Goan Engagement Shoot – Raj and Parrot Entangled in India – Tash + Neil

This is the engagement story of two of my most favorite humans on this planet.

Tash is my wonderful assistant and friend. A women who I love, admire and respect for being such a special person. She is always laughing, always smiling always caring.

We went out to India to photograph the wedding of Shane and Laurie and took a few extra days to explore Goa. Her long time boyfriend decided to come out to join us. One day whilst Neil and I were swimming in the warm calm Indian ocean on Palolem beach he told me that he had brought along a ring destined for Tash’s left hand. It took him a few days to actually pop the question (which was rather hard for me as I am not good at keeping secrets!) And when he did, he did it on a pretty Goan beach at sunset. I have never seen a bigger smile nor a happier face. Tash was literally walking on air!

You may ask why I have entitled this blogpost Raj and Parrot Entangled in India. Well .. I have nicknames for most of the people who I adore. Before arriving in India Tash had her hair dyed purple, turquoise and black. The Indian folk just loved her. Wherever we went we heard people saying (Please imagine this with Indian accent and head wobble at the end) I really really like your hair you look like a (insert either one of these birds) peacock, kingfisher, parrot. Parrot just stuck. Tash’s hairdresser would make a bloody killing in India. As for Raj … well Neil looks like a Bollywood actor and does such a fine rendition of one It just stuck. As for the entangled bit …. well ….. they are rather fond of each other!!!!

Love you both …… And yes I will be shooting their wedding!


  1. stuart on April 19, 2012 at 3:33 am

    wondefull shots of two very happy people,enjoy and all my best.

  2. Roxanne on April 19, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Awesome pics Jax, love every single one of them!!!

  3. Laura Jane on April 19, 2012 at 9:14 am

    So stunning!!!!!!!!

  4. a Photo by GD on April 19, 2012 at 9:34 am

    This is such a wonderful post !!! Love the pics and the sweet little story that goes with it !!

  5. Chantelle on April 19, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Love it! I am your biggest fan and wish I could come work for you!! Lol.. It’s truly a beautiful talent you have.

  6. Tricia on April 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Just LOVE every single one of these photos. The are so bright, colourful, vibrant and happy I just can’t stop smiling. Huge congratulations once again Neil and Tash!

  7. Shan Truter on April 19, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Two of the most fantastic people on this earth and so incredibly happy they are finally tying the knot!!!love you two immensely xoxo and such fantastic photos of them Jax, portrays their characters so well 🙂

  8. KittyKat on April 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Stunning Stunning Stunning!!!!!!!!!

  9. Kat de Sarigny on April 19, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! x

  10. Lisa Bradley on April 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Congratulations Raj and Parrot.x

  11. Carolyn on April 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Happiest happy congratulations Tash! Wow this is glorious news! Super excited to see the bling ring next time you’re shooting up with us! So much love to you and your other half!

    Beautiful pics Jax, as usual! I miss your lovely self. Looking forward to having you back here again!

    Muchos love to both of you xxx

  12. Monica Dart on April 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    ahh Tash-parrot – these are heart-clutchiingly magic! So happy to have met you last week in Durban, so when I see these shots of you I can actually hear you laughing. Priceless photos. love every single one of them! see you and Jax next week.xxxx

  13. Sheugnet Christie on April 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Hey Jax,
    Once again, my love, awesome photography – you have captured the heart soul and spirituality of Goa so distinctly. Your talent is GENIUS!!!

  14. Liz Brown on April 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Enchanting. Such happiness. Love every one of the pics.

  15. PJ Schoeman (not the writer, the dad) on April 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Awesome pics!

    You obviously need talent to make these people look so beautiful.

    I love the shot on the beach, faceless and the dog 🙂

  16. Raj and Parrot on April 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Awwwwwwww! All warm and fluffy inside 🙂

    Raj and i are drawn to the computer like moths to a flame or hippies to a trance party!

    Thank you for climbing into the loud, smelly, hot, crowded, dirty, colourful, spicy, adventurous and happy bubble with us! It was a very special time in our lives and we are so glad that you were the human that we shared it all with!

    These pics bring back so many good memories! Thank you sooo much, they are amazing!

    Love you plenty! Can’t wait for our next adventure!

  17. Gee on April 20, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Many congratulations to you guys. Welcome to the world of wedded bliss. May the journey you are about to embark on be paved with nothing but Peace, Love, and Happiness.

    Live, Love and Be Happy…

  18. Karen on April 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Memories are made of this!

  19. Chillies on April 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    So cute and so sweet, many congratulations to Poopies and Poopies. You guys are a true inspiration.
    If anyone deserves such happiness, it’s you two.
    Niel you are such a romantic.

    Happy, Happy, Happy, can’t stop smiling.

  20. Chillies on April 20, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    So cute and so sweet, many congratulations to Poopies and Poopies. You guys are a true inspiration.
    If anyone deserves such happiness, it’s you two.
    Niel you are such a romantic.
    May you be showered with more happiness as you embark on the second part of this new journey.

    Happy, Happy, Happy, can’t stop smiling.

  21. Nick&Lou on April 22, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Ahh guys – crazy surreal pics! Congrats again!!!!

  22. Nicole on April 23, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Absolutely stunning guys. Such lovely pics, you both look so happy. India seems sooo fun and colorful. Congrats

  23. Luke on April 26, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Wow Raj & parrot!!!!!! These pics are absolutely stunning! You guys look as if you had such a fantastic time. Congrats to an awesome couple 🙂

  24. Abby on April 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    ABsolutely glorious guys! Wish you allllll the very best!

  25. Bwalya on May 7, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Wow! These are sooo beautiful ( the images and the people in them) I am so proud of Tash she really is and awesome person and deserves the awesome man that is by her side. I am so proud of Neil for being such an awesome guy, in this day and age. There are very few men who have such integrity and stick to what is true, what is love and what is joy and he has. I love that God brought these two from the beginning and he will see them through all the way to the last wrinkly days of their live. I love you both, have a blessed union and life there after. And Jacki I couldn’t think of a better person to shoot their wedding bless you too 🙂

  26. Alex W on October 7, 2013 at 9:49 am

    What an awesome story!!! This blog is really heartwarming!! Put a huge grin on my face to read this! Exciting times ahead for the both of you! Especially from 1 November 2013. Looking forward to seeing the both of you soon again!!!

  27. Gaynor on November 2, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Absolutely stunning photo’s especially the ones on the beach. Congratulations and we wish you a lifetime of happiness xxxxx

  28. Shainal on November 2, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Amazing pics! Congrats to my brother Neil, and an official family welcome to Tash. Love u both madly! Mwaah!

  29. Maria Neveling (Bo's mom) on May 31, 2014 at 1:58 am

    As always Jacki, just beautiful photos. You would make a killing here in the USA. Wish you were closer to do a shoot with Bodil, Ryan and baby Kade Walker. 😉

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