Hartford House Documentary Wedding – Alice + Seamus

I have always loved the quote by Annie Liebovitz “The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.” I have always got totally lost in the moment when looking through a lens and this focus is what got me through Alice and Seamus’s wedding.

You see two and a half weeks before their big day I I fell off my bicycle and broke my collar bone and concussed myself something silly. Apparently one of the first things I said to the doctor when I was totally out of it and in the hospital was “I don’t care what you do, I have to shoot a wedding in a fortnight – fix me!” And so the doc operated and put a pin and a few screws into the bone to speed up the healing process. One cannot call in sick if you are a wedding photographer and I knew it would be incredibly difficult to find a replacement as they got married on a very popular date of the year.

Alice gave me very strict instructions that she didn’t want loads of posed photos – she wanted me to capture moments, emotion and atmosphere, and this is what allowed me to forget about my physicality and be transported by this focus that comes with looking through the lens.

Best Wedding Pics of 2016

2016 sure has thrown some challenges at me but there have also been some wonderful moments and blessings to celebrate!

First off is that I have had a couple of very big affirmations from the international wedding photography community. This year I was placed on the Fearless Photographers top 100 photographers of all time. The calibre of photographers on this list is astounding so this really was an incredible piece of news. Next up was being placed on the SLR top 150 international wedding photographers of 2016 and lastly but certainly not least was winning the Admired in Africa top wedding photographer of 2016! The prize with this feather in my cap was a camera I have been lusting for! I won a Fuji XT2 mirrorless which I am absolutely delighted with. Golly I feel very lucky and this certainly makes all the hard work and long hours worth it.

Vineyard Hotel Wedding – Shelley + Richard

There are a few things that spring to mind when I think back to Shelley and Richards wedding
No 1. Liz and I were both sick with flu
No 2. Cape Town is ridiculously fabulous even if you have flu
No 3. Richard and his groomsmen were so hilarious that we forgot we had flu
No 4. Cutest kids ever at this wedding!
No 5. They had a caricature artist to entertain the guest which was most fun
No 6. They got married at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands and it didn’t rain despite weather predications
No 7. The Bride is as sweet as pie!
No 8. The bridal party like to “dab” – I had to ask my younger assistant what that was all about. I had no idea what dabbing is! I now know!
No 9. There was so much love
No 10. These folk know how to party!!!!!

Simbithi Wedding – Rahana + Bradley

Rahana, Bradley and their gorgeous daughter Zia emigrated to New Zealand from South Africa some time back. They got married over there but came home recently to celebrate their union with family and friends at the Simbithi Country Club. Bradley …

Didima Drakensburg Wedding – Cath + GP

The first time I met GianPiero he was wearing a cookie monster suit in the middle of the desert. This was my first ever Afrika Burn and I took a fond liking to GP as he is known by his friends. He is one of those highly intelligent types with a sharp wit and hilarious sense of humor. He loves deep conversations and ridiculous conversations but most of all he loves his Panda Bear known to most at Cath. Cath has a little girl voice with the sweetest American accent. She cares about humanity and puts other peoples needs’ above her own. She has a kind heart and a beautiful spirit. Cath is a lawyer and I believe she is a good mind match for GP. He says that she is the best person he has ever known and I believe it.

They got married at Didima in the Drakensberg mountains and it was one of the most memorable weddings I have been to. This may have something to do with the fact that I adore these two and most of the guest list but it was also because there was an authenticity to their wedding that was just so them. These two have climbed many an obstacle together and have come through on the other side stronger and this is why the pic of them running down the mountain hand in hand, storm at their backs with smiles on their faces might be one of my all time favorites.