Singing in the rain :)

Those who know me well know that I love the rainΒ  πŸ™‚ And yes, even at weddings! I’ve had my cameras variously drizzled on and soaked (don’t worry, they’re pretty hardy and all still work great! ;-))

So today I want to post some wedding photos that I have really enjoyed capturing…in the wet

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What a fun bridal party. They were all for running in the rain πŸ™‚

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It had rained heavily just a few minutes before…

In Black & White

That crazy gang again. But this time [pretending to be] chilled out πŸ˜‰

So, my dear couples, next time it rains, prepare to…..HAVE A BLAST!!

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I loved this shot. It just epitomises the title…Singing in the rain!

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Ohio!

No, this is not another post about my trip to Japan πŸ™‚ But it is about more travel photography….

Ohio is a State that holds a really special place in my heart. During my most recent trip over there, I got a wonderful guided drive-through of Cincinnati…

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Above: Walking in…Cinci πŸ˜‰

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Above: Gold’n’Blue…

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Above: Crossroads. In the middleground is the head office of Macy’s, a well-known US-based department store.

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Above: Fifth Third bank πŸ™‚ Yeah, I know, not sure what they were thinking either when they picked that name for a bank πŸ˜‰ This is the bank’s HQ…

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Above: Quaint house in the suburbs of Cincinnati. It lies on a steep hill, so I imagine that prominent red elevator comes in handy!

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Above: Public transport…in the green πŸ˜‰

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Above: As we drove out of Cincinnati, sun just setting…

Ohio may have been one of the key swing states, but from the first time I set foot in it, it always had my vote!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Keep coming back as I make regular updates, from my travels, my weddings and everything in between. Also, don’t feel shy πŸ˜‰ Leave a comment. Or ten!

Symmetry

This is one of my all-time favourite shots. I saw this beautiful vessel while boating in Ilhabela, Brazil. I waited till we were perfectly lined up, then I just grabbed the shot. Somehow I sensed from the beginning that I would only have a split-second to get the boat in perfect symmetry. So I just took the one shot but it was exactly what I was looking for…

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Japan!

A few more photos from my travels. This time, The Orient!

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Tasted sushi for the first time. It’s actually pretty good!

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…I’d never seen window-cleaning like this πŸ™‚

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And of course, my favourite image from that trip, the iconic Mt. Fuji at sunset…

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A spectacular sunset over Mt Fuji.

Drenched in Love: Part 2

Last month, I had the honour of capturing the Big Day for a wonderful couple. They starred in my Enagement shoot, Drenched in Love πŸ˜‰

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Needless to say, I just love to shoot weddings! They are always all unique. The sequence of the day may be similar, but it’s always the setting and the people that make the day. And this one certainly wasn’t short on either πŸ™‚

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Make up was executed by the lovely and super-talented Nayah, aka Mrs. Kathurima

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I had shot at the location many times before, but never at that particular venue…

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These guys love water, so I wasn’t in the least bit surprised that they would choose such a setting πŸ™‚

…lovely ceremony…

…and of course, superb photo session with this fun-loving lot!

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…the stars of the day? The truly fabulous couple!

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Stunning bride!

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The late afternoon reception had really nice details…

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The cake, for instance, was gorgeous!

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A beautiful day through and through. Congratulations, E&M!

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Thank you for letting me be a part of your beautiful wedding day. I wish you an even more beautiful marriage…

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Brasil, ao vivo!

Over the years, I have been really blessed to have travelled to just about every continent, for various projects.

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One place I have really come to love is Brazil. It is such a vast land, with such vast differences in culture, tradition and landscape…

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What really draws me is that wherever you go, you feel like you belong. The people are so friendly. They may not speak much English, but the language of friendship is universal. You can feel their warmth and tangibly sense their desire to want to help, language barriers notwithstanding!

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It’s a land of colour, literally and figuratively. I think the term melting pot really comes to life here. It’s a country amalgamated from people of every culture and background you can think of. You will find people with unmistakably Japanese features who don’t speak a word of Japanese. They only speak Portuguese. You will find ‘native’ Americans, you will find Caucasians and every race in between. All proudly Brazilian, of course.

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From grappling with how to order a meal, to how to get around the place, it’s a place that is at once, frustrating and delightful. They clearly want to help, but you are not on the same linguistic frequency. Which always makes for good laughs! πŸ™‚

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So this post is in honour of the land of samba… a land with which I have come to form a strong bond and which has left an indelible mark on my heart…

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Viva Brasil!!

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Love at the palace…

India is a place that has always had a mystique about it; an intrigue that you can’t quite put your finger on…

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of one of my oldest friends. A few years ago, he met and fell in love with a beautiful girl from the land of the Taj Mahal. The ads don’t lie. India is indeed incredible! It is a land of vast proportions, amazing diversity and stark contrast. From ultramodern cityscapes in Delhi to centuries-old palaces in Rajasthan.

Being old and good friends, we agreed that I would attend as a guest and not as the official photographer. I’m glad I did! I got to really enjoy the moments and got to meet their friends, who flew in from literally every continent (except Antarctica :))

Coupled with the fact that the venue they chose is over 700 years old and still standing majestically, this was one opportunity I wasn’t going to miss!

There were photo ops aplenty and needless to say, my trusty camera was never far away πŸ˜‰ Whenever I attend a wedding as a guest, I really respect the working photographer’s role and always stay well out of their way. I also restrict my gear to 2 lenses max (usually just one, in fact) and shoot sans flash.

I had a superb time and got to capture some beautiful moments too!

Aaron & Dipti, thank you for having me. I wish you guys all the very best in your marriage, now and always…

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M&E – Drenched in love…

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Such a fun engagement shoot!

Suffice to say, we all got…well…drenched πŸ™‚

Their wedding photos coming soon…

Coastal Bliss…

So, ermmm… yeah. I have been doing very poorly with keeping this here blog updated! My hands are even shaking at the prospect of checking just how long ago I last posted πŸ™‚

But as I promised at the beginning, this is a work in progress, and I am determined to get better at keeping this blog up to date.

At the beginning of the month, my amazingly talented wife was doing make-up for a wonderful bride and good friend of ours. The venue was truly spectacular! SwahiliΒ  Beach hotel in Diani is a must-visit.Β  Stunning attention to detail, and it truly remains faithful to its Swahili architectural roots.

Ok, after waxing lyrical about the venue, let me get back to it. So, my wife was busy dolling up the bride and the maids, leaving me with the dual task of taking a few photos (I wasn’t the official photog…that honour fell to my good pals Mutua and Amunga ;-))…and keeping an eye on our energetic little boy. Both tasks are sources of untold joy for me, so needless to say, I got on with it…

 

At last! Kambua & Jackson: The wedding

A few weeks ago I posted “Details Baby, Details” which showed some detail shots from a wedding…well, from one of THE most highly anticipated weddings of the year.

The lovely Miss Kambua’s wedding to Jackson Mathu was a lovely affair. Pure class from beginning to end. What made it really special was that the two are totally in love and best of all, really fun and down to earth.

The photos are finally out now, in this month’s issue of Drum magazine. Pick up your copy today!

In the meantime, here are a few more photos from their Big Day.

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