I have done tons of engagement session and its usually means the couple got engaged and they want photos to announce to the world that are getting married or they want photos to use for the invitations for the wedding.
But this engagement session was exactly as the word suggests "He is going to ask her to get married" while they were doing the shoot.
How romantic is that well done Jp show the guys how it's done.
It was wonderful to be part of such a great experience and to capture the moment with all its emotion and love was beautiful.
I had to keep the tears back and concentrate on the moment to get all of the shoot.
Congradsulations you are a great couple.
Jaco and Lomea had there beautiful wedding at Meander Manor.
Durban – Professional Photographers’ Paradise
Enormous scope exists for professional photographers in Durban, fondly known amongst South Africans as “Durbs” or “Durbs by the Sea”, and the reasons for these opportunities are as many as they are diverse.
Although it’s not the capital of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban – this professional photographers’ and residents’ paradise – is the most populous city. The capital, Pietermaritzburg, is situated some 90km inland from the coast, and has more of a rural centre’s atmosphere, since it is largely surrounded by a farming community.
Virtually wherever one looks, the views and vistas are glorious, lush and verdant in and around Durbs. The natural landscape, gardens and parks are magnificent, offering the most amazing backdrops for taking awesome professional pictures; nothing requires staging.
Although the city’s economy is thriving, there’s a laid-back feeling about the place, its people and the lifestyle it offers. Some of this may be due to the diverse population, which gives the urban and rural areas a very continental atmosphere. At any given time, one will hear a myriad of accents and languages.
Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer and sea captain, named the territory “Terra do Natal” (Land of Christmas), when he arrived there on Christmas Eve in 1497. In 1824, its name changed to “Port Natal” when a trading station and small settlement were established. Eleven years later, Sir Benjamin D’Urban lent his name to the settlement, now named Durban.
Nine years thereafter, Natal (the province) became a British colony, under imperial rule. Towards the end of the century, sugar cane farming was so extensive that indentured labour was brought in from another British colony – India.
In the 1850s, German immigrants settled an area some 40kms from Pietermaritzburg, and today, there’s still an active German speaking community there. Durbs, in particular, is an immensely popular tourist, holidaymaker and wedding destination.
Needless to say, Durban is equally popular with professional photographers, one being Eloise of Eloise Photographer, a company which specialises in special pictures taken at weddings, engagements and lovely shoots of babies, children and family groups.
Durban Wedding Photographers Behind the Lens
When one has decided to have a destination wedding and get married in Durban, you will still need the assistance of numerous persons, ranging from a minister, priest or rabbi, to conduct the formalities, caterers, a florist and, of course, a competent photographer.
Top wedding photographers in Durban and anywhere else, are required to have a certain set of skills and abilities, since they have only this one opportunity to capture and record a very important occasion, and all its unique moods and nuances.
The occasion of one’s marriage, the actual ceremony and subsequent reception, is usually emotionally charged, such that each moment is spontaneous, natural and unplanned. The person behind the lens should not only be ready to capture each special moment, emotion and expression, but they should also have the ability to anticipate, in order to avoid missing that characteristic instant in time.
How the person relates to and builds a rapport with others, who are initially complete strangers, is a vital aspect of a successful, pleasing shoot. If the principle subjects – the bride and groom – feel awkward and uncomfortable in the camera person’s presence, it’ll show very clearly and obviously in the pictures.
It takes a natural, non-judgemental, easy-going, calm, friendly, competent and confident manner to put others at ease, and allow them to feel relaxed and free to be themselves in front of one’s lens. Ideally, the photographer wants them to forget that he/she is there, and that’s a major factor in taking wonderful pictures.
One such person is Eloise, owner and principle wedding photographer of the company which carries her name. She loves people and the Durban/Ballito Bay area, but will travel to any destination in South Africa where her expert services are required. Her other specialities include engagements, families and babies – actually, all disciplines of her profession which focus (no pun intended) on people.
Be sure to engage an experienced, professional wedding photographer who is au fait with all the things that make Durban and special occasions celebrated there so wonderfully unique, characteristic and memorable.
Dirk and Lelanie’s wedding took place at the beautiful Rosemary Hill, a venue just outside Pretoria.
Rosemary Hill had excellent service and we had a great time taking photos at their venue.
Dirk & Lelanie was one of those weddings that we won’t forget easily, beautiful décor, great food and a lovely couple that is truly in love. Capturing their love story was an honour.
When One Needs a Professional Wedding Shoot in Durban
Once upon a time, virtually all marriage ceremonies were concluded and celebrated near the bride’s home or in the area in which she grew up, but nowadays, destination weddings are increasingly becoming ever more popular, especially in coastal cities like Durban. That’s all well and good, but which photographer does one engage to do the photo shoots if one doesn’t know of anyone who’s good at their job and operates in their destination of choice?
If one has friends or family in Durban, ask them if they know of anyone who specialises in wedding shoots, but if not, all is not lost. Travel has become so quick and easy, giving many professional people ample opportunities to conduct their business both in their own area and much further afield.
Eloise, owner of a Pretoria-based studio which carries her name, is one such delightful photographer who specialises in wedding, engagement, baby and family shoots. She’ll gladly travel to most South African destinations and is particularly fond of going to the Durban area and the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
Durbs, as it’s fondly referred to by South Africans, has long been a “Mecca” for tourists, holidaymakers and those wanting to celebrate a special event in a special place. The climate is warm throughout all seasons, although it can become very hot and humid during summertime, making it a virtual paradise for lovers of the ocean, water sports and nature.
Modern bridal fashions tend to favour gowns featuring exposed necklines and either one or both shoulder/s exposed. Such stunning dresses are not ideally suited to cold winter weather conditions. However, the sub-tropical climate of the KZN coastal region presents no fashion limiting factors, regardless of the season.
Because of all of the natural attractions, warm weather and vast selection of outstanding function and event venues in the Durban area, it’s wise to consider having your most special day, your wedding, in this region; Eloise will ensure that every precious moment is professionally shot and preserved for posterity.
Album Quality KZN Baby Shoots
One does not have to be a proud KZN parent or devoted grandparent to appreciate the typical characteristics and attributes of babies, and yet everyone knows how notoriously difficult it can be to shoot great pictures of them.
You simply have to shoot those cute baby fat rolls and dimples too, and you’ll never manage this if the little one is dressed for winter and wrapped up warmly, but this is where the KZN climate lends a helping hand.
Unless the parents move to other less temperate areas, most little ones born and growing up next to the warm currents of the Indian Ocean don’t wear winter woollies, disguising those gorgeous dimples which disappear all too soon.
Taking great pictures of babies and small children is a speciality and an art form which also requires huge amounts of skill and patience. Little ones have a comparatively short span of attention and thus a range of emotions, expressions and moods dart and play over faces in an instant.
A great baby photographer must be able to anticipate this, in order to be ready to click at precisely the right moment, lest something so precious be gone forever, unrecorded. One such professional photographic artist is Eloise of Eloise Photography, who loves working with people and families, and tiny tots in particular.
Although based in Pretoria, she does a lot of her fine work in KZN’s Durban/Ballito Bay area too, and she travels throughout South Africa on request, as and when her services are required for family, anniversary, wedding, engagement and baby shoots.
To begin with, it’s important that the little one is put at ease, relaxed and comfortable with the person behind the lens. Remember that a shy, introverted child may even perceive a camera as a scary, unfamiliar object. A happy, relaxed child ensures that the photographer is able to concentrate on all the finer points of capturing a truly great series of pictures.
Never be dissuaded from taking your own pictures, but if you want album quality baby shoots in KZN and elsewhere, do consider getting an experienced professional photographer on board; you won’t be sorry and you’ll have a wonderful record of your little treasure’s earliest memorable moments.
Affordable, Professional Wedding Photos in Ballito
Most of the numerous couples who’ve selected the beautiful coastal town of Ballito as their wedding destination and made use of the affordable services of Eloise of Eloise Photography to record the event, have no idea of the early history of this charming region.
Before the days when she began her affordable business of wedding photos here, the area was initially known as Compensation Beach and formed part of a sugar cane farm, which belonged to one Basil Townsend. In 1953, local businessmen decided to develop a town, subsequently named Ballito when it was proclaimed as such the following year.
According to records, the first plots went on sale at a mere R790. It is said to have got its name from an advertisement for hosiery of the same name, produced by a company in St. Albans, England, although there was no direct connection between the two.
By 1986, the town was awarded borough status and since then, it has grown and developed tremendously, particularly as a leisure, lifestyle and holiday resort of distinction, becoming a jewel of the Dolphin Coast. Some of the surrounding undulating landscapes still reflects the backbone of the region’s economy – rolling green plantations of sugar cane.
Ballito and the adjacent north coastal areas were once the heartland of King Shaka’s Zulu kingdom, after he had taken over the leadership of his people, following the death of his predecessor, Dingiswayo. Shaka was a military genius, who first introduced his impi to longer cowhide shields and shorter stabbing spears, in place of longer, throwing spears which they had used until then.
In addition to promoting close quarter fighting tactics, he was also responsible for the much feared pincer movement, where his troops surrounded and decimated their enemies.
Today, the province of KwaZulu-Natal is known for its diversity of people, cultures and landscape; none is more glorious than the North Coast. Ballito itself is conveniently situated some 40km north of Durban, making it a perfect playground and venue for magnificent weddings with scenic backdrops for stunning, affordable photos and more.
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