It was a gorgeous, sunny day in the Midlands. As the sun’s rays beat down on the rolling hills of Brahman Hills and a slight breeze danced through the lavender garden outside the spa, Neché dressed herself in her wedding gown.
Her excitement revealed itself in nervous bursts of joy.
Today, Neché married Matthew.
In the glass chapel overlooking the dam, Neché’s glowing smile matched Matthew’s as he watched his bride make her way down the aisle to him.
Their wedding day was absolutely lovely and the perfect way to kick off the 2017 wedding season for me!
Thank you Matthew and Neché, your day was everything a wedding day should be! xx
Service Provider Love:
Venue: Brahman Hills, Midlands Meander
Flowers and Decor: Kimberley from Natural Nostalgia | Florist, Decor Hire and Wedding Planning in Howick
Cake: Sharyn’s Cakes
Bride’s Gown: Eurobride
Groom’s suit: Polo
Marriage Officiant: Pieter Bester
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
This wedding goes down as one of my absolute favourites! Wesley and Kirsty held their wedding at what I believe is one of the best wedding venues near Durban, Thorner Country Estate in the Camperdown area.
I’ve been looking forward to Wes and Kirst’s wedding for months now, and after their engagement shoot, I just knew we were going to be in for a treat!
From the elegant decor to Kirsty’s incredible wedding dress made by her mom on a sewing machine she got when she turned 21; to the bridal party and the guests, everything about this wedding was magic! There were so many personal touches, most of it lovingly handcrafted by the bride herself or by her family and so much love and joy in the air!
I hope these photos share just how much love there was on this day. x
Love for the team:
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 so much fun teaching them the very basics of how to shoot on manual and how to take better photographs of their children.
From some moms not even being sure how to charge their cameras and most of them not knowing what F-stops (F-Spots to one mom! 😉 ) were, these moms absolutely rocked it and by the end of the three hour session, they were all shooting on manual mode! Yay moms! Yay me!
So here are three important things I learnt from my first workshop:
- To market
Daaaayuum! Marketing a brand new product (Little Leap, by Tanya Jacobs Photography) was hard work and there were times that I wanted to drop the whole idea and run of the proverbial hills. But I didn’t. Through lots of pep talks from my husband, and marketing advice from my brother, I pushed on and BAM! 10 moms signed up! But not without a little bit of a price decrease, that may or may not have persuaded moms to sign up.
- To believe
There are so many times that I doubted my abilities to properly host a workshop. There are photographers in this industry who have been shooting for far longer than I have been and they’re not doing this!
But you know what… Just because they aren’t, doesn’t mean I couldn’t! I believed I could, so I did.
- To breathe
Once the workshop was done, I felt exhausted. I felt like I had suddenly caught the flu and I felt drained. I felt great, knowing I had helped 10 families learn how to truly cherish their memories and moments, but I also felt exhausted and ready to come home to my own family. The build up to a workshop is intense and with all the marketing, planning, creating and executing, I was finished.
What followed was a four hour afternoon nap, that thankfully, co-incided with Ella’s plans too.
- To Know
On my way home, I wondered if the moms had truly grasped the concept of aperture, manual and depth of field. This stuff isn’t always easy to understand, what with F-Stops and shutter speeds. But they got it! Was it something they’d forget the minute the left the workshop?
But in our private Facebook group, already two moms have shared photos they took the day after the workshop, experimenting on their children and shooting in manual! My heart exploded with pride! They may forget a few basics here and there, and that F-spot is actually F-Stop, but they’re experimenting with their DSLR’s and that’s what counts!
I’ve been asked a few times if I’ll be doing another later this year. My year has filled up nicely with weddings and sessions but with enough interest in a workshop, I may just! Otherwise, there’s always 2017!
Keep an eye out on www.littleleap.co.za to see if I do!
Here’s a few sneak peeks at the workshop from Nats dos Santos (who knocked the ball out of the park with these shots, learning how to use my Nikon DSLR camera during the workshop and taking these shots ON MANUAL)!
Reggie and Emily got married on a very cold day in the Midlands and oh, what a wedding it was. I drove up to the Midlands that morning to second shoot for Kelly Daniels, leaving behind anything warm that I owned! But the love on the day and the pure joy of photographing such a beautiful wedding and people eased the freeze. Despite my lips turning blue and my hands red and numb from the cold, I enjoyed every second. Thank you Kelly for allowing me to second shoot with you.
Reggie and Emily were married at The Windmills venue in the Midlands Meander. This has always been on my top 10 list of ‘Must-Shoot-At-Wedding-Venues’ and I’m very proud to say… I’ve booked my first Midlands wedding for later this year at The Windmills! Can’t wait!
I recently got to photograph this gorgeous family on Umhlanga’s Bronze Beach. More photos coming soon!