New Blog and website

Just a quick update to let you know that my new web site is up and running and can be found at www.ctannianphotography.co.za.  Thanks for following me!

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New Beginnings…new website…

Season’s greetings and all the very best wishes for all hopes and dreams for 2012.

I am so excited to announce that my new website will be going live in the next week.  I have been wishing for this change for a long time and have been admiring all those who have had the opportunity to change their web presence.

I have not only changed my website but I’m also changing my branding slightly to a more formal, elegant and classic look to match my style of photography and album design.

I will post a link on my old blog which will remain active for a while, all new posts will now happen on my new site.

Thanks for all the love and support you have shown me this past year!  This is going to be one bumper year!

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Ruth & Simon at the Hertford Country Hotel, Muldersdrift

This was one of those wedding that echoed humble and intimate with an amazing couple!  And another fantastic affair with one of my most inspirational photographers, Hannes Uys!  I’ve worked with Hannes a lot this season and have thoroughly enjoyed all the weddings I’ve been invited to work with him at.  So a big shout out to the amazing and talented man.

Anyway, back to this gorgeous couple.  The venue was the intimate Hertford Country Hotel which is 10mins away from The Cradle of Humankind.  This is a gorgeous little venue which boasts many wonderful photo opportunities so you could imagine my delight when we saw derelict buildings, gorgeous pockets of light, textured walls and an opportunity to get the video light out and try some new stuff.  (I love shooting with Hannes because he’s that type of guy who plays and paints with light, in all shapes and forms).

These are a sneak peek of the wonderful light that I get to play with when I’m not the ‘main photographer’.  For that I’m truly thankful.

Congrats Ruth and Simon and thanks for being the best sport ever!  You are blessed in so many ways!  You are rockstars!

 

 

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Moonlight & lanterns at Moon & Sixpense…

This is the wedding of a wonderful couple, Susan & Mike.  With a fairytale wedding dress and a dapper groom to match, made this intimate wedding a treat for their guests.

Stella was looking for something a little different and original for the couple’s creative shoot.  After scouting the area the day before, we found a few hidden gems which we couldn’t wait to take the couple to.

Without any further ado, please see a few images below from their wedding day.

Congratulations Susan & Mike on your wedding!  You will be blessed throughout your lives!  Hope you’re having a super honeymoon.

Again I had the pleasure of shooting with a fantastically talented photographer, Stella Sassen!  Thanks Stella for the opportunity, your clients rock!

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A touch of old and new… Tiana & Francios at Die Akker

…and here’s another one folks!  I had the pleasure of enjoying the company and working with another one of our amazingly talented photographers, Hannes Uys , at a Pretoria wedding venue, Die Akker.

I’d never been to this cute little intimate venue north of Pretoria.  Driving along made me think of an awesome road trip and the fact that I felt like I needed a passport.  It was a VERY hot day, and loads of bushveld around!  I was in for yet another bushy treat.

A wonderfully hospitable couple, marrying in front of their adoring friends and family made this an intimate affair, followed by an equally stunning reception.

Best wishes to you Tiana & Francios on your wedding day.  Thank you for making our day enjoyable and sharing it with you through our photography.

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Platvlei, Lichtenburg – creative farm wedding of Lelanie & Hardus

I was recently treated to an away wedding in Lichtenburg with the ever fabulous Stella Sassen, again get to work with one of the most amazing and inspirational wedding photographers in the market here in South Africa, in my humble opinion.

I have been dying to work a farm wedding and this wedding was just that!  It was a break away from the normal white chapel wedding and prestine wedding reception.  A family farm combined with home made food and a flair for creativity brought all these elements together into a truly farm style wedding.

Congratulations Lelanie and Hardus on your magical day!  Thank you for allowing us to spend the day with you capturing all your memories!  A thousand blessings for you for the future!

Please see my Facebook page here for more images, I could have just kept posting but as with all technology, there is a limit!

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A Fairytale Wedding day for Cindy & Chris

If I were to describe a fairytale complete with the princess and her prince, it would be this couple, Cindy & Chris. From the first time I met Cindy and Chris, I knew this was going to be a wedding to look forward to!

Cindy and Chris were married at St Johns Apostle Church, Florida Park, their family church and witnessed by their close friends and family.  It was the merging of 2 nations, litereally, Portuguese and German and topped with a couple of traditions, the downing of a tot of schnappes and then the sawing of the log!

Cindy had decided that we would do something a little different to the traditional pretty gardens. We drove into Florida’s high street and took the risk of doing some of our photographs’ taking on an urban feel.  We then made our way to a run down old building ruin and did a few photos there.  We had onlookers who cheered the happy couple along the way.

The reception was held at the Fairview Hotel, Randburg.  Now this was the time of the day that the guests were treated to a Carnival Hour once the formalities had been done.  A pinata was brought out and guests decked themselves out with hats, masks and boas.

Below are a selection of images that tells the story of this fairytale day for this gorgeous couple!

A huge thank you to Gena for assisting me with the gorgeous wedding.  You can find her here.

Cindy & Chris, thanks for allowing me to capture all your memorable moments to compile your story!  And wishing you a million blessings for your wonderful future together.  Enjoy your honeymoon (and the well deserved break)!

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Bryanston Country Club Wedding, an intimate affair…Caryn & Ashley

As we expect the October Highveld rains to start, so they did on Saturday evening.  The atmosphere was filled with electricity ready for the heaven’s to open.  I love this time of the year, and summer even more so.

But that was not going to dampen the spirits of a lovely couple, Caryn & Ashley.  These two special people were surrounded by amazing friends and family, as well as their 7 month old daughter Maddison, a complete little family.  I watched as Caryn was transformed into a gorgeous lady and Ashley into a dapper young man!  Their planning was to include a fabulous affair for their guests to enjoy at the Bryanston Country Club.

They had arranged for a photobooth, but not just any photobooth, one that allows you to take your pictures, and then these are printed, and then glued and stick these into a scrapbook type album with decorative stickers and embellishments.  By the time the reception finishes, an album complete with messages, photographs, stickers etc, are compiled into this one amazing storybook!  Ready for them to take home and enjoy looking at the photographs of all their guests.

To Caryn & Ashley, a huge congratulations on your marriage!  A wonderful couple who are matched so perfectly.  It was a privilidge to be able to document your special day for you!  Enjoy your honeymoon and I’ll see you when you get back.

I have to say a big thank you Sharon Senior for joining me on Saturday.  We don’t managed to see each other a lot but it felt like we had seen each other the day before.  Sharon’s images can be viewed here.

Fun Fotos – photobooth scrapbooking concept.  www.funfotos.co.za

 

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Fun & Spring Sun…

After spending some time chatting to a fellow tog Mum, I have been inspired to make a point of shooting more of my kids.  How fast do they grow and how time flies, soon they these younger years will be gone with nothing to reminisce over.  So I’ve decided that I’ll make a conscious effort to do kids pics one afternoon a week so I can enjoy spending quality time with the kids as well as doing what they love most….believe it or not but having their pictures taken.

So here’s to the first of many!  Spring fun in the park with Luke & MichaelaXXX

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A wedding of treasures at Avianto, Muldersdrift

And this was yet another fun filled affair at the beautiful wedding venue, Avianto, in Muldersdrift.  The wedding witnessed by wonderful friends and family of this special couple, Tracey & Dale.

Dale actually edited the filming of his proposal, which took place on a beach in Balito, donning pirate accessories as well as a mini treasure chest which contained a ‘map’ (which where he asked Tracey to become his wife.  The guests were treated to an insight into the events leading up to and the actual proposal.  There were tears of happiness shared amongst their friends and family (including myself).  Just simply beautiful.  Not a thought spared on making this something so memorable.

The wedding took on the same theme much to the delight of the children and suited this fun loving and outgoing couple.

I had the pleasure of working with the lovely Hannelie Elliot again and I think we had as much fun as the bride and groom!  Her gorgeous photos can be viewed on her blog here.

 

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