Family – Just the right mix of chaos and love.
I absolutely loved this lifestyle session at the Linde family home. I arrived early with everyone still in their pyjamas and after coffee and some pigtails, we got to having fun, exploring the garden, play area, books, veggie patch and dad’s hammock.
Oh, how I know these photos will be cherished for years to come!
Where do I even start with these two?? Kailey first contacted me for her wedding at Granny Mouse Country House at the end of last year and immediately booked her wedding.
It was only later this year, that I finally got to meet Jaco and Kailey at a coffee shop. We immediately connected and I was so excited that these two were going to become one of my bridal couples!
Kailey is the kind of person that you fall in love with instantly – she’s kind and caring, heartwarming and graceful. Her beauty shines from the inside, out and it’s obvious why everyone around her simply adores her.
It’s no wonder she found her match in Jaco – who is the epitome of a gentleman with integrity, pride and love for those in his life. These two have the best hearts – and ensured all their guests, and service providers, felt appreciated and cared for.
Their day oozed with sophistication and heart, country warmth and Midlands magic. Granny Mouse never fails to impress with its rustic elegance and was the perfect backdrop for Jaco and Kailey’s day. I love the Granny Mouse Chapel and gardens so we used both as spots for their creative session, as well as the beautiful view of the Midlands from just behind the chapel.
Here are just a few of my favourites from their beautiful day!
Thank you to my assistant and special friend, Chloe from Dear Chloe Photography for assisting me and feeding my creative heart. <3
(PS. You can view their engagement session here!)
SHOW SOME LOVE:
Bride’s dress: Blissfully Bridal by Enzoani
Bride’s Hair and Make Up: Blend Hair and Make Up
Groom’s bespoke Suit: Cavalier, Melrose Arch
Flowers and Decor: E by A (Events by Anne)
Venue and Catering: Granny Mouse Country House
Cake: Smith’s Bakeshop
Pastor: Mark Price
DJ: KZN Wedding DJ
Wedding rings: Marion Rehwinkel Jewellery
There is so much I could say about this couple. But I’m going to save it for when I publish their wedding photos!
Jaco and Kailey arrived in Durban two days before their wedding in the Midlands, so the day before, we headed down to the beach to do an engagement shoot, and prepare them for their wedding day photographs.
I love this idea – and it was a great way for them to get to know how I photograph, and how they can get the best out of themselves during their wedging day creative session.
Being comfortable in front of my camera plays a huge role in getting the soft, romantic photos that I try to create – and I know that’s not always easy – being in front of a camera! But with gentle guidance and prompts, it’s easily achievable and soon the camera is all forgotten.
You can read my tips on how to rock your couple shoot here!
We ran, we splashed in the ocean, and we took photos on a beautiful rock overlooking the sea. And when we were done with that, Clinton and Carla got to have some fun with their two favourites – Glencoe and Snowy!
Carla has been following my work for the longest time, and has also shown the kindest support with lovely comments on posts. So it was so amazing to be able to have her in front of my lens and create magic for her.
When discussing locations, Carla wanted something that reflected ‘them’ and so this lookout point was chosen and couldn’t have been more incredible.
I can’t wait for their wedding next year, and get to create beautiful photos all over again!
With the new wedding season, comes the super busy engagement season right on its heels too so I thought what better time to talk about engagement shoots and how to rock your couple shoot?!
The new season starts next week for me, and I am so beyond grateful that my year has been booked out! It does mean sacrificing my weekends with C and Ella, but it also means I get to do what I love with some amazing people, and share in their happiness too.
For some (most) people, having their photo taken is downright unnerving. I completely get that! I can’t tell you how awkward I am in front of the camera! But whether you love it or hate it, there’s no better way to celebrate your engagement than with a couple shoot to remember this time of your life by.
Here’s a bit of advice I’ve put together to help you prepare, and make the most of your shoot!
WEAR WHAT YOU LOVE
Being YOU is the best way to get great photos. I can only capture who you are, if you be YOU. Wearing clothes that you are comfortable, and confident in, helps to make you feel more at ease in front of my camera. Keep it simple and clean.
PICK AN ENVIRONMENT THAT REFLECTS WHO YOU ARE
Whether that’s sipping on your favourite latte because you’re a coffee addict, or climbing up rock faces to overlook the sea, choose a location that encompasses your lives together. Surround yourself by what you love. Don’t have your shoot on the beach when you haven’t been to the beach in years! Or hate beach sand. Have your shoot WHERE YOU ARE. If that’s at home, get the kettle on, I’m coming over!
FORGET ABOUT THE PHOTOSHOOT
Forget about what you should be doing, and how you should be doing it, and just be you. If you’re shy, be shy. If you’re loud, be that. I want to keep your couple shoot natural and honest to who you are, and I can only do that if you’re being true to who you are. I shared an image of my daughter having tea with a plastic toy falcon, and people LOVED IT because it was an image of her, in her environment, as she is now, doing what she does now. I’m going to treasure this image forever.
IT’S A KIND OF MAGIC
This engaged feeling. This love. It’s a kind of magic. Embrace it and enjoy it. Spend the day doing fun things together. Take a break from wedding planning. So when it comes to doing your shoot, it’s not just something you’re ticking off your wedding to-do list, but rather another magical part of an already amazing day!
I promise to give you gentle guidance, so there won’t be any of that awkward ‘what do I do with my hands?’, but more natural laughing, sharing and creating. But it’s still up to you to bring YOU so I can capture you as you are.
Ready to start this adventure?
While the rain poured down, love and the joyful sounds of singing raised the roof on Thobeka and Thobezweni’s wedding day.
Everything from the beautiful location, sparkly fairy lights to Thobeka’s A M A Z I N G McCarthy Wolff wedding dress was just a pleasure to photograph and Nats and I loved every second.
Thobeka and Thobezweni are two of the world’s warmest and most loving people who ensured everyone at their wedding was thought of, cared for and having a good time. When the rain finally stopped us photographing, we rushed back to the reception and were met with more entertainment and cheering.
We quickly sneaked off for five more minutes out over the dam.
Thank you Thobezweni and Thobeka for sharing your special day with us – we loved photographing it! <3
Show some love:
Venue: St Ives, Midlands Meander
Bride’s Dress: McCarthy Wolff
Bride’s Make Up: Zee Ntuli
Groom’s Suit: Kurt Geiger
Decor: Intwenhle creations
Cake: The Frost Goddess
Marriage Officiant: Reverend Norman Raphahlela