Archive for April, 2010

The careful piecing together of Brian and Louise’s wedding album is complete. The first few pages of their album can be viewed here:

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Photographed by Deirdre … might I have been selected because of my initial?

This was a busy-busy house, with loads of people coming and going, kids barrelling about, and a completely unphased bride sitting in the middle of it. I’ve already posted pics of the little flower girls lower down in the blog. Here are some shots of the bride and groom

A wedding somehow seems complete only when there are little girls dressed up as princesses – miniature versions of the bride. They seem to be more starry-eyed and excited than the bride herself.

A recent wedding had two little girls, identically dressed, complete with up-do, nail varnish and mascara, who were thrilled to be part of the proceedings, and equally thrilled to be photographed at every opportunity.

Getting ready involves paying as much attention to details  such as accessories and perfume as the bride does.

A little heart-shaped bling completes the look

Heart-shaped bling completes the look

Every girl needs a stroke of glittery body lotion

Then there’s the preening in front of the mirror … well, what’s the point of being a girl if you can’t preen in front of the mirror … right?

How do I look?

BFF ... we look FAbulous!

A quick peek to see how the bride’s preparations are doing …

Flowergirls taking a peek through the bride's bedroom door

And then they’re ready …

Little flowergirls, ready to go

Transport befitting a princess whisks the girls to the venue …

A limo ride for the princesses

And one of the great things about being a flowergirl is that you get front row seats, which is a good thing, because if your feet don’t yet touch the ground when you sit on a chair, there’s little chance of seeing the fairytale over the heads of the grown-ups.

Little feet that can't yet reach the ground

Little feet that don't yet reach the ground

The ‘trash the dress’ shoot has become quite trendy. It’s a fun, relaxed way to show off your wedding dress without worrying about having to do your first dance with bits of seaweed attached to your hem, or trailing bits of leaves and bark through the entrance hall of the Mount Nelson.

This shoot on the beach was great fun, and I think I was about as wet as the model by the end of it.

I would like to add to the ‘trash the dress’ option the ‘celebrate the dress’ option – getting it all dressed up and fabulous, and shooting in the studio.


My latest wedding album has just been completed:

Andrew and Reva’s wedding day is coming up really soon. They’re such a great couple, and I can’t wait to be part of their wedding day – I just know it’s going to be huge fun, and they’re going to give me the opportunity to take amazing shots.

We did their engagement shoot yesterday. Instead of heading off somewhere idyllic, they decided to be photographed on their stomping ground: the streets of Cape Town and in the Company Gardens.

It was a perfect day in Cape Town yesterday morning and, still feeling somewhat battered from the previous day’s wedding shoot, I gathered my kit and headed out into the quiet Sunday morning streets with them – Reva wearing a fabulous dress and the most awesome shoes! She had no problem whipping them off and walking barefoot when she felt like it, though.

We meandered past the divorce courts en route, and they decided they should have a pic that denotes no stopping … no stopping at the divorce court. Andrew found a movable no stopping sign, dragged it into the road and, being the sports that they are, they did a few runs up and down past the sign. (He’s a good citizen – he put it back where he found it!)

There will be no stopping at the divorce courts!

The bright red of the call box, the coke advert and the take-away shop against the dull black and grey of the streets and buildings caught my eye, and the ‘open happiness’ slogan, I thought, aptly described this couple.

Open happiness!

Then it was time to take off the heels, climb onto stuff and jump off them again. Why be grown-ups if you don’t have to?

A leap of faith

Then it was time to get the shoes back on and camp it up on Greenmarket Square. We purposefully kept the litter in the pic to keep the grunge-sophistication contrast.

Camping it up, grunge style

A quick, normal portrait, for convention’s sake …

I loved this blue wall, and had to shoot a pic or two against it, even though the security guard was not impressed at all.

Time for a tango, and a kiss or two, in the Company Gardens.

Thank goodness our opening dance is not the Tango!

Don't drop me!

The shoe fits

And it’s a wrap. Time for some coffee at Mugged and to talk over a few wedding plans.

This wedding was a celebration of friendship and family ties. By the time I arrived in Saldanha Bay at about lunch time on the Saturday, the bridal party and all the guests had been there for two days already, all living at the same resort, all hanging out together, reconnecting, sharing old times, and making new memories.

I love it when the bride and groom have a close-knit circle of friends who are there to support them on their big day. Apart from the fact that it gives me more people to photograph (bonus!), and that the input from the different people help to create an atmosphere (which, again, is a bonus to be able to capture on camera), it just makes the day’s work so much more pleasurable.

As always, the getting ready pics are my favourite, and this wedding was no exception.

The garter was added, and granny’s very lovely, delicate, handkerchief was added, just to keep her close.

The bride looked breathtakingly beautiful.

The veil had belonged to the bride’s mother, who was there to pin it on.

Veils aren’t often worn these days, but they do add a touch of romance and femininity to it all. And what bride doesn’t look appealing when she looks from behind the soft, filmy fabric?

The couples’ photographs were a whole lot of fun, with the couple, six bridesmaids and four groomsmen traipsing through the dust at sunset.

The bride was happy to be flung about a bit …

But there was some space for a romantic pic or two …

I’m sure the partying continued way into the night, long after I had headed off onto a dark, desert highway at midnight.

To see more images from this album, please visit my website.