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Jaco and Kailey | An Engagement Shoot a Day Before Their Wedding

Jaco and Kailey | An Engagement Shoot a Day Before Their Wedding

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!

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Ryan and Lizelle | Baby Groger

Ryan and Lizelle | Baby Groger

It’s not every day that I invite clients back to my house for a bath. Actually, I’ve never done that!
But when Lizelle heard that her sister had bought her a gift voucher for a photoshoot with me, we instantly started to plan for a milk bath!

After doing a maternity session in a field with Ryan and Lizelle, we headed back to my house to get Lizelle soaking in a (coconut) milk bath. It was so much fun preparing for this session and seeing the end result, these beautiful photographs of Lizelle make me really wish I did a maternity session when I was pregnant with Ella.

It’s always such a privilege to be able to tell a part of a couple’s story – whether it be their wedding day or later on, when their first child is on the way!

Enjoy this little preview Ryan and Lizelle, and all the very best! I know you’re both going to be INCREDIBLE parents! <3

Hair & Make up by Cindi Jane Laird Blush Pro Makeup – Durban Makeup Artist

Watercolour art/therapy class with Terry Angelos

Watercolour art/therapy class with Terry Angelos

Motherhood is all consuming. Throw in a business, marriage, life and you’re one hot sleep deprived mess needing a little escape.

That escape came last week in the form of a Facebook post by Terry Angelos; there were just a few spaces left in her Art/Therapy class.
With a clear schedule, I jumped straight in and booked at 11.30pm that same night.
And I’m so glad I did.

I arrived at Anthology, in the Windermere Centre, and found my way to the back of the eclectic store to a corner that has been created for this very purpose: to escape, learn, grow. 
What I signed up for was an art lesson in watercolour. What I got, was a morning spent with lovely women, a deeper admiration for watercolour, and the actual ability of being able to paint!

And champagne and strawberries. 🙂

When I signed up, I told Terry I was a complete novice, and had no idea how I was going to be able to paint with watercolour. My attempts in Art in high school were terrible embarrassing  creative, and I’m glad I found photography as my outlet.

But watercolour is different.

Even my blobs with a few key strokes taught by Terry looked beautiful.

I was in botanical heaven, creating stems of minimalistic flowers and leaves and getting lost in soft tones and repetitive brush strokes.
If you’re looking to do something creative, this is it!

Terry’s planning some fun art classes for 2017 and I’m definitely signing up again. You can follow her on Facebook here to keep up with what she’s up to.

“Abstract watercolours unwind me…just get lost in colour..shape and making repetitive marks…like art yoga!” – Terry Angelos.


Kieran and Kirsty | Umdloti Beach Wedding

Kieran and Kirsty | Umdloti Beach Wedding

I loved Kieran and Kirsty the minute I met them. And when I heard all about what they were planning for their wedding day, I knew it was going to be a great wedding to photograph.
Kieran and Kirsty got married at a beach house in Umdloti on a beautiful January day.

One of my favourite moments during this wedding was when I asked Kieran to pick Kirsty up and spin her around. The natural love between them was such a delight to capture, and for two people who said they were shy in front of the camera, they were completely oblivious to me!

Thanks K+K for the opportunity to tell this beautiful part of your journey – I loved meeting you and working with you! <3

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SHOW SOME LOVE: 
Hair and Make Up: Tammy Holdsworth
Decor & Flowers: Desire 2 Hire
Bride’s dress: Bride & Co
Bride’s Shoes: Lovingly made by Natalee Hansen, Instep Inc. 

Grant and Kim’s beautiful wedding at Summerveld

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 and happy moments. They chose the Summerveld Training Centre to hold their reception and got married at

It was the kind of wedding where the speeches had everyone in hysterics, and love just bubbled over everywhere.

Thank you Grant and Kim for allowing me to document your wedding day for you.

Venue: Summerveld Training Centre
Ceremony: Firgrove Chapel
Caterers: Eat Greek Caterers
Cake: Laura Vaughan
DJ: Mike Birkett, Sound Mechanix
Make up: Kayleigh Heneke, Fancy Fiction – Makeup and Hair
Hair: Claire Knepscheld
Minister: Graham Anderson

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Bruce and Mags’ City Rooftop Engagement Shoot

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 and we managed to get the  Durban rooftop engagement shoot that Mags and I had envisioned for their engagement shoot.

The light on the rooftop was just so amazing, and I could have carried on photographing these two, hearing all about their upcoming wedding day while snapping up that love and light.

Bruce and Mags are a very laid-back couple, so the relaxed cityscape shoot was perfect for them. Here they are:-

(PS. I’m not going to lie, these are some of my all time favourite couple photographs with such easy, relaxed posing!)

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