Covid Chronicles of a Cape Town wedding photo team
15 years, 165 days, 17 hours, 46 minutes and 36 seconds
That’s how long this Cape Town Wedding Photo Team has been snapping wedding photographs. To be be honest, just as with any business there have been highs and lows. Some months have been brilliant, others ok and some downright horrible.
Working for ourselves has been a conscious choice though. You kind of get used to living on the edge. But we would not have it any other way. We absolutely love what we do!
On the upside, a bit of down time every so often is not a bad thing. As creatives one often has to recharge both literally and figuratively speaking. The quieter months allowed us to pursuit our other passion which is travel. At times collecting passport stamps and shooting became a blurred line as the two combined. And we were literally in photography heaven.
Then along came a pandemic called COVID-19. And suddenly in the blink of an eye, this very Cape Town wedding photo team was stopped dead in their tracks. We unplugged the chargers and packed away the cameras. There was nothing more to look forward to in the inbox, just a bunch of spam. There was no doubt in our minds that times were going to be tough. We just did not realize how tough. Being associated with the hospitality, entertainment and creative arts industries we will be one of the last to be able to resume our professions. Times ahead are uncertain, and who knows when we’ll be able to shoot again.
But we’ve decided to remain positive. We’re investing time into thinking about creative ideas to tide us over for now. We’re looking forward to shooting all of those weddings that have been postponed and grateful that not too many have been completely cancelled. Having time on our hands has also given us time to reflect the past 15 years by flipping through old images.
Take a step back in time to 16th of November 2004. A day that will forever remain etched in our calendars. This was the day we shot our very first wedding. It was still back in the day of film. We’ve a whole box full of negatives spanning the first two years of our photographic career. We gradually shifted over to having our negatives scanned in and supplying them to our couples on CD. Then in 2008 we took the plunge and went fully digital. Although it meant far more work with regards to post processing, it opened up a whole new exciting world. And here we are – nearly 16 years down the line, and still loving every minute of it!
We know that when the time is right, we’ll be able to dust off our cameras and continue where we left off.
While we use this time to recharge, reflect and reinvent ourselves, sit back and enjoy this photographic journey with us. Here are a few of our favourite couple (and a few bridal) images taken through the years. As mentioned, our first few weddings were never scanned to disc, and we also encountered two malfunctioning hard drives so there are a few more we would have loved to add, but that’s a job for another day. Thank you to every single one of our amazing couples who have helped us live our dream! We are forever indebted to you for putting your trust in us to capture your most special of days!
Hope you enjoy taking a trip down memory lane with us!
Stay safe and see you on the other side
Cape Town wedding photo team,
Andre & Selma
This was our first ever Muslim wedding. Who would have known that we would make so many friends in the community and that we’d feel more like family than photographers!
How’s this black and white film grain? These days you add it as a “preset” to make things look old fashioned!
Yes, the Dutch tilt was a thing!
On 30 November 2006, South Africa became the worlds fifth country and Africas first to legalise marriage for same-sex couples. Not long afterwards we shot these two amazing souls
When you start discovering the magic of a fast lens
Although lessons are to be learned when shooting in harsh sunlight we also realized it depends a lot on your couples. And we also realized it’s ok for photobombs not to have to be removed!
Probably our windiest wedding to date!
When we realized that wedding gowns do NOT always have to be white. And yes, the Dutch tilt was STILL a thing.
Probably one of the first times we shot “into the light” and realized the unpredictable magic it creates!
2009 & 2010 we shot several weddings at the amazing Bushmanskloof
Playing with light. And yes we were STILL not over of the Dutch tilt
Shadows are almost always fascinating
When we realized we’d far rather photograph a retro pick -up than a flashy Merc or BMW
Aren’t these just the cutest set of images?
First time shooting in Canola AND chasing light!
Geoff Garbers, you have not changed at all – you still run like that in all our photo shoots!
Best wedding dress EVER!
Our first and only Fearless Award came from this image
Worth getting up at 4:30 in the morning for.
These two beauties eloped in Cape Town. Little did we know that they would fly us over to Germany to shoot the “real” wedding!
How cool. We got to photograph a Lonely Planet Author’s wedding!
First SA destination wedding in the Northern Cape
How awesome is this chapel? No, not Switzerland, just outside Greyton.
These two goats escaped during the couple shoot and ran after us!
Our first ever international destination wedding. How awesome getting to shoot in a UNESCO world heritage site!
Second wedding in Germany. It rained ALL day and was around -4 degrees!
When we realized we love winter weddings
Destination wedding on an old dairy farm in Kokstad, KZN
First ever Indian wedding with all of the traditions and ceremonies. First time my interest in the deity Ganesh was triggered.
These two. Born on the same day in the same hospital on Freedom day. And years later they get married ON Freedom Day. And their names are Nicole and Nicholas. If that wasn’t fate, then I don’t know!
In the middle of Winter, these two waded into the cold Atlantic – because they COULD!
Amazing wedding at the Pont in Malgas
When we realized we LOVE documentary photography that’s slightly off beat.
These two. OMW! New Zealand national dance champs. You should have seen the first dance!
Magic light during this boho wedding
Never been to a wedding where there were more animals than humans. True story!
Autumn in the Cape is truly beautiful! Sadly we are missing it this season.
Crazy windy veil shots. Always fun!
One of the weddings with the most exquisite light!
Who said you can’t have your wedding photos in a cow shed?
Our love for contrasty black and whites continues to grow
A gorgeous winter wedding in the Cape Town CBD
The wedding that wins hands down for the most spectacular scenery!
Our most energetic bride EVER!
Last wedding before lock down!
One of the most unique weddings ever with the most amazing bunch of people!