My second to last family shoot for the December season was for the Jacobs family on the KZN South Coast beach of Scottburgh. I felt like it was a little too early in the day to do the shoot because the sun was still out in full force, but we shot anyway and we ended up getting some stunning shots. It’s wonderful how families are prepared to hire a photographer to capture some memorable images that will eventually end up on their walls at home, it keeps me on my toes creatively and also in business.
Unfortunately my car got broken into during this shoot and my wallet stolen, but Marietjie and family were very understanding about us having to end the shoot 10 minutes early. It was a privilege spending a little while with this family, the Jacobs children are just too gorgeous!
On my way back from doing the Pollard Family photo shoot in Salt Rock, I stopped at Umhlanga and met up with the De Jong family for their beach shoot. Like most of the other families, they came down from Johannesburg to KZN for Christmas. When we arrived at the beach we found it to be quite busy, so we headed along to a relatively quiet spot and started shooting. Vanessa and her husband have three daughters with all very different personalities, the middle one wanting to pose for the camera a lot!
It was a fun shoot, and it was great to spend a bit of time with this wonderful family!
Tyrene and her husband came down from Johannesburg to their folks new home on the beach in Salt Rock for Christmas, while they were there they decided it would be a great idea to get the whole family together for a photo shoot on the beach. When I arrived everyone was eagerly awaiting and in a very festive mood. We took a few shots with gran and then the rest of us headed down to the beach for some fun.
It was wonderful to spend a bit of time with this close family!
It was a chilly day in Summerveld when I met Carla and family to do their family shoot. They had come out from the UK to spend Christmas back at home in South Africa and decided they needed a photo shoot done. Their energetic 16 month old took centre stage for most of the shoot, watching and photographing her running around and discovering things was wonderful.
It was great to get out in to the fresh air with this fun family!
Gareth and Roxy had a classic styled wedding at The Windmills in Nottingham Road, with it’s picturesque chapel on the lake and wide open spaces it is always easy to see why couples like to choose it for their big day. Throw in experienced and organised staff and you’re sure to have a smooth and professionally run wedding.
The day started out at Troutbagger Farm where Gareth got ready with his groomsmen, it was sunny in the morning so we were all quite pleased that the weather was good. Next I headed on to Roxy who got ready at The Windmills, it was starting to cloud over at this stage. The ceremony was heartfelt and wonderful, then during the creative shoot it started raining. Right before we headed in to the reception we got a tiny peak of a sunset so we grabbed a quick silhouette photo and headed in. The videographers were Heartistic Productions and the DJ was Pierre Venter-Maher. It was a magical day of love and family, congratulations Gareth and Roxy!
I met a cool, fun and creative girl by the name of Lisa a couple of years ago when we did a photography workshop together, since then we’ve remained friends on Facebook. Then out of the blue came an email from her asking if I would shoot her wedding. Her and Tristan had been engaged for 4 years, and had decided the time was now right to make it official. They opted for a very intimate wedding on a week day with just close family, followed by a photo shoot and a dinner. We did a few pics at the venue and then decided to head down to the beach for a few more. Shooting for another photographer is so easy because they already knew what to do every step of the way and they also had everything ready in time for me. They were an absolute dream to shoot for.
You can see more of Lisa’s awesome photography on her website, she’s got a strong fashion influence which is just great: www.lisastayt.com
Congratulations guys, thanks so much for picking me, it was a pleasure shooting for you. Hope you like the pics!
Tyronne recently popped the question to Jo-Anne at sunrise on the rocks on the Ballito beach, so they wanted to have their engagement shoot at the same spot and at the same time of day. The day arrived and we had arranged to meet up at 6am, however I was on my way there and decided to turn around and go back home. It was too late, the good light had already passed, so we arranged to meet the following day instead at 4.30am so that we could still catch the sunrise. Tyronne brought his bicycle, Jo-Anne brought her winning smile and we shot away.
I’ve had a few photographers ask me how I achieved the light spots in the below photo after they saw it on my facebook page, the answer is very simple, I simply flicked a few drops of water on my lens and aimed it towards the sunrise. Viola.
Thanks for being so great to work with Tyronne and Jo-Anne, I’m looking forward to your wedding!
I always know it’s going to be a good day when I go shoot at Providence, it’s such a magnificent venue that it’s really hard to take a bad photo there. Of course it always helps if the couple are game for anything and are a lot of fun too, Dane and Lisa had a crazy bridal party who were up for a good party. We were blessed with perfect weather all day, only right towards the end of the evening did it start to rain, and it came down in buckets. The electricity tripped but Providence is so organised that they have backup generators, so not a moment was lost on the dance floor. The boys got ready at Troutbagger Farm which is next door to Providence, and the girls got ready at Rawdons hotel which is a grand old hotel in Nottingham Road.
Dane and Lisa came down from Johannesburg to get married close to Lisa’s home town. Dane brought his groomsmen which included radio personality Sasha Martinengo who also served as master of ceremonies, which was only ever going to be hilarious. Congratulations Dane and Lisa, thanks for choosing me, and thanks to Fern from Providence for assuring Lisa that I’m a good guy and that she should book me for her wedding photos!
I was looking forward to shooting Lisl & Ryan’s wedding, partly because they were a lot of fun during their engagement shoot, and partly because the venue is one of the newest in the Midlands, it’s called Orchards and it’s absolutely stunning. The main house is a thatched double story mansion with lots of rooms and hallways and stairs, the chapel and reception hall have a very modern yet countrified feel and it’s all set on a perfectly manicured rolling lawn with a stream at the bottom. I arrived at the venue straight after Ryan’s preparation down the road and instantly knew I had my work cut out for me, people were buzzing all over and setting up while the girls were having their hair and make-up done.
Three moments that stood out for me was firstly Lisl’s dad who took about three seconds for a tear to appear in his eye after seeing Lisl in her wedding dress, the second was the exact same thing when Ryan saw her, and the third was the amount of smiles and family love that I could just feel all around me all day. Congratulations Ryan and Lisl!
When Zimasa first got in contact with me she said the wedding was going to be in April, but I wasn’t available. Then one day she emailed again and said it was going to be in October instead, this time I was available for their date. Her and Zamani came down from Johannesburg to get married at the lovely Orchid House at Collisheen Estate where I spend a lot of Saturdays shooting weddings. The venue is really well run, with everything being planned out to perfection by the efficient staff. Zimasa got ready in the bridal suite, with it’s lovely light that comes streaming through the large windows. The ceremony was full of singing and dancing. We had about 15 minutes of daylight to do the photo shoot, then when it got too dark I had to bring out the flashes and get creative. A memorable moment was during the throwing of the bouquet and garter, I’ve never seen someone so happy to catch a garter before in my life, he was so overcome with sheer joy that he fell to the ground with his hands and feet in the air!
Jonathan from Videoccasions was capturing the video who is always a pleasure to work with. Congratulations Zamani & Zimasa, thanks for choosing me to be your photographer. Hope you like the pics!