In an ever changing world where photographers need to be at the top of their game to satisfy the demand for fresh, new work, it is not always butter on toast. We can either wait for inspiration to dawn upon us or just slice the bread whilst hot. A few week ago I had the amazing privilege to 2nd shoot with Leone Venter. Having photographed a Jewish wedding with Hannes Uys, I jumped at the opportunity to shoot a Greek wedding. Being part of cross cultural events is more than just rewarding. It is a like eating home made bread with real butter. You can’t stop…and it provides you with the much needed creative boost!
Graham and Steph were the proverbial cover page couple. The beautiful silver and white theme created the perfect backdrop for this eclectic couple getting married. Yes, I know you were thinking: “what about the Greek tradition of breaking plates?” Absolutely! This lovely, and by times scary tradition(had to protect my camera from flying plates) was one of the highlights of the evening.
Greeks smashing plates to accompany musicians is a mental image of Greece practically as common as the sight of the Parthenon. Since plate breaking often occurs at happy occasions, it may have begun as a way of fooling malicious spirits into thinking that the event is a violent one instead of a celebration. And a CELEBRATION it was!
Second shooting with Hannes Uys always has an element of mystery. One can hardly explain why, but with the camera fixed to the eye we work in tandem, synchronised like a well kept battle ship. On target most of the time. Maybe the reason is that we are having fun. Huge amounts of fun! Often dangerous couches have to be moved to free up some space. Lying flat on the floor whilst sniffing toxic dust particles you contemplate how to hang a pristine white wedding dress off an oil painting meters up in the luxurious wedding suite. All in a days work as wedding photographer.
Elana and Anthony’s wedding at the acclaimed Red Ivory provided Hannes and I with its own unique set of challenges. Most of all, we knew that many photographers photographed the venue before us. Our quest was to provide the couple with something unique, fresh and edgy. By far not an easy task when you know that you’re up against masters like Dror Eyal, who, by the way, is a great inspiration to me. With any challenge you face danger and opportunity. The danger to copy and the opportunity to do something fresh. In the end it is not us, the photographers, that win, but the client. Now you can judge my efforts in capturing such a wonderful couple on 6 November 2010.
My day started very early on 23 October. I had to get a friend on O.R. Tambo Airport who arrived from Holland at 4 am. After a quick breakfast with Jorieke, it was time to grab my gear and head out to meet with Hannes Uys who would help me photograph BK and Kgomotso’s wedding. Getting a little lost on our way to the bride did not smother our enthusiasm. The cultural diversity of this very special couple’s wedding day left us in awe. A true South African wedding experience awaited both Hannes and I. The spirit of Ubuntu was felt in every little detail as a beautiful summers day complimented the occasion. There was no time to feel tired as we kept our lenses firmly focussed on the action.
BK and Kgomotso, thank you for allowing us to be part of this joyous occasion. All the best with the new challenges you will face as newly weds in London. May you be blessed!
Oxbow Country Estate is a chic country style wedding venue and trout fly fishing haven. With beautifully manicured gardens and expansive highveld scenery it is a photographic and bird watcher’s bliss. Oxbow Country Estate was established over the years by entrepreneurs and dynamic life partners Alison and Frank Lovell who are dedicated and committed to ensuring that every stay, function and fly-fishing excursion is exceptional and memorable. Frank and Alison both enjoy outstanding cuisine and alongside the executive chef create menus that are fresh and delicious and perfect for every occasion. The entire Oxbow Team is on hand to ensure a truly special, once in a lifetime Wedding celebration, midweek break or fly fishing experience. Located in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng on the banks of the Osspruit River, and only 40 minutes from Pretoria, Witbank and Benoni, Oxbow is ideally situated for any event.
This idyllic venue was the ideal backdrop to Andrew and Jolene’s wedding Celebrations. The newly wed Bromely couple enjoyed their honeymoon in Thailand.
Once again I had the privilege to work with Hannes Uys photographing this momentous event.
My first wedding with the acclaimed photographer, Hannes Uys. I woke up with a slight knot just below my heart. Often opportunity comes with risking something…in this case, my pride…Looking back now, it was one of the most enjoyable weddings I have ever photographed. Part because Hannes is such a relaxed personality but most of all Ronald & Joely’s hospitality. It is often said that South Africans are welcoming in nature. That is until you meet the beautiful people from China. I experienced that a smile can reach deeper than most words. A simple gesture with a powerful effect. All the best to Ronald, Joely and their families.
Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music, and emerged in the early 1950s.
The term rockabilly is a portmanteau of rock (from rock ‘n’ roll) and hillbilly, the latter a reference to the country music (often called hillbilly music in the 1940s and 1950s) that contributed strongly to the style’s development. (Wikipedia)
Photographing Andrew and Jen’s wedding was a once in a lifetime experience.
Wow! The perfect afternoon with the perfect couple. Beautiful light as the sun sets and smiles light up the sky. Once in a while you get to do a shoot like this. It just happens. No planning. No stress. Just plain perfection. Scarlet and Simon, you guys were amazing. Hope you had an amazing time at your Matric Farewell.