22 December, 2008
Well the time has finally come to bid farewell to this old wordpress blog of mine.
It has been good, it has been fun, but, the time has come to move on to bigger images.
As I type this, I am a little sad moving on and remain in two minds as to which one I actually prefer.
In spite of this, I am in love with the bigger images and it really is time for a change.
So here we are – enter my new ITDR blog just in time for the new year!
I promised no post without an image so here you are a couple of images off the new blog from a vintage engagement shoot!
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6 October, 2008
To me, there are very few “jobs” as rewarding as photography. You are given the privilege of peeking into people’s lives and capturing what really matters to them… the things that make them smile and even cry.
I’m not sure if it’s the Virgo in me that loves the ‘pretty details'; or the child in me that loves the excitement of the day; or the mom in me that loves to see pure emotion preserved for future memories, but, picking up my camera nearly every day does makes me truly happy.
True to form, I once again picked up my camera last weekend to head out to St Johns College, in Houghton, to capture Gemma’s and Alisdair’s ceremony.
We had the chance to use this exceptional location for the creatives and what an incredible backdrop it was.
Congratulations to you both and wishing you a long and truly happy marriage.
As always, here are a few of my favourites from the day, for your viewing pleasure.
29 September, 2008
I am an emotional wreck!
Over the past two weeks I have discovered I am not equipped psychologically for this wedding photography thing.
Last week’s wedding I brushed aside – it was a once-off and it won’t happen again too soon, I thought.
Well, enter Grant’s and Elizabeth’s ceremony. I actually lost count of how many times I shed a tear.
I write ‘shed a tear’ in an effort to downplay the situation, as in reality there were a fair few “pure sobbing” moments.
I may need to get some Help! (Not sure if I am sending out the right message here? “Hire me – I’m an emotional wreck!”)
Elizabeth and Grant: your day was one I will truly not forget; packed solid with uniqueness and sensitivity.
Elizabeth is the type of person who has the most smallest detail covered and, for such an organised person, I must say the getting-ready part of the day was one that will go down as the most chilled and hassle-free.
I am really at a loss for words here – this is about the sixth draft and I’m still unable to describe the day.
So my apologies to all and hopefully the images will cover my literary shortcomings.
Oh well, if the photography side doesn’t work out, I certainly see a market out there for a “wedding crier”
The bride and flowergirl arriving at the ceremony.
The ceremony was held outside with a perfect sky.
18 September, 2008
Tasteful, intimate, emotional and exceptional are the words which come to mind in describing Nicki’s and Dave’s wedding.
The ceremony was nothing short of utterly beautiful, in a forest strung with crystals – and, not a dry eye in sight. It’s especially great to see (and capture) such genuine and spur-of-the-moment emotions; shared between two people. (Sorry, Dave… I didn’t mean to spill the beans on the tears, but let’s face it – you had every single guest grabbing a Kleenex too).
The reception was a luxurious picnic on Toadbury Island – a unique little part of Toadbury Hall I never knew existed.
Originally, I was a little annoyed with myself, tackling a wedding on my birthday weekend, but as it turned out, I couldn’t have planned a better day out; doing what I love most, in great company with truly special people who clearly adore life to the full.
My second shooter. . . yep, you guessed it, the gaffer himself. In fact, you can see Dror’s version of events here; http://www.droreyal.co.za/blog/nicki-and-david-at-toadbury-hall/
You will also see the pic, which had intimidated me a little; added to which the comment implying I’ll be posting “Killer Bee” images and, hence, the selection dilemma, plus delayed post!
That’s it. It’s official – blame Dror for the delay! (nothing like passing the buck)
Just before Nicki left for the ceremony her sister read her a message from the UK, which had me in tears too!
The couple prepared their own vows, hence the tears!
2 September, 2008
A couple of months back, I was approached by Elra Rabe, the editor of an on-line magazine titled Konfetti, to submit some photos from three weddings she had seen on my blog.
I am very thrilled Elra featured one of my efforts in the first edition, which was actually launched yesterday. If, by chance, you fancy a sneak peek, it’s on pages 44-47 of this link: http://www.konfetti.co.za/
Well done, Chris and Sue for being selected!
27 August, 2008
You guys looked great and it helped that the both of you were so chilled the entire day!
Cyndi had requested the “Dark Cloud Cradle” backdrop, but there wasn’t a cloud in sight! My third wedding at the Cradle and I am glad to say that each wedding has had a different look and feel to it.
Also, a big THANK YOU to the both of you for allowing a third shooter, which meant that Sam accomplished her debut wedding.
I am back to posting decor pics as my other idea of separate posts is not working. Sam & Belinda contributed to these!
The ceremony (above) was held under the tress.
18 August, 2008
12 August, 2008
I have learnt three things this week:
One: Tree hugging is not all it’s cracked up to be. Two: A chicken sarmie can buy you a small exotic island (If you know how to barter) . And, three: Photographing the groom is so much fun!
I was once again honoured to get the opportunity to second-shoot with Dror Eyal this weekend, where I had to photograph Johan (the groom). Photographing the groom is something I have not done in a long, long time.
I then realised the groom actually gets very little limelight on this blog of mine, so I have decided to dedicate this post, to the groom – so, Johan this is your 5 minutes of fame.
Those of you who’d like to see how gorgeous Nicole looked, can click through to Dror’s blog here, http://www.droreyal.co.za/blog/.
I don’t doubt he is a bit behind with his Mauritius weddings, but am sure it will be there soon.
BTW: I changed my logo for this post, so that it is a little more masculine!
When Oliver saw this pic he said “That man is silly, he doesn’t know how to do Incy, wincy spider properly”
9 June, 2008
This short post has already been interrupted by a fight (Jake tried to close Liam into the cupboard) so no long story just the album pics.
27 May, 2008
Dror Eyal joined me on what started off as an early, very, very early and grumpy start – that is to say, some of us are just not morning people and some of us make bad coffee.
I had loads of laughs though, courtesy of my second shooter, albeit a 06:30 am start.
Going on to the wedding, the bride and groom, Caroline and Georg, decided to tie the knot on her parents farm in the Magaliesberg. The farmhouse was transformed into the ideal wedding location and as for Caroline’s dress and head-piece….WOW!!
Oh, and Georg. You looked the business too!
Caroline also took care of my fetish for details…will post them later – have no fear ladies!
One of the drawbacks of an early-afternoon wedding is that you have to deal with the harsh African sun for the creatives. These pictures were taken at “The Tower of Pisa”, which is an old water tower situated on the farm.
So guys, here is a brief sneak peek of your wedding day!