There are some families who are quite shy and reserved, during the photo shoot I really have to encourage them to let loose a bit and have some fun. The Goodes family didn’t need any coaxing at all, they were laughing, smiling, playing around and having so much fun right from the beginning. They came to stay in Umhlanga on holiday, and decided it would be great to do a family photo shoot on the beach while they were here.
It was so great spending a bit of time with a family who are all very connected to each other, it was real privilege being part of their holiday!
Fernanda and her family came with their children down to Umhlanga for the December holidays, they decided it was very important to have a family shoot while they were here! It was quite windy as Umhlanga beach often is so we started at the top of the stairs where there is a good view of the lighthouse and is slightly more sheltered, then we moved down on to the beach where we had some fun running around. The kids were very excited to be in the sea which showed in their smiles.
Mike and Lauren had a stunning wedding at Shalwyn in the Tala Valley near Mid Illovo. It’s such a beautiful venue complete with picturesque landscape and a nursery, my intention was to take full advantage of all the photographic opportunities but unfortunately the rain prevented us from going down to the little dam. I would feel absolutely terrible if the bride and groom got flu just before leaving for their honeymoon because they were out in the rain having photos.
These two were absolutely made for each other, and they had a wonderful group of loving family and friends around them to help share in their special day. They’ve been eagerly waiting for their wedding photos and I’m pleased to now be able to share them. Congratulations Mike and Lauren, it was a pleasure shooting your big day!
I loved shooting Tyronne and Jo-Anne’s stunning wedding at Maroupi, it always makes such a difference when the couple are really amped for great photos and have a fun bridal party around them. It just makes my job so much easier. I also did Tyronne and Jo-Anne’s engagement shoot on the beach which you can see here.
This was a bicycle themed wedding, as you can see from all the little wooden details. This is because not only is Tyronne a pro mountain biker, but Jo-Anne has been known to do some peddling herself. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not but all the main service providers are also cyclists including David Yapp from Top Jocks, Alan Beitz from Rand Video and myself.
It was a real honour shooting your wedding Ty and Jo, I wish you guys all the best for the future!
I was a bit hesitant about agreeing to travel so far up the coast just for a family shoot, Princes Grant is over 100kms from where I’m based in Hillcrest. Since it was December time and I was so fully booked up with photo shoots and weddings, I decided it would be a good idea to take a break from the editing and spend the day down the coast and finish it off with this family shoot. We did a mountain bike ride at Holla trails in Ballito, then went out to lunch and talk a walk along the beach.
Lisa and her extended family came down to the coast from Gauteng and stayed at Prince’s Grant for the holidays, she originally booked a beach photo shoot but because of the gale force winds we ended up shooting near the golf course in the estate. We had some great light and bright smiles, which can only result in wonderful photos.
There’s always something special about a young couple who are madly in love tying the knot, especially when the wedding is upbeat and fun. Lindie has a lot of very expressive mannerisms which provided me with a lot of great photos throughout the day. The wedding was a mixture of Afrikaans and English so I had to listen carefully to know what was going on. The sunset didn’t arrive for the photo shoot but luckily the Secret Garden has plenty of places to shoot so it was nice to get creative and use the venue to it’s full potential. It also helped that Sean and Lindie didn’t mind walking through long grass, standing amongst trees and having a lot of fun with their bridal party. Steven Heyns from The Wedding DJ was on the decks to make sure the party was rocking till the wee hours, it’s always a pleasure working with experienced professionals.
Thanks so much for choosing me Sean and Lindie, congratulations!
Matthew and Bridgette had a wonderful wedding at the stunning Calderwood Hall in the KZN Midlands. It’s always a treat shooting there, regardless of the weather, which was a little cold on the day of the wedding. Luckily the landscapers had planted some beautiful flowers in the front garden which I took full advantage of during the photo shoot. The décor and co-ordination was done by Midlands Style Events who are always on the ball and made sure everything ran smoothly. I didn’t get to meet or chat to the bride and groom about their expectations before the big day so I had to simply shoot away like I normally do and hope they were happy with it. All in all it was a stunning day with friends and family from all over the world.
Congratulations Matthew and Bridgette, I wish you guys all the happiness in the world and a prosperous life in the UK. Thanks for choosing me to document your big day!
There’s nothing like going on holiday, finding a beautiful beach spot and deciding to one day get married there, which is exactly what Jono and Robyn did. They also found a guest house close by and put up a tent on the tennis court for their reception. It was a perfect day on Munster Beach and guests came from all over the world to celebrate with this great couple. A few parts stood out for me during the speeches in that Jono’s best man described seeing Jono dressed in lycra from head to toe, because like me he is also a cyclist and sometimes we need to wear ridiculous looking aerodynamic clothing. Robyn’s dad brought a home-made Christmas card that she had made him when she was a child and described it while Robyn had tears in her eyes, it was a really special moment.
I also did an engagement shoot for them in JHB last year which you can see here. Jono tells me they’re now moving to the UK to begin their lives as husband and wife. Congratulations Jono and Robyn!
It was a rainy day up at Providence in the KZN Midlands, I arrived at the family farm to shoot the preparations but couldn’t make it across some of the roads because of all the mud. As a result I never got to shoot Michail’s preparations, he wasn’t all that fussed. Luckily Annika was on the same farm so I went straight there and carried on as usual. Annika is a former waitress at Providence and Michail is a farmer in the area, so it seemed logical to get married at a venue that was close by and that they knew well. Also, if there’s one venue that’s prepared for the rain as well as still being able to take good photos regardless of the weather, then Providence is it.
I have to say a huge thank you to Michail and Annika for their patience in receiving their wedding pics, I fell so far behind on my editing last year and these two were unfortunately one of the few couples who have waited a few extra weeks. Congrats Michail and Annika!
It’s always a special time when a family comes together from all over the world for the holidays. This is Bridget with her brothers and their families, one brother lives in JHB and the other in Australia. This was originally meant to be a beach photo shoot but with the gale force winds on the coast it was impossible to shoot there, so we settled on Summerveld instead. When there kids involved and they are full of fun, it can only result in lots of smiles in the photos.
Thanks for picking me to do your shoot Bridget, it was a pleasure spending a bit of time with you all!