Morning weddings are something different to your typical afternoon affair, with their lighter, laid-back vibe. Duné and Riaan’s recent Autumn wedding at Rustique Boutique Hotel in Middelburg was no exception as they shared the next step in their journey as a couple with those closest to them.
Venue, Catering & Flowers: Rustique Boutique Hotel
Photographer: Bronwyn Katzke Photography
Assistant: Genevieve Castro
Despite the day starting with rainy skies, Kim and Hellie’s autumn wedding at Cabbage & Rose Country Venue turned into a gorgeous, glowy day with sunny skies. From an emotional first look before the ceremony to heartfelt speeches, it was the picture perfect day with plenty of happy tears to share.
As much as you wouldn’t expect your GP to do open heart surgery, and you wouldn’t go to a gynae for an ear infection (or so I hope!), so a similar sentiment rings true for photographers- we may all offer a core service, but that service is not the same from photographer to photographer.
Naturally, just as GP doctors are there to cover a bit of everything, so there are photographers who will document your baby shower and happily book a modeling portfolio the next day. Now it’s not to say that a shoot-all photographer can’t offer you great service and quality images, however the drawback to being a shoot-all photographer is that they’re so busy capturing a wide variety of subject matter, that they don’t really have the time or specialist equipment to dedicate to capturing a few genres really well.
I started off as a shoot-all photographer, ready to capture everything I could as I was simply so excited to be venturing into photography professionally and I wanted to try everything I could before deciding it’s not for me. Children’s parties, babies, cringe-worthy prop laden sessions- I shot it all! As much as I may look back on some of those photos and think, ‘man, what the hell was I thinking?’ I also can look back on them and know that particular genre is just not for me.
While I may get asked on a near daily basis for newborn sessions, despite not having a single newborn photo online anywhere ever, it’s a genre that is simply not for me. The same goes for baby, toddler and young family sessions, children’s parties and other events- those are areas where I have zero passion and no strengths, and surely that’s not what you want in a photographer?
Instead, I focus on my passions and strengths so that I can give you an experience and photos that you truly deserve. My heart sings when I get the chance to photograph a woman who felt she was unworthy of having the attention being solely on her, who felt unattractive, and showing her that she is in fact drop-dead gorgeous. Seeing her confidence blossom through a session and her smile with every preview I show throughout- love it!
I love getting couples to connect with one another and just get all loved up in front of the camera, and then showing them those little moments that are so ordinary for them, but speak volumes to the love they have for each other. The same goes for maternity clients who are so excited to meet the new addition to their family, as I give a woman who probably hasn’t felt too great throughout her pregnancy, a chance to look and feel beautiful and special. Don’t even get me started on studio portraiture, fine art and weddings!
I know I say “I love…” so much, but it’s simply because that’s where my passions lie and it’s the work that sets my soul alight. While style and your budget are large factors, it’s that driving force and connection to a specific genre that should be a deciding factor when you’re looking to book a photographer, as it’ll be their passion to create the images you’ll love not just for today, but for years to come.
Want to see the genres that I simply adore? Click on the following pages to see what subject matter I’m passionate about:
Who can say no to such a sweet face? Certainly not me! The cutie-pie in the above image is one of cats, Floki, and he was my first feral baby. He came to me when he was 5 weeks old, his eyes crusted shut and sickly; it took many weeks of intensive care, vet visits and showing him that there is comfort in a human’s touch. Floki may have been my first feral rescue, but he has certainly not being my last.
Knowing firsthand the hard work that goes into caring for feral cats, the work that Feral Care Friends Middelburg does is something close to my heart. To support the continuation of their work I will be hosting a special portrait session day in my garden studio on 1 May 2019 where all proceeds will be donated to Feral Care Friends.
The Catnip Package comes at the reduced rate of R500 and includes:
- 15 minute mini session
- 6 fully edited digital images
- online gallery
You’re also welcome to choose headdresses, jewellery and fairy wings from my studio collection to wear for your session and add professional makeup for an additional R150. The Catnip Package can be used for women’s, maternity, couples and children’s sessions for portraits in a totally unique setting*.
To book one of the limited time slots available, please email me on email@example.com or call/whatsapp 0790865779 during office hours. With all proceeds from your session going directly to Feral Care Friends, you’re also welcome to donate cat food, baby blankets, and cat toys to this worthy cause.
* The Catnip Package is for a maximum of 2 people.
Based in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, Bronwyn is a full-time photographer and art lover.
When she’s not in studio photographing portraits or out capturing weddings, you’ll find her in her office retouching her latest work. In her downtime she loves gardening or curling up with a cat on her lap for family movie nights.