Q: What style of photography do you do in weddings or events?
A: I’ve always loved telling stories. I was just never any good at writing, so I had to find another way. I believe in taking pictures at the wedding/event that captures that memories and which can be used to tell the story of the day. So I would say I’m a Photojournalistic photographer. I also understand the demand for traditional photographs at the event (formals and group photos). So I use my adaptability skills and combine both photojournalism and traditional photography to suit the client.
Q: How experienced are you at photographing weddings?
A: I only started doing weddings in 2014 as my previous full time job as a flight attendant with an unplanned schedule prevented me from fully committing to a date that exceeds a few weeks ahead. I have been using all my free time over the past 4 years to do every possible course on wedding photography to be prepared and to build on my photography know-how as it’s an ever changing field. I’ve have assisted many other professional wedding photographers on several weddings before I started doing my own weddings to gain more experience and learn from the best. If you would like to have a look at my wedding photography portfolio, please click on the Portfolio link at the top of the page.
Q: Where did you study?
A: I studied Photography and Graphic Design at the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography from 2005 to 2007.
Q: Do you also incorporate video with your photography?
A: I’m always up for a new challenge and I have been experimenting with video recently and realised that this is a skill that I would love to master in the near future. I would like to do a few cinematography courses first and then slowly build up my videography skills and equipment along the way.
Q: How long have you been doing photography?
A: Photography always played some part in my past, but I must admit that I only fully got into photography in 2005. Ever since my first day at the Academy, there was no turning back. I did photography part-time in 2008 until I moved to Dubai. I then mostly did photography for myself and slowly saved money to build up my equipment list. In 2013 I started doing part-time photography for a few clients in Dubai and started building my own website, portfolio and brand so that I could move back to SA and start doing what I love full-time.
Q: What equipment do u use?
A: Please click here to see a full list of my equipment.
Q: What type of lighting to you prefer?
A: Natural light is definitely the way to go for me! I’ve especially invested in lenses with the best capacity to shoot in low light, however there are sometimes those situations where flash will have to be used. For those times I especially did a workshop to use the flash to my advantage and creatively incorporate it into my ‘natural light’ style.
Q: What happens if the weather is bad or there’s an unexpected lack of good natural light?
A: Having been a flight attendant, I’ve learned to always be prepared for anything and to be adaptable to whichever situation that may arise. With these skills and the confidence I have with my camera settings, I’ll be prepared for any kind of lighting issue that comes my way. As a photographer though, I do recommend that brides choose a location and time that allows plenty of natural light. And I also recommend considering a ‘first look’ to avoid these situations.
Q: What is a ‘First Look’?
A: A first look gives the bride and groom the chance to see each other just before the ceremony and have a private moment when they first see each other on their wedding day. This is usually done when the wedding ceremony is in winter time when the sun sets early and there won’t be enough light after the ceremony for the couple shoot. It’s also done as a precaution in case the ceremony runs later for any reason. Some couples do it just for that private moment when they first see each other and to be able to just express their emotions and be alone together for 30mins. This is also an amazing opportunity for us as photographers to get that true emotion captured without the couple even knowing of our presence. Although this might be against most couples’ beliefs, I do recommend this moment as it is invaluable for the photographs that will last forever.
Q: How long will it take for our wedding photos to be ready?
A: I’m a perfectionist when it comes to post-processing photos, and don’t believe in sending the photos away to be edited by anyone other than me as I believe that editing plays a big part in any photographer’s style. However I do understand that it’s not a pleasant feeling having to wait for months for the photos and not being able to change your profile picture on Facebook. So therefore I’ll be posting a preview of a few photos on my Facebook page within the first week after the wedding. For all the wedding photos to be ready on the online gallery, I’ll need at least 4-6 weeks depending on how many weddings/events I’ve booked in that time period.
Q: Do u make use of a second shooter?
A: Using a second shooter is definitely beneficial, especially when the bride and groom are getting ready at different locations that are far away from each other. I also recommend having a second shooter when the guest list is more than 100 and when you want to have the cocktail hour covered. A second shooter is not included in my Basic package, however I would hire a second shooter based on the client’s needs and this will be added to the final quote.