Rosa got in contact with me well in advance before her wedding, she actually hadn’t even booked the venue yet. She had seen the image of Travis & Juanita in the boat and decided she had to have a boat photo too, so she set about finding a venue with a small dam and a boat. They came across Calderwood Hall and they loved it. I also always love shooting at Calderwood because on a good sunset day the light comes streaming across the valley, which if used right can result in some incredible creative photos. It was an emotional day, with Hosea unable to hold back the tears during the vows which made Rosa follow suit. The most adorable flower girls with flower crowns played the violin during the ceremony while Hosea & Rosa signed the register.
What a magnificent day, congratulations Hosea & Rosa!
Tshego first enquired with me about a couple shoot on the beach, and after a few back and forth emails he dropped the bomb that he was actually going propose during the shoot. Then he dropped another bomb, he wasn’t familiar with the area either so he wanted to know where was a good place to pop the question. I suggested that he should do it on the rocks by the lighthouse while the sun was rising over the sea, he liked the idea so we made the arrangements. When the light was good and I was in position I gave him a sneaky thumbs up, he pulled the ring out of his back pocket and dropped down to one knee. Once the initial flurry of smiles and tears had passed we took a walk down the peer for some more photos.
Congratulations Tshego and Palisa, it was such a special moment and it was a real honour to be part of it. All the best for your wedding planning!
Avinesh and Shereeze are a really fun couple who came down from Johannesburg to do their engagement shoot at the abandoned house next to Beach Bums, I was skeptical about shooting there since it doesn’t really hold any appeal to me or my style of photography. I like to put people in good light, get them to loosen up and capture their natural interaction with each other, so the location doesn’t really matter as long as the light is there and the couple are having fun. We decided to split the shoot in half, the first half was at sunrise in the good light on the beach, then when it started getting too bright we moved over to the house. I was expecting lots of swear words to be written on the walls inside there, which I’d have to photoshop out of the images, but I was pleasantly surprised to see some incredible graffiti art.
The wedding is going to be at Coastlands in Umhlanga which is going to be wonderful, looking forward to it!
I love weddings that have a rustic twist, there’s just something honest about them. Lee and Odette are two down-to-earth souls who love live music, so Lee had arranged Durban’s premier reggae band The Meditators to play at their wedding as a surprise to Odette. When Lee announced them she was absolutely floored, it was a really special moment.
Under the Marula is one of those venues where I go shoot and hope that I will get booked to shoot there again, it has a country feel to it that is unique. The reception hall is all wood and the chapel is thatched with open sides, it’s set deep in the heart of the Shongweni valley.
Thanks so much Lee and Odette for choosing me to be your photographer, hope you love the pics!
Florian & Sophia are both from Germany and are here in South Africa to complete their studies in medicine. They had a mid-week elopement on the beach in Durban, they hired me just to shoot the ceremony and some creative photos afterwards. I had no idea Durban had a beach this beautiful, I honestly felt like I was in Sodwana Bay or Mozambique. When Florian first emailed me I suggested they look up the North Coast for the perfect beach. There was also a lovely green area of trees where we went for some more photos in an attempt to chase the afternoon sunlight.
Sophia is a classic beauty who seems totally unaware of her looks. Florian’s parents came out from Germany for the occasion which was really special. Congratulations Florian & Sophia!
On the 10 February 2014 I received an email from a bride-to-be named Lauren who said she was getting married in March 2015 in Muldersdrift, Gauteng. The venue was going to be Memoire which is known as one of South Africa’s top wedding venues. I replied to her email not really expecting to be booked, but to my surprise she replied saying that she had seen the photos from another wedding I had done for some friends of hers in the KZN Midlands, and that she didn’t want any other photographer. I was quite flattered, thanks so much Lauren.
It was wonderful to shoot for a couple who were really amped for good photos. We had an excellent time doing the creative photo shoot, with groomsmen all involved and helping out. Lauren is softly spoken with an infectious laugh and keen for all things creative, Rann is a go-getter who is both humble and confident simultaneously. The ceremony was emotional, light hearted and fun. The décor was classic and elegant.
Thanks so much for choosing me to shoot your wedding Lauren & Rann, it was an honor and a pleasure!
I met up with this awesome couple at Melville Koppies in Johannesburg, they wanted to do their engagement photos at their favourite spot. They tell me that they like to go there once a week because it’s one of the few spots in JHB that doesn’t feel like JHB, and the view of the city from the top is magnificent. We were blessed with some golden sunset light, but what made this shoot so special is that these two are so kind to each other and just have a natural chilled out way about them. They had to include their fur baby which added to the playfulness. I think I need to go shoot in Joburg more often if I’m able to get results like this.
I’m looking forward to the wedding which is going to be on the beach in KZN in October. It was wonderful to spend an hour or so with this great couple, thanks for choosing me guys!
Faaria is Muhammad’s sister whose wedding to Rumaisa I shot last year, it was wonderful to see some familiar faces amongst the guests. The day started at Faaria’s family home in Durban where all the ladies were having their make-up and hair done, then I headed off to the NMJ Islamic Centre to take photos of the magnificent décor, followed by the arrivals and the rest of the wedding day. Yaseen and Faaria opted to do a post wedding shoot which we did at the Fairmont Zimbali resort on a cold and rainy day, so I had to make use of the hotel interiors. There are so many nooks and crannies at that hotel that I really didn’t battle for locations at all. They were very relaxed in front of the camera and great to work with, Yaseen is a man of few words and wanted to keep his beautiful bride happy, I barely had to ask Faaria to do anything because she was a natural. They were very brave at the end of the shoot when they were willing to walk on the narrow ledge of the pool in the pouring rain, all because I had an idea for a photo.
Thanks for choosing me guys, I wish you all the best for the future. Hope you like the pics!
The Oosthuizen family came down to Umdloti from White River for a weeks holiday and decided it was time to have a family photo shoot on the beach. They got in contact with me and a few days later they were rolling around in the sand while I shot away. Their two girls have got some of the happiest faces I’ve ever seen, and this family knows how to have fun. The portraits were a breeze and we had some wonderful photos in two strokes of an ants whisker.
Thanks for getting in contact with me Ronel, it was lovely to spend a bit of time with your family!
Adriaan & Lindsay’s big day had the makings of a stunning rustic chilled out wedding, at one of the most scenic venues on the KZN north coast. It was a scorching hot morning which I wasn’t prepared for because I was rushing around shooting in a black shirt and long trousers, then the afternoon cooled down in time for the outdoor ceremony on the bank of the river. I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of people who I know, first was the legendary Durban musician Dave Birch who I shared a stage with at Splashy Fenn and other music festivals back in my band days, then my mom’s oldest school friends son named Boris was there with his wife, he works for the same company as Adriaan, and lastly there was also a videographer whose name escapes me who I had worked with at a wedding.
There was a lot of décor for me to take photos of including a bicycle with a flower basket, mason jars, books, pots, suitcases and ornaments. The juice dispensers and sweets table were a hit. Open air receptions that are dimly lit are always tricky for photography so I used a mixture of prime lenses and flash. By the end of the formalities when the summer rain started I was hungry, thirsty, tired and drained so I packed up my equipment and began the long journey home. I put in a good days work at a memorable wedding!