It’s not often that you’ll catch me shooting a wedding. When I started my photography business in the UK over a decade ago (now I feel old) I began by shooting weddings. However, when I moved to South Africa in 2009, I retired from wedding photography and focussed my attention on shooting portraits rather. But when my friends decided to get married, I got the wedding photography gig by default.
These guys got married at a house in the Vaal and were super lucky with the weather, it looked like it was going to rain for most of the day but by the time 3pm came around the clouds had cleared. One of our other friends had stabbed a knife in to the ground the night before because apparently that wards off rain so she of course took the credit for the sunshine.
One of the perks of being good friends with people you are photographing is being able to ask them to do silly things in the name of art. There was a small boat moored by the jetty which I thought would make for a great shot, so I asked them to climb in. Reluctantly they did, under the constant threat of it being untied and pushed out onto the dam.
We took most of the photos at the end of the jetty which was wobbly, small and slightly terrifying to stand on with an expensive camera. A couple of people came past on jet skis which made it wobble more, so the shoot was very entertaining.
All jokes aside, it was a lovely wedding with a fabulous ceremony conducted by one of Sam’s friends and I’m thrilled with how the photos turned out.
The best part of shooting by water is the opportunity for great sunset pics, so we rounded off the day with this photograph.