It’s always a risky affair planning a wedding in the middle of summer in the KZN midlands, as December afternoons usually involve a big thunderstorm. On the morning of Sarah and Shaun’s Netherwood wedding, the air was thick and heavy with an unbearable heat but just across the view huge cumulonimbus clouds gathered in a rather threatening manner. I expected the worst, a torrential downpour of massive proportions, but it never really happened. The enormous clouds only let down a gentle shower and only after the ceremony had happened. Most photographers really fear rain on a wedding day, and it certainly makes things challenging but on the flip side there is something quite magical about rainy wedding photos.
Keri and Larry are the type of couple who live life large! They met online through Linkedin of all things, but it was actually their mutual love of action sports like trail running and obstacle courses which brought them together. These crazy kids have done the Warrior Race and the Impi challenge together. I had never heard of obstacle course trail running before I met them and once the wedding was done and dusted I had a look at what it was all about. After seeing photos of these events it is clear to see it is definitely not a walk in the park but rather an action packed adrenalin filled race where the body is pushed to the limit all in the name of fun. I would personally rather go for a dip in the ocean than hurling myself over cargo nets, climbing under barb wire fences and clamboring through mud pits, but if we were all the same the world would be a dull place and I definitely take my hat off to them, they are hardcore that is for sure!
Both Keri and Larry are social bunnies with close sets of friends. Larry is very involved in their Shul and the Jewish community so it was therefore important for them to have a traditional Jewish wedding. But there was a twist, they didn’t want all the fuss of a traditional wedding when it came to photography. My instructions were to limit posed photos to an absolute bare minimum and capture the overall spirit of the day in an unpretentious manner.
It always feels a bit weird for me to talk about awards on my blog as it feels like I am boasting when the truth is I am always amazed at the recognition I have received. I tend to be in a constant competition with myself urging myself to make better images rather than looking at other peoples work. 2013 was a pretty good year for recognition that’s for sure. Thanks to my couples who put up with me and my crazy ideas, I wouldn’t be collecting awards if it weren’t for my clients!
2013 brought with it some wonderful things to be grateful for but also some incredibly difficult challenges. Huge thanks to everyone for the support over the past year. Thanks also to all my clients … I feel blessed to have walked along a path filled with interesting people who have hired me to explore and create. Lastly thanks to all the service providers who we have worked alongside. I hope the year of the horse will be as noble and magnificent as the real life creatures! Let’s go 2014!
Here are some of my favorite wedding images from the past year.
Taryn and Warwick are both very driven professionals who have done exceptionally well in their respective studies and careers. Professionalism aside, the thing that struck me the most about these two is that they both love to laugh and have fun together. I personally think this is so important in a relationship. Warwick in particular is a laugh a minute and seems to be able to make Taryn giggle at the drop of a hat! The two groosmen Matt 1 and Matt 2 are no different and I have to mention that it was Warwick who came up with the idea to photograph the two Matt’s in the laundromat! (Get it?)
They got married at the Orchid House of the Collisheen on what felt like one of the most humid day of 2013. We did their engagement shoot on what felt like the windiest day of the year so there seems to be a bit of a theme with extreme weather conditions!