WHERE DO YOU LIVE AND WILL YOU TRAVEL?
I have home bases in Johannesburg, Durban and PE, South Africa, but travel the entire country and world for weddings. I consider myself a travelling wedding photographer and there is no place too small or too far for me to travel! Travel fees to main centres around South Africa are included in my collections.
WHAT SORT OF PHOTOGRAPHY DO YOU OFFER?
I specialise in wedding and couple photography as well as personal branding, boudoir, family, maternity and newborn lifestyle photography (i.e. you with your new addition in a real-life setting, not posed images of your newborn in different outfits). I also do magazine and corporate work when possible/
WHAT CAMERA EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
I use two Canon 5DmkIV cameras. I only use Canon L-Series lenses and high speed, quality memory cards from Lexar (including a backup card in my camera for peace of mind).
HOW ARE YOUR COLLECTIONS STRUCTURED?
Collections are based on the number of hours worth of coverage you’d like for your wedding day. Elopement coverage starts at 5 hours. Traditional wedding coverage starts at 9 hours and this usually allows enough time to cover formalities at smaller weddings, with the larger collections including a bit of partying too. I don’t include cheap albums or prints in packages to bulk the offering, but rather focus on delivering a quality experience with amazing service. If you would like to view my brochure, please feel free to get in touch via the contact form. Collection pricing starts at R15,000.00
DO YOU WORK WITH A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER?
I am a solo photographer and work by myself at most weddings. I do not have an assistant or second photographer with me on the day, and can manage almost all coverage by myself as long as you have selected hourly coverage to match your needs on the day. If you require a second photographer then I will gladly source one an provide a quote.
HOW DO WE KNOW HOW MUCH COVERAGE WE NEED?
An average wedding of 80-120 guests needs about 9 hours of photography to get us through to the end of formalities. My brochure contains a timing guide, and we can chat about timing on the day if you need more info. I normally work back from the sunset time on your wedding day.
The best time for your photography session is an hour before sunset. We’ll have the best light and won’t keep your guests waiting for too long.
SPEAKING OF, HOW LONG WILL WE NEED FOR PHOTOS?
I work quickly on the wedding day because I know guests get grumpy if they have to hang around for too long before the reception kicks off. Post ceremony, we’ll need 15 minutes for family photos, 20-25 minutes for a medium sized entourage (3 bridesmaids and 3 groomsmen), and around 45 minutes for your couple session. That’s it!
CAN WE BOOK EXTRA HOURS ON THE NIGHT?
If things run late and you’re worried about coverage ending early, you are more than welcome to book more time on the evening. I provide a customised photography timeline the week before the wedding and you will be able to tell beforehand if timing will be tight. I really try to keep your wedding day as stress-free as possible and do everything I can to ensure you are going to have adequate coverage waaaaaaay before the big day even arrives.
WELL WE'RE ELOPING AND JUST NEED BASIC COVERAGE. CAN YOU ASSIST?
Absolutely! I already have a collection customised for elopements because they rock!
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE CAN WE BOOK?
I accept bookings around 10 months in advance, and slightly longer for peak season bookings. At present, I only accept up to 3 weddings per month.
WE'D LOVE TO BOOK YOU TO PHOTOGRAPH OUR WEDDING, WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO?
Once you have selected a collection that provides the coverage you need, a 50% booking fee and signed contract will secure your wedding booking. I am unfortunately not able to pencil in bookings, but the date will be blocked off for 10 working days whilst you finalise your booking. Payment plans are available.
DO YOU NEED TO DO A SITE VISIT BEFORE THE WEDDING DAY IF OUR VENUE IS OUT OF TOWN?
If the wedding is more than 100km out of town, I usually arrive the afternoon before in order to check the venue out and scout out amazing spots for your photo session. I do my best to work with the staff at the venue to find incredible spots for your photos, because they generally know great secret areas (especially if your are having a game reserve or safari wedding).
HOW LONG WILL YOU TAKE TO EDIT OUR PHOTOS?
After the wedding I try to get a few preview images to you pretty quickly. Thereafter, the bulk of photographs will be edited within 10-12 weeks. An online album of your edited photos will be posted immediately thereafter so that you can access, browse and download low res versions of your images from anywhere in the world. Your USB will then be delivered directly to you at no extra charge if you reside in SA.
WHAT FORMAT DO MY PHOTOS COME IN?
Your USB will include un-watermarked high res edited jpeg photos, as well as a folder of watermarked resized images for social media so that it is super easy to upload quality images.
WHY DO YOU WATERMARK OUR LOW RES IMAGES?
As silly as it sounds, online image theft by other photographers is a real problem. I have had my work stolen in the past and would like to protect it as far as possible, both for my client's sake and that of my business.
CAN WE ASK YOU NOT TO DISPLAY OUR IMAGES ONLINE?
Yes, absolutely. Your privacy is important to me.
CAN WE GET THE RAW FILES?
I take great care with your photographs and edit them one by one, ensuring they are absolutely perfect. Unfortunately the RAW files are not released, but your final JPEG images are high resolution and are sized at approximately 40cm on the long edge (to give you an idea of the high quality).
CAN WE SEND YOU PHOTOS WE HAVE SEEN AND WANT ON OUR WEDDING DAY?
You are more than welcome to send through photos that you love, which I will use for inspiration. Unfortunately I will not be able to replicate photos you have found online.
CAN YOU MAKE ME SKINNY?
My collections all include very subtle skin smoothing techniques on your portrait photographs, but I do not do any extensive ‘photoshopping’ to change your appearance.
WE'D LIKE TO INTERVIEW YOU OR BOOK YOU TO SPEAK AT OUR EVENT. WHAT DO WE DO?
I’d be really honoured! Please get in touch via my contact form and we can chat all about it.
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