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!
Juan sent me an email saying he was planning on proposing to his girlfriend Anastasia on the Umhlanga beach, he wanted me to capture the moment. Obviously I had to be discreet about it and make sure that she didn’t see me. Not only did I not know what they looked like besides a fuzzy picture, but I had to hide out behind bushes to make sure I wasn’t seen. They went on top of a rock in front of the ocean and after a few moments Juan dropped to his knee. After the flurry of excitement we did a quick photo shoot, then I left them to enjoy the moment.
Congratulations on your engagement Juan and Anastasia, all the best for your wedding planning!
I loved shooting Melchior and Tarryn’s engagement photos, they’re a really fun couple who were full of smiles and laughs. They both love the great outdoors and wildlife so it was fitting that we chatted about Tala for their shoot. I’m looking forward to the wedding, it’s going to be at the end of June at Insingizi Lodge which is just around the corner from there.
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!
We were hoping for a beautiful golden sunrise for Lethabo & Mbali’s engagement shoot, but instead we ended up with an overcast morning. I was totally ok with it, because overcast days can also be good for photos. It eliminates the shadows and you end up with soft photos. Lethabo and Mbali had a great time and were happy to be doing their engagement shoot at their favourite spot.
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.