Capturing love in the details…

The Wedding of Gerhardt and Christine

When I’m editing my images from a wedding (or any shoot for that matter) I love listening to music… being able to drown out the world (headphones are a vital editing tool) while I focus on my work is one of life’s great pleasures. My editing playlist has a song on it, “Great Romances” by Texas and this is one of the lines “Reach out, we can make it if we want to. All I want is for me and you, one of those great romances”

And I think that beautifully sums up what every newly married couple wants, to be one of those great romances… 

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Christine and Helgardt’s wedding in Klerksdorp was an intimate one, filled with family and friend’s love and support – which makes for great subject matter if you’re a documentary wedding photographer like me. 

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Whenever possible, I like to be with a couple from the time they start getting ready, this not only helps set the tone for the event, but it also allows me to tell the story of their special day, capturing moments they may not remember in the bustle of getting married. It also helps everyone get used to me as the photographer and I get to blend in more, which is a plus for taking candid documentary type images.

One of my favorite moments at this wedding was when the minister asked the guests “if anyone objected to the union” of the couple, and the bride turned to face everyone with a very distinctive “I’m watching you all” gesture. It’s being able to be present and capture moments like these that really make me love what I do as a photographer. 

And, because I had the privilege of doing their engagement photos, I was able to recreate an image from that shoot on their wedding day – just now as husband and wife. It’s those little attention to details and seeing every couple and every wedding as unique and special that makes a difference in the final images you receive as a client. 

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So, to Christine and Helgardt, thank you immensely for allowing me to be a part of your special day! And I wish you every joy and happiness as you embark on your journey to being one of those “Great Romances”


See you soon in front of my lens.

 

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Intimate Family Weddings…

The Wedding of Gerrie and Madelein

BC, or Before Covid, a budget was probably the one restriction limiting couples from the amount of guests who they invited to their wedding. It was a time to get long lost family members, weird uncles and that guy from work together to celebrate your special day...


Then a pandemic happened and while venues did start opening up again, and couples were able to get married in front of "family and friends", numbers of guests at weddings often needed to be reduced in line with Covid protocols. For some couples it made for  tough choices. Do they get married "now" (since more than a few had postponed their big day already at least once...) or wait it out for a possibility that things could change.


For Gerrie and Madelein the time to face the future together was now - and so I had the privilege of photographing their intimate but incredibly love filled wedding. What I loved about shooting this wedding was that even though the guest list was limited, the love wasn't and I got to capture some amazing memories for a very special couple that they will have forever.


Gerrie and Madelein, I wish you all the sunshine in the world on your journey together and thank you for letting me be part of your special day!  

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Love in the time of Covid…

The Wedding of Gihan and Elizabeth

Last year, Wedding photography practically ground to a halt due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Couples who had planned their special days had to postpone them, photographer's lost their livelihood and the celebration of love seemed to have stopped.


So it was amazing to be able to shoot my first wedding of the year and celebrate Gihan and Elizabeth's special day with them!

Held at the beautiful Oakfield Farm, the scene was set for an incredible day. A beautiful bride, a handsome groom, family, friends and loads of love made for some amazing images. And I'm so happy to be able to share some of them with you.


Gihan and Elizabeth... I wish you everything of the best on your journey together as husband and wife. 

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Digital Painting

The Koi... 

As I said on my website, I am first and foremost a people photographer... so Covid 19 and lock-down hit hard. As it has with many of my colleagues and fellow creatives. Not just financially as economies ground to a halt, but also because lock-down restrictions meant that being able to photograph people was almost impossible.


For a creative person, not being able to do what you're passionate about can be soul destroying. You quickly learn you need to  find another creative outlet... 


So having studied design and photography way back when... I turned to something else I knew - drawing, or more specifically digital art. Stylus and iPad in hand, doodles and drawings of superheroes evolved into digital paintings on Adobe Fresco. Digital drawing software has evolved incredibly, tablets are now often more powerful than laptops and using a stylus gives you incredible creative freedom and amazingly life like drawing effects (in this instance brush strokes that look real and perfect colour blends)


In a way I feel like I am completing a creative circle by adding this phase to my work, as most of my paintings are based on photographic images I have taken. Getting the finished work printed on canvas is a great way to visually display my work that all to often only gets seen digitally...


Will digital painting replace fine artists who paint in a more traditional way on canvas... I don't think so and I really hope it doesn't. What they do is masterful in its own way - digital art is merely a new exciting way for creatives to express themselves.


"See you soon in front of my lens..." 



Koi