Gearing up for 2013

Can you believe it’s already that time of year when the Christmas decorations are gently easing their way into the shops and the turkey’s are filling the freezers at the local grocery store?  Would it be cliched of me to ask, where has 2012 gone?  Am I the only person who clearly remembers last Christmas like it was yesterday?

All this being said, I’m pretty sure I wrote a similar blog post to this one last year.  Apparently the end of year catches me off-guard every year and rather than simply sitting back and saying, “well even though it’s sudden, I should have seen it coming” instead I write a blog post announcing my shock at the upcoming new year and the fact that my long list of things to accomplish in 2012 (a few of them carried over from 2011), is still no where near finished!

So with the end of 2012 in the near distance this girl and her guy have got a jump start on 2013 and we have already updated our price list.  We don’t want to be caught off guard (I’m sure there will be so many other things that will do this) and we always like our brides and grooms to be prepared.

 

If you’re interested in our services, and what we offer head over to our PACKAGES page and fill in the form.  We would love to hear from you.

And because we can, here’s a little sneak peak at Chris and Sophie’s wedding…

Have a fabulous Friday y’all and to our friends Liz and Elton, who are getting married this weekend, may we have the most awesomest of times and may your lives together be filled with incredible memories and “Bear” hugs.

Lot’s of love,

Denise and Rainer

Styled Bridal Shoot

Last weekend we packed up our camera equipment, studio lights, reflectors, diffusers… and headed out to our styled shoot.

Our lovely models arrived bright and early, ready for hair and make up and soon had their glam on…

Before showing you some of the pictures we’d just llike to say a big, fat thank you to everyone who contributed on this shoot.  None if it would have come together without all the effort you put in and we’re truly grateful.

Models:  Julie Richardson and Donna Gilbert

Hair: Thando and Roxanne from Sole Salons and Spa’s

Make up: (ME)

Bridal Dresses: Belle and Bravado on Taunton.

Alexa Marie on Board

Chris and Sophie are having a baby.  A little girl.  Alexa Marie to be specific…

 

We’ve taken many photo’s of Chris and Sophie and I’m sure there will be more to come in the future.  Think of them as our photography guinea pigs…  Wait. Maybe don’t!  when Sophie contacted us about doing a maternity shoot, I wasn’t sure we should say yes.  Pregnant people…  Studio work… umm…

 

We said yes (of course we said yes) because 2012 is the year of challenges and stepping out of our comfort zone so it was the obvious choice to make.  And well, I don’t think we did half bad.

 

 

On 12 June the world will get to meet little Alexa and she’ll finally get to try on all the adorable clothes (and teensy tiny shoes) that she’s been collecting while in hibernation.  (Fashionista anybody?) and soon after her arrival we’ll be back with some newborn photo’s.

 

 

Here’s to June 12…

Denise & Rainer

Dear Blog…

I can’t believe my last post (well Rainer’s really) was on 16 April.  Where has all the time flown?  My plea to 2012; don’t rush away like 2011 did.  This brings me to my most humble apology…

“Dear Blog

I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything recently.  We’ve got so many exciting things on the go, which I can’t wait to tell you all about, that I just haven’t cleared space to include you.

Here is my resolution.  Today is a new day.  I will write a post (and finish it) and then after this weekend I will write another.  We have exciting things happening this weekend and I promise you’ll be the first to hear all about them!

Yours

Denise”

So, let’s get busy with this post…

In February this year I was approached by  a lovely woman who asked me to give a talk on photography to all the marketing heads for the KZN private schools.   I was truly honoured to be asked; they don’t just ask anybody (I hope).

When I said yes to doing the talk, the first thought that crossed my mind was “it’s in April, that’s far away.  Sure I’ll do it!” but as the date crept closer I realised what a daunting task I had set myself!  Where I’ve previously given workshops on photography which we do over 2 or 3 days, I now had to explain the basics of photography in an hour and a half, to a group of people who may not be entirely interested in what I had to say!  Arrrgh, where do I start?  what important titbit’s of info should I impart?  Will everyone stare at me blankly (affirmative!)?  How do I decide what’s important and what’s not?  All these crazy thoughts started going through my brain and the more I thought about it the more stressed I became.

Then it happened…  The day arrived and I had to speak in public.  Now, I need to clear things up here.  When I host workshops I don’t get nervous and I don’t consider it speaking in public.  Why?  This is simple.  I have plenty of time to get information across and if someone doesn’t understand what I’m talking about I take them outside and beat them up with their camera and we run through what I’ve said using a practical example.  Another benefit to doing workshops is that we tend to stick to a smaller group so that we can pay individual attention to everyone who attends, which leads to a more relaxed environment.   Speaking to a group of 40 or so attendees (anything over 12 is large in my eyes) is not laid back and I’m not comfortable and I’m VERY out of my comfort zone.  I was so concerned about an information overload that I had even written in my notes to “check up and state that I bet everyone is really confused right about now”.  

My Buzz Lightyear impression

On arrival at the very prestigious Hilton College, where I was giving the talk, I went into the “room outside the main room” and readied myself.  Pulled out my laptop so it was ready to be connected to the screen…  I thought I was on top of things, all I needed to do was pop to the ladies.  Then came the news, they were ahead of schedule and could I start my talk NOW!.  Dum dum dum…  I stood in front of the group and attempted to pull myself together and started talking (and shaking) and then in that opening moment I thought, “wait, why am I worried?  I’m the one who know’s whats going on here.  There’s nothing to be stressed about.”.  Revelation!  From that point on no more shaking, no more stressing. Just plain sailing.

One thing I have discovered about public speaking (I really hope not speaking in general) is that I pull REALLY AWKWARD FACES!  Oh well, you can’t do it all…

“See, this is how you clap for me… Now you try.”

Chat next week

Denise

Moonlight Shenanigans – Winterton

There comes a time when you need to do something without relying on someone else to get it done. Although I did have the option of letting Denise write this, I decided it was time to see how good I can be at this whole blogging thing.

So, if you haven’t caught on yet, Its Rainer here! I thought that since we used my camera to take these photos at my mates place just outside of Winterton, KZN, I’ll be the one to blog about it!

Now I must get a few things straight before I continue telling this story… These photos could have been a LOT better, but due to the fact that we forgot to pack the tripod (my backside still hurts from kicking myself), we had to make do with what we had – a sort of ‘steady hand’, and a bakkie with the tail gate dropped!

So, here is how it happened. We went to my mate Dale’s place for a few days over the easter weekend. He has an awesome conference centre/lodge just outside of Winterton, so when we have the opportunity to travel out there for a few days, it’s a very welcome break from the hustle and bustle of city living!  The lodge is right on the Tugela River (which i unsuccessfully attempted to fly fish on), and is a really peaceful and all round relaxing place.

On the second night we were there, we saw that the moon was full and lighting up the whole area. When i mean lighting up the whole area, I mean that it looked like the sun was about to rise constantly! I could not miss this opportunity to take some photos of it, and this turned into a bit of fun, as you can see…

The moon was so bright, that i didn’t need a tripod at all to take shots of it directly, but having the tripod there would have made all the difference. The ‘starburst’ photo would have been a lot more focused too, but the fact that I stood holding the camera while the shutter remained open for about 5 seconds, I couldn’t really hope for anything better…

After I had taken a few shots of the moon from where we were staying, Dale suggested that we take an evening drive along one of the farm roads to get a better view of the surrounding country side while the moon was lighting everything up so nicely for us. But instead of getting the shots of the country side (due to the fact that the tripod was required for this, and this was sort of precisely the moment that i kicked myself), we decided to drop the tail gate of Dale’s bakkie, and have some fun!

Now, trying to get a camera into focus while being held up by items of clothing is not easy. But eventually we got it right and started taking shots of us jumping into the air, using the timed drive function. Trying to jump at the precise moment that the camera takes a shot is not easy at all, as we found out… Eventually we managed to get 2 or 3 of us in the air after attempting close to 50 shots, and eventually gave up due to the fact that we started getting incredibly tired!

All in all, we had a blast out there, and the next time we go, we’ll make sure to take the tripod with, and try time it to coincide with the full moon again! Watch this space!

I just want to add a small thank you to all who subscribe to and read these posts as well. We really appreciate the support.

Take it easy!

Rainer & Denise (by default, hehe…)

Updated competition entry details.

Hi Everyone

I hope you had a fabulous Easter weekend and for those of you who had time off, I hope you made the most of it – whether it be doing things you’ve not managed to do for ages or sleeping in just because you can.

We’ve had a lot of interest in our “Win Huge” competition however a some brides-to-be have requested that the date for claiming the prize be extended to 2013.  We know that you gals’ are highly organised people and that getting photographers booked early is essential so we are more than happy to oblige.  The prize can now be claimed all the way up to 16 December 2013.

As we like to accommodate our lovely readers (and potential clients) as much as possible, we have also extended the closing date for entries until 31 July 2012.  That’s a whole extra 2 months to get your entries in…  The updated details are below and also on the very important Competitions & Specials page.

Thank you to everyone who’s entered to date.  Your entries do still count and you’re all strong contenders for the prize.  It’s going to be tough deciding who will win…  If we haven’t got back to you about your entry yet, don’t fret because we will soon.

Thanks to each and everyone of you who’s entered already and a big thank you to everyone wanting to enter in advance.

Denise & Rainer

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