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Cape Town Engagement shoot – Deano & Judith

I think it's about time to get some of my images up on my blog again, man it's been long. So let's start off with the Cape Town Engagement Shoot of Deano and Judith. I have known these two for some time already and a couple of years back, I did the shoot for them at Judith's 21st birthday. Now a couple of years later, man how time flies, they contacted me again to shoot their wedding later this year! What a stunning couple, inside and out and I am really looking forward to this wedding in November! Please feel free to share with friends and family.

Wildekrans Estate wedding – Jorge & Debbie

Debbie and George booked me to photograph their stunning Wildekrans Estate wedding in December. It was a warm and cloudy day, perfect weather actually as it was not too hot. The setting was this awesome tent outside and because it was a morning wedding the whole atmosphere was relaxed. Debbie was driven in on the back of an old Ox wagon that was restored and it was something completely different than the norm. Debbie and Jorge have been together for years and now they have made it official on this awesome day. Their little boy was the proud ring bearer and you could see what an honour it was for him. If you are ever in the Botrivier area, please stop by this estate to taste their award winning wines, its simply mind blowing! Please feel free to share with friends and family.  

Cape Town Wedding – Lee & Janine

A couple of weeks ago I posted the stunning engagement shoot of Lee & Janine, well now its time for their stunning Cape Town wedding that was held at the awesome Romney Park Boutique Hotel in Seapoint. It was one of those perfect winters days. It was almost needed for a jacket, but as soon as the sun started dipping it was chilly. We did some of the couple shoot in the Cape Town CBD and then we went to the beach close to Clifton. Here we had one of the best sunsets we could have asked for with some lovely golden light for the photos. After that we joined the rest of the party at the Hotel and we had some stunning food and then the party started. We ended of the evening with the send off of Lee and Janine with all the guests lining the steps with sparklers! Super awesome. Well, here it is, please feel free to let everyone know and please let me know what you think.

Stellenbosch Engagement Shoot – Cecile & Du Toit

I am photographing Cecile and Du Toit later this year. But first we had to do an engagement shoot with them. In our chatting we came up that we wanted to do something a bit different than the normal couple shoot and Cecile, after many hours on Pinterest, came up with a shoot at the local airfield... NICE! So we headed out to the Stellenbosch Airfield and we went and had some fun. Du Toit was dressed in his "top gun" outfit as he called it and Cecile had this cute polka dot dress on. After the airfield we went back to the farm they live, the Fijndraai Estate. We shot all around there in in the stables on the farm as well. To end it off we went into the camp with the foals of the horses. What a better way to end of a shoot than with baby horses and stunning light. Feel free to leave a comment or a like and please share.  

Cape Town Trash the Dress Shoot – Brazillian Flair with Gabrielly & Mauricio

At the beginnig of November I got an email from a lady all the way from Brazil! She found me via google(guess the hard work of SEO is working;)) and she was looking to do a Trash The Dress shoot while she and her new husband was in Cape Town on Honeymoon! Well obviously I was very keen for it as I just love doing Trash the Dress shoots! So I replied and then I did not hear from her again for a couple of weeks, infact, the day right BEFORE the shoot, which was also their last full day in Cape Town! So after a lengthy conversation on Whatsapp, we decided on Cape Town CBD, it was close to their hotel and then Blouberg Beach with the backdrop of Table Mountain and the sea. When you are used to lush tropical beaches of a country like Brazil, the freezing water of Cape Town will surely be a shock to your system, hell we hardly even swim in it! But with out keeping you guys to long, here is the images. Please feel free to leave a comment or share it with your friends.    

Rondekuil Wedding – Matthew & Vicky

I got a phone call from Vicky one afternoon in quite a state of panic. They had a problem with their previously booked photographer and was now looking for a new one. Luckily I was still open for their date and I could help! What an awesome couple!, when you are half way through the first meeting and have not even talked about the wedding, just about stuff like beer and the most random topics, you know it was going to be a great wedding. Rondekuil wedding venue is situated just outside Durbanville in the farmlands and it is stunning there. The food is great and the whole vibe is just farm! We had an amazing sunset and we just had to pop out again to go and shoot that. Well lets not keep you guys from the images much longer, here they are. Please feel free to like, comment and share the images.

Skilpadvlei Wedding – Stellenbosch – Edward & Robertha

It is always great to work with people that you know on a little more of a personal level than just the normal type of clients. Not that it is not great working with my normal clients, but if you know someone on either a more personal level before the wedding it adds a whole new dimention to the work on the wedding day. We as photographers know more of the behind the scenes stuff and the personal details so when the special moments happen, its even more special for us. And with Edward and Robertha this was the case for me. Robertha is the amazing manager/PA/Do-It-All lady that works for the doctor that delivered our baby girl! So we have had lots of talks on the phone, lots of hallo's and good byes and chats when we went for our check ups and scans at Dr De Jong so we knew each other long before she even contacted me to photograph her wedding! When people that you deal with like this contacts you for such a special occasion its just awesome! Their big day was held at Skilpadvlei Wedding Venue in Stellenbosch. We had stunning weather for their wedding day and everything was just perfect. Okay now for the next little bit of info.... At their wedding I photographed one of my all time favourite photos, and this image got quite a bit of traffic on the social media platforms when I shared it soon after the wedding. We where busy with the couple shoot right after the ceremony and I could just see there was going to be an incredible sunset that night. So as we progressed with the shoot the idea I had just became more of a reality and I knew that I just had to get this photo I had in mind. The image I had in mind was a reflection of the couple in the dam at Skilpadvlei with the sunset behind them....Thats should be easy you say, well guess what, as all great images, it was not as easy as it sounded. I quickly realise that I would ave to strip down to my underpants and get into the water to get this shot. So I briefed them quickly what I wanted to do and so I started stripping down. As a rule I ALWAYS have a second set of clothes in the car, one never knows what might happen and there you are stuck with only the set of clothes that you wore that day. So I had a back up plan incase all my clothes got wet, and it did! Here is some behind the scenes images captured by the talented videographer. LJ7 Advertising.   This is the final resulting image: The final image from my stripping down and getting into the Water. When effort is put in, it will be rewarded Here is a video link that Louis from LJ7 has created that featured the whole process. So now you have seen all the behind the scenes schenanigans and what we do to get the very best shot for our clients. So lets not keep you waiting much longer, here is a selection of images from the rest of the wedding. Please feel free to comment and to share it with your friends and family.

Trash The Dress Shoot – Cape Town – Shannon

A couple of months ago I shot the stunning wedding of Shannon and Pierre at Lourensford. Shannon booked an added Trash the Dress shoot with me as well. I highly recommend this to my brides. Here we have a couple of hours to shoot something awesome and be totally creative. There is no guests waiting for you, no one rushing you to get done with your photos. We just go out and get some amazing images. Oh and also, we will never TRASH a dress, unless you really want to off course ;) If the dress gets wet it can easily be dry cleaned and stored in the closet again. So do not be afraid, it will be some of the most fun you can have with your wedding dress on. We did Shannon's shoot at Oudekraal Beach and we had perfect weather. Although the water was a tad chilly, it was not freezing. She was a rock star and the fact that she previously did some modelling made that we got some incredible images. I hope you guys enjoy the images and please feel free to share with friends and family.

Eensgezind Wedding Durbanville – Kevin & Monica

I have been looking forward to the wedding of Kevin and Monica for the whole year already. I just knew it was going to be a cracker. After doing their engagement shoot my expectations was even higher, they are both stunning people. From the getting ready, the church, the family portraits and the formal photos was just one pleasure to shoot. And lets not talk about the party!! One of the best DJ's that we have worked with at a wedding and one of the best MC's, man that guys was funny! Then there was the sunset..... the best sunset I have seen in many months and we where so lucky to get some cracker images there as well. Kevin and Monica, thank you so much for choosing me, thank you for making these stunning images! Please view the full album on my Facebook page, here is the LINK to the album. Looking forward to reading the comments on this one! Venue: Eensgezind Bride Make up: Sanmarie Make-up Artist Bride getting dressed venue: Fire & Ice Hotel CPT DJ: TR Sound & LIghting - Johan Kotze Eensgezind Wedding - Kevin & Monica Eensgezind Wedding - Kevin & Monica Eensgezind Wedding - Kevin & Monica Eensgezind Wedding - Kevin & Monica Eensgezind Wedding - Kevin & Monica Eensgezind Wedding - Kevin & Monica Eensgezind Wedding - Kevin & Monica Eensgezind Wedding - Kevin & Monica Eensgezind Wedding - Kevin & Monica

Do you want to be an amazeballs dancer? Then you better hire an amazeballs DJ!

Looking for a DJ for your wedding? Want to know what to look for? Then please read the rest of this post, there is some vital info that will help you make the right choice. What is the two VITAL things of a wedding day that your guests will remember?? No 1: The food! If you had great food, that will be the first thing that your guests will brag about, and this is not only for brides, venues and planners, take note, if you serve bad food, you WILL NOT be famous with the guests. Great food will be a hit, time and time again, even I, who have shot at many venues, will tell a bride that the food was great at a certain place. But enough of the food....the other important factor. No 2: The DJ! hell yeah, you want your drunken and not so drunk friends to party just as hard! Man I have seen the greatest parties, and I can name a tiny few that was so awesome that at 22:00 when I was done with the shooting, I actually wanted to pack my gear away and party just as hard with them! 99% of these cases was due to the awesome DJ! That other 1% is the great crowd of guests. Why is the DJ so important, well if the food is being served at 8pm and every one is done by 9pm, its the classic Sunday-afternoon-after-lunch syndrome, tummy full, eyes closed and then you start to see guests slowly filtering away to their rooms, that you don't want, this is a party! Yes some of the older folks will leave early but then I have also seen a grandma or two boogie deep into the night. So...if the DJ has some wicked tracks playing, it will keep your friends in the party spirit, and soon they will forget that their stomaches is full! Along with the dancing and partying the drinks will flow freely, and your party animals start to slowly creep out of the holes that they hide in for their nocturnal life, and that is what we as photographers love!! Party animals is the soul of receptions and they make for some insane shots! Here is a few images of some of my fav animals, some times its also a good thing that I can leave at 10pm as not long after that I also start to creep out of my hiding place and then there will be incriminating pictures taken of me LOL, now that I cant allow! Bad DJ’s, man they can kill a party, I have literally seen some DJ’s sit there and play for themselves! They are singing and swinging their arms behind their mixer/cd player or what ever it is that some of these guys have, and this all to the tune of Living Next Door To Alice....and with an empty dance floor and the drunk guys in the bar shouting ALICE, ALICE, WHO THE F&%$K IS ALICE after every chorus! Not  cool. I have also had a DJ at one wedding where he was also playing more for himself than the guests, so I went up to him and I said, dude, I need to get photos of people dancing! Get them on the floor, play, Shuffle It or Tonights gonna be a good night or just make plan, so 5 minutes later, he did, and guess what, we had about 30 people on the floor! I am a lover of classic golden oldie hits, stuff that will rock the show, but it must be a good mix, if I have to listen to Smokie or Grease Lightning’s soundtrack the whole night I will die a slow death, even though I love the songs, the same goes for guys like Eminem or Black Eyed Peas or who ever is playing the latest hit on the radio....Somehow Pockerface just comes to mind, a song that can very quickly be turned into a very rude, below the belt joke by the drunk best man LOL How should brides choose a DJ? Well firstly, YOU need to tell him what music will get your crowd going, house music, classical music, hip hop or what ever, give them a list of your and your friends fav artists and see if he has them and if he doesn't, can het get the music. Then get some references from him, brides who's weddings he did and contact them, hell it can be an expensive mistake to make for your wedding day. They will quickly tell you if he had a good party with said DJ. As the other providers, the photographer, the videographer, the venue and then friends for some recommendations. If there is a name that pops up a couple of times, then you sort of know that guy is good.... Meet the DJ, sort out all monies etc with him beforehand, you don't want a DJ to start putting up a scene later the night as he wants his money now, before the wedding all parties must know exactly how the finance parts of the wedding work. The other option is having a live band! But this could also be risky, don't get an alternative bad for a traditional wedding LOL, that will just be wrong and you might end up getting a rude letter from grandma who will think that you have let the anti Christ loose on them hahahaha. Bands is awesome, there is nothing that will get a crowd going than some really good cover songs like summer of 69 and the likes! Not only should the guys be good performers, but also entertainers. If I could do my wedding over, I would have had a band. For light morning weddings or just some good back ground music during dinner or the service or while everyone is having pre-drinks, get a instrumental group, flutes, pianos, saxophones etc, that is always a good hit and it sets a nice relaxed mood. there is some really talented boys and girls out there that will rock the socks of any wedding. Choosing your DJ is just as important as the right dress/suit/photographer and equally important as the food. We as photographers will gladly share some of our fav contacts as this will just help us get great images! Let me know what your thoughts is, always great to hear what others think, and feel free to share this with your friends who is looking for a DJ. I hope my pointers was worth it, now everyone should be amazeballs dancers at their weddings LOL    

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