1. How long have you been a wedding photographer?
I started assisting in 2005 in for fashion photographers. In 2006 I started assisting wedding photography legend Dirk Visser who introduced me to the world of wedding photography. In Late 2007 I started shooting my own weddings, so I have been photographing on the wedding photography circuit for about 7 years.
2. Do you work with an assistant or a second shooter.
Yes, assistants are great to help shape light and manage gear. I have great assistants who are now also my second shooters. This allows us to cover bride and groom getting ready. It’s great to work as a team because this truly captures the full wedding experience.
3. Do you have a studio?
Yes I have a 400sqm daylight studio, I use it for my portrait, commercial and fashion photography. I also rent it to photographers. www.mlgstudio.co.za. It is a great location to meet with clients and discuss wedding photography.
4. What is your style of wedding photography?
I am pretty relaxed with weddings, most of the planning is already done by the time I arrive. I make sure I am in the right place at the right time with good light and then work in the moment to capture its essence. My approach is 70% photojournalistic and 30% directed. Its important to capture the real moments at a wedding, at the same time its important to add a flair of direction to help guide the moment. Most people are new to being photographed on their wedding day – so it always helps to offer some direction.
5. How many weddings have you photographed?
Just over 200 weddings, every one unique. Experience is important because if the unexpected happens its good to know you have photographer who can stay calm and walk you through what happens next especially when it comes to shoot schedule and ideas. Confidence comes with experience and if your photographer is confident you will be more comfortable and look better on camera.
6 Do you use studio lighting?
I prefer natural light and a reflector to fill shadows. For a more dramatic effect I will use a studio light but only if its necessary. I always have my lights at the ready. If the couple is willing to take a short break from their reception, night wedding images are a great way to add something different.
8 Can you recommend a videographer?
Yes, I have a in-house wedding production team.
9 What makes good wedding photo’s?
A wedding photographer who understands natural light has great equipment and a couple who are willing to participate. Those are the basics. Sometimes its all you need, but often wedding styling and location help to bring a photo together. There are smaller things which make a difference Eg: Unless your minister is speaking to 300 people try encourage him to not use a mic stand.
10 Do you have a contract?
Yes, it protects both you and me. Please read through and sign before making your wedding booking.
11 You must see some crazy things happen at wedding, what is the craziest?
Yes I have, weddings can get pretty festive. I was the photographer on duty when the bride accidentally stabbed the groom in 2013 – he lived, and they are still very happily married. Don’t use a fillet knife to cut a cake.
12 What happens if it rains?
We keep en eye on the weather, hope for a gap and stick to the plan as much as possible. There is usually a 30 minute buffer built into a wedding – this is the reason why. Always keep 2 -4 big umbrellas in the boot of a car and remember that its all part of the experience.
13 How long will it take to see the images?
During peak wedding season (1 October – 15 May) , it takes about 2 – 3 weeks. Out of season (1 June – 30 September) between 1 – 2 weeks.
14 Do you offer wedding books?
Yes I have developed my own wedding book. It is A3 sized, the cover is Nappa Leather, your names are embossed into the leather, the pages are specialised paper and it comes in a slipcase.
15 How many photos do you take at a wedding?
Between 2000 – 3500, digital allows us to really work the camera to capture that real moment. We delete the duds such as half blinking, unnatural expressions or wrong lighting and that brings it down to between 600 -800 selected images.
16 What editing do you do on the photos?
I use photoshop and lightroom. It is important to keep the look as natural as possible. I remove pimples, shine, red eyes, bruises etc. From there images can be slightly enhanced or they can be creatively enhanced – it all depends on what the client wants and what the image offers. Basically I make it look like you are having your best day.
17 How many hours go into a wedding?
Between 30 – 40 hours without a wedding book. 10 Hours wedding photography, 5 hours selection & processing, 15 hours editing plus 3 hours loading to web. That excluded printing, driving and designing for books. A wedding photographer has a lot of work to do.