I did headshots for a company called Kaomi Marketing, they do digital marketing. I was contracted to develop a few websites for them, and when they heard I do photography too they asked me to do the photos for their new website. They asked for natural light shots with wide open aperture for blurred backgrounds.
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!
I’m busy developing the RND Contractors website and needed some photos, so I packed my gear in the car and headed down to Scottburgh on the KZN south coast where they’re based. I drove around with the proprietor Ricardo, he told me about the business and we visited a few of their sites. At the young age of 27 he’s built a decent size business with 13 employees and some pretty good contracts.
I was hired by an events company to shoot the KZN leg of the Sanlam CEO Roadshow, where the CEO goes round the country and presents the state of the company and economy to the top executives within Sanlam. I must say I was listening very carefully when he was speaking about what the SA economy is doing and where it’s heading. I was only there for one hour but it definitely counted.
Now and then I get a project which I really enjoy doing, one of those was the logo animation for Garden Tube. My wife Ruth designed the logo for our client, and not long after they asked if we could animate the logo too for their upcoming program on The Home Channel on DSTV and their Youtube channel.
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!
Quinton and Samantha had a stunning wedding up the KZN north coast at Palm Dune, the ceremony was held on the beach deck and the reception was an outdoor one on the upper deck. Immediately after the ceremony they did the garter and bouquet tossing on the beach, and they also did their first dance as they entered the reception. It was great to work with Jonathan Payne again. Congratulations to Quinton and Samantha, thanks for picking me to shoot your big day!
We shot both photos and video for Sanele and Segametsi, they had a wonderful wedding reception at the same venue Ruth and I got married. It’s a real privilege being able to visit there so many times. The ceremony was held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses down the road, which was the second time I’ve been there too. Segametsi was so full of fun and she couldn’t stop smiling all day!
Tim and Maike live in Germany and had two weddings, one there and the other one here in Maike’s home town of Howick. They did everything themselves with help from their family, the only professional wedding service provider they hired was myself to do the photos. We didn’t meet before the wedding, in fact we barely spoke so I had no idea what to expect. It turned out to be a wonderful blessing and celebration with their closest family members, with the ceremony and all the rest of the formalities conducted in German.
Congratulations to Tim and Maike, it was wonderful sharing their special day!