KZN Wedding Photography | Judy & Richard | Nottingham Road

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I had been looking forward to photographing Rich & Judys’ wedding near Nottingham Road, in the Natal Midlands since the day she asked me (almost a year back).  Firstly, because she is my sister-in-law, secondly because I  know she has great taste and thirdly, I had never been to the Midlands before.

For a wedding planned long-distance for 120 guests, it was an amazingly unstressed, unhurried, well thought out and totally seem-less affair.  A true organiser (or perhaps a very good delegator), Judes had everything sorted without missing a beat.

We got up to the Midlands on the Thursday afternoon and I immediately fell completely in-love.  Feeling right at home from the moment I arrived, I know I’ll be back someday soon.  The ancient oaks, the green rolling hills  sprinkled with gentle spring flowers and spattered at intervals with peaceful, grazing ngunis and most importantly for me, the meandering rivers,  – all served to delight the senses and add to the magic of the occasion.

We started the Friday morning with a superb facial and massage at Brookdale Spa (I was lucky enough to be involved in this too) and the afternoon was spent scouting the different shoot locations.   On Saturday, the simple ceremony was held next door at Farside (the neighbouring farm) in a beautiful stone barn-like building.   Guests  wearing high heels had to troop in high grasses, past the surprised  Nguni’s, to get to the marquee.

The stunning reception was held near a lake on Wildcroft Farm – Richards’ family smallholding – just a short drive from Nottingham Road.

The reception took place in a Marquee near the lake.  With a white palettte, and green and blues reflected in the photobooth umbrellas, flowers and origami birds, the simplicity of the decor resulted in stylish and uncluttered perfection.

Happy Days Richard and Judy.  Hope these bring you many happy memories of what was indeed a superb occasion.

{Popping the question}  – how did you two meet?  Rich and I met at university 18 years ago through mutual friends. We both went our separate ways and then 2 years ago, Rich moved back to South Africa and we sat next to each other at a dinner…followed by a few late night drinks….and as the song goes “it all started with a kiss”. Rich proposed to me in January this year at the open air Vertigo restaurant situated on the 61st floor of the Banyon Tree Hotel in Bangkok.

{Plan to party}  – The whole year around planning the wedding has been memorable. From the origami bird folding session with friends to Rich sourcing my make up artist to the neighbors dogs who joined the ceremony and reception – every moment has been memorable and special.

{Your wedding} – what was unique about it – give a description of your dream. I was never the girl that planned or dreamt about her wedding and had this perfect day in mind – for me it has always been about the story I would tell my children one day around the event and the friends and love and excitement and memories of the day.

{Advice for future brides} Be present and enjoy each moment!


Flowers: Perfect Petals, Nottingham Road, Natal Midlands
Dress: Eve’s Bridal, Illovo and Cavendish,
Hair Wendy, Notties Hair, Nottingham Road, Natal Midlands
Wedding Gown: Eve’s Bridal (Cavendish Square)

Photobooth:  GioBooth (Jhb)

Food:  CHC Catering (Pietermaritzburg)

Make-up: Gayle Davies, Natal Midlands
Bridesmaids Gillian Smith, Robyn Lurie and Jacolet van Heerden
Ceremony Venue Farside Farm, Curry Post Road, Natal Midlands
Reception Venue: Wildcroft Farm, Curry Post Road, Natal Midlands (Groom’s parents farm)

Newborn Photography Top 10 Tips & Ideas


Newborn Photography is a challenge.  Don’t get me wrong, I LUUURVE a challenge and its not that I’m uncomfortable with Newborns,  not at all.I love to hold them and I’m confident being around them, having had two of my own. Its more the apparent rigidity of the “the backdrop”, “the props”, “the little hats and beanies” that seems to go along with the whole “newborn shoot”.  Like most of us, I went out and bought a few of them.  I’ve got the black backdrop. Even bought some fun material for a bit of variety, but I have realised that aside from the fact that everyone seems to be doing this and Newborn shoots are all looking rather similar, its just not my style.

I want to tell more of a story. To somehow convey the scene I was seeing and how the people involved were feeling at the time. Recording the simplicity, love and beauty that is a Newborn child!

As my own style is emerging, I’ve realized that aside from telling a story, keeping things real, original and emotive – I like to feel out the essence of the situation that I’m shooting. Does that make sense? Semantics is loosing me (ha!)

Anyway – this is a little shoot i did with the very delicious Liam who is in fact brand new son to one of my husbands’ cousins (work that one out frederick). He was way way more wakker than I expected him to be at 6 days old but precious-ness personified. We didn’t have much time as we were on our way to the Breede River for the Easter Weekend so – snatched moments with mom were all we could manage. Wish I had had the whole morning and a bit more light.


  1. Turn off your flash.  Look for that beautiful natural light coming through a bedroom window or illuminating the changing area in the nursery.
  2. Make a list of the images you want to get especially that one shot you can’t live without’
  3. Photograph newborns between 1 – 9 days as they usually a lot sleepier and less active
  4. SAFETY – prime importance here obviously.  Bring a beanbag and use composite shots where necessary.
  5. Keeping the area warm.  You need to leave the shoot sweating.  Consider bringing a heater.
  6. Get close.  Those macro shots of fingers, toes, drool, wrinkles, little belly buttons – irresistable
  7. Put them in and on things.  Find stuff that is personal to the family.  Old blankies.  Beautiful throws.  All the new blankies the baby has yet to use.  Gorgeous fruit bowls.  Suitcases.  Anything antique or vintagey.
  8. Relax.  Its important for the mom (especially if she’s a first timer) to feel that the photographer knows what she is doing.  If you give off relaxed vibes, handling the newborn baby with confidence, the mom will tend to relax.
  9. Make sure you wash your hands (often).
  10. Always support the newborn babies head in upright poses.