Category Archives: Weddings
Generally speaking, grooms can be as nervous about having their picture taken, as brides. Photographs are really important to both the bride and groom, and I do my absolute best to make sure that they both feel comfortable, and look amazing, in their photos. I’m generally uncomfortable in front of the camera, so I understand these feelings and try to make them feel as comfortable as possible.
How do I do this? I try to let them know what I will be doing in advance, so that they know what to expect. If I’m shooting the groom prep; I will give them an idea of how to be dressed, what to have ready for me to photograph (cufflinks; perfume; special touches; rings; etc), what time I will see them (if I’m shooting the groom before the ceremony), and what I intend to capture. I generally try to shoot unobtrusively where the situation allows, however I will definitely also provide guidance where needed, so that one isn’t left unsure of how to behave in front of the camera. I do my best to read the situation when it comes to the people I’m photographing so that I can make them feel as comfortable as possible, and this either means chatting if the mood is light, or being quieter when the situation calls for it.
I also find that grooms are generally surprised when I’m finished (especially when I’m shooting the bride and groom alone, after the ceremony), as they tend to comment that the time went by quicker than they’d thought. I take that as a good sign.
Once again I had the enormous privilege of shooting a wedding in the heart of the Riebeek Valley, an absolutely lovely venue near Hermon, with it’s beautiful leopard trees in the picnic area. Adri and Coenraad envisioned a wedding full of romance and ambience with wonderful friends and family, and they took some time to hang lots of layered light to achieve the look they were after, and that’s exactly what they got – everything looked beautiful.
Their wedding had so many unique touches – Adri’s ring is over a hundred years old, the diamond cut in the old mine-cut way rather than using modern technology, which gives it the most amazing vintage charm (imagine wearing a stone which has absorbed a hundred years of love!). Adri had an outfit change from one beautiful dress to another once the dancefloor had opened, which I love!
Whenever I attend a wedding, I try to remember things that really stand out for me on a personal level, and I think one of the most touching things I heard, was Coenraad’s brother relay the tales of their childhood, listening to homemade cassette tape recordings that their dad had made, chronicling fictional tales of adventure, starring their mom and dad as the main characters. These stories were fondly known as The Adventures of Bob and Minnie. I think that’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever heard, and is a testimony to the character and legacy of the lineage he comes from. Adri’s folks are wonderful – her mom and dad being wonderfully attentive and supportive of their children; they’re very clearly amazing people. Adri and Coenraad have evidently inherited the best of their families’, and were an absolute pleasure to photograph.
The other thing that stood out so clearly for me, is the way Coenraad looks at Adri – I’ve been wracking my brain to think of a way to describe the love that is so evident in his eyes, and I come up empty – I don’t think there are words to describe that kind of love, it has to be seen to be understood; and I wish that kind of love for everyone. The only thing I can possibly think to say is that, when he looks at her, it’s as though he’s looking at a dream come true. I feel so fortunate to have been able to be a part of this time in their lives – it’s days like this that I can point to and say, this is exactly why I love what I do.