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Afrikaans Rock Vol 3 @ Shimmy Beach Club

Showcasing the biggest names in the industry, Shimmy Beach Club, in a partnership with Hunters Dry, brings you Fokofpolisiekar, Jack Parow, Karen Zoid, Francois van Coke, Arno Carstens and Early B Music, for an unrivalled alternative music experience set in a spectacular ocean side setting”

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Art Images & Prints For Sale

This Cape Town Guy (And Ambitious Photographer) recently had the privilege of joining in on the wonderful journey with the Put Foot Foundation’s 2017 Rally. With little expectancy for the journey I was about about to embark on, after a kiss from my beautiful wife Jaimi, I headed out into the cold wintery early hours of a Sunday morning in the middle of June from my home town Melkbosstrand, and jumped onboard with an rowdy yet wonderfully friendly Aussie crew who I was assigned to for certain legs of our adventure. Jason, the leader of the Aussie pack “Reboot Yourself - Happy Day” was a legend to spend time with, himself having done the 2016 Rally, so his knowledge of what was on route, what to see and where to go was just golden. Jason you legend.

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Mieke & Matt

What a wedding day… Celebrating with these two love birds and the family and friends was one wonderful occasion to remember.
A beautiful venue, a beautiful autumn day, a stunning bride and her bridesmaids, Matt dressed as per the cover of GQ magazine, his groomsmen trying to match (jokes), what more can a photographer want.

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Tarlia & Bhav

This Cape Town photographer took a little trip recently to the warmer shores of Durban to capture the moments surrounding, and the wedding day of Tarlia & Bhav. I love shooting back in my old home town Durban, and this wedding day was just the reason I love being back there.

It was lights, cameras and action all the way. A day filled with golden moments, heartfelt romance, so many laughs and smiles and an occasion certainly to be celebrated and remembered.

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Amy & Grant @ Llandudno Beach

Two wonderful friends of ours were recently married. I headed down to Llandudno beach to capture a few moments with them and their friends celebrating “beach style”. Sunset time on Llandudno is not stranger to this Cape Town photographer and on this day, there was simply no disappointing.

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Kelly & Reece at Tintswalo Atlantic

Kelly & Reece met with me a little while back in my home town of Melkbosstrand, here on Cape Town’s golden West Coast. Their wedding was some months away and they were in the country to chat to and catch up with their carefully selected wedding day suppliers. My first impression of the two of them was obvious, they wanted their wedding to be super laid back and full of fun, just like the two of them.

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Behind The Scenes with Cape Town Productions

PRODUCTION – it’s what we do…..with passion!” True words from Cape Town Productions

On a recent international shoot I was hired to cover, in our beautiful Cape Town and her surroundings, I had the privilege of working alongside of one of Cape Town’s most professional and friendly production companies, namely Cape Town Productions. These guys really know their stuff…

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Tammy & Bruce @ The Dairy Shed

This was my first visit to The Dairy Shed on Contermanskloof Farm, Durbanville, and what an occasion it was for this Cape Town Photographer. I was there to capture treasured moments for Tammy and Bruce on this their wedding day celebration. A venue that truly suited their adventurous personalities and a venue that suited my style of creative photography.

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Natasha King & Michele Acquisto @ Die Woud

Natasha & Michele wedding at Die Woud was another wedding day I will hold fondly in my memory for years to come. Not only was the day perfect and the location magnificent, the celebration of this marriage was one to behold. Friends and family arrived from afar and celebrated whole heartedly as these two walked back up the isle as husband and wife.

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Afrikaans Rock | Shimmy Beach Club

Every now and then, this Cape Town based photographer get’s to let his hair down, “dress down to dress up”, and to venture out with his favourite steed (In this case his wonderful wife Jaimi) to a music festival with some of the greatest musicians to take the stage on the various platforms around this great country.

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Grace & Mark at Haute Cabriere, Franschhoek

Haute Cabriere in the beautiful Franschhoek is one of the venues I have longed to shoot at since moving to the fair Cape. Thank you to Grace & Mark whose wedding I covered just a little while ago, I had the opportunity to do so. Not only was this a wedding of beauty and hearty celebration, but also a venue with one of the most picturesque landscape backdrops in the whole of the Franschhoek valley.

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Wolfburg Cracks & Arch Hike

Saturday morning, just a week ago, Jaimi and I woke up at 05:00, packed my “Old Girl” with our dusty camping gear and hit the road en route to the beautiful Cederburg wilderness area to hike the infamous Wolfburg Cracks. We had heard a lot about the Cracks from our fellow hiking buddies and always wanted to give it a try. The weather forecast was good, and this looked like the perfect weekend to attempt this.

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Stephanie & Brandon’s Mont Rochelle Wedding

Stephanie, a doctor from San Francisco, CA & Brandon, a scientist with NASA, made contact with me a little while ago about covering their wonderful destination wedding here in the Western Cape at the beautiful Mont Rochelle Hotel in Franschhoek. Without hesitation, this Cape Town based photographer was delighted to be available on their wedding date and the relationship was set in motion.

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Lizeri & Gideon’s Beautiful Forest Wedding

More often than not, as a professional wedding photographer, I get to experience couples that come into my life and I get to experience them from more of a friendship perspective rather than a client only perspective. This I believe is what sets true professional wedding photographers apart from others, the personalisation and friendship relationship one can build in only a very short space of time.

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Kate & Marvin at Hartford House

This Cape Town Photographer loves travelling back to KZN to photograph, especially if it’s to photograph a wedding at the beautiful Hartford House in the KZN Midlands just inland from Mooi Rivier town. Kate and Marvin choose this lovely venue to celebrate their wedding day with their nearest and dearest friends and family.

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Eliza & Jon at Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren is truly a place of beauty, nestled on the infamous Cape wine route in the Simondium area, the Cape Dutch farm is in the Drakenstein Valley en route to Franschhoek. What a venue to celebrate a wonderful international wedding at. Eliza and Jon decided that South Africa it was for their wedding day, and what a celebration it turned out to be. Guests from Australia, the UK, the States and pretty much all over the globe flocked in to share the love at their best friend’s union.

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One Night In Cape Town - Kongos

Well what can I say… this Cape Town Lifestyle & Wedding Photographer has also been a massive follower and shooter of South African and International music, and bands for about 20 years now. Having photographed locally, and throughout South Africa, I have had the privilege of meeting and capturing some of my personal music favourites.

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Heidi & Dusty Rich Get Married

This Cape Town photographer headed back to KZN recently for the wonderful wedding day of Heidi & Dusty Rich at the Orchid House on Collisheen Estate, in Ballito. Knowing quite a few folk at a wedding is always a treat, when you are the selected photographer. You get to hang out, feel like you are part of the festivities as well as capture some amazing moments with the lovely couple.

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Private Chef Neill Anthony at Ginger & Lime

Jaimi and I headed to the wonderful Ginger & Lime Food Studio in Fresnaye, Cape Town, and this time it was for a food experience with the Interactive Menu of “Private Chef” Neill Anthony. Taste buds at the ready, cameras loaded, we were certainly in for a treat from the culinary skills of this Zimbabwe born celebrity chef.

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Franskraal & Gansbaai

Last weekend, Jaimi and I headed for a little get away up the east coast to a stunning little town called Franskraal, just 50 km passed Hermanus. Famous for it shark cage diving, Franskraal is really a place well worth visiting for her seascapes, landscapes, second hand stores and a friendly small town vibe. If it’s a chilled and relaxed time out that you need then this is a must on your map of “town’s to visit”.

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1693” Food & Wine Pairing at Bellingham Homestead - Franschhoek

Set up in The Old Maturation Cellar (built in 1693) on the lawns of the Bellingham Homestead (which is now a museum of beautiful artwork and decor), the twelve seater lunch table was beautifully set, candles lit, heaters were on and I really felt like I was being treated as royalty would have been back in the early part of last century, but with the warmth and sincerity of a close family affair.

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Sarah & Daniel’s Romantic Boma Wedding

So it was back to Kwa Zulu Natal a few weeks back for this Cape Town based Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer. This time it was to the picturesque Boma wedding venue in Bisley near Pietermaritzburg for the wonderful wedding of Sarah and Daniel. How can I describe this couple, well to put it simply… they are rockstars.

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Jaime & Ashton’s Thailand Wedding

How would you like to come to Thailand to shoot our wedding? Damn guys, yes of course I would! Was the immediate response my mind was giving, but being the professional Cape Town Photographer that I am, I just played it cool and said, hey that sounds amazing, let me check my availability and get back to you soonest. Well as it turns out, this guys was available and was doing a little happy dance. With a sit down drinks meeting (the best kind of meeting OF course) at Greenpoint Hudsons, the deal was struck and four or so months later I was jetting off to the wonderful Thailand island of Koh Phangan.

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Revival Range Wine & Gourmet Food Pairing Fairview

So where would this Cape Town based photographer rather be on a Wednesday morning? In his office, editing away at some work with not too distant deadlines, or heading out on behalf of his marketing team Banshee 22 and being treated to wonderful wine, delicious food and interesting companionship at one of the Western Cape’s most loved and most famous wine farms, at the launch of their Regional Revival Range.

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Stephanie & Christopher

So after a brief meeting, a beer and a bite to eat I knew straight away that Stephanie and Christopher’s wedding was going to be one to remember. These two seemed to be the happiest couple in the whole of Cape Town as they chatted through their wedding day ideas with me and well… in all honesty, their wedding day was certainly one to keep in this Cape Town Photographers memory banks for a very long time.

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Plant Based Living Cuisine Evening @ Ginger & Lime

So off I went to the wonderful Ginger and Lime Food Studio with my lovely wife Jaimi, a vegetarian, and my good friend Ben from Polokwane, to an evening I never thought I would find myself ever experiencing. Being a meat eater one tends to steer away from Vegan Food Events, having thoughts like… how do these people enjoy eating only plants, nuts and vegetables, what drives them so passionately to forage and search for ingredients to add to their crazy diet of greens only, and of course… am I going to leave here feeling empty and hungry and in need of some “real protein”.

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Pack Your Camera - Photography Tuition & Travel

Being a Cape town based photographer definitely has it’s advantages in the fact that this City, or this part of South Africa has some of the most beautiful settings, locations and landscapes that the world has to offer. So being surrounded by this beauty and with the fact that I always always love sharing my photographic knowledge and experience with others, the idea of Pack Your Camera was born.

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Life Day Spa Fourways

Another shoot this Cape Town Photographer recently covered for Banshee 22. This time it was a trip to Johannesburg to shoot the ever popular Life Day Spa in Fourways. Just recently revamped, it was an opportunity for some stunning photography for their new brochure design.

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The Fix Store Opening

Shooting for Banshee 22 is always a treat. I recently photographed the opening of the new The Fix shop in Canal Walk here in Cape Town. Here are just a few of the moments to let you have a little insight of what went down at this exciting evening.

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Kimberley & James

A beautiful day and a wonderfully warm wedding. That is what this Cape Town Wedding & Lifestyle photographer was in for when he headed up the coast to the little fishing village of Arniston, which lies on the East Coast of the Western Cape, about 210 km from Cape Town city. Kimberley and James are a bubbly and fun filled couple that only wanted to have the best possible wedding day for themselves but mostly for their friends and family.

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Thai Evening at Ginger & Lime

This Cape Town Photographer has the privilege of attending amazing cooking class nights at one of his wife Jaimi’s clients beautiful home. The kitchen at Denise & Gavin’s home in Fresnaye, Cape Town is where all of the action and festivities take place. This is really the heart and soul of this home and the origins & success of the business that is Ginger & Lime.

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Devine & Liam’s Wedding Day

Devine & Liam had a stunning Friday Wedding at the wonderful Asara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch and I was the lucky photographer tasked to captured the day for them. A small, intimate wedding with close friends from throughout the globe. Relaxed and fun filled is how I would describe these two newlyweds and in fact it’s exactly the way I would describe their whole wedding day.

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Rozanne & Daniell’s Schaftplaas Wedding

I recently had the pleasure of capturing Rozanne & Daniell’s wedding at the wonderful Schaftplaas wedding venue in Langebaan. What a stunning occasion with heartfelt and warm friendships, a very earthy styled wedding with decor to compliment this lovely couple’s personalities, many moments to remember and a party to top off this altogether beautiful day.

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Wavescapes - Kommetjie’s Sunset Reef

So every now and then this Cape Town Photographer needs to let his hair down, get out onto the ocean and head out to where Monster Waves rumble. Yesterday was an exceptional day, with the 10 seater rubber duck powering through the rough surf we headed out to Kommetjie’s Sunset Reef, well know for her massive waves and big wave surf riding. The images you see are just a fraction of what I witnessed on this awe inspiring day. Often I just had to lower my camera and watch, even missing capturing some epic moments, but taking it all into my soul. I love the ocean and she loves to impress!

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Little Rockstars Paris & Kimon

A few years back I have the privilege of meeting and photographing Chrissi & Pano’s wedding at Turbine Hall in Johannesburg, now a few years on I have the occasion to photograph their two little rockstars Paris & Kimon at their home in Fourways. These little guys were a pleasure to photograph, and it was really nice to have a catch up with this wonderful family once again.

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Thailand Moments

This Cape Town Photographer had a chance to head out to Thailand just a few weeks back to photograph a wonderful couple’s wedding on the beautiful Island of Koh Phangan. I will be blogging the wedding images a little later in this month but just as a starter I though I would post up a few images of the island that I captured, only a few, so as not to bore all of you wonderful people with the typical “Look at my holiday photos”.

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Angelique & Justin

So this Cape Town Wedding and Lifestyle photographer headed out to the wonderful Old Mac Daddy in the Elgin Valley to spend a day with Angelique and Justin, capturing all the moments from their happy wedding day. The skies were blue, the sun was shining and all in all their wedding was an absolute stunner.

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Couple Shoots in Black & White

I love to let the viewer get a little insight into my couples photographs, showing a little more of their personalities. It’s less about posed moments, and more about who is being photographed”

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Claudette, Adam & the Family

It was such a pleasure to photograph this wonderful family once again, well this time with the addition of their little guy. The last time I had Claudette and Adam in front of my camera was way back in KZN, for their wonderful wedding day. Now that we have all relocated to the fair Cape it is a pleasure for me as a Cape Town photographer to catch up with all of these beautiful faces once again.

Cosy Bay, just below The Twelve Apostles Mountain Range is still one of my favourite little spots for family and couple shoots. Away from the wind, slightly warmer water and beautiful warm sunshine and sunsets.

Here are some of the pics from their shoot.

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I Love Big Bay Market 27 Jan 2016

Cape town has it all, now so does the West Coast. The best Market in our hood. Yes, I am talking about the I Love Big Bay Market at the Big Bay Surf and Lifesaving Club which happens on the last Wednesday of every month. Beautiful views of Table Mountain, stunning sunsets and fun times. Last night market was no exception.

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Joleen & Yasha

A preview from Joleen & Yasha’s lovely wedding at the beautiful Woodridge Country Estate back in KZN. This Cape Town Photographer loves travelling back to KZN for special occasions such as these.

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My Brew Festival for Banshee 22

A shoot on behalf of Banshee 22 and a chance for a little beer and food tasting. This little festival in the heart of Cape Town’s Woodstock suburb was the perfect little get out and have fun on this particular Saturday.

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Daniella & Her Family

Daniella, Jared and their wonderful families were an absolute pleasure to photograph. Having photographed Dani and Jared’s pregnancy shoot just a little while back, I knew that this shoot would be a breeze considering how good they look in front of this Cape Town photographers camera.

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A Wonderful Family

Just down the road from our studio on Cape Town’s West Coast is one of my favourite locations for outdoor family photographs. Nestled between Haakgat and Derde Steen beaches is this long expanse of white sands and stunning views of Table Mountain. And with Annique and her lovely family, the lighting, the weather, the backdrops and of course all the pretty people, one could not help but result in a wonderful warm family shoot.

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Alexia & Pierre

Alexia and Pierre’s wedding was definitely one to be remembered. A handsome couple, a fantastic celebration and a genuine “kick ass” party to finish off the night. A beautiful location with settings every photographer dreams of capturing is what Hartford House has on offer.

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Sharkspotters Fundraiser

I recently attended an event where one of my Instagram images was selected for sale at the Shark Spotters & Childrens Hospital Fundraiser/Exhibition at Primi Piatti Muizenberg Beach. The event was created and hosted by Shark Spotters founder and Cape Town surfer Greg Bertish, and what a huge success it was, with well over 60k raised.

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I Love Big Bay Market

Not only does this Market belong to my wife, so yes I may be a little bias when telling you it is awesome, but it is truly the best Market on Cape Town’s West Coast, by far. Our third Market has just passed bye and I happened to take my camera along to capture this wonderful edition. We run it every last Wednesday of each month so pop down to say hi and to let your hair down and have a little mid week time out. It is well worth it. Beautiful views of Table Mountain, stunning sunsets and fun times.

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Gourmet Braai with Jean Nel

About a month back, on behalf of Banshee 22, I photographed and evening with Jean Nel, Gourmet Braai, sponsored by Weber and hosted at the wonderful Ginger & Lime in Sea Point, Cape Town. A fantastic experience from this wonderful talent led to not only capturing some wonderful moments but also brushing up on the Cape Town Photographers braai-ing abilities. Watch out Masterchef.

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Competition Winner Tegan

Every now and then this Cape Town based Wedding & Lifestyle photographer hosts competitions to win a shoot. Tegan, a student from Stellenbosch, was my latest winner and here are some of her images taken in and around the wonderful West Coast town of Melkbos. A big thank you to the fab coffee shop I Love Melkies for allowing us to kick off the shoot on their beachfront premises.

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Dusty Rebels & The Bombshells Festival

I recently photographed the third edition of the Dusty Rebels & The Bombshells Rockabilly Festival at the Cape Town Ostrich Farm on the West Coast. A stunning event with wonderful, fashion, style, muscle cars, music, roller derby and fun for the whole family.

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Electric Vines Activation

This Cape Town photographer covered two events for the upcoming Electric Vines New Years Eve music festival. I was shooting on behalf of my marketing company Banshee 22. Great pics at Cotton On, Canal Walk, Cape Town.

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A Netherwood Wedding - Tatum & Clint

I love travelling, so when the opportunity came to jump on a plane and head back to KZN to capture a stunning wedding at Netherwood in the Midlands, this Cape Town based wedding photographer did not hesitate. Tatum and Clint were to be married, and having covered their engagement shoot and the formal wedding a little while earlier, it was only a pleasure for me to be involved with their beautiful affair at this Midlands wedding venue gem.

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Ling & Peter Tam and Their Little Ladies

On Tuesday last week at about 16h30 I headed down to the beach with beautiful Tam family who were visiting Cape Town from their home in the Eastern Cape. When on holiday it is always a great idea to have a professional photoshoot done to capture golden moments with the family. The day was a very hot 35 degrees but with the gentle Cape Doctor wind blowing, the air was fresh, crisp and the lighting was as wonderful as ever.

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Noordhoek Beach Session

One of the most majestic drives in the fair Cape is certainly the 9km Chapman’s Peak Route between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Noordhoek beach was my destination just two days ago on Sunday where I would be shooting Lisa & Shaun and their wonderful little family. The beach at Noordhoek has vast stretches of the softest white sand and stretches for miles along the coastline just below the exit of Chapman’s Peak. Because if it’s vast expansion, it is actually quite easy to shoot on this beach without the backdrop of late afternoon picnicking families, sun worshipers, surfers and sunset seeking photographers.

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Love In Philadelphia, Western Cape

Cameras packed, cards loaded, this new to Cape Town Photographer was not going to hesitate in heading out to new towns that he has not as yet visited and of course for new adventures. This time it was for a wonderful engagement shoot with a happy and always laughing couple, Rozanne & Daniell, in the cutest little town of Philadelphia, here on the West Coast.

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Cape Point Photo Trip

Each year the South African National Parks opens most of their wonderful landscapes for locals to visit free of charge. This offer included the stunning Cape Peninsula and the Table Mountain National Park. We took advantage of this by spending two days in the Cape Point Nature Reserve, hiking to secluded beaches and taking some wonderful images. Here are just a few of the captures from those two days.

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Bo-Kaap Styled Shoot

Probably one of my favourite parts of Sunday’s styled shoot was the images I captured here in the stunning Bo-Kaap residential area of Cape Town, just below the infamous Table Mountain Reserve. Being a Cape Town based wedding photographer has it’s spoils and shooting in this little neighbourhood was definitely one of those. The bright colours of the buildings and the colourful nature of the ever tolerating residents makes this spot a definite stop on every tourists “places to visit” map.

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Cosy Bay Styled Shoot

Sunday afternoon a week back saw us on a little trip to Cosy Bay on the Cape Peninsular, with a really brave model who had agreed to get into the cool Cape Town waters for this part of my styled shoot. Cosy bay is a beautifully little hidden bay just below the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, very popular for picnics, sundowners and photo opportunities. This day was overcast and a little dull so it was refreshing in a way to have this little Cape Town gem all to ourselves for the hour we were there.

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A Little Trip To Yzerfontein

A couple of weeks back, after a busy week of sitting in front of our Apple Macs editing for hours, Jaimi got a bee in bonnet for us to head on out on a road trip to the little town of Yzerfontein, about a 45 minute drive from our home in Big Bay, Blouberg. We have never been there so it was an idea I welcomed with open arms.

We headed out and had a little stop off at Melkbos and Grotto Bay on the way. Both of these towns are well worth a stop over and visit.

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Long Street Styled Shoot

On Sunday morning this proudly Cape Townian based Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer headed into the city armed with cameras, a fantastic model and make up artists, and with a bag containing three stunning wedding gowns from a top Cape Town Designer. The first stop was to the streets of Woodstock for a few images along Albert’s Street colourful houses. The wind was howling and caused chaos with my model Keryn’s hair but made for some wonderful natural laughing images. Having a professional Make Up artist like Lesley-Ann Solomons on the ball, made both Keryn and my life a whole lot easier, fighting the elements.

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An Architect with Simplicity

On Friday last week I met with Architect Wynand Viljoen at Cape Town’s Old Biscuit Mill, Albert Street, Woodstock. The brief was simple, pay no attention to perfect exposures, under exposure is better than over exposure and contrasted light is what I enjoy.

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Sean Stevens Shoot

A week ago Sean Stevens arrived at our Cape Town Beach House, here on the West Coast of Cape Town, to prep and have make up done for a model style shoot he requested from me. Donna Hay, a fantastic make up artist in our area was on hand to work her magic with Sean’s hair and face, and what a fantastic job she did. Set up was complete for the shoot and armed with my Nikon’s we headed out to capture this Model, Tattoo Shop Owner, Comedian and Stunt Car Driver.

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Siobhan & Duncan

Siobhan & Duncan’s wedding from a couple of weeks back was set in the heart of Ballito’s Collisheen Estate at The Orchid House. This was certainly one to remember. This Cape Town photographer has a history with Duncan and his mates having photographed them many times in the Durban based punk band Sheep Down. It was actually quite sobering to see all of the guys formally dressed with gentlemanly behaviour, a far cry from the sweaty, jumping, rift ripping musicians from not that long ago.

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Visiting Cape Town

Two good friends or ours recently visited Cape Town and it was a lovely opportunity for me to capture them in the beautiful settings surrounding Big Bay and Melkbos here on the West Coast of Cape Town. Being a Cape Town photographed one is always spoilt for locations and shooting this couple in amongst the Fynbos near Haakgat Beach, just 2 km from the little town of Melkbos was an absolute pleasure.

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Surfer Couple Shoot

Matt and his lovely lady won a shoot with me when I was visiting back in Durban. The competition had a surfboard up from grabs from the fantastic surf board shaper and surf legend Spider Murphy of Safari Surf. Durban beach front always offer so much to the visiting public and can on some occasions be quite a difficult location to shoot, with all of it’s fishermen and beach goers filling the backgrounds.

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A Shooting In Woodstock

Woodstock, Cape Town is one of my favourite locations to shoot. The culture diversity, the historical background, the rustic yet modernised retro feel about this crazy suburb are only a few of the reasons why I selected Woodstock for this particular style shoot. Gary and Abigail won a competition shoot which I ran on my Facebook page a little while ago. With over 500 entries into the competition they were selected as winners by a draw and it just so happens that their personalities added to the mood of this shoot.

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Cosy Bay Shoot

Cosy Bay in Cape Town is situated just below the stunning Twelve Apostles mountain range on the way to Hout Bay in Cape Town. A small hidden little cove that one has to climb down to is filled with massive boulders that have over the years rolled down from the mountain sides and formed this beautiful picturesque location. Views of the mountains along with Lion’s Head has made this spot a favourite for many of us Cape Town Photographers.

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At Home With The Rhodes & Little Baby India

A couple of weeks back we spent a little time with Jonty Rhodes, Mel, little baby India and the youngsters taking some family photos on the wonderful walk ways of Kalk Bay here in the fair Cape. India Jeanne Rhodes, the cutest little girl, is the newest addition to the family having been born in India while Jonty was on duty for the IPL Team Mumbai Indians.

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Megan & Gareth

A little while back, this Cape Town Wedding Photographer had a wonderful wedding couple to shoot in the little town of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, at a stunning venue called The Plantation. Being very familiar with the “limelight”, Gareth and Megan were amazingly relaxed and easy to have in front of my cameras. Gareth being a well know and established comedian, and with South Africa’s very own Dusty Rich as his MC, you can surely understand that the day went from one laugh to the next. Here a just a few images from their amazing wedding day.

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Liam Tomlin at Ginger & Lime

So on Saturday this Cape Town Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer received an invite to attend a cooking class at Ginger & Lime in Sea Point. Not only was it to be an ASIAN TAPAS cooking class but also an opportunity to photograph one of Cape Town’s finest Chefs, Liam Tomlin (Chefs Warehouse and Canteen), who was hosting the class.

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Photo Shoot Competitions

Yes the shoot competitions are designed to bring exposure to my photography but also allows for my audience to see just how into photography I am and how much I like to give back to my followers. This is a perfect way for me to say thank you for supporting and following my work.

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Photographer Of The Year - The Story & Associated Images

A little while back, this now Cape Town based Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer, exhibited a photograph into a competition to potentially win the title of Photographer of The Year at the CTICC in Cape Town. A little cheeky as I was still based in KZN at the time, but hey that’s what competitions are all about, exposing great photography no matter where you hail from. So after the three days of voting, your’s truly walked away with the title with this winning shot.

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Lucas Wedding at Izotsha Creek

Absolutely loved this Wedding at Izotsha Creek on the KZN South Coast. I met up with Monica and Neil again in Muizenberg for their Trash the Dress shoot with some really beautiful Autumn skies with the scattered beach huts in the background.

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Jolandi Rootman Profile Shoot

A couple of weeks back this Cape Town Photographer headed down to Derde Steen here on the West Coast just outside of Cape Town to do a profile styled shoot of this wonderful lady, Jolandi. It was a misty day and as we were looking for an outdoor shoot, the beach was the obvious choice, white sand, misty backgrounds. All in all a lovely setting for this shoot.

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Wilma & Regan’s Amazing Mofam Wedding

What a wedding. Amazing locations, wonderful weather, stunning lighting and a fantastic couple… Wilma & Regan’s wedding took place recently at the beautiful Mofam River Lodge, situated in the Elgin Valley here in the Western Cape. As a Cape Town Wedding Photographer I must admit I am truly spoilt with the endless natural beauty that is found in this lovely part of our planet and with the ability to be able to capture the beauty it offers. Long summer days and breathtaking sunsets are all part of the deal here in the fairest Cape.

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Vintage Retro Fashion Shoot - Competition Winners

This Cape Town Photographer recently ran a competition for a couple to win an amazing full photo shoot.
Two winners were selected, one girl and one guy. Nina Dos Santos and Gary Payn were the lucky
two drawn and the first shoot happened two weeks back in the Blouberg area.

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The Right Choice - Selecting Your Photographer

That market is flooded, that’s a fact. So who is not good, who is great and who is exceptional and how can you tell?

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Amanta & Stuarts Old Mac Daddy’s Wedding

Amanta and Stuart are wonderful people, full of smiles and laughter and there to have the best fun they can with their closest and dearest friends. That is what this wedding was all about, friendship, fun, laughter, smiles, craft beer and amazing food.

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Melanie & Jonty Rhodes - Loving Moments To Share

I love natural lighting and this magical home with it’s rustic white walls, wooden floors and door frames, minimalistic furniture was just the place that makes this guy really happy and excited to shoot in. Mel and Jonty, being as relaxed and welcoming as they are were only to happy to let me direct them and their family to capture the images you see in this post.

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Twelve Apostles Wedding with Grant & Nicola

Heading down the western coast through Cape Town city, past Camp’s Bay Beach and on the drive towards Llandudno Beach, Sandy Bay and Hout Bay there is a wonderful, and now famous, hotel called The Twelve Apostles. I had never photographed there before and was only too happy and excited to be on my way to photograph the wedding of Grant and Nicola.

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Should I book a male or female photographer for my wedding, the intimate question?

So what I would like to set out to do with this blog is to make two points: (1) book your photographer based on their skills, referrals and artistic merit regardless of gender and (2) how to doctor your possible fears of working with a male photographer.

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One Plus Two Makes Three - Daniella & Jared’s Funky Bump Session

So every now and then I get a really funky young couple to shoot. Daniella and Jared Bee just so happen to be pregnant and yes indeed, they are a funky couple. So with a little planning and about and hour and a half of their time I managed to capture some really fun and arty images that will be a lasting memory for this lovely couple. And of course a story to tell for their little one, still snuggling warmly inside of mommy’s tummy.

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Jonty & Mel Rhodes

Malmesbury Home Affairs was the start of the wedding day for this Cape Town Photographer. The Rhodes’ would soon be arriving and their small group of amazing friends, all dressed in white, waited outside the home affairs office to welcome the soon to be newlyweds. Local town folk, smiles beaming with excitement and car guards running around hysterically announcing the arrival of their all time cricketing hero with his beautiful bride in hand.

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Lush Winterton Wedding - Juan & Vicci Nel

A few images from Vicci & Juan Nel’s wedding day.

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This Is Me: Denise Cowburn-Levy

Not only is Denise a pioneer in the stills production business here in Cape Town through her Cape Town Productions company, she is also a wonderful advocate to the Reach For A Dream charity, a lover of food through her amazing Ginger & Lime “for the love of cooking” cooking classes which she hosts in her own kitchen, and also owns and manages two beautiful homes in Yzerfonrein that she rents out for international fashion crews to utilise for photographic shoots.

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Ginger & Lime - Asian Seafood Experience

We joined Denise Levy of Cape Town Productions in her beautiful Fresnaye home in Cape Town to learn more about Asian cuisine. What an amazing evening of good South African wine, beautiful seafood and fresh SA Produce. Ginger and Lime approaches cooking from a very enjoyable hands on approach. We cannot wait to go back. Click the image below for more info.

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E-Sesh Style Surf Couple Shoot

The shoot was fantastic and I think the images speak for themselves. The warm soft lighting, an attractive looking couple, a photographer who loves shooting people and of course a talented make up artist, and voila! A styled shoot pulled off successfully and beautifully.

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Josey & Arno’s River Lodge Wedding at Umtamvuna

This River Lodge could make for your PERFECT beach wedding, without all the travel! Thank you to Josey & Arno for choosing us for your special day!

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A Romance In Paternoster

New Years Eve, the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015. Lizani & Henry invited me to shoot their wonderful and romantic wedding in Paternoster on the West Coast of the Cape Province. For this Cape Town Photographer this was quite a big occasion as I had never visited this sleepy little fishing village and it’s beautiful surroundings before.

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Vintage Retro Bush Wedding - Catherine & Troy

I chose to come home for my wedding: “Both Troy and I were born in SA and spent our childhoods family holidays experiencing the beauty of SA through wildlife. Although we live in London now SA will always be our home and you just cant shake that love for raw African nature and that’s why we both knew this was a memory that had to be create there.”

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Kirsten Murphy - A Model With Many Talents

This Cape Town Fashion, Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer recently had the privilege of photographing the wonderful Kirsten Murphy. Not only is she a well established and photographed model, Kirsten is also one of the top make up artists in Cape town, she is a Stage Actress, a Dancer and a Singer. Talented, to say the very least.

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Kirsten & Ian’s Love Shoot

A late afternoon shoot is what is always best for this part of the beautiful Cape Peninsular. Long summer days, soft white sands and beautiful mood enhancing lighting right up until the late hour of 20h30 are what every professional photographer longs for. This is just one of the beauties of this shoot.

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Get It Shoot

This shoot was at the wedding venue Talloula and was for their Easter Edition of the magazine.
Glynnis and her team were fantastic and the shoot was a breeze.

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Interior Shoot

This Cape Town Photographer was commissioned by a well know Interior Design company to capture this magnificent home they had just completed.

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Noemi & Family Llandadno Beach Shoot

So Noemi got in touch with this Cape Town Photographer to have a family shoot with her and her wonderful family over the festive season while they were holidaying in Cape Town. She was after a fun beach shoot. My immediate response was to have it at the beautiful Llandadno beach, which is fast becoming my favorite Cape Town beach because of it’s surf, beautiful setting, stunning white sands and the sunsets are simply magnificent.

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Jessica & Scott’s Wine Farm Wedding

Jessica & Scott flew into South Africa for their beautiful wedding at the wonderful Zorgvleit Wines Wedding Venue in the magnificent Stellenbosch area of the Western Cape.

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Bushman’s Kloof with Jonty & Melanie Rhodes

Bushmans Kloof Reserve is an amazing location for photographers and tourists alike. There is so much natural beauty on offer and we literally just touched the surface of it’s magnificence on the two days we visited there.

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A Chocolate & Wine Pairing

One thing that also stood out for me is their attention to wonderful packaging. Now being a Cape Town Designer and Photographer, this has a huge appeal effect for me. Wonderful Chocolate, stunning packaging… who can want more.

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Ronel & Neil’s Beautiful Riebeek Kasteel Wedding

So on Saturday the 8th December this Cape Town Wedding Photographer headed out to the beautiful Riebeek Kasteel region, here in the Western Cape, to photograph the wedding of Ronel & Neil Coetzee at the wonderful Delsma Farm, which is about 15km outside the town itself. Passing through the little town of Malmesburg en route to Delsma, reminded me of the wedding I had photographed just two weeks prior, that of Jonty Rhodes and his wonderful lady, Melanie - (post coming soon)

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A Little Visit To Gansbaai

AND YES THERE WERE WHALES! Four of them, two mom’s and two calves. Monday morning was a true blessing for all of us, sitting on the rocks at the waters edge, just 30 meters away from these magnificent gentle awe inspiring giants.

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Hop On Hop Off for Movember Cape Town

The City Of Cape Town has an amazing focus on tourism and these wonderful Red Busses add to the experience of visitors traveling to and around our beautiful city.

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A Beautiful Place - The Taal Monument

Now as a Cape Town Fashion Photographer, I cannot wait to head back here to complete a fashion shoot in amongst the beautiful structure using the light, shadows, arches, concrete and general design of the Taal Monument.

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Hartford House Food and Chef Shoot

Have a look at the black and white images I have posted below to get a look into what this 5 star kitchen’s master chef and his staff get up to behind the scenes.

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Settings Décor Shoot at Maroupi

This is one of my most favourite images from the Styled Shoot I was commissioned to do by website at Maroupi Wedding Venue in Umhlali in August. Their style is so fresh but simple at the same time and I loved photographing their beautiful décor. Next time I want to make sure I get Heather and her incredible staff in front of my lens!

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Foraging For Mushrooms

We head into the tree, me with my cameras in hand and Travis with long stick in one hand and a basket strapped over his back to hold the elusive mushrooms he is about to search for. I ask Travis about the stick, he says “I don’t like snakes, I just might need this”.

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Adrian Shields Photography Wedding Moments

Over the years my work and style has evolved and refined itself. One thing remains, I try and create a relaxed photo friendly environment on the day and endeavor that the impression of the day I leave the couple and their family and friends with is one that was fun, fresh and exciting. After all, it is the best day of your life.

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Styled Couture Shoot

With the models, makeup artists, hairstylist and fashion designer all on board, we headed up Hartford House to begin the day of styled shooting.

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Bridal Fashion Show

Event & Fashion Show Photography - Here are some of the images I took on the closing night of the fashion show in Cape Town.

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The Average Morning - Love Shoot - Lauren & Glenn

This shoot was particularly fun because Lauren and Glenn love being in their home and doing things together. We kinda feel that shone through.

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The Debut Vineyard Oval Market in Claremont

This brand new market in Claremont opposite the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Tow. It is held from 4pm every Wednesday evening except in cases of inclement weather. This gorgeous craft and food market boasts gorgeous vendors like Cass Abrahams Malay Curry, Pete Goffe-Woods Kitchen Cowboys, Hamachi Sushi and a Grolsch beer garden. Craft beers to be added soon!

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Arron & Kirst - Cranford Country Lodge

These two awesome people met in Thailand and fell in love on their overseas adventures. Soon they were on their way home with wedding news and baby on the way. It was so awesome shooting at Cranford Country Lodge before we left for Cape Town. This romantic wedding was just the perfect one to end off in KZN with bright pops of red and tattoos!

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Robyn & Gareth - Black & White Wedding at Docklands

Soon before we left for Cape Town we photographed Robyn and Gareth at Docklands Hotel in Durban. We met Gareth through Suit Yourself where he worked in Durban North. This was the ultimate DIY wedding, with many aspects, all in black and white. What a beautiful day of family and love.

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The Woodstock Tour - Instagram Walk About

We will spend the evening walking through the vibrant Woodstock area taking in graffiti, buildings, train lines and the amazing backdrop of Table Mountain and Lions Head.

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Love Sesh In Cape Town

We had a wonderful time with Ronel and Neil walking the streets in De Waterkant suburb of Cape Town City.

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Aimee - The New Me & My Beautiful Family

I had a wonderful shoot with Aimee just before Ileaving my roots in Durban and heading to Cape Town to start my new adventures.

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The Lee’s at Litchi Orchard

Every time the Lee’s make a trip out to South Africa we have an awesome little session with them.

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Dirksen Family at the Sea

We got the opportunity to photograph yet another gorgeous extension of Glynnis from Talloula’s family. This time her son and her awesome grandsons! We love photographing families in the spaces that they love. This family shoot by the sea in Durban was just awesome. Smiling boys with their balloons and warm sunshine on their backs.

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Tatum & Clint’s “GUESS JEANS” E-Session

Lovely lighting, attractive couple, what more can a photographer want.

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Shan & Justin’s Preggie Sesh

I had a wonderful shoot with this beautiful family.

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This Is Me Shoot with John Roussot

John was an absolute pleasure to shoot, relaxed and confident. John also realises the benefits of having great photographs for marketing.

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Debra-Lee & Bruce at Lake Eland

Debra & Bruce hail for the small town of Underberg where Bruce is a beef and dairy farmer.
Debs, with a psychology degree, works at Riverview Manor Specialist Clinic.
These two lovely people had a beautiful, fun filled wedding at the wonderful Lake Eland in KZN.

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Too Much of Dancing - Shanna & Jake at Cranford

BOY! Did these guys have energy! For one Shanna did not stop dancing all day and by the time it came to the wedding reception she still had a enough energy to squeak takkie some more.

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Pink & Black - Alicja and Riaan at Woodridge

Alicja’s wedding was very galmourous with powerful pops of pink so thats why she told us “I love anything bedazzled and old Hollywood” and their wedding definitely mirrored this.

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Vanessa & Grant’s Love Session

We had a wonderful morning capturing these two love birds at their beautiful home.

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Lana & Kevin New Beginnings Sesh

New Parents Lana & Kevin have just purchased a wonderful 1930’s home in Morningside, Durban. We thought it would be a wonderful idea to get together with them for a little family session in their empty home before the renovations began and before any of their furniture had been delivered.

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Tami & Ken - Dark Carnival Fun at Windmills

A doctor and an executive chef meet online, one to meet friends, the other as a joke. They figure out that they are totally matched, fall in love, they plan a crazy awesome carnival/dark-circus style wedding, dye their hair, wear lots of red and kilts and have one of the best weddings in the country side ever!

Now tell me you do not want to click the “read more” button after that.

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Emrys & Rosalind - Docklands

We all have weddings we are particularly excited to shoot and when we met Emrys & Ros for coffee just before the wedding we were very stoked to be a part of this special day. Emrys is a software developer and Rosalind is a flight attendant - but this is not even the most exciting part of this intriguing couple.

We loved every minute of this wedding from the vegetarian menu to the fantastic cake. Thank you as always to the great staff at the Three Cities Docklands Hotel which is situated next to Wodka restaurant on Mahatma Gandhi Drive.

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Bridget & Paul and the Giraffe Wedding

We had a such a fun time, every one was chilled out so made for a stress free day! We just loved how the whole day came together, absolutely perfect for us.”

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Tracey & Pieter at Cathkin Farm

Tracey & Pieter’s wedding was beautifully constructed and executed by themselves. Their ceremony was held in a chapel which has a gaping window of a beautiful view of the dam and the beautiful Drakensberg mountains. It was a first for us to be shooting at this beautiful quaint farm barn-style wedding and we loved every moment. Thanks guys for being so very being so fun and embracing your mustaches for the pics.

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Sarah & Sarel at Tala Game Reserve

A little time ago, my beautiful wife Jaimi and I were married at Tala Private Game Reserve and it is always a special occasion for us to return to this amazing venue to shoot other awesome couples. Sarah & Sarel are just such a couple and it was an absolute privilege for me to be able to capture these two tattooed love birds celebrating with their family and friends.

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Candice & Lad at The Gourmet Shed, Clarens

Back in 2012 I had never been to the gorgeous arty little town of Clarens. Jaimi had visited nearby at Paul Roux but in that January we were asked by a good mate Duncan to shoot his wedding in a forest off the Fouriesberg Road, now two years later Candice and Lad asked us to shoot their special day - only this time we would be shooting at the amazing Gourmet Shed. We were so happy that after shooting a couple family weddings that Candice & Lad asked us to be at there’s too!

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Melissa & Chris - Blythedale

Jaimi caught up with Melissa a couple of weeks back just before their one year anniversary this month.

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This is Me - Potrait Shoots - Behind the Scenes 2013

Your smile is basically the 21st century version of a company profile or mission statement. Lets have a coffee and chat about your This is Me shoot - adrian {at} adrianshields {dot} co {dot} za.

How important is your image to you?

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Off The Lip Mo Retro Surfing Jam - Beach Bums 2013

Over 60 surfers gathered on the KZN North Coast at the Beach Bums Restaurant to compete in the Off The Lip Mo Retro Surfing Jam. Created by Quiksilver and Movember, the 70’s retro surf contest was an amazing event with a good vibe and all for a good cause.

This fun event helps create awareness and attracted supportive Durban celebs like Jordy Smith and Warwick ‘WOK’ Wright. We were lucky enough to be asked by Movember SA’s organisers to shoot the event.


Jordy Smith leaving the shore for a surf.

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These Girls are my Sisters - Friend Shoot

Earlier this year when Adrian hit the landmark on Facebook of 3000 followers he gave away a photoshoot to the lucky liker. Joelene opted that instead of an engagement shoot with us she would like to get all 7 of her bridesmaids together for a shoot. This shoot took place in Umhlanga nature reserve and on the beach near Breakers Resort. Thank you to Joelene for some amazing words that contributed to this post!

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Stop Motion Fun - People & Things

Wikipedia says: “Stop motion (also known as stop frame) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence.”

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Better than the Boys - Teagan O’Keefe

Teagan O’Keeffe was just six when her love for being on the bike began, she watched her older brother Jordi racing every weekend and soon enough got sick of sitting on the sidelines. Teagen’s passion to ride was not void of talent however, her parents still laugh as they recall Teagan’s first race and the look on the other parents’ faces when this little blonde girl on a pink Barbie bicycle with tassles and a basket on the handlebars, went flying past their sons, beating them to the finish of the race.

We look forward to shooting her in a “This is Me” shoot in the very near future.

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Irene + Ben - Polokwane Career Highlight

Jaimi and I still talk about this wedding to this day, the craft market vibe, the school desks pushed together, the intimacy of Irene’s letter to her late Dad at the wedding ceremony, the craft beers, the milk tert shooters, the live band Snowing Down South and burgers and pizza for dinner are just some, and I mean JUST SOME highlights. As you will see by my abnormally long 170 image post - this one was one for the books. Oh my word and the DOOS-WYN, how could I forget :). You will see what I mean.

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Stretta - Craft Birra Tasting

I am absolutely in love with the atmosphere, vibe and design of the café and have also recently fell very hard for their tomato salsa I had with breakfast the other morning. Their coffee is also pretty amazing, apparently they have acquired a very artful Barista who won a special award very recently. We are adding this venue to our MUST EAT THERE AGAIN list.

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Fun Friend Shoot - Lindy & Friends

I love the fact that people love photos so much that they would hire me to take photos at a house party! Lindy contacted me asking me for a friend shoot, all her friends are tied up with work in the day so we planned for the shoot to be indoors and at night. It was such fun!

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Jade & Jason’s Pretty Tala Wedding

Jade & Jason were married at Tala Game Reserve. The light was beautiful at this wedding which made my job really easy on the photo-shoot. This particular shot was taken on the Acacia deck at Tala Game Reserve over looking the waterhole. Another awesome event at Tala with our good mates, Scott & Kate Bain of Wedding Co South Africa.

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Nicola & Grant’s - Fresh Classique Wedding at Talloula

Nicola & Grant Olivier got married at Talloula in Bothas Hill, their day was seamless. The feel of the wedding was uncluttered and classic with a definite feeling of involvement from the couple. The day played out really relaxed with a good family heart to heart reception and the food and wine was awesome. Thank you for allowing us to blog your special wedding.

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Talloula - Close to Home, Feels Like Home

Talloula is a wedding, conference venue and restaurant located close to the entrance of Bothas Hill. The venue offers a well manicured canvas for your special day, conference or food affair. Everything is immaculate, from the decor to the staff, the choice in furniture and cutlery. It really shows the complete soul investment from the owners Glynnis Dircksen and Louis Gordon

I first met Glynnis and her daughter Lindsay at a wedding fair about 3 years ago and their style overwhelmed me with excitement. It was all tulips and soft petal flowers, no red roses, no metal vases, everything was pastel and awesome. So naturally you wonder, why convert the decor brand to a venue, Glynnis says that about 4 yrs ago when she got tired of travelling to other venues to do décor she had this dream of creating her style within her own spaces. Somewhere she could offer her skills but in an environment thats simple for brides and where she could endlessly express herself. Often when brides book Talloula and Glynnis asks them for a decor concept, they just say “do what you do, whatever you create will be beautiful…”. That says something!

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Shift your Perspective - Lenses and a bit of Photoshop

This effect is know as Tilt Shifting and is also known as Miniature Faking. This effect creates the illusion that a normal sized object that are blurred in a particular way give the perspective that the object is a lot smaller. Another attraction to this skill in photography is very much about changing the optical perspective of the image.The effect makes it impossible not to trail your eye to the centre of the image to the focused areas. If your image contains smaller details, you can trail focus to these details which otherwise may have been overlooked. It is really such a clever tool. This twist on your standard photography can bring about all kinds of artistic fun.

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The E-Session Shoot - Traditional “I think not”

When last did you get really dressed up to go out and have loads of fun? What is your most favorite place in the world that is close to home and close to your heart?
Who is that special person you love to enjoy life with and want to have an amazing future with? These are just three of the ingredients to making your engagement shoot
something to treasure and romance about. With us, the shoot will go that much further in order to capture you in your element, all dressed up and ready to make memories for a lifetime with the one you love.

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Your Big Day, the Choices you Make - The Memories You are Left With

The reason this question is raised is because after all is said and done, you will be left with an album of memories. Will this be an album that you cannot wait to throw in the lap of your guests and friends to look through or will you be embarrassed and hesitant to share your special day with others because your pictures do not truly reflect your personalities, your special day or what you were expecting from your service provider?

I have been prompted to write this article based on many years of requests from couples to have their creative shoot re-shot because of failure on the part of the hired “professional”.

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The Versatile 24-70mm Lens - All You Need to Know

I hope this is not too unprofessional but I would just like to say how unbelievably excited both Adrian and I are to be involved in this first edition of Flat White. Our journey with Christine and Warren started back in 2009 when I used to write for her earlier coffee magazine all those years ago. Our love of coffee and our symbiotic creative relationship has led us to cross paths again and I could not be happier about it. So enjoy our column as often as we are able to be honored with your eyeballs reading the section!

Another love we share with this fabulous couple is a love for Cape Town. This love affair for Adrian and I began in December of last year. We saved up, booked and drove down to Cape Town from Durban for a little annual holiday. Adrian is a Photographer and I am both his wife and his kind of untitled creative sidekick if you will. We dive into adventures of travel and photo making as often as work allows us and this time it led us to fall in love with Cape Town.

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Mr & Mrs Pants - Colourful Litchi Orchard Day

Sometimes you get the gift of finding friends in your wedding couples. Sometimes its a match made in heaven ;) so we would like to thank Debbie from Etc Events for being the catalyst in this situation. Our journey with who we then called “Candice & Mark” started in about July 2011 when they booked us for their wedding, there were nuances of it being a “different wedding” - now sometimes you do not take that too seriously because almost everyone feels that their wedding is unique in their own way, which they are. BUT not like this.

So I give you Mr & Mrs Pants as we now affectionately call them.

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Natalie & Ross - Chilled Fun Wedding in Eston

What a beautiful day we spent with these two amazing love birds and their friends.

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A Family Affair - Claudia & Darren at Rainfarm

We met Claudia and her awesome Mom Les over a year ago now, Claudia loves Photography and was super keen for us to shoot the wedding. In the interim we were able to use Claudia as a model in a fashion shoot for Wylder Jane and Claudia photographs really well so we were sure of awesome photos at the wedding.

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Fun Café Stop Motion Shoot

You find the most amazing treasures in little Durban North roads, like for instance the Café-Scrapbooking shop with some serious carrot cake. This was the settling for Francie & Gareth’s e-sesh this winter. Their wedding will be in Autumn next year, again presented in a very english-vintage feel.

Thanks for this lovely setting at (Le Maison)[https://www.facebook.com/ReminisceScrapbooking] and we look forward to your wedding!

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Surfer Couple - Claudia & Darren’s E-Sesh

We met Claudia & Darren for the first time today at Darren’s beach flat, soon to be their home after their wedding in October. Its so beautiful how when people decide to have photos in a place where they feel most at home, their personalities shine. We loved shooting this surfer couple and we cannot wait to shoot the wedding in October.

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Squeaking Takkie - Your first dance

For many choosing a first dance song at their wedding can be difficult, some have really alternative choice in music and will have difficulty choosing a song that will not scare the guests or maybe the couple is not big into music and will choose something off the radio. I think for everyone it is different but as music lovers, Adrian and I were quite picky with our first dance song. We have also been pleasantly surprised of late, of the gravity away from the common pop songs and more towards meaningful and different songs. Here are some of my favourites: (some from weddings, some from my iTunes list)

  • Keane - “Somewhere only we know”
  • Death Cab for Cutie - “I will follow you into the dark”
  • Kings of Leon - “Revelry”
  • Stateless - “Bloodstream”
  • The Rolling Stones - “Stateless”
  • Incubus - “Monuments & melodies” - I also am a big fan of their song “Dig”(M&M was Adrian and my first dance song)
  • Pearl Jam - “Nothing as it seems” - as well as “Lay down your arms”
  • Foo Fighters - “Everlong”
  • Foo Fighters - “My hero” (Paramore does an awesome version - it was my dad-daughter song)
  • The Smiths - “There is a light that never goes out”
  • The Cure - “Love song” (Adele does a beautiful version as well)
  • Lana Del Rey - “Blue Jeans”
  • Ben Harper - “Waiting for you”
  • David Gray - “Sail away”
  • Blink 182 - “Miss you”
  • The Doors - “Love her madly” ~ a nice dancey first dance song
  • Louise Armstrong - “What a wonderful world”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - “She looks to me”
  • Blue October - “She’s my ride home”

The tradition dates back to royal balls where royalty or guests of honour opened the dance floor. At weddings, the couple are essentially the guests of honour and thus they open their dance floor. Ideally they should start their wedding party with a song they love. Do it =)

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It Bears Repeating … “I’m booking a cheap Photographer!”

Recently browsing my mini feeds I receive awesome notifications from local and overseas blogs showcasing Photographers who have successfully captured DIY and budget weddings. But when it comes to some South African DIY/Budget Weddings there is a trend of using “the budding photographer”. Now before I get slammed for abusing the new-be photographer, I understand that everyone starts somewhere but also know a second thing. The top Photographers in our industry are fully booked and cannot want for more work so this is not about anyone “stealing work” or anything like that.

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Maternity Shoot with Nic & Kelly Lewis - Killer Shoot

Since last year Jaimi and I have been toying with the idea of a huge family portrait of us and the guys (and the cats) for the house. A while back we saw some graphic work by Nic Lewis at a colleagues house. After a few failed attempts at getting a hold of the artist we eventually caught up with him at two weddings last year. At the most recent one Jaimi and I decided we needed to swop skills with the Lewis’.

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The White Dress Project 2008-2010

In the years to come Adrian will be launching a book capturing some of his work over the years. This will showcase both this design, film and photographic work. In what will hopefully be a DVD Book package. This coffee table book will cover Adrian’s model projects, his design work, band photography and marketing over the last couple of years.

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The Heyers - Est 2004 - Bellevue Café

Lara & Tven Heyer were married at Firgrove Chapel in Alverstone back in December 2011. Their reception was held in Kloof at Bellevue Café with food by Chris Black and décor by Talloula Weddings. The photos were all done in the office block surrounding the venue.

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Hipstamatic 366 - Day/Img 010 - Say Sushi

On our anniversary we feel very honoured to have such amazing people in our life, those who look after us, spend hours of their time with us and who always make an effort. Thank you.

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Hipstamatic 365 - Day 2 - Kodak Brownie

Day 2 on the Hipstamatic project and you know what, its easy to forget to take a Photograph on any given day. So I am just working on the computer getting all my admin work out the way so I can get back to designing and my gorgeous and clever man is running back and forth behind me with his iPhone and a bunch of props.

And guess what we have a new Hipstamatic thanks to him! This image was taken on one of our advertisement canvases we printed for a recent bridal fair and ontop of it is Adrian’s new bride and joy - his Kodak Hawkeye Brownie. This shot is a little bit edited in another app called PIXLR Adrian and I often trawl through second hand shops and vintage corner shops trying to find lil vintage gems for our camera collection. This one we acquired from Jude at [Hey Judes Antique Barn] in Eston off the N3 freeway to Pietermaritzburg.

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Justifying the expense of “The Wedding Photographer”

Recently a local Photographer blogged the good, bad and ugly of wedding photography and outlined the job at hand of being the one who captures someone’s special day Photographically. So this gave me an idea for an article about how to justify what you are spending on your special snaps.

After the countless hours you have spent trying on dresses, choosing stationery, trying menu’s and sampling cakes and booking your venue you will be left with one of the most important items on a wedding to do list - your Photographer. This is both a tricky and time consuming task for some because there is the delicate balance of cost vs quality and what you can actually spend. So how can you justify what you spend on your Photographer for your wedding. Well let me walk you through a little bit of what goes into your special day.

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Our trip to Umtinzini Forest Lodge 2011

So my Jaimi and I went on a little weekend get away back in October before our mad rush holiday season and I am super glad I took my fifty with. We had such a ball.

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Vintage Country Shoot - Glamour Boutique

Glamour Boutique is a local owned boutique in the Delcairn Centre in Kloof, Kwa Zulu Natal. Terri-Lyn is the owner and buyer for the boutique. Terri chose us to shoot her latest range in store by the end of September 2011.

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My Snow Baby - Kwa Zulu Natal Snow 2011

My Jaimi and I travelled up to the Southern Drakensburg last month to go see the snow! My lady had never seen snow before so we dropped everything and cleared our schedules for an afternoon of fun! We packed a small overnight back just in case and stuffed our gumboots in the car along with cameras and the handycam.

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THIS MEANS WAR - Fun Paint Balloon & Water Pistol Trash the Dress

On June 16 a mate of mine from back in the day Dale married his princess Tash at Calderwood Hall in Boston (Kzn Midlands). They had a beautiful small chapel service and an awesome blue sky Photoshoot. They partied late and the next morning at breakfast they were up with everyone greeting a new Sunday as a married couple.

Then last Friday we missioned up the North Coast toward Tongaat to play with paint balloons and water pistols. This was a bunch of full grown adults going crazy like 5 year olds. Tash mixed and filled all the balloons herself and bought her water guns from a local toy store.

After the wedding, Tash’s dress was filthy from dancing and letting of lanterns on the wet grass so then it actually became Tash’s Moms idea that instead of just doing a normal trash the dress shoot that she rather just go the whole nine yards. No one can lie and say dress designer was super chuffed with the idea but Tash decided that her heart was set on this and so we did.

We started the shoot up at the ruins in Tongaat which makes an awesome colourful backdrop to this kind of shoot. After firing water-paint balloons at one another Tash and Dale posed for some sunny backlit shots with their pistols and before long Tash and Dale were having their own little water war! Super epic!

We then all went down to the sea to rinse off and have the main war of the day. Girls vs Boys with water-pistols charged with water and ready for battle. It got to the point where everyone was re-loading with sea water. Tank GOODNESS for plastic toys ;)

Once we were done with the shoot and everyone was completely drenched, everybody headed to the local beach-pub Beach Bums and had one as the sun set. Pretty epic Friday for sure.

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Comic Book - Story Line Style Save the Date Shoot

What started out as a cute story-line and an E-Sesh turned comic book fun! I met Gareth with a group of comedian friends at their comedy shoot for Splashy last year and when Megz contacted us to do their wedding we were over the moon!

So next December (yeah they booked super early good one guys!) we are off to their home town, Port Elizabeth, to shoot their rocker style wedding….

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RagnBone Concept Launch - Tala Bridal Fair

Since last winter Jaimi and I have been planning on launching her RagandBone concept and now we have. As of this past weekend (13-14 August 2011) RagandBone has been officially been launched as a concept. My lady asked me to capture the behind the scenes and take some portrait shots for her!

We are very proud to launch and showcase RagandBone on Adrian Shields Photography.

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