Hey photographer, what’s with the crack-of-dawn start time!?

There are two types of people in this world – the early birds, and the night owls. Luckily, for the type of work I do, I am an early bird so waking up raring to go at 4 am is never an issue for me. However, some people can’t even bear the thought of doing anything remotely productive until after 9 am and atleast 3 cups of coffee.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the type of photography I do, the sun waits for no one – not even the morning haters. I get a lot of shocked comments when booking shoots with clients. They hear me say ‘7 am’ start time and go into panic mode. I promise, it’s not because I enjoy torturing you 🙂

As a natural light photographer, and when shooting outside, I am dictated by the sun. Where it sits, how it shines and ultimately how it affects images. All natural light photographers love one thing, and it’s what we call the magical ‘golden’ hour. Typically, golden hour happens one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset. It’s when the sun is soft and buttery and golden and casts gorgeous dreamy light on the subjects and surroundings. Anything after 7/8 am means the sun has been awake for too long, is too harsh, too high up in the sky and generally means that photographs will end up over exposed, with harsh shadows and looking flat and lifeless.

Below is an example of a photo taken during the golden hour, and one taken at noon. Can you see the difference?

No professional photographer likes delivering images that are less than amazing – and to do this we require a little bit of assistance from Mother Nature. So, when I suggest an early morning call time it really is to ensure you get the best experience out of your shoot investment and that you get images that are timeless and beautiful, that you get to treasure forever!

That being said. There are times when an early morning or late afternoon just isn’t viable, and for these situations I will do my best to work with you to find an alternative time or location.

I hope this little blog post helps you to understand why time and light is one of the most important ingredients in creating an epic photo shoot session!





The Hillary Wedding

Hayley and Brett tied the knot in a stunning and intimate garden wedding earlier this month. Hayley is exquisite and looked absolutely breathtaking in her Ted Baker dress. The colour palette was soft and floral and the decor subtle but so striking. The champers was flowing the entire day and the vibe was such fun, so many laughs and great stories. Mr and Mrs Marshall – thank you for allowing me to capture you very special day! Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness.
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The Boshoff Family

I’ve told you how much I love Winter light, right? Well, this was another one of those days when the sun was on perfect behaviour – even though I was somewhat worried about the later start to this shoot. I met up with the Boshoff Family at Lonehill Park to snap some much needed family pics. What a stunning relaxed family – mom Justine is absolutely gorgeous, Dad Willem so hands on, toothless baby Shaylee is just the sweetest thing, with huge blue eyes, and older sister Tiffany (who learnt how to love nature a bit more ;)) with the most beautiful hair! I’m so glad I could capture some precious family moments with you guys, thank you for a lovely morning.

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The Watson Family

This shoot took place on the coldest day of the year, and I’ll be honest, when I arrived at Lonehill Park for it, I was worried as the air was so icy and very unpleasant. Luckily for me, little Charlotte was embracing her puffy jacket, sweet pink beanie and the freezing cold air. In fact, with her crystal blue eyes and pink nose I kept commenting that she looked like a Swedish model on a cookie tin! What an angelic gorgeous little girl – and no wonder – because mom Bryony and Dad Patrick are the most awesome and down-to-earth people. It was a (quick) but super chilled (literally!) shoot, and despite the Game Of Thrones Wintery conditions, the sun was just perfect. Thank you Watson family! Continue reading

Harper Farrell Newborn

I am absolutely besotted with 1 week old Harper McKenzie and just had the best time shooting her in all her newborn perfection. I ‘met’ her when I did mom Shelley’s maternity shoot last month, and up until the day she was born Shelley and Johnny had no idea what they were having. She’s perfect in every way, was an absolute angel for the entire session and is loved by everyone – especially proud big sister Taeyla who couldn’t stop giving her kisses. Such a wonderful, fun shoot! Thank you guys!
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Olivia Jackson – Newborn Shoot

I simply adore a casual at-home lifestyle session, and this shoot was just that. Olivia was just 10 days old when I met her, and the newest addition to the Jackson clan. She is utterly gorgeous – just like mom – with olive skin and a mop of thick black hair. Older brother Jayden is probably the sweetest 1.5 year old I have ever met, with the most charming smile I’ve ever seen. Meeting Candace and Ricky (mom and dad) was such a treat – they are both so nice and relaxed and made me feel right at home. I loved the classic decor of their home and the windows that all had THE BEST LIGHT (any photographers dream!).  Continue reading

Gina and Renzo’s Joint Birthday Party

Gina and Renzo recently celebrated their combined birthday party (3 and 1) on Mothers Day. Despite the icy air and constant rain the kids had an absolute blast playing on the jungle gyms, riding the pony and catching rain drops on their tongues. The adults (because as we know, wisdom comes with age ;)) celebrated indoors with cozy heaters and delicious food. The 3 Moreira siblings are just the sweetest – as are their friends! Thanks for inviting me to capture this special day Sally-Ann and Marco! Continue reading

Bailey Grey Pillay

Meet gorgeous 2.5 week old baby Bailey Grey Pillay. She is sister to the sweetest prettiest Dakota-Blue and daughter to Nicky and Darryl. Guys, there’s just something abut a little baby girl that gets me all melty, and I was so excited to try my handmade flower crowns on all the ladies! Thanks for inviting me into your home guys, and for letting me cuddle baby Bailey longer than I should have 😉  Continue reading