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Stellenbosch Wedding – Du Toit & Cecile

The day has come that it was finally time for the wedding of Du Toit and Cecile. Their Stellenbosch wedding was going to be quite special, for two reasons. Myself and Cecile have been chatting about her wedding for more than a year already and the other is that it was my birthday! The wedding was going to take place on the Fijndraai Estate in Stellenbosch and it was held in their friends private house on the estate. Everything looked amazing even though there was still some final finishes fixed up that morning in the newly built house. We had great weather, cloudy but I had this feeling that we where going to in for one epic sunset, and man I was not disappointed! We shot till well after dark with me having to shoot off my tripod at very slow speeds to get good shots. The party rocked, from the photobooth to the dance floor! Thanks again for having me to shoot your special day. Please feel free to like, comment and share this album.  


DuVon Wedding – Robertson – Johan & Karin

Here is the next wedding to be shared, its the stunning wedding of Johan and Karin that was held at the stunning DuVon Wedding venue outside Robertson. I met Karin when she was still at school here in Worcester, in fact, she was one of the very first people that I photographed right at the start of my photographic career and that was at a school sport day! Looking back now at those images I cant believe how crap I used to be LOL, but obviously it left an impression on Karin who then went on and booked me for her wedding! The whole wedding had a vintage party theme, with popcorn, punch and funky decor. I just loved the bright colours on the tables, something different and creative! We had a stunning day for a wedding and this was my third wedding in a row where we had a pretty damn awesome sunset, which we managed to capture. The reception turned out to be an awesome party and young and old rocked the dance floor Kari got dressed at the stunning Orange Grove farm outside Robertson  


Merwida Wedding – Rawsonville – Gert & Neleen

I photographed this stunning couple at the end of March at the Merwida Country Manour here in Rawsonville. To work with fun people is always good, lots of laughs and great moments. So lets share some of these great moments with you guys!


Trash the Dress Shoot – David & Zahn-Mari

Here is the part two from the next day after the wedding. As I mentioned in the first post, you can find it HERE, the party was of the hook and Zahn did a pretty good job of trashing the dress the night before LOL. So when I eventually woke them and we got them dressed it was almost 12pm LOL. So we headed down to the beach in Witsand to go play in the water and do their Trash the Dress shoot. Here is some of the images, please feel free to share with friends and family.


Garden Route Landscapes

The Garden Route was one of the first places where the Europeans set foot in South Africa for the first time. And honestly I would give quite a few very important body parts to have been able to see what the land would have looked like back in that time. Today the Garden Route is a very popular holiday destination with lots of tourist attractions. I have been coming to the Garden Route since I can recall and that was from an age of about 3years old! Most holiday makes just go and see the normal touristy stuff, but to be honest, there is MANY hidden gems in the Garden Route that very few people get to see. There is some amazing landscape opportunaties in the Garden Route. From Raging swell pounding against vertical cliffs that has a sheer drop into the Indian Ocean to white sandy beaches that go on for kilometers to deep dark estuaries and indigenous forests as old as time itself. Some of these places I have photographed on a few occasions and I have been to some of these locations during fishing trips and I have often shown people an image and they would go, Where is that?? And then those people are residents in some of the Garden Route towns! Some of these places I have shot numourous times and every time I walk away with some new and better than the previous time I was there. Like the Old Pier on Diaz beach, I must have photographed it on about 10 occasions and every time I get something new. The same goes for the cliffs on the Oyster Catcher Trail. Here the cliffs plummet vertically down into the, sometimes very angry, Indian Ocean. To see a huge wave wash up 30-40 meters against a vertical wall can be quite a rush! Yet I have had a particular photo of the St Blaize Lighthouse in mind for some time now and I have never had the perfect conditions for the image I want. But that is what keeps us going back for more! The main towns along the Garden Route would be Witsand, Stilbaai, Mosselbay, George, Wildernis, Knysna, Sedgefield, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Every single one of these destinations offers something different for the landscape photographer. From huge aloes and white beaches and the breede River Mouth at Witsand to lush subtropical indigenous forests in Knysna, forests that is still roamed by wild Elephants! So please sit back and enjoy some of the images I have managed to capture in this amazing piece of South Africa. All images are available as fine art prints on mediums such as Canvas, fine art paper and metal prints. Please email me should you want more info regarding a printed and signed image. Some images from Witsand area: Dusk as seen from the Witsand Main beach. Huge storms has washed driftwood down the Breede river and it ended up on the beach in Witsand. On the Horizon you will see the point on the opposite side of the Breede River on the Infanta side. Soft Pastel Sunset as seen from the Witsand Main beach. Huge storms has washed driftwood down the Breede river and it ended up on the beach in Witsand. On the Horizon you will see the point on the opposite side of the Breede River on the Infanta side. Shooting aloes at night along the road between Heidelberg and Witsand. We went out to shoot some milky way images with these aloes but it was clouded over, so we made the best of a bad situation. Now it almost has an eery apocalypse feel to it. An image from Stilbaai The break wall with its bright red beacon in Stilbaai. Stillbaai is the quiet seaside village in the Garden Route. It has a very small harbour. This is the small break wall that stops the big swell from causing havoc with launching boats. The Oyster Catcher trail and Cliffs in Mosselbay Golden First light hits the massive cliffs on the Oyster Catcher trail between Mosselbay and Danabay. The red sandstone lights up as if on fire. The Mansions on the Pinnacle Point Golf Estate can be seen in the distance. Golden First light hits the massive cliffs on the Oyster Catcher trail between Mosselbay and Danabay. The red sandstone lights up as if on fire. The Mansions on the Pinnacle Point Golf Estate can be seen in the distance. Dawn is about to break on the Garden Route. Over looking the Ocean from the cliffs on the Oyster Catcher trail, it is quite a sight to behold. A Cove along the Oyster Catcher Trail makes for an awesome composition for a sunrise shoot. I have photographed this cove a couple of times and get something different every time. A Cove along the Oyster Catcher Trail makes for an awesome composition for a sunrise shoot. I have photographed this cove a couple of times and get something different every time. A view of the St Blaize Lighthouse in Mosselbay. This is one of the only lighthouses in South Africa that is still maned by a lighthouse keeper. A view of the St Blaize Lighthouse in Mosselbay. This is one of the only lighthouses in South Africa that is still maned by a lighthouse keeper. A Cove along the Oyster Catcher Trail makes for an awesome composition for a sunrise shoot. I have photographed this cove a couple of times and get something different every time. This particular morning we had some awesome low and mid level clouds that turned this lovely pink with the dawn light. The Cape St Blaize Lighthouse overlooks the point in Mosselbay. Situated on the sandstone cliffs above a natural cave used by the khoi as shelter in the early days. This is one of the last maned lighthouses on the South African coastline. The point Mosselbay   Textured storm clouds over the ocean during a sumer thunderstorm of the point in Mosselbay. Massive Thunderclouds build over the Ocean as seen from the point in Mosselbay. I had to run to get the last bit of colour on these amazing clouds. There was no time to set up for a good composition, so it is more of a record shot.  Diaz Beach Mosselbay Seal Island of Diaz beach has one of the densest populations of Great White sharks in the world. Although it is a very popular bathing beach, there has not been any major attacks. From recent studies it is shown that the Island is often frequented by juvenile sharks, but the big boys are often not far. The old Pipeline Pier on Diaz Beach. It is a very well known landmark with fisherman, but it is also one of the most awesome structures to shoot. I have shot this place about 10 different times and every time I got something new and better. Surf wash up onto the beach at Bay View in Hartenbos in the Garden Route. Hartenbos is a very popular holiday destination on that part of the coast line. Right next to the Diaz Pipeline, these poles of an old structure offers something different for the photographer The old Pipeline Pier on Diaz Beach. It is a very well known landmark with fisherman, but it is also one of the most awesome structures to shoot. I have shot this place about 10 different times and every time I got something new and better. The old Pipeline Pier on Diaz Beach. It is a very well known landmark with fisherman, but it is also one of the most awesome structures to shoot. I have shot this place about 10 different times and every time I got something new and better.  Kleinbrak / Glentana Beach A cold front was fast approaching when I shot this image on kleinbrak beach. The cold and ominous mood really works for me here. A wave splashes over the rocks on a private beach along the Garden Route. This beach can only be access through private property. Hopefully I can get back down there in the future to capture some more of this awesome piece of earth. I found this rock on a private beach between Glentana and Haroldsbay. This rock is part of another rock that it has broken of from. I photographed it in such a manner so that it became a stand alone feature to the image. There was some good water movement and clouds going on and it just made for a great image.  Knysna     Dusk over the Outeniqua Mountains. A sliver moon hangs high in the sky as it is busy setting just after dusk. The colours on the horizon is from the setting sun and hard to believe. I did not do much editing to the colours in this image. It was just amazing! Dusk setting in over the Garden Route. This was shot from the highest peak that is accessible by vehicle, Called Spitskop. In the distance you will see the lights of Knysna starting to come on with a thick layer of fog over the ocean. The sun Kisses the hill as it starts to set in the Garden Route. This was from the top of Spitskop, the highest peak that is accessible to people in the Southern Cape Teeny Tiny Landscape. These mushrooms is about 2cm in diameter and they grown in these small nooks and crannies between the moss. These where found in the Knysna Forest and although the day did not yield anything landscape wise, this was just as cool.            


Henry & Leana Worcester Engagement Shoot

This is the Engagement Shoot I did with Leana and Henry-John just two days before their wedding! Engagement Shoots is a very important thing to do, especially if you and your partner is not used to being in front of the camera. It also helps us as photographers to see what we can and cant do with you as our subject. Often on the wedding day there just isnt time to first get cozy infront of the camera, doing an engagement shoot with your wedding photographer really helps this, as you will know what to expect on your big day. So sit back and enjoy some of their images from their shoot. Please feel free to share.


Landscape Photography – A day in the Lowveld – Landscapes

During this past holiday we went to visit my brother and sister-in-law in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga. What an amazing place and area, I will lie if I say that I did not fall in love with the place and the area and the natural beauty that goes along with that part of our country. We where there for just over a week and in that time I set aside one day for me to go and shoot some landscapes. I arranged with a fellow photographer from Lydenburg to join me. Des Jacobs, please view his work and also follow him on facebook. We headed out for a sunrise shoot over The Pinnacle next to God's Window, we where there just before sunrise and it was only 2 degrees outside! Freezing cold is an understatement! We ended up shooting some great images here, but now that I am home I just cant seem to find one that stands out for me, so with regret I am not going to share an image of that amazing sight :( but don't worry, we got plenty other images at different places that is awesome that I will share! A quick stop next to the road at the plantations yielded this image. I love shooting in plantations. After we got back to the car we decided to take a drive to Blyde River Canyon, its the 3 largest canyon on earth and we have it here in South Africa! What a sight to see such an amazing spectacle of nature! Other fellow photographers who has documented this place like Mark Dumbleton and Hougaard Malan has seen this place in all its glory. On the day we where there there was this horrible smog layer due to veld fires in the previous weeks, that it was really hard to get a decent photo, so now I have the typical holiday snap"I was there" shot of this magnificent place. The next stop would be Lone Creek Falls, from all my research this waterfall looked to be the easiest to get to and also one of the most spectacular! And we where not disappointed, it is spectacular and for the next 4 hours myself and Des just shot images of this waterfall, the conditions was challenging as you cant get to close to the plunge pool as the spray and wind from the cascading water was hectic, I literally had to clean lenses in between every shot! Here is a series of the Lane Creek Falls. After this our last shoot for the day was the Horse Shoe Falls. Although its not as magnificent as Lone Creek,, it has potential. Here is my favorite image from that falls. This is a must see part of our stunning country, and like Arnie used to say...I'll be back! Hope you guys enjoy the read and the images. Dewald


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