My sister has a guest lodge called Swell Eco Lodge Wild Coast which is situated in Mdumbi in the Transkei. About 5 years ago I spent some down time there taking portraits of the locals. We went to visit her last week and before we went down I printed out all the pics I had taken so many years before. One afternoon we went on a mission to find all the people in the images and give them their photo.I have included the before and after pics in this series, it quite amazing to see how faces change through the years and how some don’t change at all!
Sweden was never on my top list of places to visit, I tend to favour the more chaotic and colourful countries of Asia when it comes to adventure, but when Brian and Jo asked me to photograph their wedding I jumped at the opportunity to visit. We were fortunate to experience Sweden in the summer and the sun shone brightly for us every day. Sunshine or not, I now know that Sweden should be right up there as a top spot to travel!
One of my favourite things about wedding photography is the fact that I get to meet and photograph such a diverse range of people. Every single wedding that I shoot is different and I try my best to approach every wedding with fresh eyes and tell each story in a way that suits that particular couple. Here are two totally different weddings which were recently published.
The other day I heard a photographer waxing lyrical about the doomed state of the photographic industry. He complained how difficult things are due to the huge increase in the number of photographers in the world with the advent of digital photography. Today whilst backing up old hard drives I made a folder of all the many shoots I have done for my brother and his wife and it got me thinking. There may be more photographers now than ever before, but human beings now place more value on photography than ever before.
On our last day in Sweden we met up with the Foxes to have a picnic and whilst we were feasting on cheese and wine, Brian asked me if I had an all time favorite wedding. Asking a photographer that question is a bit like asking a Mom if she has a favorite child! What I can tell you is that Brian and Johanna’s Swedish wedding and all the adventures and new friends that it brought with it, is now in my memory bank as one of the best experiences of my life!
Brian and Jo got married on Finnhamn Island in the middle of the Swedish Archipelago. The sheer beauty of this wonderful little landmass in the Baltic Sea is staggering! Finnhamn is a nature reserve and has has no cars, it is so tiny that one can actually cycle or jog around it in no time at all. This did mean that every single bottle of wine, flower, vase, fairy light and guest, had to be ferried in, which in turn meant that the logistics involved in pulling off the wedding were absolutely enormous. Luckily both Jo and Brian are very proficient project managers, and had a team of friends and family who got stuck in to make their vision come to life. There were no planners or décor people working behind the scenes on this wedding, only Brian, Jo and their nearest and dearest.