greeted with a stunning golden sunset just in time for the photo shoot. The reception was so much fun and the dancefloor took a punishing!
Congratulations to Dylan and Lara, it was an honour and a pleasure being part of your big day.
Tracy and Antonino had a nautical themed wedding, largely because they met whilst both working on a ship. Antonino is Italian and was blessed to have family and friends fly out for the wedding, Tracy is South African and her parents have a home at Zimbali. We had a magnificent sunset which greeted us just as we started the creative shoot, we were on our way down to the beach when I spotted some rays of light shining through some trees onto the road so we stopped the cars and did a few photos. During the reception speeches I was walking past the front door and noticed a blonde lady posing for a photo next to the fairy lights, so I snapped a shot just for fun. Only later when I was editing the photos did I realize it was actually the well know Afrikaans singer Patricia Lewis!
Wishing you all the best Tracy and Antonino, thanks for having me document your big day!
The Bekwa family, like many of my other family shoot clients came down from Johannesburg and stayed in Umhlanga on Holiday. They were referred by their friends who I’d done a shoot for not long before them. It was a bit of a windy day so we started at the lagoon and made our way down to the beach. Once we were down there the childrens tears started flowing, I don’t think they’d seen the sea and the beach much, but once they were settled down we managed to get some wonderful photos.