Burnout – How I’ve learnt to move past it.

Burnout is the total tragedy of an overwhelming, distressing and depressing range of draining emotions that leave you feeling powerless. I believe it comes in different levels ranging from a stubbed toe to a broken leg or worse, a broken spirit. I say this as I in no way want to make light of burnout. I experienced it once in…

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The first (& 2nd) Rule of a Documentary Wedding Photographer

The first rule of wedding documentary photography is: Don’t be shy The second rule of wedding documentary photography is: Don’t be shy Of course you have to be discreet, courteous, kind and focused. But never shy. Let me explain. I remember meeting a professional wedding photographer who when he heard that I strive to shoot a wedding as close to…

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The Story behind this Photograph (A Series of Images)

Jenna and Jaco’s wonderful wedding was only the second I had documented since switching to the Fujifilm X-Series system. Their day took place at the well known Avianto wedding venue in Muldersdrift, South Africa and was made all the more special by this high school romance’s grand, ‘I do’, climax. Approaching weddings from a true documentary photography perspective means that…

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The story behind this photograph.

Joshua, the groom, stands waiting for his groomsmen before his wedding ceremony starts. I was second shooting this wedding and was following the groom during the last few minutes before the wedding ceremony began. This location, with the doorway and strong shadows, seemed a perfect place to wait to make an image. It worked out just as I’d hoped with…

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The story behind this photograph.

Here’s a famous image I’m sure you’ve seen before. It was taken during construction of the Rockefeller Center and features 11 workers perched precariously high above New York City on a steel beam in 1932. And here is my wedding guest version. I’m always looking for unique perspectives from which to tell the story of a couples wedding day and…

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How black & white images capture emotion better.

Our eyes see in colour but our hearts see in black & white… Here’s  blog post I recently recorded where I discuss the reasons I choose to present the bulk of my Documentary Wedding Photography in black and white images. It’s not just that the black and white images on Fujifilm X-Series look so very good because of Fuji’s superb film…

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Make Memories. Not Photos.

One day while shooting the brides prep with hair and make up and champagne and everything that goes along with it, the bride’s mother turned to me with a shocked look on her face and said: ‘I haven’t taken a single photo yet!’ She had been conditioned, as many of us are, to think that the key to making great,…

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