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.
Dirk and Lelanie E-shoot was a first for me we did a comic strip Shoot.
Princes and the frog was the theme ,we had loads of fun.
Exceptional Photographer for Ballito Weddings
What was once quite an untamed, undeveloped area, Ballito Bay and the north coast of KZN (KwaZulu-Natal) Province, has today become a premier holiday and wedding destination, popular with local photographers and so-called “happy snappers” from all over the world.
Also known as the Dolphin Coast, the northern coastal region around Ballito has long been considered as a relatively affluent area, boasting numerous fine hotels and country manors which present perfect backdrops for stunning wedding photographs.
Spotting bottlenose dolphins throughout the year remains a popular pastime for locals and visitors alike. These intelligent inhabitants of the warm Indian Ocean are frequently seen in the coastal waters, appearing to frolic and play in the waves.
The north coast region begins at Zimbali in the south and extends to the Thukela River in the north and is still considered to be the heartland of the Zulu Kingdom, once ruled by the mighty King Shaka. He was known to be a clever, strategic warrior and fierce ruler, who adored his mother. His regard for his mother was said to be so great that anyone approaching her was compelled to crawl on their belly, lest she (or he) be offended. When she died, Shaka went into a period of deep mourning, rigorously enforcing numerous restrictions on his people, as a mark of respect.
At an area known as Shaka’s Rock, a steep rocky headland protrudes high over the ocean and it is here that King Shaka was said to have cast his condemned enemies into the sea below and to their deaths. He is reputed to also have tested the bravery, courage and loyalty of his Impi (warriors) by daring them to jump to their deaths from these lofty heights.
Salt Rock, one of the north coast’s small towns, was once Shaka’s home and a short distance further inland, his gravesite at KwaDukuza, near the town of Stanger, a memorial is built on the site of his grave. The region is rich in history and cultures, offering numerous heritage sites.
If pristine, endless sandy beaches, breathtaking scenery, cultural diversity and warm, hospitable people are important to you when selecting your ideal wedding and photography location, make sure that you don’t forget about Ballito By and Eloise, owner of Eloise Photography. The combination of natural beauty and a talented photographer can only mean great things for your wedding!
Destination Weddings in KwaZulu-Natal, Every Photographer’s Dream Assignment
When one requires the services of an excellent wedding photographer in KwaZulu-Natal, one does not necessarily have to engage a person who resides there. Certain professional camera experts like Eloise, the founder and owner of Eloise Photography, is more than happy to travel to this area and elsewhere throughout South Africa.
Unlike a few generations ago, when couples normally arranged to get married in the area where the bride’s parents lived, many are now opting for destination weddings, photography and all, with KwaZulu-Natal being one of the premier locations in which to tie the knot.
This province’s history is closely linked with that of the Zulu people. In fact, its name means “place of the Zulu”, in honour of the proud, sometimes fierce indigenous local inhabitants, and most notably, their kingdom under the rule of their famous warlike ruler, King Chaka.
“Natal” refers to the first European name given to this area when the Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, encountered this coastline on Christmas day in 1497. Centuries later, the British established a trading post in what is known today as Durban, initially naming their small settlement in the bay “Port Natal”.
After the Voortrekkers journeyed away from British rule in the Eastern Cape, they trekked to this area through the interior in 1837. A year later, their leader, Piet Retief, and his party concluded a deal to acquire land from King Shaka, who went back on his word and murdered Retief and his followers.
In retribution, the rest of the trekkers joined battle against the Zulu and defeated them at the Battle of Blood River, declaring the region as their republic. Subsequently, Natal was annexed by Britain and became a colony, which was gradually settled by immigrants from England.
Vast sugar plantations were established by the settlers, particularly in the northern regions of the colony. A labour force was required to work in the fledgling sugar industry, resulting in the British bringing Indian immigrants to Natal from one of their other colonies, India.
Modern KwaZulu-Natal still reflects its original, richly diverse population, and has become many a wedding photographer’s and bridal couple’s dream destination, having such a rich history and unique ambience not found anywhere else on the continent. It even includes the Valley of a 1000 Hills – the name says it all!
Family shoot at Beach Bum it was a very beautiful morning.
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