Phaka and Psychology’s Zunguness wedding was one which would have had most photographers nerves in a frenzy. The guest list was enormous, the ceremony happened at 12pm on a cloudless day and their portrait shoot happened shortly afterward in the most unforgiving light. I was nervous, but I had met up with them a few weeks before to do an engagement shoot and I was so delighted by their personalities that I found an energy in me that lasted from early in the morning until late at night. Phaka is the kind of lady who lights up a room, she has a booming laugh and wonderful sense of humour. Psychology also known as Psycho or Lindani is a true gentleman and although he is always so composed Phaka definitely brings out the fun in him.
When Bartjan Hooft from East Coast Architects contacted me to ask if I would be interested in photographing The Africa Centre in Mtubatuba I initially thought to turn down the job. I mean what on earth do I know about photographing buildings? After meeting with him and hearing that they didn’t want to hire an architectural photographer because they wanted to use someone with an artistic eye and a fresh approach my mind was slightly put at ease. It was however only when I read that they practice social and green architecture and had a good look through their site that I was moved to rise to the challenge. It must be mentioned that my boyfriend Riaan Van Jaarsveldt also had alot to do with the shift as he works in architecture and has a keen interest in the architectural photography, so we decided to do the job together.
When Michelle first asked me to be her wedding photographer she was insistent that she didn’t want any boring bridal portraits. I was a bit nervous at first as to whether I would be able to live up to her expectations but this pushed me to think out of the box. When I got to the venue I spent a bit of time looking around and I noticed a black and white photo of a vulture that was hanging in the room where she got ready. The end result is this photo which I think suits her perfectly! The fact that it won an international award makes it even more special!!
My sister and her husband own a guest lodge down in the Transkei called Swell Eco Lodge and we had the pleasure of spending a few days down there recently. The lodge is situated on a hill above the Mdumbi river and unlike much accommodation in the Kei which can be rather basic to say the least, Swell offers clean comfy beds, silky linen, mozzie nets, well equipped kitchens and endless seaviews. They have also started catering if you really couldn’t be bothered to cook.
Here are a few reasons why I think you should visit this part of the world.
A couple of years ago I was invited to talk at the Wedding Friends Conference that was held up in Joburg. They asked me to be on a panel of industry experts to talk about various topics relating to wedding suppliers. My topic was on whether photographers should share their images with other vendors at no cost. I planned to write a blog about it but things got pretty chaotic in my personal and work life after this conference and I just never got around to it.