Archive: Portraits

Creative Family Photography in Durban

People often ask me why I don’t publish family pics on my blog and my answer is simply that weddings are my speciality and when I am crazy busy with weddings I don’t have much time for other work. However I often do maternity and family shoots for previous wedding clients which I love, as it is so special for me to keep in contact and capture the important milestones of peoples lives.

If you follow me on social media you will know that we are in the middle of a massive house refurb at the moment and my gosh building is expensive! I have therefore opened up my diary over the school holidays and will be taking on a limited number of family portraits sessions on my 2016 prices. The same will go for individual portrait shoots or couple shoots. So if you have been keen on working with me but needed an excuse – drop me a mail on and I will send through some info.

Couple Shoots by Jacki Bruniquel – From Durban to Botswana and beyond

I love photographing people and telling stories with my camera! This is why I so enjoy engagement shoots and couple shoots, although you would never say so judging by the fact that I haven’t blogged any of these for so long! I decided it high time to change this today and so I gathered up some of my favourite pics from couple sessions that I have done in Durban, Botswana, Joburg and Madikwe Game Reserve and am presenting them to you here at long last!

Whenever I do a shoot like this, my first step is to ask my clients who they are, what they do together, where they live, what makes them tick and what makes them excited. Armed with this information we decide upon a theme, location and dress code and we go out and have some fun together. The result is that each shoot is specific to each couple rather than me just sausage factory churning them out. A few of these shoots are engagement shoots for couples who’s wedding I went on to photograph. Engagement shoots are such a great way to get to know your photographer and it makes having your picture taken on the wedding day way less intimidating. They are great for us photographers as they give us the opportunity to learn how you roll, what makes you laugh and what your best angles are . A few of the shoots shown here are of couples who have been married for some time. One couple were celebrating a 10th year anniversary and her husband bought his wife the shoot as a gift and another couple never had a big wedding with a photographer so these pics were a celebration of their union and their life together now.

Hong Kong Portraits – Saysana + Brendt

We may not live in the same country or even the same continent, we may not have the same accent or the same orientation, but I know that no matter how much time passes between visits, it’s as if not a moment has moved on the clock when I see my two dear friends Saysana and Brendt.

Here is a series of portraits I took of two of my most favourite people on this earth whilst I was in Hong Kong.

Bali Family Portrait Shoot – The Down’s

Amy and I first met in the UK when I was just a 22 year old newly graduated fine art student still wet behind the ears. We lived together in a crummy semi-detached house in Kentish town with a bunch of other Antipodeans. In the years that followed we became very close. Aims saw me through various bar jobs, broken hearts and bouts of home sickness. We also danced the night away on numerous London dance-floors, spent time doing yoga in the Himalayas and sailed around the Whitsunday islands. I was there when she first met Brad and we all became a tight knit family during those London days. As with most stories, chapters come to a close, and we went home to our different continents and didn’t see each other for over ten years. In that decade apart we went on different journey’s and walked on different paths but the Down’s remained deeply entrenched in my heart.

Girl with Horse – Tegan + Anna

My Father owned horses when he was young and told us countless stories of how he learnt to ride a horse bare back; he told us stories about galloping through the fields and holidays spent at the stables. When I was a young girl I always wanted a pony but my riding experiences were limited to outrides in the mountains on family holidays. At the ripe age of 36 I decided enough was enough and that it was time to fulfill my lifelong dream to learn to ride a horse properly ,and so I begun to hang out at the Umdloti stables. This is where I first met Shelley and Tegan Knoop!