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Bruce and Mags | Thorner Country Estate

It has been an awesome journey photographing Bruce and Mags, right from the very start with their Durban Rooftop Engagement Session through to their wedding day at Thorner Country Estate. I couldn’t help but smile while editing their photos, remembering all the... read more

Five Tips For Handling Rain on your Wedding Day

I’ve had my fair share of rainy wedding days. But this last wedding season, has been something else. While there certainly was a lot of love and happiness to warm every day, there was loads of rain, mist and chilly breezes to remind everyone to snuggle a little... read more

Grant and Kim’s beautiful wedding at Summerveld

I loved Grant and Kim’s wedding. The biggest thing that struck me at this wedding was how much love everyone has for this couple, and how far so many had travelled to witness these two coming together. Kim wanted very natural photographs, lots of laughing faces... read more

What I learnt in my first year of self employment

What a year! I almost can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I left my corporate media job and jumped into full time wedding photography! My business is four years old this November, but it was only in September last year, that the juggling of two careers came to... read more

Espee & Wilma’s wedding at Hlanganani, Northern KZN

Love, love, loved photographing Espee and Wilma’s beautiful wedding day at Hlanganani, near Ladysmith. This venue is pretty new to the wedding industry but is incredibly beautiful with its forest and elegant reception hall. They’re in the process of... read more

What makes a beautiful wedding?

I recently got to photograph a ridiculously beautiful wedding that I had to actually pinch myself. But it wasn’t just the incredible settings, handpicked decor or elegant touches that made it beautiful. Yes, there was pennygum and dainty florals and other pretty... read more

Bruce and Mags’ City Rooftop Engagement Shoot

I waited so anxiously for this shoot, watching the weather as the wind blew and the rain started, and dreading that we may have to postpone. But an hour before the shoot, we all decided to push on. And I’m so glad we did, the rain cleared and the wind stopped... read more

My very first photography Workshop

I did it. I created, launched and hosted my very first photography workshop for moms and it was a great success! On Saturday just passed, I had 10 moms join me at St James on Venice, Morningside, for a workshop where I taught them how to use their DSLR cameras. It was... read more

Things to Remember on the Morning of your Wedding

I love arriving at the bride on the morning of her wedding. The atmosphere is jovial, the bride’s a little giddy and the room smells of happiness, fresh flowers and beauty products. It’s one of my favourite times to photograph. But no matter how excited... read more

Industrial Elegance {Styled Shoot}

I bet you’ve heard of The Morning Trade and The Station Drive Precinct. But you’ve never seen it like this before. When we planned our very spur of the moment styled shoot, we didn’t think about the weather. All the planning had gone so well, despite... read more

Anton and Juanita | Durban Engagement Shoot

I met Juanita and Anton in downtown Durban at the old Point waterfront to do their fun engagement session. I had been looking forward to this one for awhile as communicating over email with Juanita, I knew she was going to be a really stunning person to get to know.... read more

Wesley and Kirsty | Engagement Shoot

“The first time I saw you,             my heart whispered,                     ‘that’s the one’.  What a STUNNING couple! I’m not going to lie, I had the best time photographing Wesley and Kirsty. We decided to do their engagement... read more

The de Villiers Family | Umhlanga Beach

Etienne, Jenny, Ethan and Zane recently visited Umhlanga on holiday and for Jenny’s birthday, Etienne spoiled her with a family photoshoot on Umhlanga beach. It’s always a great place to photograph, with the pier and the lighthouse and the rocks and... read more

THIS is what you get with your wedding photography

Every bride’s list of essential service providers is topped with photography. Packages differ from photographer to photographer. Prices range & styles vary. What is important to you, may simply be ‘photographs of your wedding day’. But it’s... read more

Espee & Wilma | Engagement Session on the beach

You know when you meet a couple and you just know they’re so in love? Like, REAL LOVE. The kind that beams from their eyes. The kind that you can see in the way they touch and how they communicate without even saying a word? That’s Espee and Wilma. What a... read more

Young, wild and Free | Styled Session

I’ve had this idea in my head of a styled session on the beach inspired by this quote, “Go now, run wild barefoot and free.” I wanted to create images that speak of being young, wild at heart and a free soul. We put this shoot together in one... read more

Things we lost in the crash

I’m devastated. I should have been more careful. I should have taken my own advice. After five years, my hard drive crashed and with it, I’ve lost something so sentimental; Ella’s birth photos. I didn’t even want the photos. I didn’t want... read more

What to do now that you’re engaged

Congratulations! That you have found your way to this blog post tells me that he’s been down on one knee and you’re flashing a new diamond on your left finger! I’m not sure if it’s the holiday season or the year end bonus, but December is a... read more

I quit a 10 year career to follow my dreams

In the last year, my business has done more growing than it has ever done. Since my very first wedding in Newcastle a few years ago, I have wanted to quit my full time job to pursue my heart’s desire of photographing. Three years of late night editing and... read more

She’s here! | Personal

I can’t believe it’s almost been a month since we welcomed our little girl into this world! Everyone, meet Ella Grace Jacobs! She’s perfect in every way, and we’re so in love with her! She came into the world on November 6 at 1.04pm, weighing... read more

Honeymoon in Thailand | Travel

Three years! I can’t believe it’s been almost three years since we said our ‘I do’s!’ and travelled to Thailand on honeymoon. This holiday is still our absolute favourite, not only because we were on honeymoon and we had just gotten... read more

Nicci & Waylon | In love

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to attend a Kikitography workshop at one of Durban’s newest and most beautiful wedding venues, The Venue Fontana. <– Brides looking for a new and incredible venue on the South Coast, THIS IS IT!  The workshop was... read more

Sentimental bride: Holding onto happiness

sen·ti·men·tal·i·ty /ˌsen(t)əmənˈtalədē/ noun noun: sentimentality; plural noun: sentimentalities excessive tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia. “there are passages which verge on sentimentality” I’m a sucker for sentimentality. Maybe that’s why I’m a... read more

What every bride should know about wedding details

You’ve spent hours searching for all your wedding details. From your shoes, earrings and embellishments on your stationery, to the the dress, decor and flowers. It’s just one day, that goes so fast, you’ll barely have time to stop and truly admire it all in its... read more