We like to introduce to you our latest newcomer Vanilla Photography, a Wedding & Family photographer, based in Durban. With a background in Interior Design, her passion changed over the last few years, when she realized that she lost her heart to photography. Wedding photography was a perfect fit and with an eye for design, translates this amazing attention to detail in her photography.
Why did you choose photography as your profession?
It is such an honour to be let into other people’s lives for an hour/ a day/ a special moment and to be able to capture their most precious memories. Being able to share in their love, tears, and joy is what makes me so passionate. There is no better profession in the world! I’m also a very social people person, and meeting such an incredible range of people every day, is what makes me smile.
Who is your ultimate Photographer Hero in South Africa?
It’s a toss up between Catherine Mac, Christine Meintjies, Jaqui Bruniquel and Samantha Maber. They are all unbelievable Wedding Photographers in their own right, and their work inspires me on a daily basis.
What do you enjoy most about shooting weddings?
The fact that I’m able to share and capture the happiest day of someone’s life! I’m a hopeless romantic, so looking out for those ‘special moments’ between couples, each being completely unique, is an absolute thrill.
What was the most difficult part in tapping into the wedding market?
There is some very stiff competition! Trying to find the right price, as well as finding the best avenues for advertising my business. It’s all a risk! Word of mouth seems to come out on top.
Any trends you want to share with us in wedding photography?
The most important thing for any wedding photographer is trying to set yourself apart from the rest with your ‘style’. This means keeping up with all the latest trends, while still finding the space to individualise it and make it your own. Each couple is unique, so the trends and different colour schemes come and go, although I see vintage, pastels and ‘theme’ weddings sticking around for another season or two.
One last word
Tips to other photographers that are nervous of taking the leap to making it your career- DO IT! You will never regret the risks you take to make your dream a reality.
Tips to brides and couples getting married, spend your budget wisely. Don’t skimp on your photographer/ videographer or dress. These are some of the most important elements you will always remember from your big day. Try to enjoy every minute of the planning stage, because when the day comes, it rushes by in the blink of an eye. On the day, take a moment to yourselves to just take it all in. Don’t sweat the small stuff! And always remember, it’s your day.