People always ask me about my history and how I ended up being a wedding photographer.

“Where did you study?” is a question I get all the time. And they are usually quite shocked when I say that I DID NOT study photography at all.

The truth is, a diploma or certificate in photography won’t necessarily make you a good wedding photographer. You won’t learn how to handle a difficult bride or how to be aware of sensitive family set-ups, how to think on your feet and how to capture a wedding so that it genuinely reflects the personalities of your clients.

Apart from assisting an experienced photographer (which is the best way to learn), workshops are a fantastic way of learning all you need to know.

And it is with great excitement that I announce the dates of my 2017 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY workshop!

Dates: 15 & 16 September 2017

Venue: Ex Nihilo, Simondium

What is this workshop about?

During this two day workshop, I will take you through the entire process of shooting a wedding.

  • marketing yourself
  • social media
  • booking clients
  • signing contracts
  • paying deposits
  • shooting – gear, posing, etc
  • post production
  • delivery of images
  • making of books

and all the emotions in between. I have shot over 120 weddings and I’ve learnt so much through the years. I want to share everything with you – my secrets, tips and advice.

Click here to read all about what went down at the 2016 workshop.

*With special guest speaker Hanri Human

The Styled shoot

Creative extraordinaire Carissa from The Visual Concept, in collaboration with Grand Room Design will be conceptualising, styling and creating a fabulous styled shoot for the workshop. This will be a great opportunity for you to practice your skills and go home with beautiful new images for your portfolio. The very talented Corlé Barnard will make sure our real life couple looks their best.

Who will benefit from my workshop?

Anyone with a basic knowledge of wedding or portrait photography that wants to take their business to the next level. Whether you have shot a few of your own weddings or still deciding to take the jump and shoot your first one. This workshop is a well rounded two day crash course and I guarantee you will not only leave feeling inspired & motivated but will also have made new friendships with like-minded people. Plus you have the added bonus of going home with beautifully styled portfolio images.

A general understanding & basic knowledge of your DSLR camera will be preferred as this workshop will focus on how to shoot a wedding and not so much on how the camera works. There will be lots of time for discussion and questions and you won’t only be learning from me, but also from the other photographers attending the workshop.

Dates: 15 & 16 September 2017

Venue: Ex Nihilo

Time: 9am – 5pm

Price: R4 500

(Includes lunch, snacks & coffee)

(a deposit payment of R2 000 is required to secure your seat)

For more info or to book your seat, please e-mail me at

Meet the team:

Venue: Ex Nihilo

EX NIHILO is a new and contemporary Wedding, Event and Conference venue in the heart of the Western Cape Winelands. The venue is surrounded by established vineyards and olive groves, with incredible views of the Simonsberg Mountain.

Guest Speaker Hanri Human – Photographer

Hanri Human is a young & vibrant photographer with a natural yet chic style inspired by love, light and luxury. She loves to compose great shots and convey a story with her images. With a background in fashion photography and media , she generally incorporate styled portraiture with the documentation of weddings. Hanri travels all around the world throughout the year to capture beautiful stories and lifestyle sessions and is also known in the media & print industry for working with local celebrities and shooting for magazines.

Stylist & co-ordinator Carissa van Aswegen – The Visual Concept 

“Hi, I am Carissa.

And you can say that I am an aesthete- someone who is totally and utterly obsessed with beautiful things. It is therefore only fitting that I  found a way to earn a living while doing what I am most passionate about- beautifying the world around me.

​I have not always been as obsessed with aesthetics as I am now, but I guess it was deeply imprinted in my genes, ready to surface when I least expected it. I completed my B.Com Degree at Stellenbosch University and then went on to working in the fashion retail industry for Woolworths and  hospitality sector as wedding & conference coordinator  for JC Le Roux respectively.

It was not until I met Tanja Cronje from Grand Room Design that life came full circle. She offered me a position at her trendsetting company and let me into a big secret that day- which was that my late mother , an esteemed interior designer and former florist, was the reason that she started her business 20 years ago. I gained valuable experience as a décor stylist working for Tanja which has given me wonderful years of experience in the bridal-, styling- and marketing industry.

​Every project I take on is born from a love for creativity, freedom of expression, and attention to detail.

The services I offer include wedding & event coordination, styling & interior design.”

Hair & make-up guru Corlé Barnard

“I am a qualified professional make-up artist and hair stylist based in Paarl, Cape Town. I love what I do, this is not my job, this is my life and passion… nothing beats the excitement that makeup gives me. I am the youngest of 3 sisters and we basically grew up in my mom’s hair salon in Paarl. I guess I got my creative flair from my mom being exposed to the hair industry from such a young age. I believe make-up and hair styling is a form of art and being creative excites me! This is what I love and I am passionate about it. It is a privilege to use my brushes and technique to complete the perfect picture and to make you look radiant and beautiful on your special day. I recently won the award (third year in a row) for Best Wedding Make-up Artist in the Elite Category  at the Top Vendor Wedding Awards.”


Hope to see you at the workshop!!

*Limited seats available