I first met Gem & Dan after Gem won a photoshoot from my facebook page for a couples shoot.
They were a cute, happy, alternative couple who wanted to capture simple yet striking images of their deep, loving connection at Noordhoek beach. I had a great time capturing them laughing, giggling & being shy with each other in front of my lens, and had fun. I was very happy when they were not only happy with their photos, but also asked me to be their wedding photographer, which was GREAT!
The BIG DAY was 5th september 2015, an amazingly warm summer day on the beautiful venue, De Uijlenes situated near Gansbaai, was absolutely stunning. The rustic setting of fields of grass, with a forest setting in the distance left one feeling as though you would be in a magical forest filled to the brim with blossoming lily's & lush greenery. The beautifully yet simply decorated forest setting, kept everyone cool in the heat of the day. The guests were seated on rustic benches fitting perfectly with the relaxed atmosphere. The bride looked stunning as she walked gracefully down the isle of lily's hooked into her fathers arm, behind her bridesmaids who donned mint green dresses.
The groom looked dashing along with his groom party who wore suspenders and bowties. After a cute & romantic ceremony, the couple made their way to sign paperwork while guests had a drink in the forest. Family photos followed in the forest, afterwhich the couple was left to have photos done of them alone.
We made our way slowly through the forest setting to the pathway leading through the field up to the amazingly decorated reception hall where all the guests were now waiting to greet the new MR & MRS PERRINS.
Speeches started with the MC Jenni Trethowan, starting off the stories.
After a few speeches by family & friends, the lovely dinner was served, followed by the other half of speeches.
The father daughter dance started the music off for the night, which got everyone out of their seats for the rest of the night. Everyone spread out between dancefloor, bar, cigar lounge, firepit & candy table. Then came the tossing of the bouquet & garter, which got everyone in a frenzy, as some were very keen to catch it, & some avoided it at all costs.
All of Gem & Dan family & friends danced, sang, drank & were merry till wee hours of the morning and have many stories to share to remember the amazing weekend with all their nearest & dearest.
Check out their full online gallery in the WEDDINGS section.
For a while now i have been inspired by many other photographers to do something different which i had not yet done before.
I love looking at images of kids who have been photographed being somewhat serious, not just the average posing for kids, which is normally a cheesy toothless smile..i wanted to go for an outcome that could portray a story, emotion, beauty without the subject having to portray too much emotion, and for kids this can be very difficult. My beautiful neice Izabella was in my care for the day, and instead of doing the normal aunt duties, I decided lets dress her up, use the props I have been collecting for this particular idea, curl her hair, and make our way down to the noordhoek common. At first, it was not natural for Izabella to portray emotion without being cheezy, as you can imagine most 7 year olds are full of beans, sugar, spice, and ants in her pants....
After some time, and advising her on posing, positioning, subtlety & poise, she began to really dive into the world I had suggested she imagine she was in...my simple "pretend you are a flower princess, and you are looking after all the pretty flowers and plants around your kingdom, and imagine that all these flowers and plants are looking up to you as their princess, to care for them..." sent her into a world of imagination....
I met Kelly & Martin through my brother and sister-in-law. They have always been a fun, energetic, loving, crazy, friendly and kind couple, so I was delighted when they asked me to capture their wedding day this year in March. OF COURSE I have been looking forward to it ever since hearing about it, and also a huge honour as Martin is also a photographer, and weddings can be quite intimidating.
The couple decided to have the official wedding (with paperwork) in Simons Town, at the South African Navy dockyard Anglican church, on the wednesday morning 11 March, before the MAIN wedding where all the guests have been invited to join them in Lamberts bay on the saturday 14th March.
It was a small, intimate, romantic ceremony, as Kelly & Martin were surrounded by close family & a few friends, and their bridesmaid & groomsman.
Saturday came along, and although my journey to Lamberts bay was a bumpy one, with unexpected difficulty upon arrival, I eventually made it in time, much later than I wanted to be, and VERY stressed, to capture Kelly getting ready for her beach wedding ...
At around 4pm, Kelly made her way down to the most beautiful beachfront, rustic, organic venue and restaurant, Muisbosskerm. All the guests were asked to wear white tops, blue bottoms, and were welcomed by Kelly & Martins family. The venue is wonderfully decorated with fairy lights, glass bowls of flowers and wedding favour gifts in the form of light green tin cups, and chalk to write your name on them, as you choose your own seats, and with sand between your toes which beautifully complimented the uniquely simple, rustic and beach theme which the venue well suited.
The bride, Kelly looked so beautiful as she gracefully walked through the venue, hooked into her fathers arm, behind the bridesmaid, groomsman, flower girl & page boy, and met all the smiling faces that greeted her on the beach where Martin was waiting under a white & blue decorated gazebo.
Martins father conducted the ceremony, where Tyler was included by asking Martin if he would take his mommy's hand in marriage, the most precious moment I have ever personally witnessed, as it was a family affair, which isn't always the case.
Shortly after the ceremony, the bride threw her bouquet, and the groom threw the garter, we made our way down the beach for a few one on one shots of the couple together, aswell as family photos. The environment was buzzing full of excitement, happiness & music started too.
Kelly slipped into something more comfortable, and the evening started to take a swing into the dancing spirit.
The food was absolutely amazing, with starters being a variety of smoked fish, tuna, salads, mains being crayfish, lamb and seafood paella among other delicious buffet foods.The bride & groom celebrated with all the guests by dancing, socialising and having great fun while being surrounded by all their closest loved ones ...
Since starting photography just over 4 years...I had no idea the success rate of the average fresh starting photographers in cape town. It has taken me time to fully understand that the making a success of a courier choice takes a long while...
I guess I pictured things to be alot different by the time i reached 25...especially when I was 15, full of imagination, yearning for a wealthy, healthy lifestyle...
Things don't happen that way...it takes ALOT of effort, motivation, inspiration, drive, support and love everyday to achieve the goals we look forward to. Don't we all wish our dreams could fall out of the sky and into our laps in an instant...?
LIFE WOULD BE SO BORING!
going to school, to learn, so you can go to college, to get a job, to make money for a house you never really live in because you spend all day in an office making for one else more money ...life....such a complex journey of self discovery.
To me....i could never be that person...I have never pictured myself doing anything like that...for some its easy, and their life passes by so quickly. I would be killing my soul slowly doing something like that...but thats just me.
I have realised my journey through this life will be a creatively induced rocky road filled with many ups and downs, and I WILL eventually achieve my dream "job"...to me it's not work, I enjoy taking photos that can be treasured and kept for generations in families and life.
I have many inspirational photographers that I look up to and follow, who have methods to teach young photographers to achieve their goals and desires...
one of these methods is a vision board.
a wall or board of visual examples of what it is that I want to achieve ...to mentally, emotionally and spiritually motivate me every single day in the direction of my goals. To see them physically and ways of step by step methods to get to where I want to be, so that it is no longer just a vision in my mind, but a visually manifestation.
I have not yet done this, but have seen many others that have been created and the stories of the people behind them, and the results of such a simple vision board.
I will be doing mine soon, and will share them if I make them on photoshop =)
HERE'S TO 2015 AND MAKING OUR DREAMS A REALITY
So as you may know I ventured into photography more professionally just over four years ago, and started to take it beyond a hobby. I started out my interest with a very basic point and shoot pocket camera...now looking at it it seems so outdated and feels like years since I actually used it. It was used more for my 'fresh out of high school' fun weekends and shenanigans as I am sure most of us have those....I think Selfies truly started when we could all see what we look like on these compact digital camera's...and could delete the crappy ones, and indulge in multiple self shot photoshoots ....aswell as up the noses of my cats and dogs.
my mum blessed me with a Sony camera with a built in flash, nothing special, but already much better than my little silver pocket camera! i really started to look at photography differently through the simple image quality of this camera, although it had very little specs compared to my current beauty.
I think later was blessed again with a Nikon D3100 bottom of the range low end entry level Digital camera, which blew my mind, imagination and creativity into really being intrigued to learn more about the art of photography. I played around with this camera alot, and did both my photography courses using this camera, even investing an external flash to further enhance my images and exploration of photography.
I then invested in a Canon EOS 600D, which was more advanced than the Nikon D3100, but still just below middle range in terms of professional camera gear.
I have been INCREDIBLY blessed again, with my dream professional camera, a Canon 5D mark II, which is magical in every aspect....with great light sensitivity, a selection of lenses to amplify it magnificence! MY BABY! The closest I have ever gotten to where I now see myself heading....another step on my path to one day be a renowned photographer...
SO....watch this space people! I have already introduced new packages on my BABY photography page > REAYNBOW photography and have competitions and packages on my REAY photography page too, thank you for sharing in my experiences, and if you have not yet been apart of it, don't hesitate the contact me in the future if you have any photography needs ~
so can you believe it is 2015????
I can remember still being in school and feeling like my future has so much coming...and always tried to picture myself as an adult and how life would be...least to say it is definately not what I was expecting...or imagining adult life to be....I am 26 now and had no idea I would be in love with photography! I always took photos as a kid...and I loved waiting to have them printed to see the lame overexposed selfies I took....i still have them O_O
I think somehow without me acknowledging it, I was destined to have a camera in my hand most of my life....! Im heading into my fourth year of taking photography beyond a hobby and venturing more into the field of weddings....which is thrilling...because who can deny the essence a wedding has....seeing the vision a bride has for her special day, whether it be detailed and extravagant or simple and small.....all have their own beauty and personality.
I love to capture the brides excitement and preparation...the bridesmaids helping get the last touches done....and the groomsmen relaxing and always prepared WAY earlier than the bride.....
I hope to capture many beautiful moments in 2015....with my direction going towards families, maternity, newborns and celebrations , so watch this space for more weddings, portraits, love, families and tons more .....thank you all for the constant support and to only looking onward and upward
I cant believe its MAY .....and the end of May at that.....
This year has flown by already, and so much has changed and progressed.
I finally have a space/area to work from (in my home) where I can present myself professionally and start working towards a goal of having a bigger space eventually....but getting there slowly seems to be the garenteed route although it may take a while, I know it will happen....I have alot so far which i have built up over the past few years, from professional lighting, to backdrops, to props & make-up. I want to grow my knowledge and expand my horizons where I can eventually have something to enjoy everyday without it being 'work' or seeing it as a 'job'. I dont think i could ever work behind a desk unless it was my desk at home editing away all hours of the night, blanket, hot chocolate & my pooch cuddled on my lap....thats my version of a desk job....creating art through photography...
Happy New year to all followers.
So far this year I have done a few shoots, most recently of a couple, Jodi & Mark, who won my competition I was running on Facebook to win a free shoot. I have also know them for a while now, as my partner Chris went to school with Mark, and they have remained very good friends through the years. I will be doing another shoot this coming weekend, so keep your eyes peeled.
I am hoping this year will be bring many adventures and take me on new paths as my current path seems abit over run....only I can make it happen, so am trying new things, and new ventures, and see where it takes me. I started a 365 day photo project last year, and this year so far haven't been keeping up to date with editing my images and uploading them on a daily basis, which makes me feel like i am missing the point abit, but still take photos everyday, and by every third day lately, I seem to add them all together...I challenged myself with this project to learn new things, appreciate details & really be creative with the things I see around me on a daily basis.
I have a wedding in March which is of extended family, and some valentines day themed shoots coming up too. I have to stay positive that lots more will come my way, and take me to new places and faces.
_until next time, see safe_
I haven't blogged in a while, as I have been busy with baby photography, and recently done a few other shoots aswell. The latest being of my brother Lloyd, and his beautiful fiance Kim. They met & fell in love in an abnormal setting, which tested their patience, growing love, friendship & their deep passion for one another.
They soon got engaged & have never been this strong together. This past weekend was their bachelorette/bachelor parties where all of their friends & family made a huge effort to make each of them feel so special & loved...which of course ended in GREAT fun.
I had the privilege of photographing the two of them this past sunday 27 October while the weather was just perfect , and thankfully we live in one of the most beautiful parts of Cape Town, Southern Peninsula. Using Noordhoeks common and Long beach as two backdrops for the setting worked wonderfully.
We had great fun dodging horse manure, & laughing at Llloyds feet being covered in ants.
The sunset was perfect lighting to create the mood that was between these love birds, which was great editing.
Lloyd & Kim are to get married 01 November 2013.
Have a look at the pictures below and the rest in their album
I finished high school in 2006, and decided to take a year off to really make sure that what i wanted to do was REALLY what i wanted to study for the following three years. I started fashion college in 2008, and in the same year my house burnt down along with most of my fashion work i had done. TALK ABOUT A YEAR OF CRAZINESS.
I finally graduated in fashion design/ pattern making/ garment construction in 2010. I have always loved fashion, drawing and loved doing it. I always had sensitive skin, but after starting fashion college, I found out I have developed exzema on my hands, arms & feet, which left my skin red, raw, itchy and incredibly sensitive which only got more aggrivated by synthetic fabrics which I was in contact with alot of the time.
I wasn't a 'natural' fashionista, & was never top of my class. I decided that the world of fashion perhaps wasn't for me, along with my skin condition, and felt stuck that I now had to change my whole 'dream' of being a fashion designer. I can always use my fashion knowledge at any point in my life, and like riding a bicyle , I will never forget it.
I had ALWAYS loved photography, and although I didn't have a pro camera, my little point and shoot had seen many faces, places, parties, & experiences. I have thousands upon thousands of images from through out schooling all the way up till I decided to buy my very first semi-pro camera.
I fell in love with photography in 2011, and have not put my camera down since. I have done a few part time courses in photography, and have started making my own studio, with awesome help from my great parents, I now have my very own professional lighting setup and professional backdrops to add to the awesomeness, making every image the best they can be. I am still learning of course, and will continue to learn as I go through the years.
I only got my new backdrops yesterday, and so decided to invite my close friend around for a little playful test shoot trying out my new awesome backdrops.
~ ENJOY ~