Directly translated it means "Spirit" in Xhosa. Why? It defines my style, and this best describes the beauty of it: Some African cultures believe that when you take someone's picture, you are in essence capturing their spirit... Through my informal lifestyle approach, this is what I strive to achieve – capturing intimate moments, spontaneous laughter and cherished memories.
"Lifestyle" photography is less about posed portraiture, and more about capturing activities and favourite ways families enjoy spending their time together, allowing life to happen naturally - which produces images that truly capture a family's unique relationship, and showcases the special bond they share. I travel either to clients' homes or to beautiful settings on location, capturing families being themselves and having fun, which of course works well with unpredictable children who have a knack for asserting their independence. From the natural moments captured I go on to create emotive images with a story behind each one - something different to where people are inserted into poses and settings that are identical to portraits hanging on every other family's walls.
My lifestyle approach allows me to photograph the day as it happens through the eyes of the guests, capturing genuine intimate moments that couples can look back on with fond memories. I will catch the internal struggle to fight back the tears during speeches, a warm embrace during an emotional moment, laugh-out-loud moments, and heart-on-your-sleeve love. Couples can enjoy a stress-free day, safe in the knowledge that someone is in the sidelines documenting it all for them to reminisce over later.
For those after a more styled approach, my pricing structure lends itself well to working as a second shooter alongside another photographer who is specially skilled in those areas, in order to capture the more candid blink-and-you-will-miss-it in-between moments over and above the formal events of the day.