Florence Guest Farm, Chrissiesmeer – Katie and Leon

My plan was simple and cunning in it’s minimalism. I was going to consume copious amounts of caffeine between sunset and the time I started the three hour journey back home from Chrissiesmeer.

I may have executed the plan a little too well, because now it’s four in the morning and I’m still wired to the gills from all the coffee. I have resigned myself to not sleeping tonight. Instead I am backing up and editing the photos.

Some killer bee images from what I like to call the blue hour. That’s the hour after the golden hour that wedding photographers rave about. I like the blue hour. The light is soft, even and very very moody. It’s also a pain to photograph if you aren’t comfortable with low light situations.

an ad just popped up on my screen for green tea latte which apparently increases concentration – the last thing I need now is more ‘concentration’

BTW in case you were wondering, yes, like most of my clients Katie did warn me that she always looks terrible in photos. I thought she looked incredible. Leon who has the deadliest accent I’ve ever heard was also looking pretty sharp.

More photos from Katie and Leon’s romantic Florence Farm wedding can be found on our facebook page.

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

Chrissiesmeer, Florence Guest Farm wedding

PS if you’re a hopeless romantic, you may want to read up on the Scottish grave at Chrissiesmeer.

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We’re on instagram

We’re finally up and running on instagram – and the response has been amazing. I may have gotten a bit caught up in composing for a square format, it reminds me of when I used to shoot a Mamiya 645. Stop by and have a look.

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One of my favorite albums

Always nice to get such great feedback from clients –

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White Light, Lanseria – Candice and Warren

So a new venue has popped up around the corner from our studio in Lanseria – it’s White Light and it’s from The Forum company. I’m always excited to go to new venues, you may need to get there a bit early to have a quick scout but there are always amazing opportunities to shoot images that have never been done before. White Light is pretty incredible all beautiful and evenly lit structures that give it a Great Gatsby kind of feel. A beautiful outdoor tent for dancing, and just a really nice palette of greens and whites to work with. It didn’t hurt that Candice and Warren and their friends really know how to party.

Ok, got to mention this, the food there was pretty spectacular.

You can see a whole bunch of more images from this super relaxed White Light wedding, including an insane oyster bar, on our facebook page.

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

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The Living Room, Maboneng – Daniel and Carla

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you probably know that I love shooting in Joburg. Not just the hip areas like Braamfontein and Maboneng, but Newtown, the Nelson Mandela Bridge, the old CBD around Fox Street, the old Chinatown. There is just so much history and authenticity in those places. I love the way that Joburg is a million things to a million people but it’s always Johannesburg, whether you’re in Bree Street next to that guy that sells dentures on the side of the road, or on top of Randlords looking down on a million twinkling lights.

So when Carla called up and said they were having their wedding at The Living Room I was pretty excited. The area around Arts on Main and Maboneng is just too easy to photograph and they seemed like the most relaxed couple. Just at ease with being themselves and excited to be getting married. Carla’s only request was a photo with the Maboneng sign in the background, and I did put old Daniel on the spot at one point and asked him to write on the wall what he wanted to do before he died. I thought he did pretty well …

You can see more pics from Carla and Daniel’s most chilled inner city wedding on our facebook page.

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

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Lion Sands – Alicia and Michael

As much as I love Joburg, it’s nice to occasionally just get out into the bush. So I packed a small bag and boarded a very small plane to Skukuza, out there by the Kruger Park, near Sabi Sabi. Fifty minutes later I was in the tranquil space that is Lion Sands Tinga Lodge, for Michael and Alicia’s very cool, out in the bush with the wild animals, wedding. The kind of place where when the lions roar at night they aren’t in the lion park, and in the early morning you can spot a leopard stalking some buck. Incredible and awesome and Michael and Alicia were the two nicest people to hang out with. I could shoot a few more of these 🙂

You can see many more images from their Kruger Park wedding on our facebook page.

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

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HOD Wedding – Amira and Dean

The clients I get pretty much always, well let’s say 99% of the time, tell me that they hate being photographed and that they always look terrible in photos. When I reply that a pro will always make them look good, I often get told that they were a bridesmaid at a wedding and they still looked terrible.

My reply is always pretty much the same. The photographer was probably trying too hard. Trying to make them fit into some idea that the photographer has of what the perfect photo is. My approach is to photograph you, not to try fit you into some kind of template of what a bride should look like in wedding photos. The photos may not be perfect according to some cheesy wedding magazine standard of what a wedding photo should look like, but then I never really liked ‘wedding photography’ as a genre.

So when Amira told me that she hated being photographed, I smiled. I knew she was going to look incredible in her photos.

More photos from Dean and Amira’s beautiful Jewish wedding can be found on our Facebook page.

Shepstone Gardens Jewish wedding HOD

Shepstone Gardens Jewish wedding HOD

Shepstone Gardens Jewish wedding HOD

Shepstone Gardens Jewish wedding HOD

Shepstone Gardens Jewish wedding HOD

Shepstone Gardens Jewish wedding HOD

Shepstone Gardens Jewish wedding HOD

Shepstone Gardens Jewish wedding HOD

Shepstone Gardens Jewish wedding HOD

Shepstone Gardens Jewish wedding HOD

Shepstone Gardens Jewish wedding HOD

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Two of my favorite people just got their album

There’s this one image in this album across a whole page, so pretty much A3, of Tim and Zimbini leaving in their vintage car and people cramming trying to get photos through the windows which for me is an iconic South African wedding photo. You really have to see it printed big to appreciate the moment.

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Forum Homini wedding – Anke + Henna

Forum Homini is one of those secret Joburg places that not many people know about. Kind of an eco-hotel with some amazing architecture and food. There’s a hippo around the corner, yep, I said a hippo. Zebras running around the place and some of the most photogenic spots in all of Johannesburg.

As I was driving in I spotted it, a dried out wetland. Kind of a perfect circle of cracked dried out mud. I had to try sell it as a photoshoot location. Anke was keen, Henna lifted her up and off we went. It was actually dry and hard enough to walk on. The photos, well, you can judge for yourself but I think they’re kindda killer bee.

Many more pics from their very relaxed and sophisticated wedding can be found on our facebook page.

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

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Bushwillow Tented Camp – Donna and Jiten

It was early in the afternoon when I met Donna and Jiten for a coffee and a chat. I usually only meet couples on the evening so it made for a nice change to get out of the studio and into a bit of early spring sunlight.

We were talking and, I think it was Donna who casually mentioned that they were going to have their reception first and then their ceremony. I remember thinking that a sunset wedding sounds cool, some golden light coming through trees and the sun setting in the background. I made a mental note to make sure that we shot their portraits first while there was still light and then the family portraits.

I may have mentioned something to that effect when Donna said that the ceremony will be after sunset. Errm, ok, I’ve done some indoor weddings which were pretty killer bee. This one however was going to be outside, Donna and Jiten are both vets and they wanted to get married in nature. I was nodding, probably a little too nervously at this point. I blame it on the three espresso I’ve had in last two hours. I could bring some flashes, not what I’m known for but I’ve done many years in studio photography and I can light up pretty much anything.

Donna gave that smile of hers and dropped the final hurdle, she didn’t want any artificial light, only candles. I smiled back, so to recap, you want a nighttime wedding, after dark, lit by candles, outdoors, and you want all your portraits and ceremony shots without any artificial light? I smiled and may have said, makes for a nice change.

Weeks later, during their portrait shoot, Donna turns to Jiten and laughs “I was going to dip you during the first kiss, you stole my thunder.” He smiles back and she grins back and dips him in the candle light … All good stories should end this way.

More photos from Donna and Jiten’s Bohemian Chic Wedding can be found on our Facebook Page.

 

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

 

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