Kikitography Workshop Review

While Hooray Weddings is aimed at the bridal couple, we have come to realise that our following includes many industry professionals. So this article is for our wedding photographers out there. (gangster heart tap thing)

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Wedding photography has changed quite drastically over the past 15 years. If your parents have a wedding photo in their house, there is a good chance that they are:

a. standing on the top stairs of the church smiling at the camera or b. clutching a cake knife while smiling awkwardly at the camera.

And there is a reason for this. Shooting film was tough! Film photographers didn’t have the luxury of tweaking an image on the computer like we do nor did they have mega memory cards which could hold hundreds of images at a time.  They had no choice but to nail the shot – so they played it safe.

Now-a-days, with our advanced cameras and editing software, almost anything is possible. Which means that photographers are able to take more shots and take more risks.

Because of this technological change, we have seen the style shift from posed photographs to natural photographs. (We are talking about parts of the day that don’t include the portrait session – there is a fair amount of directing done then.) You will hear less “stand there, hold the knife together, and cut the cake. Now wait, wait, wait…and smile!” And more “Go ahead guys, cut the cake when you’re ready. Fabulous.”  Photographers are doing far less directing and more story telling. They tend to take a less obtrusive position in the day, and are staying as inconspicuous as possible.  We love that.  We love that photographers are realising that they can make beautiful images without drawing everyones attention to the camera.  It’s wonderful that we are seeing genuine and true emotion from people and not forced smiles and awkward poses. In our opinion, wedding photography is becoming more real.

There are some photographers who still shoot in this more traditional style, and there are certainly couples out there who will hire them.  This is merely a trend change that we have noticed.

Here are some of our favorite story-teller photographers for you to check out:

Ed Peers, Benj Haisch, Jonas Peterson, Nadia Meli.

We have some very talented photographers locally in South Africa too, and some that are beginning to share their knowledge.  Christy and I (Derryn) recently had the pleasure of attending a workshop hosted by Kikitography.  Skillie and Tehilla are a husband and wife team and live in Wellington Cape Town with their beautiful toddler Malkah.  With his long rock-star hair, and her exquisite colourful floral arm tattoo (I’m well jealous) – they are the epitome of cool.  And cool in nature too.  They confess to not knowing everything, but still strive to share what they do well and encourage others to be the best photographers that they can be.  This is not a technical workshop, so if you are still learning your way around your camera, this isn’t the workshop for you.  But if you are at a point in your career where you are thinking of going full time, or just looking to reignite your creative side…we highly recommend signing up.  Something that I remember Skillie saying and will do my best to put into practice, is to be constantly aware and alert.  Not just on a wedding day, but all the time.  Notice the weather, notice the sounds, notice the smells.  And on a wedding day, try to convey that through your imagery.  Try to alert all your senses and put that in a picture.

On the second day of the workshop, we were able to watch Skillie and Tehilla work with a couple. And were given the opportunity to photograph too. Below are some of our images.

Derryn Schmidt Photography:

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Skillie and Tehilla – it was so lovely to meet you both and we already feel like firm friends. Thank you for sharing so freely with us and helping us grow as photographers. We adore you guys and so look forward to sharing more of Kikitography‘s beautiful imagery via our blog. At Hooray Weddings, we believe in “Community over competition” and we are so pleased to have met photographers who share the same sentiment.

A big thank you also goes to Mara from The Venue who hosted us for the workshop. She has opened a brand spanking new venue on the South Coast which in our opinion, is going to become the next best thing very quickly.

To every body else you attended the workshop – please know that you are all friends of Hooray Weddings.  We look forward to seeing you again and watching your businesses grow.

Have a happy day,
Derryn&Christy