In August I was honoured and privileged to act not just as best man to a truly great friend, but also as one of a collaboration of photographers shooting the wedding of Simon & Giya at Collisheen Estate, just outside Ballito. Giya is also a photographer and the plan was that she would call in her friends to all help shoot the day. My job, other than my best man duties, was to shoot the groom preparation, the styled shoot after the ceremony, and some shots from the reception. Well, what an eventful day it was. We woke up early to thunder, lighting and torrential rain. Luckily, by about 8:00 the rain had stopped and by 10:00 all the clouds had gone and the weather was perfect. After the ceremony and the obligatory congratulations to the beautiful couple, we went off to a little forested area next to a sugarcane field for the styled shoot. The weather was still perfect and we had beautiful afternoon sun to shoot in which really made for super images. Such a beautiful day for such a beautiful couple.
Another of our lovely Durban family shoots was with Kim, Mike and their boys, Sam and Jack. This time we had a beautiful beach location in Umhlanga Rocks. The heat was exhausting but we were able to get some beautiful shots of such a lovely, loving family. Can’t wait for our next Durban family shoot.
In December last year, my brother-in-law, Myles, married the girl of his dreams. As their wedding gift from Gen and me, I shot their wedding for them. Here are a few of the images from that very special day. And what a great day it was. Family and friends came from far and wide to help them celebrate their union as husband and wife.
December in Johannesburg is hot. This particular December South Africa was experiencing a heat wave and drought of epic proportions. Johannesburg summer thunderstorms normally start in November and up till this day we had had one or two light showers but this was the day the rain decided to come down, and boy did it come down hard. Luckily we were able to get some great shots despite the weather not playing ball. Hope you like them.
Last year I donated a family shoot to my son’s play school as a prize for a fundraiser they held. Michele won and asked if we could do the shoot while they had family visiting from Australia. After a couple of postponements due to weather (afternoon summer thunderstorms are a part of living in Johannesburg), we were able to get the shoot done, literally with 5 minutes to spare before another thunderstorm rolled in. Here are a few images from that shoot. It was great to finally meet someone properly who you actually see quite often but just in passing as you drop/pick up kids from school.
Christmas 2015 was a big family affair as, with my brother-in-law having been married just a few days earlier, family from around the globe had descended for that and had stuck around to celebrate Christmas together. Christmas day was spent together with my wife’s family and our new sister-in-law’s family at their home in Johannesburg. As it was such a large group and as South Africa was experiencing a heat wave second to none, it was decided that Christmas lunch would be a low key garden picnic which suited everyone down to the bone as it was great to be able to relax and wind down after the past few weeks craziness of wedding prep. Great company paired with fantastic food made for a very special day.