Preshanthi & Riccardo – Florida road engagement

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Preshanthi and Riccardo contacted me about doing an engagement shoot but instead of asking me what a good location is, Presh immediately asked if we could do a night shoot on Florida road and I loved how original and excited she was. On the day of the shoot the weather did not want to play ball and it drizzled all day but luckily it held off for our shoot, I totally fell in love with the Royal blue and hot pink sari Presh chose to wear, she is so stunning inside and out! (more…)

Dylan, Bayley & Winston – family shoot

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OH! I am a sucker for beards, tattoos and dogs! could this post be any more delicious? Ladies get your popcorn ready for Dylan, Bayley & Winston’s family shoot

Dylan is one of the most amazing men I have had the pleasure to meet, he is a true gentleman in an time full of new age men, kind, caring and compassionate. Five years ago Dylan added a beautiful, bubbly little girl to his life, her name is Bayley and she is the sweetest bulldog I have ever met, I cannot help but laugh when she comes waddling up to me but life was still not complete so two years ago Dylan found a two year old bulldog needing a home on pugrescue and he welcomed Winston into his family, Winny is just like Dylan, a complete gentleman who loves cuddles. (more…)

Darren and Nikita Oosterberg – The Pretoria country club

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Darren and Nikita started their love story in high school and depending which one of the two you ask their love story will differ (which seems to have become a long standing joke) Darren is convinced Nikita made the first move, but Nikita just laughs and shakes her head whenever Darren mentions this… Either way I’m so glad they got together as they are such a perfect fit!

These two battled to look at the camera as they couldn’t take their eyes off each other the whole day, they truly do radiate love which lights up everyone around them. These high school sweet hearts chose to have their wedding reception at the pretoria country club on a stunning April day, which blessed us with an awesome sunset. We surrounded by family and friends who were all soaking up the love, the fun and the attention to detail this stunning wedding had. (more…)

Raymond & Kelly – Engagement

It all started in Kelly’s flower shop, Flower fusion, were Raymond was a customer, one day Kelly was struggling to set up some arrangements outside her shop when Raymond was walking by and offered his help like a true gentleman and from that moment on that was it … They became a big part of each others lives, they both knew that we were meant to be with each other but didn’t start dating straight a way in fact they only started going out a whole year later. Raymond works on the ships, so he would go away 4 month’s at a time and this was his first contract he was going on since they had me so when it came to saying goodbye and him leaving him Kelly knew that he was her absolute world and she couldn’t bare another day without him by her side.

“Its an unconditional kind of love he is my best friend and I thank God every day for him” – Kelly

Now I met Kelly a few years ago as I would send my mom flowers every month due to this kelly and I became friends, you can’t but help noticing her, she’s tall, beautiful, incredibly kind and her smile is infectious, she is always full of life…but there is one day in particular that I remember, I had wandered in and chosen some flowers (Kelly was always super patient and helpful when I was indecisive) she was wrapping them up for me when she started telling me about this guy she had met, Raymond, and how she just knew this was different… and he really was.

I hope you two love your pics as much as I loved shooting them!

Brett & Chantel are expecting!

I AM GOING TO BE A GOD MOTHER! I AM GOING TO BE A GOD MOTHER! I AM GOING TO BE A GOD MOTHER!

ok calm…I am going to be a god mother to what is already the cutest baby ever! never have I seen a cuter 16 week scan in my life, I am totally besotted, smitten and in love with this little life.

So we decided to do a very quick and intimate announcement shoot in Brett and Chantel’s home which of course included their (fur) children whom I’m sure you will remember from their anniversary shoot here so that they could send these photo’s to family and friends and eventually put them on facebook for the world to know!

I cannot wait to do Chantel’s maternity shoot!

I love you all so so so much!

Anton & Stacey – Engagement

I’m going to be second shooting for Chantel for Anton and Stacey’s wedding coming up in May. Chantel has known Stacey  for a couple of years now and I am so glad a crashed the engagement shoot as these too are such a happy fun loving couple! they brought along their little one Chase who is just so cute!

I’m positive the wedding day will be just as fun as this shoot was!

Joanne & Mike – Orchid house Collisheen

Joanne and Mike got married at the Orchid house at Collisheen in Ballito on an extremely hot but beautiful summer day. I loved how they seemed to laugh at everything and  just took in every moment of their big day…
they are a very family orientated family and the bridal party consisted of Mike’s siblings who knew exactly how to get their brother and new sister to crack up laughing, let me just say that as a photographer you can’t help but cross fingers that the groom will give you a tear or two when he sees his future wife walking down the aisle and let me just say Mike delivered better than any groom I have ever experienced, it was so touching to be able to witness the love he had for her, although Joanne would have been able to get any man to tear up as she makes such a stunning bride.

The day was filled with fun and laughter, the night was filled with MANY crazy dance moves! The dance floor always had someone on it from the tiny niece in her walker to the vivacious grannies, everyone tried their hand at showing off their skills!

it was a really fun wedding to be a part of thats for sure

Avani & Prean | Braeside wedding

What an Amazing Couple to work with! I don’t think I have ever laughed so much as with these two, Strong winds on your wedding day are said to blow away any sorrow in your life and their wedding took place on a VERY windy saturday in November, I’m certain Avani & Prean are going to share a very, very happy life! With all the wind nobody was worried that Avani would blow away because of the weight of her beautiful and very intricate sari, you two were so much fun to work with, I hope you enjoy!

Springbok Adventure

Some of you may remember my post of Brett and Chantel well Chantel is my best friend and we decided to take a trip to visit my mom who lives in a tiny town called Springbok

Well this is what happens when two photographers travel together! Stunning photographs, lots of laughs and an unbelievable adventure! Some images are mine, some are Chantel’s from Vita Bella Photography

Our little 4 298Km round trip adventure began with waking up at 4 am and traveling to king Shaka airport, upon arrival we realized Chantel’s ticket had been booked under her new married Surname but her ID had her maiden name in it! After some massive anxiety, sweet talking managers and a panicked phone call, Brett managed to email through their marriage certificate and we were allowed to board our 6:20am flight to cape town, which was full of giddy excitement, cracking jokes and a very hungover Bianca gagging over a squeaky mushroom, once landed we checked in with the car rental and were handed keys to our travel buddy Pronto Renato the tomato aka beige lightning, a tiny beige kia piccanto, after realizing our bags wouldn’t fit in the glove compartment sized boot we headed for the N7 which was the beginning of what should have been a 5 hour sencic drive through the beautiful cape wine lands but due to stop-go’s ended up being 11 hours filled with construction- workers and without a cd we either had a choice of silence, static, Afrikaans braai sokkie or bible passages…we opted for silence

 

I’m almost certain we woke up the whole of springbok upon arrival at duck with warning lights hooting and shouts! Followed by a laughing crying elated mumsy jumping into our tiny steed which could barely fit the two of us never mind three, After hugs and kisses we climbed back into our cars and we followed in the shadow of the Beast aka mumsy’s Discovery 4, through the little town of springbok and 6km.s out to her farm, after settling into our rooms which had bottles of wine resting on our pillow we had a delicious braai and went to bed to get rested for an adventure none of us will ever forget!

Chantel & Brett

I have put this post off for quite some time, for many reasons, I wanted it to be the first blog on my new website and I think one reason was having to pen this write up, this shoot was almost as special as this couple is to me, Brett & Chantel started dating when she was still a fresh faced teenager and have been together ever since, the only person who can rival Brett for Chantel’s attention and love is me, we met while studying photography and bonded over a bottle of tequila in my car (its a long story that could be an entire blog post in itself) with a friendship founded on the same passion for photography and disdain for our theory lecturer, we fast became inseparable,  the Blondes, the best friends, the sisters, Chantel and I are two peas in a POT (yes I know it’s pod) and wherever we go we get asked if we are sisters and I honestly feel like she is, where I am  short, she is tall, I shoot Nikon she shoots Canon, but in most aspects we are one in the same, but she is and always will be the Ying to my Yang…

One day I got to meet her then boyfriend, Brett, we instantly hit it off and he has fast become one of my best friends, on their wedding day you could find me getting ready with the girls and also rallying to get to the boys, I love them both equally and couldn’t imagine life without either of them…they truly are my favourite couple, they inspire me, and show me what a marriage should be like, I even love the way they argue.

next year these two would have been together for 10 years, and in that decade have built up a life, a home and a family (the four furry’s Joey, Bailey, Amber and Cassey) together, for their first anniversary they decided to do a shoot starting at home, photographing them in their favourite place, their home.

Brett thank you for being such a sport and putting up with an entire days shoot,

Chantel you made my life so easy with the amount of effort you put into that day

Brett & Chantel you two are my best friends, my family, my life, I love you lots!