Yesterday, Iaan and I, photographed a couple’s wedding in Wellington. During the canapés and drinks, one of the guests came up to me and asked me if this was my full-time job. Funny thing is, this was definitely not the first time someone asked me that question. I smiled and said: “Yes, it is.”.
As a wedding photographer, I’m use to weddings, use to guests asking these questions and also use to answering them with a smile. Because, what I remember every time someone asks me that question, is that being at a wedding and photographing little clips of details and moments that couples will treasure forever, is something very special. Standing in the sun on a Thursday, Monday or Saturday, while other people sit in the office, is a privilege and I hope I never forget that. Standing amongst friends and family, while being a fly on the wall and looking for those beautiful moments that could potentially mean more to the couple than what I can ever imagine, is a challenge and also a huge joy.
Kate and Andrew tied the knot under a tree in the middle of the Cederberg. Their wedding was on a Monday. Unusual, you might think, but if most of your guest are coming from the other side of the ocean, the day of the week does not matter.
The drive to the Cederberg felt like holiday. The open skies and countryside all around me, makes this one of my favourite places. After the last town, before you drive out to Bushmanskloof, you loose all cellphone reception. Something that makes me feel ‘free’, even though most of my work is linked to the digital world.
Iaan and I drove to Bushman’s and met up with Kate and her family. And then the photographs began…