Nadene and Brice were married on the beach near Xai-Xai, in Mozambique. While the weather wasn't entirely cooperative. the day was a magnificent success. with friend and family all pitching in to make an extraordinarily beautiful and intimate occasion.
Candice & HJ's Wedding at Cheerio in Magoebaskloof
Candice and HJ's beautiful wedding at the Cheerio farm, near Haenertsburg, in Limpopo
Kate and Colin's wedding at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington golf course
You will have seen my dear friends Kate and Colin on these pages before, their engagement shoot featured here a little while ago. That shoot was a pleasant introduction to photographing the lovely couple, and a suitable appetizer to the main event: The Wedding.
With the ceremony at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf club, the great oak provided a stunning setting for the formalities, and the course itself plenty of space and scenery for the couple’s photographs.
An unexpected highlight (for me) of the evening was the speeches, with tremendous outpourings of adoration for Kate and Colin being the order of the day. This may seem commonplace for a wedding, but in my experience the level here was unprecedented. Well done to all the speakers! Colin’s own speech was a gem too, lots of humour, emotion, and a tremendous amount of detail, without a single glance at a note of any kind. Future grooms (and perhaps certain politicians): I’ll forward his number if you need lessons in how it should be done.
With all the formalities wrapped up it was time for the party, and boy did this crowd deliver. I consider my coverage of the part side of the wedding to be bit of a weak spot, but this time I feel I have a legitimate excuse: there was no space on the dance floor! Nevertheless, I hope the images do the festivities justice.
All in, it was a marvellous wedding, in a delightful setting, and a couple that fit together like Lego bricks. What more could a photographer ask for?
Kate and Colin, sincere thanks for allowing me to play a part in your wedding, and I wish for you limitless health and happiness for the future.
Paola & Arthur wedding in Constantia, Cape Town
Paola and Athur's garden wedding was a relaxed and intimate affair for close friends and family.
Marie Louise & De Wet's wedding at Nitida Cellars in the Durbanville Hills
Katrin & Torsten's wedding at Erinvale and Lourensford, Stellenbosch
N.B. This post will verge on being a little geeky: if you have trouble telling the difference between reciprocity failure and D-max it may be a little... obscure.
Colour landscape photography has always been my thing, particularly shooting transparancy film on a large format camera. The much lamented dearth of large format E6 processing service around Cape Town has, however, put the brakes on that particular pursuit. Shooting colour neg is also and option, of course, but not one I have taken on just yet. So for now I have decided that having a serious go at shooting my large format landscapes on black and white film is something to put some effort into. The image accompanying this post is one of the first successes (i hope) on this new adventure.
One of the universal truths about being a professional photographer is that not all jobs are created equal. An equally universal truth, is that the less-equal ones come along somewhat more regularly than the more-equal ones. Now don't get me wrong, every photographic job gives me a little bit of a thrill, and I'd much rather spend my day photographing breadrolls, or business men in expensive suits talking about capital expenditure and market share, than work behind a desk. But these jobs are small thrills, like sliding down a sanddune on a cardboard box, the job I'm sharing here is more of a full on loop-the-loop rollercoaster...
As anyone who as ever had the dubious honour of sharing and office space with me will attest, keeping a tidy workspace is not one of my strong points... A recent shoot at Sign & Seal Labels was somewhat of a shock to my system...
Fair warning: If you are a devout and faithful follower of Order of Digital Photography this may shock and offend. Also Language in this post may stray out of the web friendly sRGB space and into the more colourful and saturated ProPhoto RGB realm...
The recent bout of incessant South Easters we've been subjected to here in the mother city has drawn my attention back to this shoot I did a couple of months ago as a demo for full time students at the Orms Cape Town School of Photography. I intend to treasure it as a permanent reminder that wind, sand, and cameras do not always go together so well...
recently had the opportunity to do a family shoot for the Cullom family. Claudia is a regular on some of the part time courses that I teach, so having a photographer in front of the camera added a little extra dimension to the whole affair... I would have to make sure the rookie errors were kept to a minimum!
Made in collaboration with first year photography students, these images were made in two stages: after each student was photographed, they were given their portrait as a template and asked to decorate it with their thoughts, images or patterns. Both portrait and art was then scanned and digitally combined.