So its getting colder and the wedding season is slowing down. For us that means daily cups of coffee (actually that’s not just a winter thing) but more cappuccinos with the fire lit (our happy place) more time in the office, shooting a little less and some much needed time to catch up on blogging, paperwork and planning.
She is German, he was born in Colombia, but they chose Cape Town as the destination for their unique bespoke wedding.
We are in love with this trend-setting color palette and all the carefully curated details.
Over the past few years we’ve worked really hard to try shoot the kind of weddings that inspire us. A good portion of those are now in Cape Town every year. There’s is something about the Cape that holds our hearts, although Johannesburg is where we call home. I think its important to keep your creative soul happy, and go wherever it is that makes that possible.
We are always grateful to brides that will bring us from across the country or sometimes from the other side of the world to capture their story in our own way.
It’s a privilege we never take for granted and a joy we always hold dear.
After we hosted our first wedding workshop in July last year (check it out here) we received so much positive feedback we decided to host our second workshop in February. The wedding photography industry is bursting with tools and information on running a photography business. But its often difficult to adapt the information to your current market and relevant circumstances.
This workshop was focused on how we approach our entire business. From how we shoot, to how we deal with clients, how we keep up with our sales our workflow, pretty much how we do what we do;-) We are always honored when other talented creatives choose to take two full days out of their busy schedules to come see how we do things.
THANK YOU to all the students who came with open hearts and minds. We cant wait to see how you interpret our successes and our failures to better your own businesses.
Our next two day wedding workshop will be held on the 28th & 29th July 2016.
We had some very experienced photographers attend this workshop too so besides just brushing up on things they already know well, we wanted the students to walk away with beautiful content they could add to their portfolio or social media platforms, so we teamed up with some amazing suppliers to pull this shoot together.
Shoes: JIMMY CHOOS by LUMINANCE
We’ve never believed in working exclusively with any one supplier. We’ve learnt over the years that working with various creatives not only stretches you in your creativity but also forces you out of your comfort zone. You’re only as good as the people you choose to work with. We loved working with a number of suppliers we’ve never worked with before, on this shoot.
We’re excited to already start planning our July 2016 workshop. We will host 2 wedding workshops a year so if you’d like to learn from our mistakes, learn from our successes be inspired or simply add content to your existing portfolio and network with other photographers our next workshop will be the perfect place to start.
This workshop was aimed to help photographers analyze their own business processes, to see if their workflow is productive and efficient? Are they actually making money while doing what they love? Does their business serve their clients well? What are things they can improve on to run a customer driven business?
We also discussed how social media can grow your brand, how to work with service providers to secure your place in this industry, and how to create a brand that is associated with the best! We chatted to an international co-ordinator to talk about how to work well with co-ordinators, their commissions and how to land the destination weddings we all want.
As always there were lots of questions about pricing and how to position yourself in the industry so that we can maintain reasonable working hours, balancing work with our personal lives. But the truth is as photographers we carry a weighty responsibility of capturing and protecting other peoples greatest moments.
If we’re not positioned correctly it can affect our ability to tell stories in the best way we know how while maintaining joy in this emotionally demanding craft. We take our responsibility of telling beautiful stories very seriously but we’ve come to understand that if we don’t care first for our creative souls, we cant do our job well.
If you’ve been thinking about taking your business to the next level, to really dissect every aspect of your business to identify your weakness and magnify your strengths, then the July workshop is for you.
When Marcello + Fallon asked years before if we would travel to Tuscany, Italy for their wedding, we thought they were joking. This was on our bucket list as photographers, to shoot in Tuscany. Last year when they came to see us to start planning for the trip to the home of Pecorino, the town of Pienza we danced around our office like two idiots, realizing this might become a reality.
We’ve traveled many km’s over the past few years to document many stories, but Tuscany is one of those places that made a mark on our hearts and souls that we will never forget. We’ve traveled to Italy several times before, but for some reason this trip imprinted on us that we will never settle for a bad cup of coffee again. We will forever love Pecorino cheese, Caprese salad and pasta made simply.
Thank you for taking us half way across the globe to do the thing we love to do, watch and interpret your story of love, laughter, family and commitment to each other, Marcello + Fallon. We hope we did your story justice and loved how important family and friends were in your celebration. We think all weddings should be less about the show and more about the display of love.
We loved how you kept your celebration simple and meaningful with a handful of you closest friends and family. Planning a destination wedding can always be a challenge. Our top tips for planning an unforgettable destination wedding:
Keep it simple
Make it about the people
Get a good Co-coordinator
Bring Tyme along
If you’re thinking of traveling soon, here are some of the things we use to plan a trip:
We always love using helpful tools like TRIP ADVISOR for reviews and AGODA for booking hotels, but for this trip we used AIR BnB for most of our accommodation. I can honestly say every place we stayed in was excellent value for money and was completely comfortable.
Its seemed more appropriate to do a big black and white set of images on this job. We love the timelessness of simple black and whites but we often don’t do enough of them.
I think this set was way more powerful in black and white and it allowed us to tell a simple story more beautifully.