I have put together a list of frequently asked questions to help answer a few things you might want to know!
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I started shooting in 2012 and my style of photography has developed with time. I enjoy capturing unposed, genuine moments like that laughter from the belly, the huge grin on a groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time or when the lights go down, the music goes up and everyone has forgotten that there is a camera pointed at them! It’s those real raw moments that I love so much! It is those memories that you will keep in your heart forever long after your “Pinterest” board has gone out of style.
It has taken me a long time to build up my kit and with photography, it never quite ends. My current camera bag consists of a Canon 5D Mark ii as my main camera body. I also have a backup Canon 600D. Lenses include a 50mm F1.8, a 24-70mm F2.8 – which I never leave the house without and finally the 70-200mm F2.8. I also have 2 Sigma speed lights that I use off camera with Yongnuo receivers. There are also the accessories that go along with all of this such as batteries, memory cards, flash diffusers, light stands, and umbrellas!
I’m proud to call Durban my hometown! All of my Wedding Packages include travel of 100KM radius from my home on the Bluff, thereafter I do charge a travel fee of R4 per KM. And YES! I absolutely love to travel! As a photographer, it is always exciting to see and experience new places. If your wedding is more than 130KM outside of Durban, I will require overnight accommodation for myself and my assistant. Destination weddings outside of Durban (or South Africa) will mean that the client will need to cover extra costs like flights, car hire, and accommodation.
No. My services only include photography and I prefer to do the absolute best by providing you with my undivided attention, and there is no way that I could do that if I were trying to do two things at the same time. I would be more than happy to give you referrals of excellent videographers.
My assistant plays a vital role in making sure your day runs smoothly. She will not only carry equipment, set up lighting, hold reflectors, change lenses but she also acts as a “time keeper”. She will make sure that we don’t run over time and that we stick to schedule. I can very easily get lost in a moment with you during a portrait or creative session. When it comes to weddings, my assistant will also second shoot for me at certain points in the day.
I tend to get booked up quite quickly so if you are interested in my service, let’s get together for a cup of coffee and chat about your day. It’s always better to meet in person to make sure we are compatible first. That may sound strange, but as your photographer I’m going to be with you for the most part of your day. If we get along and you like my work, the next step is to fill out a booking form and put down a non-refundable deposit of R2000 to secure your booking. The balance will be due one week prior to the wedding day.
Most of my Wedding Packages include a one hour Engagement Session. This gives us the opportunity to get comfortable with each other. Unless you have a modeling background, it can be quite intimidating being in front of a professional lens. The Engagement Session is good practice for what to expect on the day for your creative session as well as giving you some really great pictures to use as “save the dates” or just to put up in your home. All Engagement images are provided to you via an online link that will allow you to download and save the images to your computer.
The Engagement Session can be added to the Bronze Package on request.
This will vary depending on the package you choose. I always prefer to arrive at the venue at least one hour before I start shooting. This gives me enough time to assess my surroundings, see if the reception is set up and at what stage of getting ready you will be and then decide what I will start photographing first.
Yes. After 6 to 8 hours of shooting, it will be appreciated if you can allocate a meal and a place to rest for myself and my assistant. We don’t necessarily need to be included on your seating plan, but it is best to make sure that we are as close to your reception venue as possible so that we don’t miss anything important that might happen at this time.
Most of my Wedding Packages include an Engagement Session, selected jumbo prints and images on a USB. Depending on the package you have selected for your wedding, I offer Wedding Albums. Coverage on the day will also depend on the selected package which will be discussed during your bridal consultation. I do not have a set amount of images as every wedding is unique and the amount of content that you have on the day will influence a number of editable images I will include on the USB. I work through a selection process, choosing to edit only the best images from your day as I’m sure you wouldn’t want a photo that is out of focus or if your eyes are closed. Depending on the chosen package, I will include from 400 images to 800 or more.
After your wedding day there is a whole lot of work that goes on behind the scenes when it comes to processing images. All images are downloaded and backed up immediately for safe keeping. A photographer can take up to 2000 (or more) photos during a full day wedding. All of these images then go through a “selection” process whereby I eliminate any unacceptable or duplicate photos. This process does take some time and plays a huge role in the final product. My approach to editing includes colour correction, adjusting contrast and exposure and cropping if necessary. I then also soften skin and clean up blemishes on specific images as well as clone out any distractions in the image to make them more aesthetically pleasing. Once all of this is finished, I start working on the layout of the Album. All albums have their own custom layout and no one album is ever the same. An electronic preview of the album is then sent to my clients to sign off before I send the album to be printed. As you can imagine, all of this does take quite some time on top of all the normal daily functions that make up a business such as responding to emails, answering calls, sending out invoices, social media marketing and building a relationship with potential clients just to name a few. I prefer to under promise and over deliver so I tell my clients that they can expect to receive the final product within 3 to 4 months from their wedding day and then I aim to deliver within 2 to 3 months. This also allows me flexibility for any unforeseen hiccups along the way. In order for me to offer my clients the absolute best quality, this process cannot be rushed.
We live in a digital age where most people choose not to print which makes me so sad. This is why I have chosen to include wedding albums in all of my packages that range from a simple 20×20 cm Photo Book to a gorgeous 30×30 cm Wedding Album that comes standard with a linen cover and square viewing window. Genuine Leather covers are also available on request. I personally believe that you cannot place a value on printing an album as this is what you are left with to remind you of that special time in your life and what you will carry on with you to show your grandchildren one day. However, if you are on a budget then the album can be left out of your package at the time of booking and you can then choose to add this on at a later stage.
Most of my work relies on word of mouth along with the power of social media, so yes! I will choose one image to share on social platforms the very next day after your wedding. I will then take +-10 of my favorite images from your selections to post online roughly 2 weeks later. If I have selected your wedding to be blogged, I will post the blog one month after your wedding. The images used in the blog will reflect your wedding day in a short story telling format.