|Posted on November 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM|
Entertain your guests while you have your couple photos taken or join the the action yourselves with our unique garden games collection. The games are available as a stand alone hire or as part of a photography package. Many of our games are custom made and serve as a great ice breaker for guests. We have a wide range of stock which includes Jenga, Roll-a-ball, Bean Bag Toss, Giant Pick up Sticks, Boules, Ring Toss, Naughts and Crosses, Croquet, Giant Dominoes, Horse Shoe Toss and a few more on the way! Contact us now for your booking. [email protected] or 083 225 7862
|Posted on August 6, 2015 at 10:45 AM|
|Posted on May 25, 2015 at 3:40 AM|
Romantic sunsets and crackling fire places rendered an unforgettable atmosphere at Diamond Hill Country Venue on Saturday. Congratulations Raymond and Jackie. I hope you enjoy this little preview of your wonderful day.
|Posted on May 4, 2015 at 12:15 PM|
Congratulations to a very charismatic couple. Your unique choice in venue was truly amazing.Click here for more images...
|Posted on April 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM|
Here's to good food, good wine and great company. Wishing you many happy moments, congratulations Bruce and Sam.
|Posted on April 6, 2015 at 5:40 AM|
People came form far and wide for this one... Dave and Kim, here's to your happily - ever - after (and the epic clouds of course)!
|Posted on February 22, 2015 at 5:45 AM|
We have a new range of popular garden games for hire, including giant naughts and crosses, horse shoe toss, badminton and lawn darts! Contact us now for hire details and pricing!
083 225 7862
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|Posted on October 5, 2014 at 5:30 AM|
Congratulations to an amazing couple, Jacques and Cara. Thank you for choosing us to capture these wonderful moments! Click here to view more images.#moments #wedding #photography
|Posted on September 6, 2014 at 5:00 AM|
To the two most amazing friends, I am so happy for the both of you. Thank you for letting me be a part of this wonderful day, I was smiling the whole way through selecting your images. Here is a quick sneak preview. Enjoy your few days away!
|Posted on September 5, 2014 at 4:25 AM|
8 Hours wedding coverage
One Professional Photographer
500 or more graded images at high resolution on USB drive in printed case
50 Fully re-touched images (skin corrections, air brushing etc)
Blog post with selected images one day after the wedding
|Posted on September 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM|
Getting better wedding photographs
- by Nicole Phillips
“Location, location, location”
While selecting a competent photographer is the first step to success, aiding the matter by opting for an aesthetically pleasing venue greatly enhances the final out come of your images.
When selecting a venue, a fundamental part of your choice if you want to get the most out of your photographer is to think about what the venue is going to look like in your photographs. Having a look at previous photographs shot at the same venue will also give you a good idea.
Some points to look out for:
When getting ready:
Dark rooms or rooms with a lot of clutter such as small pieces of furniture and pictures on the walls generally do not work well. Face brick is probably a photographer’s worst nightmare. The room should have a light colour wall and large windows, we love light! One large mirror as a center point works very well. The room should also be free of personal items lying around such as bags, clothes and toiletries.
The ceremony area:
If you are getting married outside, be careful which direction you are facing and the time of day. The wrong time of day or direction can result in some very unflattering shadows across your face as well as the guests’.
Again, a light airy building with plain coloured walls is best suited.
Area for the couple photographs:
Rhythm is a key element here. Rhythm is an aspect in an image that is repetitive, so an open field with grass, an avenue of trees and pillars of a building are all rhythmic aspects, which make for great wide shots. Manicured gardens, while pleasing to the eye, generally in South Africa are not large enough to create rhythm and end up looking disjointed in wide images. When shooting close up images the landscape is more forgiving as the background can be blurred out. Keep in mind that if you are getting married in a small venue that is located in a built up area, you will probably need to travel a bit for your couple photographs if you would like wide-angle images.
See our next part on decoration placement to achieve an optimal effect.
Happy venue hunting!
|Posted on August 10, 2014 at 1:20 PM|
It’s a rare occasion that one gets to photograph a wedding that appears to have been taken off the pages of a Hollywood feature film script, but then again Liz and Denver are no ordinary couple! Every aspect of this Steampunk inspired wedding was nothing short of amazing. There was chemistry, there was wardrobe, the Nutcracker provided the ideal setting and even the cloudy weather inspired the futuristic, and somewhat mysterious, alternative Victorian era atmosphere.
|Posted on May 3, 2014 at 7:20 PM|
Feedback from another very happy bride, Rachel, who go married on the 3 May 2014:
"I want to thank you very very much for contributing to such a fun and special wedding day. Your professional skills were and still are highly valued. It helped me relax and enjoy the day; knowing that you know and how to do your magic. May the rest of your careers experience the same, and even higher, levels of success and excitement." - Rachel Bothma
|Posted on April 15, 2014 at 12:20 PM|
If you are looking for that special something to add to your wedding that really has the “wow factor”, consider a horse and carriage. Terrouges Equeste, located in Pretoria East, has the largest carriage collection in the Southern Hemisphere and there is sure to be one that fits the mood and theme of your magical day. Click here for more info on Terrouges Equeste Vintage Carriage hire…
|Posted on April 3, 2014 at 7:05 PM|
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|Posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:25 AM|
Great photographs are largely engineered. Pretty settings make pretty wedding photographs. Below are some hints and tips to get the most out of your “getting ready” wedding photographs:
- Try to choose a room with a lot of natural light and that has a white/ neutral colour wall that is uncluttered with paintings. One large mirror in a
nice frame usually works perfectly.
- Bring some music, it relaxes the atmosphere. Relaxed people make happy wedding photographs.
- Use a good skin moisturiser at least a couple of weeks before the big day.
- Use wooden coat hangers for the dresses to hang on.
- Ask everyone else getting dressed to store lose objects such as bags and make-up away in the cupboard.
- Get the bouquets to arrive at least an hour before the ceremony.
- Ask your bridesmaids to be ready first, that way we can get some shots of them helping you into your dress.
- Once you are ready, this is generally a good time for some family of the bride photographs.
- Great bridal portraits take time, so allow at least half an hour before the ceremony for these - your make-up and dress will be at their best.
|Posted on November 9, 2012 at 1:45 AM|
We are pleased to announce that this image won the August section for the Canon wedding photography competition on ABIA .
|Posted on October 8, 2012 at 5:20 AM|
A question I often get asked: " what can we do on the day to get better pictures?"
The answer is not a simple one, and there are several aspects, hints and tips you can look at...
I'm going to start with what I consider the most important aspect. Yes, you guessed it... hire a professional and experienced wedding photographer who uses high quality equipment and makes your shoot a priority. There are no re-takes.
But...then you may think : "... how do I know the photographer is experienced and can produce good quality images on the day?"
The best solution to this is to ask to view a couple of previous wedding shot... entire wedding, not just the highlights. This is one of the ways to determine the quality of the final product you will be getting, and gage the consistency of the images throughout the day.
Consistency? Consistency is so important, it means that you get high quality images throughout the whole day, and not just one "lucky shot" or a couple of happy accidents. A good photographer will be able to produce a high quality album for you from start to finish and can handle all those tricky lighting situations in-between.
Good quality image? An age old question, what is a good quality image? You may think that you do not know anything about photography, but you have been looking at images all your life. Some quick things to look out for:
Focus -is the image sharp? There must be something sharp in the image... and hopefully it is the focal point!
Exposure - There should be detail in the white and the black parts of the image (sometimes with editing effects this will be taken away, but you will be able to see when these have been applied and if they appeal to you). If all the detail has been washed out of the dress, what's the point?
Colour balancing - Skin tones should be natural, not too red or too orange.
Composition - this is where your photographer plays a large role and shoots according to their style. A good rule to follow and look out for (and broken by those you know how), is the rule of thirds. Have a look at this link for more detail on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thirds This rule creates the most "pleasing composition". Often the rule is broken quite succesfully by some, but again, you can decided if this appeals to you or not.
Finishing - the post production part of the images is also very important, but please keep in mind the most basic principle: A good editor can take a good image and turn it into something amazing, the same editor will never be able to take a poor image and make it amazing. Again, that is why you need a good photographer, to produce a good, workable image in the first place. Post production varies from photographer to photographer as we all have different styles. Personally, I believe in a full make-over - skin blemishes are removed, fine lines reduced, if requested tums, bums and arms are tucked and all unwanted items are removed from the image (no... we have to leave the mother - in - law there).
Why high quality equipment? You may think that your cousin's newly acquired, entrylevel DSLR is fantastic, and in many aspects it is... but remember, weddings are not shot in a controlled environment, sometimes venues are dark, light often changes quickly outside, you need a photographer who has the experience to be able to quickly adapt to these changing situations and equipment which can handle shooting in various conditions including low light, and still produce a high quality image, something which the entry level camera is just not designed to do and when going into these extreme situations, the professional range of equipment far exceeds the entry level camera.
That being said, keep in mind this equipment does not come cheap and apart from the photographer’s skill level, albums and prints, is partly what you are paying for in the wedding package.
Keep an eye out for out next post… Part 2 “it’s the little things that count”
|Posted on June 6, 2008 at 3:05 AM|
We are proud to anounce that this year Nicole Phillips was awarded a gold, silver and bronze award for her photography at the FujiFilm Awards. Below is the image which won a silver, featuring a wedding gown deisgned by Pieter Bondesio.