Cape Town December 2014/2015 – Through my eyes

Photographers are notorious with being really bad at documenting their own lives and actually getting us to edit and print the images that we have taken of our personal lives is a feat! These pics from our Christmas trip down to Cape Town have been gathering dust on my hard drive for six months now. I decided to adopt an “it’s better late than never” policy and give them a bit of love on the blog.

My sister Lisa and her husband Tyrone moved down to Cape Town some time back and having them live so far away is really hard as I miss them so but it does give me a reason to pop down as often as I can. I do love Cape Town!

Here’s a bit of Cape Town through my eyes!

Fairmont Zimbali Poolside Wedding – Bianca + Elliott

There is something really special about an intimate wedding with a small guest list, and even more special when most of the guests have flown in from all over the world. Bianca and Elliott live in the UK but Bianca’s roots are in South Africa so they decided on a destination wedding. They got married on a sunny autumn day in Durban by the pool at Zimbali lodge. They chose this venue because of it’s tropical feel which is so very different to anything you would find in England, and guests spent most of the week with them which meant their celebrations were extended into a lovely holiday with their nearest and dearest. Through all of our correspondence it was very clear to me that Bianca is a romantic soul with a penchant for all things pretty, and her wedding was exactly how I imagined it would be. There were lots of flowers, sparkles and long flowy dresses and these elements were made all the more lovely by the warmth and love that flowed freely between the wedding guests and Bianca and Elliott themselves.

Recent Engagement Shoots

It’s been a while since I have posted an engagement shoot so I thought I would change that today! I love doing engagement shoots as they give me valuable time with my clients that allows me to get to know their personalities and their best sides so that on the wedding day I am prepared to do the best job possible for them. They are also lots of fun!

Review on the Sigma 50mm 1.4 and 35mm 1.4

If you had to ask a wedding photographer what their favourite lens is, chances are they will answer a 5o mm prime. The 35mm prime is also becoming increasingly popular with wedding photographers and has long been loved by photo-journalists. I am a little different! If you have a look at what is usually on my cameras you will find my 24-70mm 2.8 Nikon and the 70-200mm 2.8 Nikon. I choose lenses based on how quickly they focus, how sharp they are and what kind of result and or effect they give me. Lenses are at the end of the day a tool! I love my Nikon zooms, have got pretty used to operating with them and trust them both implicitly!

I have never really gelled with the 50mm prime and have never tried a 35mm prime but an old dog needs to learn knew tricks and I am always open to learning new ways of doing things so when Michael from Sigma got hold of me to ask if I would like to test out the Sigma 50mm 1.4 and 35mm 1.4 art lenses I jumped at the chance!