The Lucky shot – Time standing still

Right after the confetti and congrats , the couple walked to the predrinks to grab something to drink. I was walking ahead to get a wide shot of the whole venue. Something told me to turn around. As I turned I saw them pausing for a moment. Time standing still …

The Lucky Shot – The Rain shot

It was a challenging day weather wise(Mostly raining). Close the reception we saw a little forrest area which provided us with just enough cover. With dark clouds and dark trees the only answer was to use so off-camera flashes. My key-light (Front left softbox) were set up. As Wynand activated …

THE LUCKY SHOT – LEAN BACK

Every now and then I get wedding couples that ask me about fun group photos. The problem with these staged photos are exactly that…they are staged. So whenever you get a group that does something fun at the spur of the moment you can see it in the photos. This …

The Lucky shot – The Look

    T-Minus 30 seconds. The bridesmaids were already down the aisle. Guests waiting in anticipation. Violins playing and a groom sweating. The bride and her dad were making their way towards the ceremony area. In the middle, they paused for second and shared a moment. Probably one that she …

The Lucky shot – Time slows down

I think it was Einstein that said: Time is relative… At weddings, it feels this way. Everything flies by. 8 Hours feels like 8 minutes. That’s why people always say enjoy every moment. Liesel was ready early. When I got there she was good to go. (As Joey from Friends …

The Lucky Shot – The Crouching Tiger

  The Lucky Shot – The Crouching Tiger When nerves are high we all react in different ways. Some laugh, some joke, some cry and some just want to run away. Zillah got silly.  We can call this her “Crouching Tiger” face! The Expression works brilliantly with the red hair …

The Lucky Shot – The White Panther

The Lucky Shot – The White Panther I have a knack for knowing then dessert is brought out. Call it n 7th Sense. Somehow… I just know! I was making my way to the desert table to get chocolate brownie when I saw one of the guests standing there. I …

The Lucky Shot – The Hug

  The ceremony was just finished. Register just signed. As everybody got up to start making their way towards the pre drinks the bride give her new husband a kiss and a hug. It was more a lingering hug. A quiet moment in the crowd. You know what she was …

The Lucky Shot – Sunlight and Horses

The Lucky Shot – Horses and sunlight Horses are normally a very stressful thing out of a wedding photographers point of view. It’s not the horse itself but the unpredictability of the situation. Time and light are our most valuable commodity and you can’t give a timeline to a horse …

THE LUCKY SHOT : Holiness

  THE LUCKY SHOT :  Holiness Ceremonies are normally the most difficult part of the day to shoot. It’s such a fine balance to get great shots and ruining the sanctity of it. Good light is always an issue. You want to reflect the mood but not kill the mood. You …

The Lucky shot – Quiet Bubble

The Bridal room is normally like command central on the morning of the wedding. There are many people. Makeup and hair artists, Bridesmaids, Photographers, Videographers, assistants, Wedding planners, mothers, sisters, kids, fathers and even sometimes a minister. It’s chaos. To find “moments” in this chaos can be tricky. Sometimes if …

The Lucky Shot: Breathe

This photo is probably one of my favorite images of all time. The worst part is I didn’t take it… Iza (My second shooter)did. What makes this image so amazing that it was not posed at all. This was literally taken seconds before the bride walked down the aisle. She …

The Lucky Shot – 45 min

  I remember as a kid Church wasn’t always the most exciting place to go to. We had to sit with the adults and listen to a 45min sermon about stuff that I most of the time did not really understand. Back then there was no youth service. It was …

The Lucky shot – My small ears

In Afrikaans there is a saying” jy het nie ore nie” It translates to “you don’t have ears”. It basically means that you are hearing but you are not listening. My wife says this a lot… I wonder why? Sometimes I am in the lucky situation that I am close …

The Lucky shot – Mother Daughter – Second Shooter

Mother and daughter – Second Shooter I often have couples asking about second shooters. You can view it a luxury but if I see images like this then I almost feel it’s a necessity. We finished the bridal party photos and everyone made their way back to the venue. I …

The Lucky shot – Half time water break

As wedding photographers, we normally run on a tight schedule throughout the day! Managing people, time, situations and all the complexities of the day. By the time the reception rolls by we are pretty spent and this is normally a time that we can just take a breather. Typically this …

The Lucky shot – Paparazzi

There is a recent trend in weddings to go unplugged. What that means is that people leave their electronic devices at home. That is a great idea as it means they are forced to actually enjoy the wedding and not document it all day (like the paid professional). I think …

The lucky shot: Angel

Part of my job is to be the ultimate stealth ninja. When I am shooting ceremonies I have to do it quietly.  Especially when the ceremony is in a church. I’ve even considered getting myself some ballet shoes and dying them black, but that would probably just garner me a …

The Lucky shot: Manhandled

Some of my favorite images are made on the dance floor. At some point, the garter and bouquet toss happens which has delivered on some of the funniest moments you will see at a wedding. The girls are normally super keen and fight for the bouquet. The guys…not so much. …

The Lucky Shot: Endless love

Most of the times we as service providers are being seated out of sight at our own table. It works because we have lots of gear and we are more on our feet than at the table anyway. But sometimes I do enjoy sitting with the guests at a table. …

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