Patrick and I went to school together over 20 years ago and, after bumping in to each other at a wedding (I was shooting), he asked me to do a shoot with him and his gorgeous family. Bizarrely, both of us have sons named Ben and while his Ben still has beautiful long hair, ours too had long hair till he was 4. We shot in a very quite spot (quiet on a Sunday afternoon at least) near Durban Harbour mouth. I think you will agree that not only is it a great location, the light was absolutely pulling out all the stops for us.
Recently I was asked by a good friend, Mira Maharaj, to shoot her husband Avish’s Chairman’s Braai for the KZN Region of the Mercedes-Benz Club of South Africa, held at The Sails in Durban’s Point Waterfront area. What a fantastic day with such a great group of people. The weather looked a little iffy in the morning but cleared up beautifully for a few photos on the roof.
Fiona contacted me to set up a family shoot recently. So glad that I was able to do their family shoot in one of my favourite places, Durban Botanic Gardens. After meeting this gorgeous family, we had a little stroll around with me grabbing a few frames here and there with a few stops for more posed shots. I love shooting in this relaxed way as it (hopefully) puts everyone at ease and makes them more comfortable to have a camera pointing in their direction. I think, after having a look at the images of this fantastic family we made, you will agree with me.
Very chuffed with this beautiful family’s shoot. To start off, I think that, in any industry, when we are paid a compliment by our peers and people who’s work we admire and find inspiring, does seem to have more weight behind it. I am not saying that compliments from all my beautiful clients isn’t appreciated, but you do feel it more so when it comes from within your own industry. This is where Nicole and her beautiful little family come in. Nicole got in touch with me to shoot the three of them as she said she loved my style. Now, Nicole is a very talented photographer in her own right so having someone who makes such beautiful images say they would like me to make beautiful images of her family because she loves my work really does feel great. The shoot took place in the New Germany Nature Reserve which I had been visiting often in the months previously and while I had shot images of my own family there, this was the first client job that I had shot there and, I think you will agree, the images came out wonderfully (although it would be difficult not to make beautiful images of this family).
Wow. What a wedding this was. Celeste and Clint were married at Glen Afric Country Lodge on what turned out to be one of the luckiest weather days ever. It had rained for days before and rained for days after the wedding and all morning all sorts of old wives tales and superstitions for keeping the rain away were put into use. We had brooms in trees, things were being done with salt and prayers were said. Well, something worked and we had a wonderful ceremony under a beautiful tree with wildlife surrounding us and beautiful cloud formations giving us some drama to the sky. After the ceremony, the newly-weds and I went off to get some absolutely spectacular shots with some of Africa’s most majestic gentle giants. It was such a special experience for everyone, me none the least. The creative shoot finished just in time as it then began to rain, but only for a few minutes before the clouds broke up again and gave us an African sunset to remember. What an unforgettably special day with this lovely couple.
I have been popping up to the Kloof & Highway SPCA quite a lot recently to take photos of their rescue animals to try and help them get adopted. I also shot some images for Christmas cards for them so if you are still planning on buying some, please consider these as they need all the help raising funds that they can get. If you are considering getting an animal, please think about adopting instead of buying and animal. There are so many wonderful animals that need forever homes there that is really doesn’t make any sense to spend money on a pet. The Kloof & Highway SPCA also has wonderful grounds with a coffee shop and many, many second hand shops selling everything from clothes, jewellery and household items to books (fantastic second hand book shop) and vinyl records (huge selection). Theses shops are like treasure troves and, with a little patience and a little hunt around, you are sure to find something that grabs your eye. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram as they post new images of animals looking for homes regularly. Book a shoot with me for you and your furred, feathered or scaled family and 25% of my shoot fee will be donated to the Kloof & Highway SPCA.
The Fenn family lived up the hill from us when we lived in Greymont in JHB and often saw me shooting in our local park. One day they stopped me to enquire about a family shoot for themselves. Luckily they did it just in the nick of time as we moved down to Durban about two weeks after this shoot. It was the last family shoot I did in our park. Really miss that place and will miss seeing all the little faces growing up there.