Hi guys, I'm Shaula. And yes I photograph Weddings all over the Eastern Cape. I am based in Jeffreys Bay, it's kinda central to work from here within the Eastern Cape. And I loooove the Jeffreys Bay beaches and the fact that it is still a town. I love walks on the beach with this little cutie next to me. He doesn't care much for weddings. Took him to my sisters wedding as my isle partner and he nearly made us trip walking down the isle.
Okay more about my photography, my style is relaxed, but still romantic and spontaneous. I believe photo sessions should be fun and relaxed all the way. My favourite part of a wedding day is the part that feels most unique. Whether it's the fabulous flower table arrangements, the quirky ceremony or the bride and groom's absolute adoration for each other. I love finding the beauty in those moments. Wow that feels like such a line! But it is so true.
My favourite things in life would probably be being outside! I love sunlight. You would probably think I've learned to surf by now living in Jeffreys Bay, but nah. It's on the bucket list. I love travelling, who doesn't! Huge fan of anything home-made except wine, I enjoy buying fine wine at the store.
I finished my Photography degree in 2008 at the Stellenbosch Academy of Photography and Design, I then started working in Cape Town. Beautiful fun place, but not enjoying the traffic and over population I decided to move back to my hometown Jeffreys Bay.
I love the peaceful life, happy clients and my fancy camera. I pride myself on being a pretty good invisible-behind-the-scenes-ninja.
I'm a big fan of natural light, authentic inspiration, and enjoy creating cute little moments for some great shots. You have to have some fun while taking photos on your wedding day! I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to styling photos in Lightroom, which gives the images a stylish timeless finish.
I am 31 years old and enjoy my job everyday, when you love what you do it doesn't feel like working at all!
Based between Jeffreys Bay and Port Elizabeth. You will find me taking photographs in the woods, on the beach in Jeffreys Bay or just about anywhere that's sunny. You can check out my Gallery, there's a variety of different weddings, from the Garden Route all the way up to Kenton on Sea and inland to the magestic mountains. And sometimes when it's an awesome Wedding I travel even a little bit further than the Eastern Cape.
The favourite part of my day-to-day is when I get an e-mail inquiry, because it means someone likes my work and it's wonderful being on someones list or radar.
WHERE AM I BASED?
I am based in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. I have chosen a little town at the start of the Garden Route just outside the big cities, Jeffreys Bay as my base. Peaceful and relaxed, I work from home.
DO YOU TRAVEL FOR WEDDINGS?
Yes! I travel to any part of the country or sometimes even a little further. Outside a radius of 70km from Jeffreys Bay travel costs are charged at R 3.00 per km paved and dirt roads R4.50 per km to and from. No Travel charges for venues in Jeffreys Bay area, Port Elizabeth, Kareedow, St. Francis Bay, Tsitsikamma, Eersterivier. If travel time exceeds two hours on the road, accommodation is charged for one nights stay. If travel time exceeds 4 hours on the road accommodation is charged for two nights stay.
HOW LONG BEFORE THE WEDDING SHOULD I BOOK MY PHOTOGRAPHER?
Bookings can be made 12 - 1 month before the wedding. Can only book 12 months in advance.
DO YOU WORK WITH AN ASSISTANT?
I do not work with an assistant, if you require a second shooter please chat to me and we can work out a quote. With certain destination wedding an assistant might be needed.
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED FOR PHOTOS?
This all depends on the type and size of the wedding and locations you are getting ready at. An it depends on you, how much time you would like to put aside. I need a few minutes for some great couple at some point of the wedding day. The amount of time all depends on the bride and groom. Please keep in mind family portraits and driving time to session location. Plan out your wedding day schedule carefully and chat to me and we can design what works best for your type of wedding.
HOW DO I PLAN MY WEDDING DAY SCHEDULE?
I loooove helping to plan the wedding day schedule to your unique requirements. Every wedding is different and needs special planning. If your wedding is in the autumn wintery months, please remember to make your ceremony early enough to leave some time for photos before the sun sets. For summer months, remember it's hot if you make it too early, but it's still up to you and what you want.
HOW LONG BEFORE I RECEIVE MY PACKAGE AFTER THE WEDDING?
After the wedding I upload a few highlights on my Facebook fan page for you to get a sneak preview for those that want. After the wedding I take 30-35 working days (depending on the package) before all the photographs are perfectly edited and finished. Packages are sent through courier to your door free of charge. You can then choose if you want a Wedding album. I also upload photographs of your wedding on my website for guests and family to view.
WILL MY WEDDING BE POSTED ONLINE?
I usually put some highlights on facebook or instagram to enjoy soon after the wedding. I also create a folder on my website for you and your guests to view a large amount of the highlights of the wedding day.
DO YOU DO TABLE SHOTS?
I do not like to do table shots as I find it very impersonal and the tables never look attractive with all the clutter on. I capture spontaneous photos of guests throughout the day laughing and enjoying the evening. If you would like group photos I suggest allocating a certain area for the photos to be taken, a nice sofa or something that will match the theme of your wedding.
DO I BOOK A SEAT AT THE WEDDING FOR YOU?
If the wedding package exceeds 6 hours then yes please, that would be great. It does not have to be with the other guests if seats are limited.
DO I HAVE TO DO AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT, CAN I GET DISCOUNT IF I DON'T WANT ONE?
The engagement shoot can be done at anytime before the wedding date. Most couples use the photographs for their wedding invites, on their tables or guest book. Or to see how much fun a photo shoot can be, its really chilled out. If you're shy I tell you what to do every step of the way and keep it very relaxed and spontaneous. There is really no wrong way. The E-shoot can be taken out of the package and an amount subtracted from the total. Ask me for the packages and I will e-mail you all the details.
DO YOU OFFER COFFEE TABLE BOOKS / WEDDING ALBUMS?
Yes I do! My albums are professionally designed with photos that you select and printed an High quality paper. You choose what size you would like printed and the cover that best suites your style. Genuine leather covers come in black or brown or white and gives a timeless quality to the books. Vegan friendly albums also available. Bundle packages available if you would like to print parents brag books in smaller sizes. Albums take 7 - 10 working days to design before digital print approval is sent. All albums are printed in Johannesburg.
WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY A DEPOSIT?
Lots of couples request the same date, sometimes I get e-mails for the same wedding date just days apart from each other. I can not give the date to a couple before they have not paid a deposit to secure the booking. If I give the date to the first couple without a deposit and tell the second couple I am booked for the day they will find another photographer. If the first couple changes their mind about getting married or change their wedding to another country or decides to cut their budget. I then lose a wedding for that weekend. The date is only booked when Deposit is paid within the Invoice validity date.
I'M STILL SAVING AND WANT TO PAY OFF MY WEDDING DEPOSIT?
Lots of couples are still saving for their wedding when they start planning and receiving quotes. If you would like to book and can not yet afford the entire deposit you can split the deposit in two transactions. This will then be 25% booking fee. Remaining 25% is due 4 months before the wedding.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
Canon 5D Mark III
Back-up Canon 50D
Canon 35mm f2
Canon 50mm f1.4
Canon 85mm f1.8
Canon 28mm-105mm f4
580 EX II
Lexar Professional SD Cards & CF Cards (double storage & waterproof)
32G x2 SD
16G x2 SD
Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Bridge