I always tell clients before we go into any photo shoot, to first tell me your story. I want to get to know you, your journey and how you got to be together, as this inspires me to tell your story through my lens in a unique and personalized way.

Pre-wedding Photo Session

Pre-wedding photo sessions are so much fun! It gives me an opportunity to get to know you better and you get time to become familiar with my style of photography. For those who are not naturally comfortable in front of a camera, this is a great practice run before the wedding! I love to capture an engagement in the most natural way possible – no formal or uncomfortable posing. This is a great way to start documenting your journey into marriage and you can use these images for your invites or other special touches for your big day. *For those who want to capture a surprise proposal, I’m quite good with hiding in the bushes too!

• 2 hours on location • 2 outfit changes • Images supplied via downloadable link • Low-res images supplied for web/ social media • Minimum 30 professionally processed images.

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Full Wedding Coverage

There are some weddings – like elopements – that require only a few hours of coverage. But for most weddings, there are literally full days’ worth of activities planned.
With my style of documentary photography, the best and most natural moments are caught in the details of preparation: from hair and make-up, to walking down the isle, to cutting the cake and as you end the night dancing away. I love to arrive early and be around to capture everything ‘as-it-happens’! These are also the moments you tend to remember the most.
I would highly recommend going for a full wedding coverage option (instead of only a few hours), so you can enjoy every part of it without rushing around a photography schedule. I will sit with you before the time and guide you on your timeline and planning around the best time for natural light, so we can make sure that photography compliments your day instead of ruling it!
Click below for available options and I can customize a quote for you based on your unique requirements.

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Couple Photoshoot

Celebrate love!

Meaningful couple portraits can be for anyone celebrating a friendship, a special anniversary or just being in love! I prefer natural light locations instead of a studio styled shoot. We can decide on a location together, something that will best describe your lifestyle and personalities – urban, graffiti or nature-based. If you’d like something totally different and more styled, we can arrange to have your hair, make-up and nails done plus kit you out with a trendy wardrobe!

• 2 hours on location • 2 outfit changes • Images supplied via downloadable link • Low-res images supplied for web/ social media • Minimum 30 professionally processed images.

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What exactly is "Documentary Wedding Photography"?

Documentary photography is about making honest images that capture the real moments as they happen. This means I won't necessarily have you and your spouse pose for hours but I am present during every part of your celebration to capture everything you do and don't see on the day!

When it comes to portrait and detail photography, I do include that in your wedding images. I will work with you to include the more formal and posed images into your collection but I do feel that these should not dominate your day or take too much time away from your guests.

I do encourage all couples to make an appointment with me before you coordinate your schedule for the day. Natural lighting can make a big difference to the results of your images and I would love to add value to your planning by helping you understand which areas at your venue would allow us to capture those special moments like sunsets and landscape scenes.

Do you shoot destination weddings?

Absolutely. I love traveling, and I love weddings. So why not combine the two. I am based in Cape Town, South Africa, so it's easy for me to travel to any part of the world for your special day.

Destination wedding commission fees are custom quoted depending on location and amount of coverage needed. Still photography coverage starts at US$2000.

What will your Wedding Photography investment be?

I believe your wedding photography is not just something you purchase or hire for the day. These images will be all you have left after the big celebration and it's something you will truly value over the years to come. I don't just want to show up on the day of your wedding and deliver a service. My team and I want to take extra time to get to know you as a couple, hear your story and understand more of what your big day will entail. We also would like to play a part in helping you determine your schedule for the day and advise you on natural lighting available during the season you're getting married as well as your venue and time of day. My philosophy is to capture real moments of your special day as it unfolds, so I'd love to talk you through it all before you walk down the isle!

There are various packages available to suit your budget and needs, so contact me for an appointment to find out more about how I work.

Do I do any other types of photography work?

I take my documentary approach to a number of different genres because stories are found in all types of photography and activities. Other projects I enjoy working on include corporate portraits, corporate events, fashion, urban, humanitarian and general people photography.

Feel free to contact me for further information or have a look at my sister page for more of my work: Through My Lens