Vijesh & Himarsha’s wedding started off with a morning traditional Hindu ceremony, followed by a lunch at the Orchid House venue at Collisheen. In the afternoon we did the creative shoot in the gardens, afterwards they got changed into western evening wear and had a reception at the Boma which carried on late into the night. The Boma is the bigger venue at Collisheen, decked out with coloured lights and a big dance floor. I’ve shot many parties at that venue, all of them very different but all just as special and meaningful.
I worked alongside South African photographers named Meyer & Rene, who divide their time between Bloemfontein and the UK. There was also a camera crew from Mela which is an SABC Eastern magazine show. Congratulations Vijesh & Himarsha.
The Hadebe family came to Durban on Holiday at the end of November, they stayed in Umhlanga and decided to have a family photo shoot on the Umhlanga beach while they were here. They were very excited about it and they even bought new outfits, it was a lot of fun and the photos came out wonderfully!
Tobias and Prinita had a multi cultural international wedding, with guests from five continents. Prinita is originally from Durban, she met Tobias while she was living overseas and the two got together. Tobias is from Germany, but has lived in different countries all over the world and collected friends all along the way. They live in Germany now that they are married, and kudos to Prinita who taught herself the German language and can speak fluently.
The wedding started off with a traditional Hindu ceremony, followed by canopés, then the Christian ceremony followed by more canopés and finally the reception which included video messages from friends all over the world and a fireworks display. It was great working with pros like Jonno from Videoccasions, Dave Yapp from Top Jocks and the band Afritude.
It’s not often one gets to be a bridesmaid or a groomsman at one of your parents weddings, but that’s exactly what Malcolm and Roz’s children were. This was a really fun wedding with major emphasis on having a lot of laughs and a great celebration. Roz wore a Marie Antoinette inspired dress and a bouquet full of baby’s breath, Malcolm and his groomsmen opted for brown waistcoats and trousers.
It seems like every time I shoot a wedding at Cranford Country Lodge it ends up raining, which really emphasises the green outdoors country feel of the venue. Luckily it held out just long enough to take a walk around the dam and get some photos, and we went in when it started coming down again. Congratulations to Malcolm and Roz!
I met James and Sarah at the crack of dawn for their engagement shoot, we decided that Summerveld was going to be a great spot for it’s wide open spaces and beautiful areas. What we didn’t count on though was all the racehorses making their way to the race track for their morning races. We got some wonderful photos when the morning sun peaked through the clouds before disappearing for the rest of the day. I’m looking forward to this fun couples wedding next year at Talloula.
Thanks for choosing me James & Sarah, hope you like the pics!
I met Marno and Sunette early in the morning on the Umhlanga beach, I was hoping for a lovely golden sunrise which unfortunately never arrived. Luckily this couples natural interaction with eachother was enough to get some great shots, regardless of the light. Marno was very shy in front of the camera, Sunette said she had to coax him into doing the engagement shoot. I think it turned out wonderfully and it was great spending an hour down on the beach with these two love birds.
Thanks Marno and Sunette for choosing me to capture this special moment in your lives!
Denver and Sam have only been together for a short time, but knew they were right for each other from the start. They were married at a lovely guest house in Durban called Lambert House which has a magnificent view of Durban, and had an open air reception. It was an intimate ceremony with just those that are closest to them. Sam was feeling a bit ill the night before her wedding but she pressed on and made the most of it. There was a lot of laughter, smiles and emotions.
Thanks for choosing me to be a part of your wedding day Denver and Sam, I wish you guys all the best!
Exactly nine weeks after I shot James & Trisha’s wedding at Lynton Hall, I was back again to shoot Neil & Keshani’s big day. It’s amazing that even though it was the same venue, same setup and basically same time of year, it was also completely different. Photos that I took which came out brilliantly at the last one didn’t work at all this time, and vice versa. It just goes to show that it actually doesn’t matter where you take your vows, what you’re wearing or what your décor looks like, the most important thing is the love, commitment and family around you. The things I look for when taking photos are the moments in between the moments and the natural interaction between the couple. I often crack silly jokes or act like a clown in order to pull the smiles out of people, but at the end of the day it’s the love and the light that makes for great photos.
It was great working with my friends from Beyond Measure Productions who did the video. Congratulations to Neil and Keshani!
On the same day that I shot Lee & Odette’s maternity shoot below, I did a family shoot for the La Bella’s at Summerveld. This was a really fun family who were full of laughs, they didn’t mind jumping around and lying on the grass. I love the fresh air and wide open spaces of Summerveld, the spots to shoot are endless and on a good day with a wonderful family you can only get great shots.
Thanks for choosing me to capture some special moments for your family Sandy!
It’s always such an honour when a couple whose wedding I shot gets in contact again for another shoot. I remember Lee & Odette’s wedding as if it were yesterday, they had a stunning day at Under the Marula in Shongweni, and they also had the great Durban reggae band The Meditators perform live for them. You can see their wedding photos here.
We did an early morning maternity shoot at my secret beach spot near Durban, they arrived a bit late because the muddy dog jumped up onto Odette’s dress! We spent a little while walking up and down the beach, captured a bit of light and got some great shots. Thanks Odette and Lee for calling me to shoot for you again, wishing you all the best for this new chapter!