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Family photography with a bunch of Superheroes

I remember the family photography session I did with Ron and Lauren when she was pregnant with Phoenix. Lauren really came to the party on that one…brought a whole collection of props and ideas. We made our way to the botanical gardens of Pietermaritzburg, and had a quality time.

A little over a year later, the Barbours again invited me into their lives to celebrate the little man’s first birthday. I spent some time with the extended family, and then had the opportunity to spend quality time with Mum, Dad and Phoenix…the little family of Superheroes. It was a gem of a day.

Phoenix Barbour is now an entire two years old. Two years. My word. Since then their little family has grown into a not so little family with the arrival of Juniper. I was bummed not being able to do another maternity shoot with them due to being abroad. Who knows, maybe I’ll get to shoot the bigger Barbour clan again…

This post goes out to you, the Barbours. God’s people. Salt of the earth.

 

Durban + South Coast wedding Photographer | Woz’Bona Photography

Photography have always been a passion of mine, and I have toyed with the idea of becoming a wedding photographer for some time, but mostly dabbling in travel photography. Come 2010, a return to South Africa, and thoughts and schemes started to take shape.

My first commission as a wedding photographer came with the wedding of Nathan + Christy at a delightful venue on a farm just outside Pietermaritzburg. This man is savvy on how to make the wedding day as special as possible for his girl. The venue was an absolute winter fairytale, with all the rustic, earthy colours under the trees.

Needless to say, I had to get the business up and running after that, and it was some time before I managed to land my second job as a wedding photographer. Shooting a wedding in the Drakensberg is truly any wedding photographer’s dream, I reckon, and after this one I managed to get quite few other jobs in the area (Paula + Donovan, Thea + Wayne and Rachel + Wendy), making full use of the opportunities to shoot some fabulous landscapes complemented by wonderful people.

I also captured weddings in and around the town of Ladysmith where we were based for just over a year. There are some splendid venues in and around this little, sleepy town, and I had opportunities to shoot at Naunton’s, Platrand Lodge and Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge (Yolandi + Stephan). On the odd occasion, there were some family shoots thrown in the mix, and it was a pleasant break from the more formal setting that is weddings.

After deciding to go back into teaching full-time, we now find ourselves on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast, hence the title of this post: Durban + South Coast Wedding Photographer. After a hectic six months settling in as a HOD at Creston College, I thought the time right to announce myself as another addition to the Durban + South Coast Wedding Photographer market. I’m not expecting to take the market by storm, and I am positive there are many fine photographers around the Durban + South Coast area. If you are in need of a decent wedding photographer at a good price, or want a fun family shoot done anywhere on the South Coast or Durban, get in touch. I will be glad to help.

 

 

Inter-continental wedding – Rachel + Wendy

It isn’t often you manage to get such a group of cosmopolitan people in one place at the same time…come on Rachel and Wendy’s wedding at Alpine Heath Resort in the Drakensberg. It was a clash of cultures and sexes in so many different ways, it is hard to contemplate where to start explaining the fusion that was this wedding. Rachel, a Jewish-American girl from New York, smoothing out the more robust edges of the African culture with Wendy, a Zulu girl from the small town of Ladysmith in South Africa.

If I had to go into detail about everything that went down at their wedding, it’ll take a while, and your jaw will drop. With the mixture of cultures it seemed we were heading for a difficult day, but at the end everything was so beautifully balanced. Rachel with her Jewish-American contribution contrasted delightfully with the traditional singing and dancing from the Zulu culture Wendy’s people brought to the wedding.

A special mention has to go out to the people from Absolute Perfection for managing the day like total pros, and getting the decor for the wedding absolutely spot-on. It all just contributed to the unique balance this we were so blessed to share with Wendy and Rachel.

 

Venue: Alpine Heath Resort, +27 36 438 6484, [email protected]/[email protected]

Event co-ordination, Styling and Floral design by Absolute Perfection, Candace Allan, +27 (0) 72 314 9347, [email protected]