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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by David Rees
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.
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.
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.