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?
Here’s the thing about people from small towns who love animals; they have the hugest hearts and warmest personalities.
This is definitely Jason and Kerryn – one of my 2018 wedding couples who I recently met up with for their engagement shoot down in a paddock in Ramsgate, on the south coast.
When a couple ask to include their pets in their engagement sessions – and that includes four dogs and two horses – I know I’m shooting my kind of people!
I had an absolute blast with these two and CANNOT WAIT for their wedding next year! Bring on 2018!!
Tommie and Kim travelled to Durban from Ladysmith for their engagement session, so we hit the beach and soaked up some of that last beautiful light for the day.
I’m so crazy about shooting at this time of the day on the beach and just love these photos! Tommie and Kim said they were nervous – but they both did such a great job! They’re such a gorgeous couple, and so perfect for one another, that I think I’m in for a real treat when I photograph their wedding later this year.
Enjoy this peek into their engagement session! x
Kim’s hand in Charl’s, we set out on a lovely Sunday afternoon to explore and snap up a few photographs. The light was absolutely perfect on this afternoon and I love how it sparkles all around them!
These two are the perfect pair, and I’m so excited that I get to share in their wedding day next month.
I first met Kim at her sister’s wedding, which I photographed in Umdloti, and loved how kind and caring both these sisters were. That I get to photograph their weddings in the same year is such an honour!
Could a more beautiful couple exist?
I met Ashley and Kayleigh in January at Kayleigh’s brother’s wedding where they were each a bridesmaid and groomsman, and I knew I simply had to get them in front of my camera again.
They’re both so down-to-earth, so gorgeous and just downright amazing together. They laugh, they share secret glances and they’re supportive of one another, which shows in the way their faces light up when they’re around each other.
Thank you Ashley and Kayleigh for letting me bring this shoot to life with you – I hope you enjoy this peek! x
Make Up: Jemma Kate Shankland (SugarBush Make Up)
Styling: Tanya Jacobs Photography
It’s been almost three weeks of no internet at the Tanya Jacobs Photography headquarters. It’s been expensive (cellphone data), annoying, and outright frustrating with no answers as to who caused the problem (an underground cable has been dug up) and who is going to fix it. Aaaah!
Because of this, I have fallen behind on my blogging and haven’t been able to share this lovely engagement session with you all!
The other day I was walking my daughter when I bumped into a bunch of children riding their bikes. They were talking about school and the one girl said, “I hope I’m in Miss Vermolen’s class next year, she’s the nicest!”
I absolutely have to agree!
When I first met Kirsty on Instagram, I had no idea how sweet she would be and how her and Kieran would feel like friends after meeting them for their engagement session. Kirsty is a teacher and Kieran is studying to become an architect which is just the most perfect match as they build a future together.
And I even got to meet Nugget, who is the liveliest little sausage I have ever met (besides for my mom’s sausage dog) with the most heartwarming story of how he was rescued by Kirsty.
Kieran and Kirsty, I hope you love your photographs and enjoy the last few weeks before your wedding day! I’m so glad you chose me to be your wedding photographer!
I love engagement sessions, and this one was definitely one that I’m excited to share!
I’ve wanted to do a shoot at this beach spot for months, so I loved that I finally got to use it with this family.
Q, Shirley, Kara and Summer (teddy) met me early on a Sunday morning and we got shooting, hoping that the sun would rise beautifully and we’d get a perfect sunrise. It turned out to be an overcast day but we did get a warm glow and a bit of sunrise so it was still worth the early wake up!
I hope you enjoy these photos Shirley, and see you soon for your wedding! Bring on 2017!
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!)