How to unboring your wedding pics? – Start by asking yourself what you love about your job.

I recently gave a lecture to a group of 30 odd photographers on behalf of Nikon on “How to unboring your wedding Photography” and one of the questions I asked the audience was “What is it about wedding photography that makes you love it?”

I believe that in order to make authentic images we need to turn inward to discover what we really love and what we are drawn to instead of blindly copying trends or trying to do what everyone else is doing. If we know what we like and why, then we can apply these to our own work and use it as a map or a guide. If we keep coming back to this map we can create our own path instead of looking at everyone else and following the status quo which aside from being boring, can be an endless cycle.

Durban Country Club Wedding – Cammrynn + Zane

Cammrynn is one of those girls who seems to have it all, she is as bright as a button, drop dead pretty, and has a huge circle of friends and family who adore her. She is also incredibly modest, and if you were to meet her tomorrow for the first time you might even think she is shy but let me tell you this gorgeous, stylish lawyer is also a tomboy who parties like a rockstar! Zane and Cam met as teenagers and apparently Zane was smitten from the get go! Initially Zane got ‘friend zoned’ but his big blue eyes and sparkling personality won her over and four years later they got together in Mozambique whilst on holiday. In the years that have passed Zane has become the son that the Larson family never had and now a husband to Cam who she can’t picture living without.

Afrika Burn 2016 with the Fujifilm XT1

Afrika Burn is a yearly festival which is held in the Karoo desert and could be likened to a giant playground for adults. It is a space to dance under the stars, ride around on bikes, dress as your inner diva, give gifts to strangers, look at art and have a ride in a mutant vehicle. It is also a place where the values of every day life are left at the door. There is nothing that can be bought or sold at Afrika Burn other than ice. There are no adverts or expectations … Just a safe space to find yourself, loose yourself and be yourself.

Zimbali Wedding – Courteney + Marcel

Courteney is mad about forests – she loves the lush green of trees and the sound of leaves crunching under foot. She also loves a bit of bling, flowers and a princess dress. Marcel adores everything about Courteney and watching him watching her on their wedding day had my heart skipping at beat! They are a couple who love spending time together and it’s easy to see that their friendship runs deep.

They got married in the greenery of the Zimbali Country Club and danced the night away under a sea of fairy lights. In between all of that there was alot of love, tears and hugging and somewhere near the end there were alot of crazy dance moves. I am pretty sure there were a few people who battled to get out of bed the following day!

Samana Santa in Ferrol Spain 2016

Whilst I was in Spain I went to visit Clyde Martin in the small town of Ferrol which is in the North West of the country in Galecia. This area isn’t known for it’s tourism but it is known for it’s Semana Santa parades and this year marked the 400th anniversary that these parades have happened there.

The truth is if you arrived in Ferrol not knowing about Semana Santa, you may think you have rocked up on a Harry Potter movie set or even a Klu Klux Clan meeting however this is actually a religious festival. According to Wikipedia “Holy Week in Spain is the annual commemoration of the Passion of Jesus Christ celebrated by Catholic religious brotherhoods and fraternities that perform penance processions on the streets of almost every Spanish city and town during the last week of Lent, the week immediately before Easter”