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.
Engagement Photographer Captures the Occasion in KZN
It is no wonder that photography in KZN and elsewhere in South Africa has extended to recording engagements too, once mainly the preserve of occasions like weddings, anniversaries, baptisms, birthdays and special celebrations.
In fact, the advent and popularity of the internet and social media, such as twitter, Facebook and others, has made sending photographs of engagements and numerous other events so easy and convenient. A picture taken in KZN can arrive on the computer or other mobile device of a recipient anywhere in the world, within mere seconds.
The other major factor in this common use of photographic equipment lies with the equipment itself. A few years ago, only the most expensive, up-to-date mobile phones had camera capabilities, albeit not of great quality and clarity. This, of course, has changed dramatically. Very few mobile phones are now made without a camera and the quality of images is remarkably good.
However, professional photography remains in a league of its own. Although here too, equipment has altered dramatically since the invention of today’s digital technology, but the art of recording pictures has a long, fascinating history.
It all began with the ancient Greeks and Chinese, who discovered that the upside down image of a scene could be projected onto a surface through a pinhole or simple lens, enabling the user to trace it in order to preserve the picture. This became known as the camera obscura, which began as a room-sized item, gradually becoming smaller.
Camera design continued to evolve. the history of image capture includes such evocative names as daguerreotypes, calotypes and dry plates, to name only a few, until George Eastman, founder of Kodak, invented, patented and sold his first basic box camera in 1888. This camera was complete with celluloid film, a fixed-focus lens and only one shutter speed.
Nowadays, professional engagement photographers like Eloise, of the outstanding studio which carries her name, all use cutting-edge technology, and easily portable cameras and equipment with which they practice their art wherever they go – to KZN and anywhere else in South Africa.
Fabulous Family Photo Shoots in SA’s Most Beautiful KZN
Worldwide, modern nuclear families in developed countries are smaller than ever before. Although advanced medical technology has increased the average human lifespan over the years, fast-paced lifestyles do take their toll, so it is really important to have periodic photo shoots of one’s nearest and dearest, no matter where you live, be it in KZN or Kyoto.
No one will be around forever. Family is so precious, more important than anything else in life, and there is no better way of recording special moments and stages in the group’s growth than by getting all members together for a professional photo shoot.
Memories fade over time and some of us forget altogether, which why a photo can make all the difference in the world. A picture not only tells a thousand words, but it also records people, places, precious moments and events for posterity.
Children love to pour over the family album containing photos of themselves, especially images of when they were babies, their first day at school, and a gap-toothed grin after the tooth fairy or tooth mouse took its first trophy, leaving behind a coin in exchange for a tiny incisor.
Mum and dad’s wedding pictures are scrutinised; the next generation is bound to giggle at images of their parents and their own fashions of yesteryear, forgetting that that which amuses them so now, will be back at the height of fashion sometime in the future. Next, they will probably regret that they did not think to save their old garments in anticipation of their return to vogue.
Whatever their exact content, family pictures are treasured, especially those which have been captured by a highly talented professional photographer such as Eloise and her team at her Pretoria-based Eloise Photography studio.
Eloise, however, does not restrict her services to Pretoria and the greater Gauteng area only; she travels to wherever her services are needed in South Africa. One of her favourite destinations is the province of KZN, where people requiring the skills of a family photo shoot specialist, are fast becoming familiar with her work.
Professional Photographer for Durban Weddings
You could barely pick a lovelier destination in which to get married than in subtropical Durban, one of the premier holiday and tourism cities in South Africa. But how do you find an experienced, competent wedding photographer when you have not lived in this beautiful city for a long time and you don’t know whom to contact?
Firstly though, consider carefully what qualities a top wedding photographer needs to possess, because this special day is one of a kind, and whoever you choose to take your pictures has only this one opportunity to get them exactly right.
There is a lot more to capturing the loving, intimate moments that pass between a bride and her groom on the day of their marriage. A good photographer like Eloise, the owner of Eloise Photography, has the skill and talent to anticipate the subtle nuances of a couple’s dynamic relationship, enabling her to “click” at precisely the right time, not missing a very special, unique moment in time.
The person behind the camera’s lens requires an eye for detail and the bigger picture. Although the main focus is centred on the couple, the background forms the backdrop or canvas on which the main elements – the couple – is featured, and should never distract from this, but rather compliment the look, feel and ambience of the image.
Lighting is another important factor. Too little, and nothing is crispy clear, particularly the finer detail of that special gown, the bride’s radiance and the groom’s pride at marrying the lovely girl of his dreams. Too much light produces a harsh image, with no subtlety. Lighter elements, such as the bride’s dress, appear like an undefined white blob, while faces are devoid of emotion.
Many people are camera-shy or self-conscious and freeze every time a lens is pointed in their direction. In these instances, the camera operator must have the people skills and ability to put his/her subjects at ease, making them forget all about the camera, whilst engaging them in other ways. This ensures natural, unposed and lifelike images.
Eloise is happy to travel to virtually any destination in South Africa, particularly Durban, so you will never be stuck without a professional wedding photographer, anywhere in this country.
I ❤ Love Stories. That's why I do what I do. I get to witness the most beautiful thing in the world, every single week: