Nothing beats working with passionate foodies. I think I’m pretty passionate when it comes to food but when you’re photographing somebody else’s baby, you realize, there’s passion and then there’s PASSION.
For the first time ever, on this particular shoot for Flavour Cafe in Pietermaritzburg, I decided to use a food stylist to assist in the process. Despite the fact that I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to my shoots and I prefer to work as a solo crusader, it was amazing having some creative and styling input from food stylist, Ronwyn van der Riet. Watch this space for future collaborations with this dynamic chick.
Chef and owner, Lee Hankey was a legend. He helped churn out some gorgeous looking plates and then let us do our thing. It’s taken quite a while for me to blog this post, but here it is. Let your tastebuds take a stroll.
It has been a long while since I blogged any shoots ! This colorful and happy wedding inspired me once again. It also reminded me of these words by Kahlil Gibran ~
“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives? When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see in truth that you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
Saturday, 8th April 2017 was a very special day for these two wonderful people. Leon Gryvie, our local GP and Terri, a beautiful and wild lass from the Eastern Cape.
A sunny day filled with joy, smiles, laughter, jokes, good company, good food and so much love…..even the Midlands weather played the game.
Congratulations Terri & Leon – here’s wishing you guys so much happiness, companionship and peace in the years to follow. Thank you too, for giving me the opportunity to capture your wedding day xxxxx
Take a look at these gorgeous happy pix for an idea of what it means to have a real KZN Midlands Country-style Wedding!!!
To be honest, I haven’t done many of these. Why not you may ask! I have no clue. The are the BEST fun. After the tension and high energy vibe of the wedding day, the t-the-d is such a brilliant “bring-things-down-to-earth” or soak the daylights out of them, kind of shoot.
Needless to say Kirst and Wayne embraced the trash-the-dress shoot for all it was worth. The dress (which I’m relieved to say wasn’t really her wedding dress) was pretty trashed, well jolly dirty anyway. Wayne , clearly a bum man, managed to cop a feel on every single shoot (note E-shoot and wedding day). The fabricator (aka fascinator – and if you don’t know what it is, thats your problem) was also the subject of much humour. Even Ruby, my Bull Mastiff princess, got in on some of the shots. Think she was really a tad nervous that Wayne (or Kirst) was drowning especially with the lifting-up-in-the-air with copious amounts of water deluging in the face shots.
In fine form, the day ended with a yummy bottle of bubbles after huge amounts of mirth.
Its taken me a long while to work out what I’d like to say about this wedding. There’s so much. I don’t want to leave stuff out but I also don’t want to ramble on :-).
When I first met Kirst & Wayne, I knew immediately that I was more than happy to shoot their wedding. They both had such a gentle, warm vibe about them. We went on to do their E-shoot down at the river (Mooi) and had so much fun at the time, I knew without a doubt that the wedding was going to be lovely. Well. It was so much more than that. Its not always that you get two people, that you just know, deep down, are so totally meant for each other. Who seem to just get each other and more than anything, really respect each other. The foundation for a long lasting marriage I’m told (by my very experienced parents who’ve been married for over 50 years).
I hope I’ve managed to tell your story in the images below. Watch how the anticipation, the nerves, the last minute details, the tears and the laughter unfold. A lot of these images are the in-between-moments that I love so much. For me, they speak volumes.
The ceremony, the speeches and indeed the huge party afterwards, were a magnificent testimony to the love that you two share, not only with each other, but also with your friends and family. It was truly an honour to be a part of this and to have the opportunity to capture these memories that I hope will last you guys a life time.