On Saturday evening, a group of friends from Roedean School met at Nikita’s aunt’s house for a cocktail party before the Roedean Debutantes Ball.

The colour theme for the pre-drinks event was rich with reds and purples filling the gorgeous garden. It was the perfect backdrop for the girls and their dates.











 
March 26
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Jenny got this family photo session as a gift last year for her 70th birthday. We finally met up for a shoot yesterday afternoon at Delta Park.

The park is looking so amazing at the moment with huge areas covered in the most magnificent cosmos flowers. It’s such a perfect spot for photos right now.

Jenny mentioned that she’d chosen this particular part of the park because they had come here so often when the kids were young. Her favourite part is the lane of trees… but the cosmos really put on a show for her this weekend.

The bicycles were a genius idea for the boys. They loved riding them amongst the trees, and they were perfect props in the perfect blue colour too.

Rosie was really not keen on this photo idea, mostly because she wasn’t happy walking in the grass. Once we got her to a spot with no grass she was happy again.

I think this is my favourite shot. The boys were so keen to go adventuring through the tall flowers.

It was such a lovely afternoon with perfect weather! We had been watching the weather all day, because the reports said that there was rain expected. Thankfully it stayed away.

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March 22
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Benita’s family photos at Delta Park were postponed from a few weeks ago, but I think it was the best decision! Delta Park was absolutely magnificent this week! The park is starting to show off it’s autumn splendour. The trees have started turning golden colours, and the best part are the fields of cosmos flowers.

Fields of cosmos

My sister had instagrammed photos of cosmos earlier in the day, so I phoned her before I met the family to find out where exactly she’d taken the photo. I’d never seen a field of cosmos so spectacular in the park before.

It was so worth the hike!

I worked out pretty early on in the shoot that Lea was far more comfortable when I was far away from her and using my long lens. So very unusually, almost the entire shoot was done with my 70-200mm lens.

Are the flowers magnificent?

Under the autumn trees

We actually started the shoot at the autumn coloured forest. It really won’t be long before all the leaves are gone, and we had fun throwing some in the air.

Not bad for a two year old who apparently doesn’t like cameras ūüėČ

I was taking photos of Benita and Gert, and turned around to see Lea watching them from behind a few grasses… sometimes the best photos are the ones that are unposed.

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March 21
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It was Frances and Sarah’s wedding at Shepstone Gardens in Johannesburg yesterday. It was such a beautiful wedding. The two brides looked absolutely amazing and they were surrounded by close friends and family who’d travelled from far to be with them. To top it off, Shepstone Gardens was as beautiful as it always is… so it was the perfect recipe for a perfect wedding.

When I met Frances and Sarah a few months ago, they were quite clear about what they wanted in their photos. They didn’t want photos of the getting-ready part but wanted to make sure that I captured their family and friends enjoying the day.

They met each other whilst they were at Cambridge, and Sarah eventually moved to South Africa to be with Frances. I loved hearing their story being told by so many of their friends and family throughout the day in various speeches. It was so very special to have so many close friends and family travelling from the UK to be with them.

How awesome are these guest gifts? Sarah made the pottery pots, and the succulent¬†were potted by their friends on a¬†“crafter-noon” a few weeks ago. The name tags are made out of¬†plantable paper, so they can be planted by guests instead of being thrown away.

Oh I absolutely loved the cake! It was so very yummy too!

Shepstone Gardens is such a magnificent venue, I just love all the photo opportunities it has.

The brides came down the aisle flanked by their parents.

Isn’t this setting just magnificent?

A few special people were asked by the couple to do readings as part of the ceremony. As a photographer, I really enjoy this, especially when the readings or thoughts are personal because I get to know the couple better. By the end of the wedding, after listening to all the speeches I feel like I really know them and their family. It makes it so much easier to properly tell their story through the photos.

 



Once the formal family shots were done, it was time to relax with their retinue.

And then it was time for us to have some fun… the couple shoot. Luckily, Frances and Sarah didn’t have stiletto heels on, because I got them to climb along all various pathways! LOL!


 

 


Suppliers:

Wedding coordinator – Nadia from Shepstone Gardens
Catering – Taste Explosion
DJ – Henk from ZoomDJ
Marriage officer РRyan Hogarth 

 
March 19
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I met Maria and Graham yesterday for their engagement shoot in the CBD. We were originally going to do their session at a hotel with pretty gardens, but I’m so glad they decided to rather get photos of the CBD and Joburg skyline.

You see, they’re getting married in the United States later on in the year and they wanted photos to remind them of Johannesburg. The other reason we used the CBD was because their wedding venue has lots of greenery and garden backdrops. It’s always great to plan a variation between engagement shoots and your wedding.

I was thrilled! If you’re a regular reader of my blogs, you’d know how much I love going into the CBD and on the Mandela bridge for photoshoots.

The idea was to start behind the Rand Club, but the road was blocked off for some kind of massive shoot. You always need a backup plan for shoots, so we headed to another one of my favourite buildings.


I absolutely love the colours in the CBD in the afternoon, and these old buildings are so much fun to work with.

Because they wanted to incorporate as much of the city as they could, I was beyond happy when taxis came flying down the streets.

Then we headed for my favourite… the Mandela bridge in Braamfontein. The sun was still extremely high and bright even though it was close to 5pm. It made for some interesting angles and I made use of¬†the shadows cast by the bridge.

It was such a fun afternoon! A couple or engagement shoot in the CBD is definitely one of my favourite types of photo sessions.