Posts Tagged ‘wedding’

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

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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.


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.

Usually, when you’re the photographer at a wedding, or at any event for that matter, you’re the hired help. No more, no less. So when the best man thanks the photographer when he delivers his speech, you know you’re in the company of pretty decent people.

My favourite part of photographing a wedding is the getting ready part. I love the window light falling on fabric and skin, the opportunity for wonderful portraits, candid shots and still life. I love the cameraderie, the gentle teazing, the build-up from slow, lazy getting ready to the frenzy of showtime, the interaction between the girls and the mom, the love and the friendship. I love how everyone transforms from terrycloth dressing gowns, bare faces and curlers in the hair to breathtaking beauties. And it’s an absolute treat for me when care has been taken with every little detail, as with this wedding, where the wedding dress was hung in this old wooden cupboard.

The bride’s ‘bling’ was turned into a still life …

A little girl’s excitement always adds some extra magic to the event …

And then there’s the ritual of getting the bride dressed, and everyone wants to help …

There seem always to be many buttons to fasten …

And Mom’s final touch is invaluable …

Suddenly the bride is dressed and ready, time has run out, and the energy in the room has changed.  Everybody’s voice is pitched at half an octave higher, everybody speaks slightly louder than before … bits and pieces can’t be found … a little curl escapes from the hairdo … the lips need another lick of gloss … the earrings! … another drop of rescue remedy … dad is waiting at the door, anxious … it’s time to go … now!

And all too soon it’s all over. The young girl is a married woman. Only a moment ago she was wishing for it all to just get started, and a moment later, before she could be fully present, she had walked the path of millions of women before her. Suddenly everything is different.

A new life as a wife has started …


Deirdre Hewitson WSA (1)A sometime model, this bride was absolutely exquisite. The creativity and attention to detail that went into every minute aspect of this wedding turned the whole event into a work of art. Add to that a room filled with love and Freshly Ground as the musical entertainment, and it’s a wedding day to remember.

These pics were both taken with Kodak 3200 black & white film. The pic above was given a bit of treatment in Photoshop after scanning.

Deirdre Hewitson WSA

The three pics below were also taken on film, scanned and given some grunge border treatment.

Deirdre Hewitson WSA (3)

Deirdre Hewitson WSA (7)

Deirdre Hewitson WSA (13)This bride wore the most eye-catching, dramatic fuschia bead-and-tulle dress. I desaturated the image in Photoshop, leaving the dress saturated to make it pop.

Deirdre Hewitson WSA (12)

Can there be any kisses sweeter than wedding kisses? ‘You may kiss the bride,’ says he or she, and the groom leans in, the bride lifts her face, they giggle, the guests giggle … everyone is watching them …

With a mixture of relief, nervousness, embarassment and sheer love the kiss is planted … and … if the photographer is ready (some of these kisses are very quick!) … recorded …

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Even kisses from little children can seem twice as sweet at a wedding …

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