ME AND MY FAMILY
A little glimpse into my life and my family.
When I shoot a wedding, I get to spend the entire day up-close and personal with the couple but also with their families. By the end of it, I’m almost a little sad to leave and want to link arms with Granny and join in on the electric slide.
It feels fair that I share a little bit of my story and family with you too.
I am married. I dated Mark for 3 years in high school, but in university we went our separate ways. Although we remained in touch, we were very much doing our own thing, and only reconnected 6 years later when Mark confessed his undying love for me. Ahhhh. We started living together after 3 months, got engaged a year later and then married a year after that. That was in 2014. We rented a farm house in Karkloof, put up a tent, got married on the water’s edge and had a rip-roaring party which ended at 3am. It was great, and everything I had wanted it to be.
In January of 2017 we had our precious little girl Ellie Josephine, who we call Ellie Pop and sometimes just Pop. She has always been a good little thing – we had no problems with colic or reflux, she doesn’t throw tantrums and is in good health. But she isn’t a great sleeper! There were some nights when she was around 6 months old where I don’t think we were getting more than 4 hours a night. It was tough! As I write this post, she is 15 months old and sleeps through the night. In fact, for the past 3 mornings she has woken up at 6am and then entertained herself with books (in her cot) until around 7am. I cannot tell you what a treat it has been!
David, Mark’s brother, spends a lot of time with us. He is just younger than Mark and the two of them are thick as thieves. He calls Mark Big Cat and I’m Lady Cat. I can’t remember why! David is the most gentle-natured human that I know and is incredibly intuitive to our moods. When he is staying over at our place, he massages my feet every night and get’s very cross with me if I don’t wear proper shoes to weddings.
I come from a big family – I’m one of 5 children and our family get-togethers are always loud, busy and fun. Unfortunately, we are spread out around the world but we stay in touch over skype and whatsapp.
How did I become a wedding photographer?
I studied photography at The Durban University of Technology after school. I was registered at UKZN to study psychology but changed my mind at the last minute (after my Mom convinced me to do something on the creative side). I graduated in 2017 having no clue what I wanted to do with my life so I headed to Singapore to teach synchronized swimming (something I used to be quite good at). I was there for 3 years and had a great time, but it wasn’t home and it was difficult being so far away from my family. So I decided to come home with a full bag of gear and try this wedding photography thing. I was nervous, as I once had a professional tell me that I would never make it as a wedding photographer – I was too quiet and polite he said. Pfhhh. I learnt very quickly that there are very many different people in the world, very many different styles of photography and there should therefore be different types of photographers. I was going to just be myself and see where that got me. It got me here, and what a nice place HERE is.
With 154 weddings under my belt, an office at home, my family close, the sea in view, my dog asleep at my feet – I feel incredibly content and happy with my decision to make a career out of photography.
That – dear person reading this blog post – is my story and background.
If you are reading this because you are considering me as a potential photographer, I hope that knowing a little bit about me makes you feel relaxed about hiring me. I enjoy wedding photography so much because I enjoy a good story. I would love to hear your story before we work together so please feel free to give me ALL the details… and don’t skip out a thing. 🙂