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Wedding Photographer Eastern Cape Marius Janse van Rensburg shoots a wedding at Centenary Hall, Grahamstown, South Africa, South Africa

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Wedding Photographer : Marius Janse van Rensburg  
Couple : Megan & Sean McCallum
Wedding Photographer Eastern Cape
Ceremony Location : The Chapel of St. Mary and all the Angels, Grahams
Reception : Centenary Hall, Grahamstown, South Africa
Wedding Date : 30th April 2013

Tell us a little about yourself??

Starting my photography career in 1994, I developed my skill on film and in the darkroom, chasing the Holy Grail in those days of capturing images at night. I am constantly looking for challenges, technically and creatively.

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How do you think or would like people to describe you?

Often at weddings the response to what I do to get the image I see in my mind, includes gasps and looks of shock or amazement (take your pick). I will stop at very little to get what I envision and I hope people would describe me as such, as the results is there for all to see.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Megan and Sean are both people who has experienced adversity in their lives, and the saying of love overcomes all seems particularly true in their case. Megan lost her mother shortly before the wedding and the ray of light coming through the chapel windows during the wedding ceremony mimicked the ray of light coming through her mother’s hospital window on the day she passed away. This was a sign and blessing for all of them and did not go unnoticed.

The mood was set for a delightful and intimate reception, with everybody realizing that this was not just a reason for a party, but a true celebration of love.


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How did you get into wedding photography?

I started out as a landscape and street photographer, but was asked by my sister to shoot her wedding. It was a daunting task for somebody who was used to thinking and analyzing every shot before capturing it on film, but I received the contact sheets back and was delighted! The mood and love of the day was there for all to see and share.

Many years later I got married to the love of my life, and together we found circumstances ideal to start what we do together today – being wedding photographers.


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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

7 years

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Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

Through mistakes and lessons learnt. Biggest mistake is undercharging for your services.

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What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?

Couples should obviously consider their budget, but money is not the biggest factor in choosing a wedding photographers. Most couples book a year in advance and most photographers will accept payment plans to break down the cost and allow you to pay your wedding photographers in increments before the wedding.

The biggest consideration should be the capability of the photographer. Make sure you know that they can do the job, ask to see a full wedding and make sure you can verify that they actually shot the wedding. It is easy to have a great looking portfolio, anybody with a camera at a wedding should be able to get 10 or more great looking photos at a wedding, but your wedding photographer should be able to capture the whole day with great looking images, they only way to do that is to look past the portfolio and at a full wedding.


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How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?

Word of mouth has been our most effective form of advertising, with social media and our website helping to spread the word.

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Why do you think people hire you?

People are sold with passion. Believing in yourself and allowing your images to speak for themselves are key ingredients in proving your passion.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

40

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

My children's weddings.

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If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?

Somewhere ancient, Istanbul?

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

Nikon D600, Nikon D7000, Nikon F4, Lenses with focal lengths of 35mm, 50mm and zooms (24-24mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm) Flashes include SB910, SB900 and SB700 with remote triggers

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

n/a

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Be inspired. Be alert.

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Who or what inspires you?

Inspiration comes from your senses, what I see, smell, hear and feel all combines into that glorious moment of being inspired. On the wedding day the couple’s emotions and personalities combines with the setting of the day to open my senses to conceptualize every image before I shoot it.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

The best has been to make our website work for us, the worst was a certain printed publication – no comment…

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If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?

Probably a slave to the corporate world.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

I love the image of the light coming through the chapel window as it was so symbolic of the couple’s history and experiences.

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Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?

To put my film camera to work more often.

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What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?

Creativity – in your art and your marketing.

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Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?

Sam Hurd and Ryan Brenizer - both are extremely proficient with the technical aspects of photography and understand that your creative limit and technical ability often goes hand in hand.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

My WPS award! And of course owning my first camera!

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