After taking the wrong turn far too many times, Stella and I finally found our location for the creatives.
Content with our discovery, we crossed our fingers in the hope it wouldn't rain and also crossed our toes hoping our bridal couple would be game for an off-site location.
There are really no words to describe how special and intimate their ceremony was. Outside on the lawn, it was a small, profound and beautiful exchange of vows, between two people before those most dearest to them.
After the ceremony, we realised our crossing of fingers was of no help (the toes worked though), as almost timed to perfection, the rain decided to join us for the creative portraits.
Given the cold and wet weather we faced, the fact Betty has a thing about dirty feet and this preposterous request made by the photographers, I have to say Thank you. I really should get medals made...you guys deserved Gold!
Now, just before I post these, I really have to mention both Betty and Richard are adamant (in bold and I would have underlined it 10 times) they
are very uncomfortable hate facing the camera. To this end, I present you, the viewers, with the images for you to decide!
Betty. Richard. I say you guys rocked the camera - Northcliff hill will never be the same!.
Given the propensity for rain in Gauteng during the summer months, I always, without fail, keep a spare black umbrella in the car. An aesthetically pleasing umbrella, which can be used by the bridal couple during the photography session - should it rain.
Murphy's Law at the first wedding: I needed the "pretty" umbrella, only to discover I had forgotten to retrieve it from Ursula's car the weekend beforehand.
Here is a sneak peak from Betty's and Richard's wedding (with the back-up midget umbrellas). The full post later this week.
Damn you cloud gods!
Following an early-morning assessment of the heavens, Ursula and I excitedly forecast an afternoon filled with spectacular cloud formations. Into the bargain of our "Super Cool Clouds" predictions, we also discovered an awesome ruin, precisely in the location we'd planned to shoot the creatives with Bridgette and Mike.
After the ceremony, we got to our much-anticipated setting and, that's right, not a cloud in sight! Nothing, nada, not an ounce of water vapour around. So, instead of fighting with the sun, we had no option but to settle on our substitute location.
What can I say about Mike & Bridgette? Emotional, fun, relaxed, warm and both gorgeous. In fact, I've never experienced an 10-hour period pass by so quickly. It was an amazing ceremony to photograph from start to finish...even though we did not receive the desired co-operation from the clouds.
The reception speeches kept us entertained, with madcap revelations of a rib, a Scope cover girl and many more family secrets I can not reveal on this blog.
And here you are, a peak into their day.
I had to post this image to show you the one lone cloud we found.
Certain areas Dror and I covered at the Re.Invent workshop, were various tips and techniques we use to keep ourselves inspired. I will reveal one here:
When I'm scouting a venue, I usually choose one specific location and then shoot one image for me. Yes, me, myself, I, the royal mwah ;-).
As a rule, I choose a different setting (or perspective), which may not always suceed and, as a result, may not measure up for the album.
Yes, a little more risqué than the prettier shot, but, the actual photograph is meant for my portfolio.
Sometimes it's a complete failure, so I simply delete the series...and sometimes, just sometimes, it does hit the mark and images like this (the second one) are achieved. I can not take full credit for this though, as Stella contributed to this composition.
Oh, and here is that rainbow I was on about.
First up the "prettier" version of the scene:
And this image below was shot, from a different perspective, for me.
This past week, or so, has been spent relooking how we process images.
The down side of this, is that sleep deprivation has taken its toll, I look
tired terrible and today I am a grumpy old bat on a short fuse. Having "wasted" oodles of time solving programme errors and IT glitches that seem to come as a standard prerequisite when you change things.
On the positive side though, we will, fingers crossed, be able to process wedding images a little faster...and I will be able to sleep.
Update: An email that we received after this post that I wanted post separately, but did not get time. From Kim and Dale (pictured above):
" Now it is my turn to say a huge THANK YOU to you!!!
Our photo's are absolutely amazing and so worth the wait! We could not have asked for anything more and I am so glad that you agreed to share our special day with us because you captured ever moment in such detail and when I look through the photo's I am able to relive the day.
Words can truly not express how thankful I am for what you did for us and we will really treasure all these moments for years to come!"