GOOD question! Honestly? It all comes down to finding the photographers who have the right vibe for you – you’re going to be spending the whole damn day with them, so its important to make sure they are your kind of people. With us you get the both of us (duh!) and the unique energy a couple brings to the day. We are super relaxed and just want to make sure you are as relaxed and comfortable on the day as possible so you can focus on the important bits like marrying your favourite human and having a party with all your other favourite humans! So if thats what you are after, thats probably why we should shoot your wedding!
Szerdi is a Ravenclaw and Andy is a Hufflepuff. Which is a winning combo!
Fun, relaxed and emotive! We love to document the natural story of your day. This means we take a documentary approach to shooting our weddings with a hint of fine art feel to our images and portraiture. What this basically means is we aren’t really into super posed pictures and don’t like to “stage manage” your wedding. We like to capture the natural moments as they unfold organically. But lets be honest here, having your picture taken is WEIRD and we get that, so if needed we will totally give you some light prompts and “direction”. The limit to our “direction” would be say positioning you in front of a window that has beautiful natural light coming in while you get ready to get better pictures, or guiding you a bit when you don’t know where to put your bouquet (if you have one), which can be awkward to carry around if you aren’t used to walking around everywhere holding flowers. This means if you want a picture through a picture frame, a groom kneeling next to the bride or a couple with a suitcase walking along a railway line, or stiff old fashioned table photos, we probably aren’t the right fit for what you are after, and thats totally fine too!
We are animal people, so will likely go crazy over a puppy, duck, goat whatever as long as its cute! At home we have one kitty and two naughty bunnies.
Trust us, we totally know how awkward being in front of a camera can be! We got a taste of our own medicine at our wedding and we know first hand how funny it can feel posing or being the centre of attention. With this we cannot recommend enough how much a pre wedding Portrait Session helps get all those nerves out pre wedding! What we prefer to do at a wedding is position you in a cool location, tell you a story to help you relax or get you guys to chat about the awesomeness that has just happened with you getting married! Cuz what you may not realise yet is that once you get married you get sucked into the most amazing “just married bubble” which will make it all way more easy! We usually find this helps to loosen you up,so when you look back at your pictures, you remember the moments and not how lame it felt when you were told to “gaze lovingly into each others eyes while leaning backwards into a dip” or something lame like that. Having said this, we will offer some direction should you wish us to do a more “formal” arty portrait of you as individuals or as a couple.
For both of us the first time we saw Deftones was pretty epic. For Andy it would be Pearl Jam and for Szerdi it would be either A Perfect Circle, Bloc Party or Mastodon.
You get two actual photographers for your wedding, so not one photographer plus a second shooter/assistant, you get both of us – 2 primary shooters :) This makes covering all of your wedding much easier and also guarantees you getting shots that one photographer simply cannot cover by themselves. We usually split up and each shoot half of the couple getting ready for the wedding so there is no forced groom getting fake-ready earlier in the morning than he would so that the photographer can go shoot the bride afterwards. This also means 2 angles at the ceremony and 2 creative minds shooting your couple pics.
We come as a package like peanut butter and jam or a veggie burger and chips :) We produce our best work when we work together, which I guess is a good metaphor for married life (ooooh laying on ALL the cheese here…)
We both loved the 10 day Sziget festival in Budapest, and Download is pretty epic too. Our hearts are probably with our local festival Splashy Fen though as thats where we got together and this whole adventure started!
We sure do! And we shoot it the same time we shoot photos – like magic!. This is a great option for you if you don’t want a whole horde of people up in your faces the whole day, and if you are a sucker for consistency, its one way to guarantee your photos and video will have the same look and feel.
We’ve noticed that a lot of wedding videos kinda just look the same, a bit slow moving, and don’t really have much of the couple’s personality in them. When we decided to also offer video, it was super important for us to carry the way we photograph weddings into how we film them too. So our videos are fast moving and upbeat! Like your wedding will be! You can see some of them over here: LINK TO VIDEOS
For this we are going to recommend booking a kick ass dedicated videographer (which we can recommend to you)
We both shoot with full frame Sony A7iii mirrorless cameras and shoot with a variety of prime and zoom lenses. If you are a photography nerd (like us) and want to chat gear, why we have moved to mirrorless, feel free to message us or chat to us about it at our client meet up.
We always have back up camera bodies, lenses, SD memory cards, extra camera batteries, extra flashes and extra flash batteries. All our gear is insured for both domestic and international travel.
One of the (many) perks of the Sony A7iii is that you can shoot on to dual memory cards. This means that as we shoot your wedding, we automatically are shooting onto two memory cards which makes a real time backup. We start backing up your photos as soon as we leave your wedding, we do a third backup just to make sure we have your pics safe and sound as it would be our worst nightmare having to tell a couple we have lost their pics from a corrupt memory card or something. This all means that unless we are struck by lightening as we leave your venue or some other really horrible things happens, we ALWAYS have a backup of your images! We also save a copy of your high res edited Jpegs on Google Drive for up to 2 years. We do however strongly recommend you make your own back up of your images when you receive them.
We tend not to book weddings more than 18 months in advance as we often only plan our world adventuring on short notice, but having said that, we do book up for high season super fast. This doesn’t mean that if your wedding is soon we can’t shoot it as we have shot weddings on less than 2 weeks notice, its just the likelihood of us being free on your date decreases the closer it gets, so pop us over a message asaptually and lets get planning!
Family photos are a tricky one. We think they are super important as weddings will often bring together people who don’t often get a chance to be together and who may not get a chance to be together again so we definitely take care to get these. BUT they can eat a lot into your couple shoot time and just the time you have to eat, drink and hang out with your guests! They can also cause a lot of stress for you if not handled properly. What we advise is that we shoot family pics straight after the hugs and kisses after the ceremony before anyone has wandered off to the toilet, or to get a drink or have a sneaky cigarette. To eliminate the stress for YOU on the day, and to make sure you get a shot with the people who matter most to you, we advise making a list of “must have” photos – we usually suggest about 8 to 10 (but can do more or less depending what you want). We then recommend delegating this list to a bossy friend or family member who knows all the people on the list to help us wrangle them. Adults can be notoriously hard to organise so we like to make this process as smooth and quick as possible – for you and them.
We unfortunately do not do the posed table shots of yesteryear but are more than happy to shoot yourself and your guests informally during the reception. Its as simple as coming up and saying “hey can I get a pic with my old high school friends?” and we will more than happily oblige.
We like to scout for couple shoot locations before the wedding day starts, so you will probably find us early on the morning of your wedding taking photos of each other in weird places around your venue to test out some spots. The reason for this is we don’t like to keep you away from your guests for too long so we like to have some degree of plan for locations. We aim for 3 locations but this can vary depending on the length of time you allow for the shoot and what cool scenery there is around. And if it rains?! Bloody awesome! Rain makes for some epic pictures!
We know that most couples don’t want to be away from their friends and family for too long for pictures, but at the same time still want great shots. Hell, this was so important to us that at our wedding we did our couple shoot the day before the wedding so we totally get it. This is also why we always recommend our couples got to canapés first for some snacks, drinkies and minglings before we steal you away. We advise about half an hour minimum for couple shoot, assuming we don’t need to drive too far away. We have shot a five minute couple shoot and a two hour one. This is your wedding and we will shoot what you want and for how long. With this being said, the pictures you would get in five minutes would not be the same as in two hours, but it comes down to your priority as a couple and we are super keen to give you what you want.
From our perspective, we love shooting couple pics in the “magic light” time of day which is usually a bit before and just after the sun sets. But we are super keen to help you tailor your timeline for the day so its the best for you guys!
We do need seating, at a table is a bonus and we do need food please. We are the perfect people to seat at that awkward second cousin/work colleague table if you need to fill it up. If possible, we like to eat at the same time as the main table (if you have one of those) so that we can be ready to shoot as soon as the action starts. We also request drinks and a vegetarian/vegan meal for both of us.
HELL yes! Decor is often something you put a great deal of time into and we like to record it in its perfect state as you envisioned it.
We love to travel and shoot all over the world (duh! who wouldn’t right?!). We love to travel and discover the world SO much that all of our full day packages are fully inclusive of travel fees, meaning you don’t pay a cent extra to get us to your location.
If your wedding is more than 150km away from our home in Durban KwaZulu Natal we will need accommodation nearby to the venue for one night. Nothing fancy, just a bed and somewhere safe to leave our gear. If we are travelling further for your wedding we may need 2-3 nights accommodation so that we are fresh to shoot your big day, but we can discuss this and make a plan that works for both of us.
We will send you through a couple of preview pictures within a week of your wedding to keep you sated. Low season weddings are ready in 4-8 weeks and high season weddings in 8-12 at the most. But we like to get your pics to you as soon as we can. Once your pictures are ready, we will courier them to you or drop them off if you are nearby.
Click here then fill out our form and, assuming we are available for you date, we can start the process. We require a non refundable 50% booking fee to secure the date both for you and for ourselves and we send you our contract to sign that covers both our sets of arses if anything goes funny. The balance will be due the week of your wedding. We can be open to payment plan options depending what your situation is, just chat to us.
We do not watermark our pictures, nor do we only give you watermarked, low res images. We know back in the day photographers would make their money off prints ordered by the couple (and some still do!), but in the new digital world we really don’t think this has a place. You have paid good money for your pictures and should have access to the high res images and have free access to print as many of them as you want at no extra cost to yourself. We are more than happy to recommend some fantastic high quality fine art printers, but it won’t cost you anything extra. We give you all your images in both high and low res on a USB so you can stick the low res ones on Facebook or email without having to resize them, and the high res to print enlargements, canvases or whatever else you want to.
We like to give you ALL the pics we can! Its your day and you want to remember as much of it as possible. This means you won’t only get like 200 super curated images, we will give you all the moments of all your special people hanging out. Usually this works out to over 800 images and sometimes up to 1000.
We have a very distinct photographic style which means we naturally work better with videographers who have a similar ethos and approach to shooting. We have a list of videographers we love working with so if you are interested, just yell and we can send them through to you!
We have had the pleasure of working with some AMAZING service providers so if you are looking for anything in particular, just ask and we will happily give you a list of our favourites!
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