How it started
I sometimes wish I could say I did photography since I was a toddler. Crawling around in a dark room developing film and looking cool. That is, however, not the case.
I grew up a typical Afrikaans boy playing sports and being outside the whole day until the street lights came on. “Open the gates” and “King” were my favourite games of all time. I did get a camera when I was 13, though. I was not happy. I wanted a Super Springbok leather rugby ball.
In 2001 I went to London for two years. I am going to TRAVEL THE WORLD and save ONE MILLION DOLLARS! It didn’t quite work out that way, but I did manage to buy a decent camera (Fuji Finepix 4900) and fell hopelessly in love with photography.
In 2002 my friends started getting married and I would tag along as a “back-up photographer”. Somehow I managed to get some decent shots. So much so that they started using my photos for enlargements.
The doubts were still present, but after a stern speech by a good friend one night along the lines of “Moenie jou talente wat die Here vir jou gegee het wegsteek nie” I realised I found my calling.
So my business was started. I did my first paid wedding on 14 February 2004. I moved to Cape Town. NEW EVERYTHING!
On 3 March 2007, I did a wedding in the Riebeek Valley. As I entered the bride’s dressing room I saw a girl in the corner. She was breathtaking. I immediately took a picture. The hair and make-up artist were busy applying her make-up. I soon figured out she was the bride’s sister, Iza.
Nothing came of it but we did become friends over time. We then started dating and I soon realised she is THE ONE.
We got engaged on a plot of land that I owned at the time. I built a house made from fairy lights. I’ve been known to be a romantic sometimes… I had help from a friend and, granted, it was not architecturally speaking the MANSION OF LIGHTS I had envisioned but it wowed Iza enough for her to say yes. So our journey together truly began!
My good friend Greg Lumley did our photos and to this day I treasure them immensely.
2009 – 2014
Not only did Iza’s make-up and hair business flourish but we were fortunate enough to travel a bit. We drove old cars, lived in a small flat, and had flimsy furniture but we happily spent all our money on the “next trip”. It was like a drug!
This included:Bangkok, Koh Samui , Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, London, Edinburgh
Words cannot describe the extreme emotions that a baby brings to your home. Ranging from absolute frustration to a joy that is incomprehensible, and a love that is endless.
When he was born I also made the scary decision and leap of faith to quit my day job (crazy, I know!!) and do photography full-time. It was something that was a long time coming and although we have other stresses since we both work from home – it was the best decision ever.