The ceremony was set up in the middle of the bush. There is something very special about getting married under the African sun. Although it can pose a challenge for natural light photographers that love the soft afternoon light, I think we still managed to get some awesome stuff.
We love the details of this wedding, rustic and earthy while still elegant and chic.
Always nice shooting in the open bush and watching your back with the odd chance a meerkat might surprise you from behind or something a little more deadly!
If you’ve been to any of our WORKSHOPS you’ll know we way prefer shooting with our prime lenses than our zooms and on a day like this wedding the primes really help to give our work a more cinematic look. We’ve found that when faced with some harsh light, dropping our f stops right down and pushing our shutter speed very fast seems to soften the harsh light.
Another thing we often tend to do in harsh light is turn our subjects back to the sun and shoot into the light. That way the light wraps around your subject rather than flatten your subject out.
I think shooting weddings is one of the most stressful situations you can put a photographer in and a great way to stretch your shooting limits very quickly.
We often face conditions we can’t control, how we manage them is what separates the big boys from the amateurs. Anyone can take a good shot given the time, the perfect moment. It’s your consistency as a shooter that will put you ahead of your competitors.
Your ability to perform even when you not met with the circumstances every photographer hopes to find when arriving at a shoot: an easy client, a beautifully styled room, good natural light, some nice clean wall space and most importantly beautiful moments between your subjects that we can just catch like a butterfly in a net. If only it were that easy…
We would be out of a job and would have a hard time convincing clients of our worth, fortunately it is way more complex than that;-)
This is one of the most important things you can reassure your clients with, is to book their photographer based on their consistency and ability to perform regardless of the circumstances!
Any time we get an email asking if we will travel to Cape Town for a wedding we can’t answer: “HELL YES”, quick enough.
This time was no different!
Not only are these two the sweetest Swiss couple we know, they chose WEDDING CONCEPTS to put the whole day together for them.
Over the years we’ve come to appreciate just how important good collaborations are in our line of work. When you work with like minded people magic happens.
We’ve come to know WEDDING CONCEPTS for their attention to detail and always creating beautiful events we want to shoot.
This was our first time to shoot at HAWKSMOOR HOUSE.
We are lucky enough to shoot a good portion of Cape Town weddings each year and the one thing we love about the Cape is it’s soul.
It just seems so easy to find little gems like this venue dotted all over the winelands.
We love how WEDDING CONCEPTS and this awesome couple put together all these elements so exquisitely.
Earthy but elegant, natural but opulent, timeless but fun!
There’s nothing more enjoyable than shooting a wedding when the details have been thought out so beautifully.
It’s even more enjoyable to shoot a wedding when the couple forgets that we are there and has the time of their lives.
That’s exactly what Leigh + Sandrine did.
It’s far too often that we find brides and grooms trying to micro co-ordinate from the main table. Forget about it, and ENJOY yourself!
My favourite part of the shoot is when we’re not directing anyone, when we’re not asking anyone to stand anywhere or to pose anyhow.
We love to just watch and observe the love and happiness that makes every family so unique. This wedding was filled with countless moments like that.
We were the lucky ones to capture them.