Wishingwell Lodge is a small affordable lodge situated in Westville, it has a big Boma which contains a full kitchen and big screen TV next to the pool. It has 6 generous size rooms, many with extra beds for the children. It’s situated close to the freeway.
Shooting interiors is a time consuming job, every shot was taken with the camera mounted on my tripod and triggered remotely. Still, I enjoy every moment of it!
My lovely wife Ruth and I shot both photos and video for Anand and Ramona’s wedding, she was in charge of the filming as usual while I did the photography. This was a lovely wedding to shoot, it was relatively stress free and we were home quite early.
Anand had a lot of questions for me before the big day, he wanted to be absolutely sure he was making the right decisions regarding his big day. I hope I set his mind at ease. The photos and footage came out great. Congratulations to Anand and Ramona!
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 recently spent two days up at Insingizi Lodge in Mid Illovo. It’s a popular wedding venue and it has a spa and stunning accommodation, 9 rooms in total. They are busy redoing their website and needed images of all the interiors and exteriors. Ruth and I spent a few nights there as a mini getaway after our wedding, and one evening while chatting to the the manager Ali I mentioned that I do photography. The next day an enquiry came through my website and she said she wanted me to do photos of the venue for their website.
Unfortunately the sun was a no-show so the pool photos didn’t end up being any good, but I’m quite proud of the way the rest of them turned out.
I was about to leave for a family shoot in Umhlanga when I received a call from a chap who needed some photos of his retail cart at Gateway, I told him I would happily swing past there on my way back from my other shoot. So I finished up the beach shoot and went straight to Gateway, I took a couple of photos of the cart and was finished about 20 minutes later. The next day I did a quick edit of the photos and sent them to the client, it was one of the quickest and most painless shoots I’ve ever done. A day or two after that, he called again and asked for some packshots to be done of his products, those pics can be found in the packshots gallery.
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!