welcome to

your wedding experience

I would be honored to capture such a special day on your journey as a couple. To ensure you are informed of every step of your wedding photography experience, I have prepared this guide for you that details all the information you need to know. If you still have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll be happy to help. I can be contacted via email at any time and will reply within business hours, or I can be contacted via whatsapp or good old fashioned phone call during office hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm (Mon-Fri), 9:00am to 12:00pm (Sat) with my office being closed on Sundays and public holidays.

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I’m the photographer for you if…
  • you want someone who is more than just a picture taker for the day, but who can offer advice on planning your timeline, referring trusted wedding vendors and more.
  • you value artistic photos and the work that goes into creating them.
  • you’re planning a totally unconventional wedding and want someone who’d be happy to roll with your idea and artfully capture your day.
  • you want to have peace of mind that you can trust your photographer to create amazing wedding photos for you.

choosing your

wedding package

Deciding on a wedding package can be a daunting task; how do you ensure you’ve chosen the package that offers enough time for all that you’d like captured on the day?

Hours Included

To help you decide, here’s a breakdown of just how much I can squeeze in for the given hours included in each of my packages:

  • Poetry Package: This offers 8 hours of continuous coverage on the day by myself and second shooter. This offers enough time to capture: dressing and styled detail photos of each partner, chapel and reception decor, an optional per-ceremony first look, the ceremony, family & group photos, couples & individual photos and key moments of your reception provided they are scheduled close together at the beginning of your reception.
  • Novella Package: This offers 6 hours of continuous coverage on the day by myself and second shooter. Provided everything is happening all at one venue, this offers enough time to capture: dressing and styled detail photos of each partner, chapel and reception decor, the ceremony, family & group photos, couples & individual photos and key moments of your reception provided they are scheduled close together at the beginning of your reception.
  • Memoir Option: This a La Carte option offers you the choice to build your own package based on exactly how many hours of coverage you need for your wedding day. Priced per an hour, the Memoir Option includes all the same offerings as my set packages: on the day coverage by myself and second shooter, fully edited digital images, complimentary engagement session (when booking 5+ hours) and online delivery

Also remember that there are a myriad of other factors that can affect the time you need on the day, namely: having a large number of bridesmaids and groomsmen, having key people getting ready at different venues, and the ever present possibility that something may go wrong on the day.

Your engagement session

When booking for 5 or more hours of wedding day coverage, included in your wedding photography package is a complimentary engagement session within Middelburg. It’s a great way to experience how I will be working with you on your wedding day and gives you portraits you can use for save-the-dates or incorporate into your wedding day details. This package includes a 20 minute studio or outdoor session and 10 studio or 15 outdoor images, fully edited, in a private online gallery as a gift to say thank you for booking with me. Booking your engagement session is as easy as contacting me to set a date and time, and then we can handle further planning from there.

booking

In order to reserve my services for your wedding day I ask for a non-refundable booking fee of 30% of your package total with a completed wedding photography contract, all of which is industry standard both within South Africa and internationally. The balance of your wedding package is payable in flexible installments or as a lump-sum 21 days before your wedding date.

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wedding day

tips & tricks

Every couple wants gorgeous photos of their wedding day that they can treasure for decades to come. While I do bring my years of skill and a range of equipment to your wedding to capture your big day, there are two factors that can vastly improve the quality of your images: lighting and scheduling.

Lighting

Without it, no photo would be possible and it’s one of the most important factors to influence the final look of your photos. My personal shooting style is to work with natural light as much as possible; this ensures your photos are a more honest reflection of how your wedding looked on the day.

It’s important to remember that if your venue is very dark and shady, that your photos will have a darker look to them; if you would like lighter photos in such a venue then flash would have to be used to fill in the shadows. On the inverse, if your venue is abundant in natural light, then that will reflect in your photos; it also means that achieving my signature ‘dark and moody’ style is more difficult.

The following are a few more light-related tips for your wedding day, but if you have any questions or would like any advice with regards to lighting on your wedding day, please don’t hesitate to contact me- I will be thrilled to offer insight.

  • For brides, as much as I understand the slight fear that you’ll be seen before the ceremony, it’s best to have the curtains open in the room you will be getting ready in to allow enough light in.
  • For indoor ceremonies, light is still essential. If your indoor area is dark and has dim light, flash will become necessary; alternatively if you don’t want any flash during such a special part of your day, then high ISO will be the only alternative and gives your photos a grainy look.
  • For outdoor ceremonies, natural light gives you gorgeous photos. However it will be influenced heavily by the time of day and the type (if any) cover there is overhead.
  • When it comes to your reception lighting, I know you want to have the right ambience so that it’s warm, intimate and inviting for your guests. Please remember that some light is necessary in order for cameras to focus and capture those moments you want to last forever; something especially true of your first dance. So while relying on low light solutions like candles does seem romantic, admittedly it does not make for the best photos if it’s your only light source.
  • Fairy lights are an amazing way to add a magical touch to your photos. The trick though is to use enough of them to create the effect you want; and by enough, I mean LOTS.
Scheduling

It’s the key to a successful wedding, and perhaps your biggest headache to put together- the dreaded schedule. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be a pain in the butt; I’ve seen plenty of weddings from start to finish and will happily help you plan your schedule to ensure there is enough time to capture all those key moments. I do have an in-depth breakdown of how long it takes for everything to happen right here on my website. A few more important tips though:

  • To ensure there is enough time for family and couples photos after your ceremony, schedule your ceremony to start at least two hours before sunset on your wedding date. You can use an online calculator to determine the exact time of sunset, like this one here.
  • It’s typically best to schedule me to begin coverage 1.5 to 2 hours before your ceremony begins. That gives me enough time to photograph your style essentials, you and your partner getting ready and your decor too.
  • Ensure you and your partner have all your style essentials together in once place, ready to be photographed; the easiest is to normally ensure you have everything in your shoebox (jewellery, perfume, garter etc). It saves time instead of having to find everything scattered throughout your room.
  • If you have bridesmaids and groomsmen, remember that the larger your wedding party, the longer it will take for the getting ready portion, getting to the ceremony and all group photos, so schedule accordingly. Also, please remind your wedding party members not to wander off directly after the ceremony when they will be needed for group photos- waiting for a stray bridesmaid does hold up the timeline.
  • If reception traditions are important to you, then schedule them to happen early on in your reception, leaving few time gaps between them. Your guests will also be grateful as they will be itching to start the party.

after your wedding day

post production

I know that once your wedding day is over, there is great excitement to relive it through your photos. This is why weddings take top priority in my editing workflow and I work hard on post-production so I can deliver faster than the industry standard of 8-12 weeks. The following timeline breaks down how long everything takes to happen and when you can expect previews.

24 Hours: Within a day of your wedding, your photos are transferred to computer harddrives and then backed up. If I have captured your destination wedding, then understandably this may be longer than 24 hours

1-2 Business Days: Your photos are prepared for editing and if selected on your pre-wedding form, a preview is posted to social media for you.

2-14 Business Days: Over the next two weeks, your photos will be sorted through; culling the odd dud shoot and selecting all of the best images ready for the next stage. Then it’s time for editing: making adjustments for exposure, colour, and contrast individually on every single photo. The most time-consuming stage comes next as every single selected image is opened in Photoshop and further edited and colour graded, with skin retouching and if necessary, tidying up of images by removing distracting elements too. This process takes between 60 and 90 hours to complete as each photo is individually hand edited- no one click filters here!

10 Business Days: If selected on your pre-wedding form, a 60-100 photo extended preview will be posted to my blog for you to view and share with friends and family. Naturally, you receive the link before it is shared on social media ensuring you get to experience your photos before anyone else.

15-18 Business Days: The final stage of post production includes preparing your images for delivery. That means carefully creating black and white duplicates of your finished photos, and preparing your USB package.

18-21 Business Days: Delivery time!

after your wedding day

delivery

Within 3-4 weeks of your wedding date, you will be notified that your wedding photos are ready- yippeee! Your photos will be instantly ready for you to access in your private online gallery for 30 days. This makes is easy to download your photos to any device and share with friends and family; all without the need of pesky cables and transferring to different devices just to share a few photos.

If you’d prefer USB delivery, you’re welcome to add a personalised USB keepsake set for an additional R750.

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