The Purposeful Photographer

The Purposeful Photographer with Derryn Schmidt

You’re ready, you’ve decided to do it - you’re going to be a wedding photographer. I am proud of you. This is a big deal! It takes real GUTS to make the decision to go all in!

While courage is the first most important thing you'll need, its not going to take you all the way. If you're gonna do this, you'll need to extend your knowledge on the techniques of photography, but also on sales and marketing. 

Being a successful wedding photographer has A LOT to do with how you position yourself in the market and how you sell yourself. It requires you to think like an entrepreneur. 


The most wonderful thing about photographs is that we are able to connect a memory to the image. Looking at a photo, we are able to revisit that specific moment but also be reminded of a time. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to revisit those precious moments?

My favourite memories and the ones I want to hold onto for eternity, are the everyday moments. For example, when I see my daughter Ellie tucking our dog into bed and hear her singing a lullaby. I have a photo of Ellie and our dog Luna together, and in the years to come, I know that when I look at it, I will FEEL their friendship and remember this special time in our lives where we were beginning to get to know our baby as a little person.

That’s the power of photography.


Does this feel familiar?

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    I take photos of my children, but I’m never in them. They have begun pulling funny faces and hiding from me when they see me pull out my phone.

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    I wait until big family events to have professional photos taken, like birthdays and anniversaries, but the children are usually overwhelmed and misbehave. It’s hard for them to sit still with so many people around.

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    The silly moments are the ones I want to remember – water fights, bubble play, tickle attacks. That’s the magic of my family, and that’s what I want to remember.

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    I am attracted to the idea of a not-so-perfect, natural portrait over a perfect sit-and-smile studio style portrait

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    I believe that my children are their most beautiful at play, totally unaware of the camera. I'd like photos that capture each of their individual personalities

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    Life is short and unpredictable, and I want to freeze life as it is for us RIGHT NOW so that I will never forget the beauty of my family as we are today.

What you can expect:

There are 3 location options for you to choose from

Click on the icon to open the gallery

Creating images in your own home will allow me to truly capture your family’s authentic personality.

If playing soccer is your son’s thing, then I’ll photograph him in the garden with the ball on his head. If your daughter loves collecting bugs, let me go bug hunting with her, and photograph her in her happy place. Maybe it’s just all of you romping on the couch together, or having a pillow fight on the bed, baking a cake or swimming in the sea.

Our session will last anywhere from 1-2 hours depending on the age of your children and the size of your family.

Delivery Your photos will be processed and edited by me, and delivered to you within 3 weeks of your shoot date.

You will receive…

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    You will receive a combination of candid photos as well as photos of everyone looking at the camera (Because those are important to have, and will make the perfect Christmas present for Granny)

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    60 high-res edited images.

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    Includes individual photos of the children as well as group shots.

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    A private online gallery from which to download your high-res photos and a slideshow set to music.

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    After recieving your photos, you'll have the option to order prints. Choose from frames, print boxes and photo books.

Your package will be delivered to you within 3 weeks of your shoot date. This will allow time for editing and printing.


Hi, I'm Derryn

After studying photography and then spending some time abroad, I came back to SA to begin my business as a full time wedding, portrait and lifestyle photographer. It has been 8 years and I absolutely love it.

I have a husband named Mark, a beautiful daughter named Ellie and a dog named Luna. We live in Ballito, on the North Coast of KZN and enjoy a fairly relaxed lifestyle.

If I’m not shooting, editing or designing albums, I’ll be writing a blog post or planning an event for Let’s Talk Workshops. I feel passionate about helping other photographers create a business that fits into their lifestyle, and so much of my time is focussed on teaching and mentoring.


The magical thing about a photograph is that as the memory begins to fade, the photograph remains.

Book now!

Winter Special

  • R3500

Have questions?

How do I book my spot?

Click on the 'book now' button above, or email hello@derrynschmidt.com

What is the best time of day for a shoot?

If your shoot is indoors, like the 'at home' shoots would be, then choose a time that best suits your family. If your shoot is outdoors though, then 1 hour after sunrise or 1 hour before sunset would be best. This is when the light is at its most flattering.

How do I secure my booking?

A 50% deposit is due to secure your time slot. The balance will be due on the day of your shoot.

What if we need to cancel?

I will do my absolute best to reschedule your shoot, but if your cancellation is less than 48 hours before your time slot, a cancellation fee may be charged.

What is the cancellation fee if we cannot make our slot?

The cancellation fee for no-shows or cancellations done within 48 hours of the time slot will be liable for a cancellation fee of 50% of the shoot fee. I will do my absolute best to reschedule your shoot if cancellation is done within a reasonable time frame of the shoot date.

What do we do if the weather is bad?

The only weather that might become a problem is heavy rain. If it is overcast or windy, we will still go ahead with the shoot. Gloomy weather holds its own charm and we will make the most of it. If it is pouring and we REALLY can't proceed with the shoot, we will reschedule for the next available slot.

What methods of payment do you accept?

EFT for the deposit payment and cash or EFT for the balance payment. 

Do you travel?

My favorite locations and the ones that I know will work in all weather conditions, are in Ballito. If you have opted for an 'in home' session, I'd be happy to drive to you, but travel fees will apply (for time and petrol) if the distance is greater than 50km from Ballito.

When will we recieve our photos?

You will receive your gallery within 3 week of your shoot date. 

How will we get our photographs?

I will upload your high res edited images into a private gallery, and you will be sent the link via email to access it. From there, you can download the photos and save them onto your computer, print them or share them. 

As a Mother myself, I understand the feeling of wanting things to be 'just right'. This moment - right now - deserves to be remembered

If you have avoided having your family photos taken in the past, what has been the reason? Is it possible that you're waiting for things to be 'just right'?

Are you waiting to be less busy at work? Maybe you need to grow your hair out or have the color changed. Are you waiting for your teenage daughter's braces to come off, or your son's pimples to clear up. 

Yes, your baby's hair is going to grow soon and she'll be walking in just a few months - but there will ALWAYS be a reason to postpone. There will always be a reason to wait just a few more weeks.

If you wait for everything to be just right, you might miss out on what's happening right now - right in front of you, and that deserves to be remembered.  

I look forward to meeting you and your family and creating lasting memories.