Friday, 15 January 2016

Golden Light: Tam & Dan's Engagement Shoot

My shoot with Tam and Dan was booked around October last year. We met up, launched a plan and set a date to shoot. Kzn, after a horrible dry run- suddenly experienced days of rain. The day of our shoot arrived and then it rained- we postponed. The vision I had in my head was one of golden light - not damp and soggy clothes. Upon our new date, it rained again. We postponed again. This pattern continued for two months, until one afternoon, when the most incredible sunlight popped out and we continued with our shoot. The results were exactly as I wanted- beautiful, soft, golden light. These images were taken at the beautiful Secret Garden in Bisley. 

This shoot was awesome for a number of reasons. Tam and Dan brought their two Great Dane's to the shoot. These dogs were clearly part of the family and we included them in the 'Save the Date' images! 








To top off this incredible shoot, on my way out of Bisley Nature Reserve I had to wait because the road was blocked by three giraffe's and a number of zebra. It was a beautiful moment, having the giraffe's walking around my car to go past. Please excuse my terrible phone photo, but here is the evidence:


Sunday, 8 November 2015

What To Wear To a Shoot- 8 Simple Tips

A question I get asked often by clients is, "What should I wear to my shoot?"

We all know the pressure- you've saved up for that special photoshoot you've been wanting to have with your family, friends, partner or little ones. You've done your research and have found your photographer. You've picked a date and a venue, and the last thing you need to do is decide what to wear. Sounds simple enough? This is a very important aspect to a shoot to most photographers, because we can see which colours go together and which types of clothes suit the location you've chosen. I've compiled a simple guide through my experience to help with this decision.



1) Be comfortable
Wear clothes you would normally wear. If you don't like wearing dresses, then don't wear a dress for your shoot. If you're uncomfortable in those new heels you bought for the shoot, it will show through in your images, guaranteed.

2) Consider the location
Think about the location of your shoot. If you're going for a natural feel in a big open field, don't wear a formal ballgown. Think carefully about what looks natural in your chosen environment.

3) Say 'no' to the blue-jeans-and-white-t-shirt craze
It seems to be a common idea to have an entire group of people wearing blue jeans and white T - shirts for a shoot. The matching outfits can draw attention to themselves, is overdone and unoriginal. You want people to notice you and the moment in your photos, not the outfits.

4) Don't wear identical outfits
This follows on from the previous point. Matching, identical outfits draw attention. Every person has a unique body shape with clothes that suit them. Often that outfit will suit one person, and the not the rest. Avoid wearing identical outfits.

5) Enquire about an outfit change
Ask your photographer about an outfit change. Chances are, he or she will tell you that it's fine, but you won't get extra time for this. Think carefully about taking three outfit changes with you to a shoot. If you've booked an hour, you want to get as many shots as you can in- don't waste time changing outfits. A nice alternative is bringing easy-to-change parts to your outfit: a flower crown, a jersey, an easy dress or shirt.

6) Look at a colour palette 
I cannot emphasise this enough! A colour palette is a collection of colours that look good together. They can be inspired by nature- something I love to do. For example, a succulent plant could offer a beautiful range of colours for your outfits. One plant can have pale greens, greys, pinks and purples.
7) Plan together
Everyone needs to get together and pick a colour palette they all enjoy. Once this is done, outfit planning can begin. Ask around who has items in the colours involved. Try not to have too many items in the same colour. Don't buy clothes for a shoot right away- use what you've got or borrow from friends. 

8) Look like you! 
It's very important to stay who you are for a shoot. Don't try to look like somebody else. Feel good, and your personality will come through in the shots. 

I have created a colour palette guide I show to clients before a shoot to help them plan their outfits. Feel free to download it and use!