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.
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