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Welcome to Photography—one of the best Johannesburg wedding photographers with a documentary style!
I am a professional Johannesburg-based wedding photographer, working in and around Gauteng. My style is best described as photojournalistic or documentary. I believe that most of the genuinely expressive photographs are those which are captured spontaneously and at the moment—natural and unposed.
By making use of beautiful lighting in both an illustrative and creative manner and combining that with my natural story-telling approach, I will ensure that your wedding photos reflect you at your most spontaneous and relaxed—as you should be on your wedding day! I am unobtrusive in my technique and I record the events as they unfold, capturing emotions, reactions and real moments with as little direction as possible.
I am internationally recognised in my affiliations with both the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) as well as the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP).
Nationally, I am a member of SA Professional Photographers (SAPP). I have also had my work published in a number of wedding magazines. Please take a look at my Weddings to view my portfolio and you may get in touch via the contact link in the menu!
Being a wedding photographer requires dedication and talent, but having the right equipment is crucial if you expect to achieve sharp, well-composed and well-lit photographs. In case you were wondering, the list below is what follows me around at every wedding. I wish it would follow me since they’re quite heavy to carry!
- Nikon D4 x 2
- Nikon D7000
- Nikon 16-35mm f4 VR
- Nikon 24-70mm f2.8
- Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII
- Nikon 50mm f1.4G
- Nikon 85mm f1.4G
- Nikon 105mm f2.8 micro
Nikon SB910 Speedlight (x 4) with external battery packs
- Pocket Wizard Flex System transmitters and transceivers
- EL Skyport transmitters and transceivers
My photography approach
Because capturing images in a photojournalistic fashion requires hyper-vigilance on the part of the photographer, I prefer to take along a second professional photographer to each wedding to ensure that the day is covered from all aspects and that no important details are left out.
I shoot a wedding with two cameras and several lenses with different focal lengths depending on what the situation requires. I am passionate about available-light photography and, as long as the situation allows, try not to use a flash.
I have invested in cameras and lenses which can operate beautifully in low-light. In most cases, I use them indoors without flash to capture flattering, naturally-lit photos without the unwanted side-effects of flash photography. Having two cameras means I never have to worry about an unforeseen equipment malfunction or wasting valuable time when changing lenses.
Frequently asked questions on Photography
What follows is a list of frequently asked questions that have been asked by my clients during my career as a wedding photographer. I hope these questions will be of some benefit to you. However, if you have a specific question that is not answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will gladly assist you in any way possible.
Are you a member of the SAPP (SA Professional Photographers)?
Yes, I am – in the Wedding and Theatre/Dance categories.
What other affiliations do you hold?
Since December 2010, I have been a member of the WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association). It is an internationally-run organisation with its membership criteria centred on Wedding Photojournalism. From the WPJA’s site:
The Wedding Photojournalist Association puts the world’s best wedding photography at your fingertips. We offer a new perspective on wedding photography—quietly capturing the real moments as they happen for the bride and groom. It is our goal to use photography to tell the story of your wedding day, not dictate it for you.
I am also a member of the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) which is also an international organisation.
What do you wear?
I dress in black trousers and a smart black shirt. I don’t like to stand out in the crowd in loud clothing. I wear flat shoes, which don’t add to my 5ft frame and which don’t squeak when I am creeping around trying to remain discreet.
What equipment do you use?
I shoot on the Nikon System. I have two D4 Professional Cameras as well as a D7000, which I use as a backup. My cameras are geared to shoot in low-light conditions without having to use flash.
In this respect, I make use of natural light only throughout the preparation shots, ceremony and right up until the start of the reception. I have a range of professional zoom and fixed-focal-length lenses which suit a variety of applications depending on what I am shooting at any particular time. I also use 3 flashes with external battery packs (I have a heap of batteries), as well as a heap of memory cards. I am extremely well-equipped!
How do I secure a booking for my date?
According to my Wedding Agreement (which is presented to you at our initial meeting), you will have five working days to furnish a 50% retainer of the base package chosen. The balance of payment is due within three days prior to the wedding day itself.
How long is your coverage time at our Wedding?
Coverage lasts for 8 hours. I start shooting two hours before the ceremony to capture bridal preparations and those of the Groom if desired. My photography service ends when all the formalities are completed at the reception, usually when the garter is tossed. However, shorter packages may be negotiated.
How much time should we allow for photos of ourselves on the wedding day?
Generally, a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour for your photos together is perfect for as long as there is not too much walking involved from location to location. Special tip for brides: bring flat comfortable shoes for this part!)
Do you work overtime if we require it?
I am happy to work over the 8-hour time frame but overtime rates apply.
Do you require a meal?
Yes, please! If this is not possible, please let me know beforehand so that an alternative arrangement may be made.
What is the best time to have my Wedding Ceremony?
In summer, when the sun sets later, 4 pm is fine which will depend on the length of your ceremony. However, during the winter season, you should schedule your ceremony at 3 pm so we have available light for your photography sessions later on.
Our wedding is in another city. Do you travel that far?
Yes, I photograph weddings outside of Gauteng. However, my packages do not factor in travel costs or the cost of accommodation for the night.
Do you digitally edit our images?
Yes, but I don’t do extensive digital manipulation. As a member of the WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association), I am not permitted to edit further than sharpening, basic contrast and colour enhancements and conversions to black and white. This is owing to their subscription to the essence of wedding photojournalism.
Would you be prepared to give us all the images taken on our wedding day?
No. I believe in quality over quantity and deliver only the best images of the day. This is in my own professional interests. Should you wish to discuss the reasons for this, please feel free to contact me.
What does the storybook album look like?
This depends on your package since there is a variety of album types that you can choose from. The album is bound in a brown or black genuine leather cover and printed on matte photographic board-mounted paper.
How many images can the album accommodate?
From the edited images, approximately 80 images can make it into your storybook album. Rather than cramming in as many as I can, I prefer to make the album a showpiece of the best images of the day. In certain cases, you will find that there are instances where only one image takes up an entire page (thus emphasizing it).
How does the album process work?
Generally, once you have received your final DVD, I will prepare a ‘mock’ draft of an album for you to look at. The draft will be uploaded to a secure private internet account. You may then make as many changes to that draft as you wish until you are 100% satisfied with the final product. Once you have signed off on the final draft, it will be sent to the printers, where you can expect a three week turnaround time before your book is ready for collection.
Should you have any further questions or require any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the contact page on this site. The rest of your questions will be dealt with in the terms and conditions of the wedding agreement which will be discussed at our initial meeting.