Johan and Monnique’s wedding day.

We photographed Johan and Monnique’s wedding yesterday at the Midrand conference centre. At first it looked like it was going to rain, but the rain stayed away until we were at the reception. Here are some random images from their day. They were a fun group to work with. We also played a bit in the rain, I am happy with how the shot came out. Enjoy.

Cathy Heaton - Hey Guys

I LOVE the blue image up the stairs!! Amazing. I hope you enter that next year. I also think the shoes reflecting on the table is a fabulous photo.

Strength to strength with every shoot.

It is an inspiration to witness to your brilliance!

CathyOctober 10, 2007 – 12:24 am

Matt en Adri Shaw - Pragtig en nogmaals pragtig! Die mooiste foto is die die familie foto van Johan, Monnique en die kinders, ag al die fotos is baie mooi. Julle troue was prentjie mooi. Fotos baie mooi geneem en die fotograaf ken van en hy mag maar. Baie Goeie Werk!October 15, 2007 – 8:01 pm

Bernie & Natalie’s slide show

Bernie & Natalie were here at the studio yesterday to view their slide show for the first time. It was very emotional for Natalie and Bernie jokingly asked for a box of tissues 😉 Thankfully they were tears of joy and not tears of sorrow. If you have broadband you can view a web version of the slide show. Enjoy

Colette - Die foto’s is beautiful… Julle lyk darem so gelukkig saam!!! Ek is BAIE bly vir julle.
Nats, jy was ‘n ongelooflike mooi bruidjie gewees.October 3, 2007 – 9:17 am

Nick en Elsie - Julle lyk pragtig,wens ons was daar!October 3, 2007 – 4:31 pm

Hestia - Bernie is reg, jy lyk soos ‘n prinses!!October 15, 2007 – 12:52 pm

Graham & Lorna’s slide show

Taken from Graham’s speach – the poem he wrote to Lorna:

Lorna My Darling,

I often wondered if dreams really do come true,
And then I met you.

You are the flame that lit my way,
That burns brighter every day.

Before I met you I was like a leaf on the wind, blown this way and that,
Not knowing quite where to land.

I often think to myself what if I never found you,
Where would I be right now?
Isn’t it funny how Life just falls into place somehow?

You touch my heart in places I never even knew.
Nobody loves me like you do.

You are my rainbow in a world of black and white.
And in time you will come to see that nobody in this world means as much as you do to me.

Thank you
for loving me and agreeing to marry me.
I really, really love you.
Thank You

And I am not the only one that loves you,
Our animals all love you too –
Butch Leo Winston Mischief Zorba and the countless wild birds
You religiously feed every morning, summer or winter, rain or shine.
Thank you for making our house a Home.

Elsa Blyth - Dear Graham and Lorna

Thank you for sharing your photo’s with us. Lorna you looked absolutely lovely.

We wish you all the best.

Lots of love

Peter and ElsaOctober 5, 2007 – 6:57 am

Bruce & Michelle’s wedding day.

We worked with a very fun and energetic couple yesterday who was game for some unusual wedding images. It was real fun photographing them. I played a bit with off camera flash as their wedding was at 11 in the morning and we ended up doing the photos in the middle of the day when the light is very harsh. This harsh light is not good light for photos, but I think they came out great.

Here are some random images from their day.

Michelle & Bruce Billson - Thank you Jaco and Daleen!
Our guests could not stop talking about the photographers!!! They were so impressed by the professionalism and fun that you put into taking the photos and the amazing guest registry book. Mich and i and are looking so forward to seeing the wedding photos!
Thank You
Michelle & Bruce BillsonOctober 15, 2007 – 10:41 am

Now I am tagging !!

OK so here are the people I am tagging for now.

Ryan Estes : a great photographer from the USA.
Mario Sales : One of South Africa’s best photographers, a great man and a very big inspiration to me.
Michael Tree : a good friend and very talented photographer.
Dave Alderman (Adjuvant) : Dave creates very spectacular work. Very inspirational.
Andy Armstrong. Andy another great photographer from the USA does some great glamour work.

I would like to tag some other friends as well but they do not have blogs yet. Go and check out all the blogs I have tagged. Some great work there.

I have been tagged!!!!

So, there is a thing going around on photographer’s blogs worldwide where you get tagged and then you have to tell 8 things about yourself and tag another 8 people. I was tagged by Amie, a very talented photographer from the USA. Her blog is at thebellavitas

So here are the 8 facts about me.

1] I have a missing middle finger on my right hand. It freaks out some people.
2] My favourite colour is ……. can you guess? …….. red.
3] I like to work under stress. Funny I know but I just work better that way. That is probably why I love to shoot weddings so much.
4] I just love gadgets and electronic devices. I love my Xbox 360 and PSP. I just need to find time to use them.
5] I love fast cars.
6] Here is a funny one. I like the smell of chalk and baby powder. I think I am spending too much time in the book workshop.
7] I like to help people and teach them new things.
8] I like a braai (barbeque for our friends from the USA) and support the Blue Bulls rugby team (NOU DIE BLOU).

OK now I have to go tag 8 other people.

Eben & Lizelle’s wedding day (my little brother)

Yesterday was my little brother’s wedding. It was a great privilege for us to shoot their wedding images. It was my brother who encouraged us to take up wedding photography in the first place. It was a very emotional day for me to see my little brother get married as he almost did not live to see this day. Eben and Lizelle knew each other for only a little while when my brother was involved in a very big motorcar accident and broke his neck and hip. The doctors said he would maybe be back on his feet in about 18 months. But let me tell you this, our heavenly Father is great and in only 6 months my little brother was back at work, the only sign of the accident are the marks on his head from the halo brace.

Well to be honest yesterday was a bit hectic as our son fell ill again and Daleen had her hands full trying to get him to the doctor and helping with the shoot. Our son was the ring bearer as well so it was a bit of a challenge to get everything to run like clock work with him being sick . But in the end all went well and we had a great day.

Here are some random images from the day. All the best little brother.

“God is met julle en ons is baie life vir julle, Liefde Jaco, Daleen en Wildre”

Little Brother - Hi julle 3, dit is little brother en new little sister hier. Dankie vir al julle hulp, moeite, liefde en geduld met ons groot dag gister, dit word opreg waardeer.

Hou aan met julle goeie werk, julle gaan van krag tot krag.

Dankie vir die stunning fotos op die blog, kan nie wag vir die finale pakket nie!!!!

Lief vir julle
Eben & ZellieSeptember 23, 2007 – 11:25 pm

Mitchell Wong Ho - Fantastic story of family, love and prayer.
Great images too 😉

Thanks for sharing 😉September 23, 2007 – 11:31 pm

Ricardo - Hi julle dit is Ricardo!

Ons wil net vir julle s julle doen regtig baie goeie werk! Hou so aan! Kyk mooi na Wildre’!

Groete en liefde
Ricardo & Tannie NettieSeptember 26, 2007 – 3:51 pm

Juliette & Cobus - Wow! Wat ‘n mooi storie…julle inspireer ons almal. EBen & Zellie – julle is pragtige mense en ons is baie lief vir julle!
Jaco & Daleen – dis werklik nice om te sien hoe goed julle doen met julle talente! Hou so aan!

Cobus & JulietteSeptember 27, 2007 – 10:57 am

Riekie - Hoe klein voel ‘n mens nie in die teenwoordigheid van soveel genade en liefde van ons Hemelse Vader nie? Koester mekaar en die liefde wat julle vir mekaar het, dit is baie kosbaar. En wat ‘n voorreg om so nice ouboet en skoonsus te he!!!

RiekieSeptember 27, 2007 – 12:40 pm

Amie - Hey Jaco! I’m tagging you! Go to my blog for details! http://www.thebellavitas.comSeptember 27, 2007 – 4:48 pm

Wilma - Baie geluk julle twee. Dis nie elke dag dat twee sterretjies van ons Vader een groot ster word nie. Alles wat mooi is vir julle op julle toekoms pad saam.

Wilma (PR)October 10, 2007 – 3:35 pm

GT & Lizelle’s wedding day.

Well what a rollercoaster weekend. We drove down to Jozini dam to photograph GT & Lizelle’s wedding day. We drove the 550km on Friday and stayed the night with Ewald and Hantie at their Lebombo bush camp. Two of the most loving and caring people I have met. The wedding was scheduled to take place on the Shayamanzi II house boat. We would be transferred to the boat the following morning. While we were preparing dinner Hantie’s cell phone rang, GT called to tell us that the wedding was no longer on the boat. When the wedding party and their family got to the boat they discovered it looked like a construction site. The Shayamanzi people were still installing the kitchen and fixing up a lot of things on the boat. Bottom line the boat was not sea worthy yet. So we had a wedding the next day but no venue. As you can imagine GT & Lizelle were not happy as they booked the boat 8 months in advance and looked forward to this adventure together.

At first it was decided that the wedding would happen at Lebombo bush camp where we were sleeping the Friday night. The Saturday morning we got a phone call and was told the wedding was now happening at Shayamoya and not at Lebombo. So after breakfast we left for the lodge. Well all is well that ends well and I think the day was enjoyed by all.

GT & Lezelle are such caring people. They went out of their way the whole day to make sure we had enough to drink and eat. GT even served us during the main course the evening of the wedding and made sure everybody were looked after. It was a real shame that this happened to them. They are opening an upper market restaurant in Nelspruit. We are looking forward to go and have dinner there one day.

Some of the guests went to do some tiger fish fishing before the wedding. It was very hot on the boats so GT , Charlie and Clarence decided to take a dip with the crocodiles. I also got a glimpse of the “Loch Ness Monster’s” cousin but seeing our blog is a family site I decided not to post the image (Hey Charlie 😉 ).

The girls that stayed at the lodge got pampered a bit by 2 beauticians

Here are some random images from the day. I will post the slide show when the images are done.

Cathy Heaton - The photos are stunning! What a shame that the boat wasn’t ready 🙁 but it looks like it was a beautiful wedding and they are a happy couple so I guess that is all that matters.September 17, 2007 – 7:13 pm

Hester van Zijl - Wannner sal die “slide-show” gereed wees? Ons is dood nuuskierig.September 22, 2007 – 10:49 am

Jaco - Good things come to those who wait 😉September 26, 2007 – 7:49 pm

“Bruids Gids” Bridal Magazine Fashion shoot.

We were honoured that “Bruids Gids” bridal magazine asked us to help them with photographing some of the designer’s dresses. It was a long day but I think all had fun and I am happy with the images we produced. Hopefully the dress designers will also like it.

We did the shoot at a new wedding venue called MOYA MATAU that is not fully open yet. They are still building and adding on. You will see I did one of the images in a construction area. I think when they are done it will be even more spectacular than it already is.

Here are some random images from the shoot.

Here are some video clips I took at the shoot. Not the best video quality as I shot this with my point & shoot camera. Just some behind the scene footage 😉
Click on the play button in the middle of every clip.

Cathy Heaton - Fabulous!!!! The photos are outstanding yet again. You just exceed the limit with your photography. There is no end in sight for you – keep going, you are going to become the photographers EVERYONE talks about!

Venue is stunning!September 13, 2007 – 11:25 pm

Ryan - Lovely work, Jaco. The dress in #2 is kickin’!September 14, 2007 – 12:13 am

jakobie - dit is ongelooflik mooi – dankie vir julle harde werk en ek hoop ook die designers kies die beste foto’s (kunstig en vars idees)

jammer ek was nie daar nie, griep hou my hierdie jaar op my tone

Bruidsgids 2008September 14, 2007 – 9:01 am

Mario Sales - Jaco awesome shots here,the one where the bride is lying down on the red backdrop table is brilliant,great angle and a fresh look. Well done.September 16, 2007 – 8:29 am

Mitchell Wong Ho - Congratulations on the shoot!

Great job as always!September 17, 2007 – 9:00 am

Jaco - Thank you allSeptember 26, 2007 – 11:23 pm

Dedrei - Hi Jaco

Soos altyd is jou werk weer van top gehalte. Hierdie en al die ander hierso op jou blog is gorgeous! Kan sien jy het 100 keer verbeter vandat ek laas na jou goed gekyk het. Jy gee my sommer weer moed & inspirasie vir die aussie troues.

Groete uit Aus
DedreiOctober 5, 2007 – 5:02 am

Natasha - Hi Jaco

Foto’s is stunning!


NatashaOctober 5, 2007 – 4:48 pm

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