How long have you been shooting weddings?
I started photographing weddings in 2003.
Will you be taking the photo’s on the day?
Yes, if you book me, that’s who you get. Not someone working under my name. I do have an assistant who comes along to help carry all my heavy equipment, changing batteries, lenses etc. and to help with lighting when I use reflectors and off-camera flash. She helps to keep an eye on the clock, so we don’t run over time and she doubles up as a second shooter during the ceremony and reception to get as much shots of your guest’s reactions as we possibly can.
Do we need to set a place for you at the reception?
Yes please? I will need a place to sit for my assistant and myself, preferably in the main reception area so I don’t miss out on capturing any special moments. A wedding day shoot is hard work and we will appreciate a place to rest our feet for a few minutes and have a meal along with your guests.
What is your dress code?
I try to blend into the background as much as possible, so I wear pretty neutral clothes which also allows me to move around quickly and easily.
Do you travel for weddings?
YES, YES, YES! I love travelling all over South Africa and abroad and no destination is too far. I live in Middelburg Mpumalanga, in South Africa, but I’m available for your wedding anywhere in the world! My packages include a 100km roundtrip, and current AA rate thereafter for any destination within our borders. I am hoping for much more opportunities to travel to new places I’ve never seen before. So, whether you are planning your big day in beautiful South Africa, or decide on a destination wedding on a tropical island like the Maldives or Thailand, a romantic, cultural experience in Greece, Italy or Paris or an urban fairytale in New York or London, I would be honoured if you chose me to capture your unique story. My standard packages apply to all destination weddings with the added cost of flights, accommodation and vehicle hire for me and my assistant.
Will you need overnight accommodation after a wedding shoot?
Most weddings finish after dark, so if it’s a long drive home, I will need overnight accommodation with 2 single beds for my assistant and myself at either a bed and breakfast or some place similar.
Describe your style of wedding photography?
My style is a mixture of creative portraiture and documentary photography. Getting creative with a bridal party and the couple and producing images that makes me do my happy dance, there on the spot, gives me the greatest high, but I also love blending into the background and getting those sneaky shots of guests during the ceremony and reception. The ones where they get emotional about the beauty of the couple’s love, or when they are having fun with the groom during his speech, or busting moves on the dance floor. Getting those shots is so important, because it gives dimension and true emotion to the story of your day.
Describe your dream wedding shoot or site?
I would love to shoot a wedding in Santorini! The incredible bright whites and blues that are synonymous with greek living provides a stunning backdrop for weddings. I think I will need reviving the day I get that call!
What advice would you offer, so I can plan my wedding with photography in mind and what is the most important thing on the day for you as a photographer?
I can’t stress enough that you need to feel comfortable with your photographer. He or she will be the person you spend most of your time with on your wedding day. If you relax and enjoy yourself it will show in your pictures.
Good lighting is the key to good photographs, so keep that in mind when planning your day. Getting ready in a beautiful room with loads of natural light will aid us in getting beautiful, natural photos.
Shadows on a face is almost never flattering, so if your ceremony is outside, arrange to stand under a shaded area, preferably white, which will diffuse the sunlight. When planning your reception, one of the best things you can do to get great reception photos, is to make sure there is enough light. Candle light will not be enough.
From a photographer’s point of view, what is the best time of day for the wedding ceremony?
Light can be a photographers best friend or worst enemy. The best light for taking beautiful portraits is very early in the morning or the last 2 hours before sunset which is known in photographic circles as the “golden hour”. Find out at what time the sun will set on your wedding day and work backwards from there. Keep in mind that all guests usually want to congratulate the couple after they exit the ceremony, so consider that when you plan your programme. I will need at least an hour for your creative shoot, maybe longer, depending on the location.
How much time do you need for our wedding photo’s?
Decor shots: 30 minutes (I prefer to do these before I meet up with the bride, so please advise the people in charge of decor what time they need to be done)
Bride getting ready: 1 – 2 hours (I usually try to get all the bride’s portrait shots done in this time, so we can focus on the couple portraits after the ceremony)
Ceremony: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Family & Group Portraits: 30 minutes (Please remember to send me a detailed list of all the group shots that needs to be taken and to try and limit the groups to about ten to save time)
Creative Shoot: 1 – 1½ hours, depending on the location.
Reception: This will depend on the package you choose.
I hope it doesn’t rain…
Did you know it’s considered a huge blessing if it rains on your wedding day? Okay, okay, I realise no bride, and definitely no photographer sees it that way, but the reality is that it often rains during the summer in large parts of South Africa, so we need to take it into consideration. It’s important to have a back-up plan, should it rain, so I would recommend having a pretty umbrella, or 2 or 3… My equipment can withstand a bit of rain, so it won’t prevent us from taking gorgeous pictures of you and your new spouse!
Do you take family group shots?
Yes, I do. Please try to limit these shots to 10 groups, as it can get quite time-consuming. I am always happy to negotiate a few more as long as we factor in the time it will take. I will need a detailed list of all the group shots a week before your wedding.
Do you take table shots?
I do not go around the tables at the reception to take group shots. I’ve learned over the years that it’s incredibly time-consuming and not the ideal way to use the precious time I have to capture your wedding reception. My time is better spent by doing what I am best at, which is creating beautiful, natural and spontaneous images of your guests dancing, having fun with loved ones, reacting to speeches, most of the time not even aware of the girl with the camera.
Does you services include a photo booth?
Photo booths have become so popular! Most weddings I go to these days have one and guests love using them. I can arrange the setup of your very own photo booth, complete with backdrop and props at an additional cost. Please ask me to include this in your custom quote, should you wish to make use of this service.
How long after the wedding will my pictures be ready?
Depending on your package, post production can take up to 12 weeks. I take great care in going through every one of the images taken on your special day, making sure that I am a 120% thrilled with each photo that goes out to my clients. And because I am a perfectionist to the point of insanity when it comes to my work, I need the time. I’m sure you understand, right?
How long before my wedding can I book you?
Couples tend to book their wedding photographers anything from 8 to 12 months in advance. Although some dates stay open longer than others, I often have a number of clients who share the same wedding date and therefore I am unable to hold a date provisionally. If you decide that I am the photographer for you, it’s best to contact me as soon as possible to find out if I am available for your wedding day and then complete your booking form and pay the 50% deposit. First deposit received secures the booking.
Will we meet before the wedding?
It’s not always possible to meet beforehand, but if it can be arranged I prefer to have a pre-wedding meeting with the couple. This will allow us to get to know each other and to discuss the details of your day. It’s very important to me that you feel super comfortable with me as this will show in your pictures. If distance is a problem we can always have a cup of coffee over Skype… 🙂