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HOD Wedding – Amira and Dean

Wed, 17 May 2017

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

The Horas are no joke

Wed, 15 Mar 2017

You need to be fit and if you’re going to photograph a Jewish wedding, you need to be ready for the horas. At some point the groomsmen may decide to re-enact the last scene from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Beanstalk movie. You still want to keep the mood, not kill the whole thing by flashing it to death, but you need to be ready.

more from Vikki and Brent’s rock ‘n roll reception at the Sandton Shul.

 

Jewish weddings at Sandton Shul

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The Hora

Wed, 07 Dec 2016

Being inside a hora at a Jewish wedding is a bit like being a coin inside a washing machine, at least it feels that way when you’re trying to hang on to your camera, get some insane close-ups and stay on your feet. Add an Israeli cousin, imported directly from the motherland and you’re talking some serious dancing, acrobatics and just general organized chaos. This one is from Shannon and Gary’s wedding at Avianto.

 

horas at Avianto

Avianto Wedding – Shannon and Gary

Sun, 27 Nov 2016

I’ve had a look at these images quite a few times now, managed to drink two cups of coffee trying to think what to write. I have writer’s block again. It’s late again, and I’m trying to string together something coherent about the whirlwind of emotions that today/yesterday has been. So I put the kettle on again, the mad fluffy black cat sliding past, completely ignoring me. The fridge is humming, the night time drama of insects and rain is playing in the background. This blog post is not writing itself, for some reason every week I kind of hope that it would, but it never does. So it’s getting later. I must start typing.

I love jewish weddings, I love the cultural aspects of it, the ancient rituals of the bedeken and the signing of the ketubah. I’m biased. I know. But somehow photographically the images seem to resonate for me. Most moments in a wedding do resonate for me. There is a deep sense of emotion when a father walks down the aisle with his daughter – I mean which father doesn’t dream of walking his daughter down the aisle one day? The look on the groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time, the nervous tick that most grooms seem to pick up after the ceremony , you know the one where they spend the rest of the afternoon fiddling with their wedding ring. I love those moments, just those raw emotions, and of course all the other in-between moments, the subtle glances and hands clutching at each other. The guests congratulating the couple, the kids overdosed on sugar and excitement, flowergirls taking their roles very seriously. We try capture those moments. People always say that you have nothing after the wedding but the photos, I think you have a lot of memories, memories that photos sometimes help you remember, but I suspect that most grooms will never forget the moment they saw their brides for the first time.

For me, this wedding was full of those genuine moments. Sure, yes, we did try to get Gary to stop smiling, no, we didn’t succeed, yes, we took some killer bee pics at Avianto in the lavender fields, in a bit of veld at the bottom, inside the village (but far away from the bicycle), but really these were far outweighed by just how much genuine emotion the day held. So now it’s hours later, I’m pretty exhausted, the kettle has switched itself off a while back, I’m not sure I have another cup of coffee in me.

More moments from Shannon and Gary’s Avianto Wedding can be seen on our facebook page, maybe even pics from their rocking horas.

 

Avianto wedding flowergirl

Avianto wedding dress

Avianto wedding mirror

Avianto wedding bedeken

Avianto wedding bedeken

Avianto wedding bride

Avianto wedding bedeken

Avianto wedding bedeken

Avianto wedding procession

Avianto wedding chuppah

Avianto wedding chuppah

Avianto wedding guests

Avianto wedding cake

Avianto wedding guests

Avianto wedding lavendar

Avianto wedding veld

Avianto wedding veld

Avianto wedding lavendar

Avianto wedding reception

Avianto wedding venue

More moments from Shannon and Gary’s Avianto Wedding can be seen on our facebook page, go ahead and tag yourself.

 

 

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