Family Photography – Habberton Family

Family Photography – Habberton Family

I always enjoy doing extended family sessions – seeing all the different nuclear families reunite into their original family unit. Its such a joy seeing the kid cousins savor every moment of the few precious weeks they get to be together.

The Habberton family had a Rustenburg Christmas at the end of 2017, and of course couldn’t let this special occasion pass without documenting their time together.

Thank you Habberton’s for trusting me with these family memories  – you have a truly special family.


“…Because every picture tells a story…”

Book Your Own Family Session with Shutterlife Photography

My photography style is natural, lifestyle oriented. I prefer to take an unobtrusive stance in my photography sessions so as to help you feel as at ease as possible, offering guidance where needed, but allowing you to make the moment your own.

To book a family session with me, please follow this link to my contact form.

For any other type of portrait photography (newborns, maternity, couples and weddings), please follow this link to my contact form.

I look forward to hearing from you!

How to decide on your wedding photographer

How to decide on your wedding photographer

Deciding on your wedding photographer is probably one of the most difficult choices to make in preperation for your wedding. Unlike many other wedding vendors (music, venue, flowers and decor), photographs can’t be heard, tasted or even seen before your wedding – you won’t fully know what you have signed up for until after the fact. For this reason it is imperative to do careful research and be incredibly selective regarding a photographers artistic style, their personality and their professional skill.

Wedding Photographer Rustenburg | How to decide on your wedding photographer1. Decide on a style that matches your preferences

There are a number of different styles out there – documentary (candid), dreamy, fine art or editorial (posed). Some photographers implement a combination of different styles, whereas others stick to one particular style. Research different photographers and keep a keen eye on their particular style, and from there decide which feels most fitting to you and your partner.

2. Do your homework

Once you have decided on the style that best suits you, do research on a number of
photographers who match that preference. 

  • Have a look through their blog, Facebook page and Instagram feed. Does their style remain consistent throughout the different platforms?
  • Read the reviews on the different social media platforms (how have previous clients responded to their final product, and what was the response from the photographer?)
  • Have a look through their other assignments – does it maintain a similar style throughout, and is there minimal variation in the professional presentation of the different assignments?
3. Set up interviews with your top 3 photographersJohannesburg Wedding Photographer | How to decide on your wedding photographer

Choosing your photographer is not a decision you should make on looks alone – you need to ensure that your personalities gel too. Your photographer is the person you will most likely spend the largest part of the day with. Can you envisage yourself comfortably spending the day with them? Do your personalities click? This is of vital importance – part of achieving the best possible images on your wedding day is by ensuring that you and your partner feeling fully comfortable and at ease within your photographers presence, so s/he can capture you at your best.

4. Ask to see a full gallery

It is important not to base your final decision off a highlights gallery alone, but rather to see one or two full wedding galleries before making the decision. This will give you the opportunity to gain a clearer picture of what your final collection might look like. Things to consider: 

  • Are all the images within the gallery consistent in terms of style and editing? 
  • Are the images in the highlights gallery far better than the rest of the images in a full collection (i.e. if you had to choose a number of favorite images from the full gallery, would this be an easy choice, or would you struggle because all the images are as beautiful as the next?). Photographers (with good reason) put their best imagery out on the public forum, however, when looking at a full gallery there should be a large degree of visual consistency throughout, rather than a handful of spectacular images, and the rest mediocre.
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  • What is the photographer’s turn around time from the wedding to when your final images are delivered? 
  • How many images can you expect with the package you have booked?
  • What are their rules in terms of posting the images to social media? Some photographers have certain requirements about posting their images onto social media with a watermark, and with reference to them.
  • Is the client permitted to make their own prints, or does the photographer have a policy that all printing should be done through them?

These five guidelines will get you well on your way to selecting a photographer you are happy and comfortable with, helping you identify your own expectations as well as giving you a clearer picture of the intricacies that go into wedding photography.

Book a coffee session with Shutterlife Photography

If you would like to book a coffee session with me to discuss your wedding photography, please follow this link to my contact page. I would love to hear from you!

To find out a little more information about our wedding photography before booking that coffee, follow this link to my information page.

Family Photography – Saincic Family

Family Photography – Saincic Family

Monique & Chris, and their two kids, Trè & Kai, moved down to the KZN coast at the end of 2016. So when they came up to Rustenburg for a family Christmas last year, Monique jumped at the opportunity to have an extended family session to document this time together with everyone.

Chris & Monique, it was lovely seeing you while you were in this side of the world. Thank you for thrusting me with these memories of your lovely clan.


Every family has a story to tell.

Welcome to ours…

Book Your Own Family Session with Shutterlife Photography

My photography style is natural, lifestyle oriented. I prefer to take an unobtrusive stance in my photography sessions so as to help you feel as at ease as possible, offering guidance where needed, but allowing you to make the moment your own.

To book a family session with me, please follow this link to my contact form.

For any other type of portrait photography (newborns, maternity, couples and weddings), please follow this link to my contact form.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Pet Photography – Tania, Sky & Bruce

Pet Photography – Tania, Sky & Bruce

This was a fun lifestyle pet session with Tania and her two fur babies, Sky and Bruce, at their home in December.

Pets somehow manage to creep their way deep into our heart – what better way to document your memories with them than through a pet session?

Thank you Kirsty, from K9IQ, for your assistance as pet behaviorist during the session to keep Sky & Bruce happy, entertained & looking at the camera during the session.


“Whoever said that diamonds are a girls best friend never owned a dog”.

Book Your Own Pet Session with Shutterlife Photography

My photography style is natural, lifestyle oriented. I prefer to take an unobtrusive stance in my photography sessions so as to help you feel as at ease as possible, offering guidance where needed, but allowing you to make the moment your own.

To book a pet session with me, please follow this link to my contact form.

For any other type of portrait photography (newborns, maternity, families, couples and weddings), please follow this link to my contact form.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Wedding Photography | MW & Gitte

Wedding Photography | MW & Gitte at The Barn at Redstone

I am so thrilled to have been a part of MW & Gitte’s wedding. 

They got married in early December 2017 at The Barn at Redstone. The venue was simply lovely, with a real earthy feel – their ‘chapel’ in an intimate little forest and the reception venue a revamped old barn, with the most spectacular view of the Magaliesberg mountain range.

Their wedding was nothing short of a miracle! MW & Gitte managed to pull together their gorgeous day in the space of a month.

On the day, about an hour before the wedding ceremony, there were thunder clouds looming, promising an imminent thunderstorm. These circled around us until a few minutes after the start of their reception, when it hit us to the extreme – hail and all!

MW & Gitte, thank you so much for trusting me to document your most beautiful wedding day. The two of you are so well suited and I wish you many years of happiness on your journey as husband & wife. 

Book with Shutterlife Photography

My photography style is natural, lifestyle oriented. I prefer to take an unobtrusive stance in my photography sessions so as to help you feel as at ease as possible, offering guidance where needed, but allowing you to make the moment your own.

To book with me for your wedding day, please follow this link to my contact form.

For any other type of portrait photography (maternity, newborns, families & couples), please follow this link to my contact form.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Vendors:

Venue and wedding planner: The Barn at Redstone

Dress: Annemarie at Lady Anne Bridal Boutique

Hair: Amanda at Elle Hair and Beauty

Shoes: Blu Betty

Flowers & Decor: Claudette at Smoorvelief

DJ: Breytie at Ultimate Sound

Band: Bad Peter