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Wedding Photographer Kokstad, KwaZulu Natal Expressions Photography by Andre & Selma shoots a wedding at Oatlands Farm, South Africa

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Wedding Photographer : Expressions Photography by Andre & Selma  
Couple : Christie + Simon
Wedding Photographer Kokstad, KwaZulu Natal
Ceremony Location : Oatlands Farm
Reception : Oatlands Farm
Wedding Date : 14th December 2013

Tell us a little about yourself??

We are a contemporary husband and wife team. Photography had been our passion for many years before we decided to make it our career. We specialize in wedding photography, but also cater for the commercial market. Every now and again we are fortunate enough to combine our two great passions; photography and travel.

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

Slightly off-beat, with a sometimes alternative approach to our work, we try to look beyond the ordinary and create something extraordinary.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

This was probably one of the most touching and beautiful weddings we have ever photographed. It was set on the bride’s family farm which in the past has experienced incredible heartache. The surrounding community stepped in to help with the almost week long preparations. The entire space was transformed into a magical fairy wonderland. We have never seen anything like it! To top it all, the family is Greek, so there were a couple of traditions incorporated into the wedding day.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

We had never ever dreamed of shooting weddings. Someone in my mom’s church was getting married, and she suggested to the couple that we take the photos. We were absolutely petrified and we pretty much just did it at a minimal fee in case things turned pear shaped! The images came out beautifully and we got another booking through the couple. The rest is history!

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

This will be our 10th year in the industry.

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

I think our consistency has paid off. Although trends seem to come and go, we have always made sure our images stay true to what the eye sees with not too much 'editing.' Mistakes – we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t make those! We are still learning!

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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?

In the digital age, there seems to be a shift in the perception of the value of wedding photography. Anyone is a photographer these days, and it is so easy to take photo’s and make them look 'arty' with apps and presets. I think the most important thing is that your photographer makes you feel comfortable, and that they can bring out the best in you. Experience is so important, and being able to think on your feet and handle any kinds of pressures the day may throw at you. And then of course – having a good eye and being able to capture those once in a lifetime moments are pretty important too.

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

We have our own website, and advertise on a couple of wedding blogs and portals. The best is still word of mouth, and referrals from fellow photographers.

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Why do you think people hire you?

I think the fact that there are 2 of us is a drawcard. We do our best to make ourselves known, and make friends in the industry. Once people have had a look at our work, and they like it, we always invite them to meet with us if possible to put a face behind the name.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

35-40

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Hmmmmm – maybe an up and coming movie star or a member of a rock band!

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

Prague, in Winter. Charles’ Bridge with freshly fallen snow – the stuff dreams are made of…

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

1 x Canon 5D Mark 2 Body
2 x Canon 5 D Mark 1 Bodies
2 x Canon 50m f1.4 lenses
1 x Canon 24-70 2.8L lens
2 x Canon 70 -200 f2.8L lenses
1 x Canon 17-40 f4L lens

Various flashes, off camera flash triggers, external lights and compact flash cards


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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

When time schedules are not adhered to, and you end up working against the clock it becomes very hard to remain creative!

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

It's the couple's day – relax, have fun and capture the moments as they unfold!

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Who or what inspires you?

To keep on growing and getting better at what we do. Our inspiration is fueled by exceeding the expectations of our couples.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Worst – spending too much money on printed media, and best – creating an online presence on social media platforms.

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

Travel journalist

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

Showcases the couple in the beautiful surrounds

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

The opportunity to be able to shoot more destination weddings. We would love to create a kind of 'swap shop' for photographers around the world. You shoot in Cape Town, and we shoot in.

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

Keep calm and take photos!

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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?

Internationally – the Lafflers http://lafflerphotography.com/blog/2014/04/
And The Image is Found http://www.theblogisfound.com/index.cfm?catID=10
And Locally Jacki Bruniquel http://jackibruniquel.com/blog/


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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Having been commissioned to photograph two weddings in Germany.

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