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Candid photos are such a big part of why I enjoy the challenge of wedding photography. Emotions at a wedding day span from bundles of nerves to such heartfelt warmth and happiness...and everything inbetween.

While I'm sure every couple wants that epic creative shoot image to put up in the living room and post all over Facebook - my personal favourites are all the fleeting 'in-betweeners' that tell the story of the wedding day. Little stories of moms helping and doting, groomsmen poking fun, bridesmaids sharing an inside giggle, heartfelt tears quickly and quietly wiped away, sidesplitting laughs and silly banter...I love looking for and trying to snatch these interactions between friends and family at a wedding.

Granted - they're not easy photos to take, because when a moment is gone, it's gone. But it makes it all the more special when I do get those shots. When I'm working through 100s of photos, it's almost always these pictures that make me smile the most and make me want to go out there and shoot more and more.

Here are some of my favourite candid moments from weddings where I've assisted Kate Martens and Amy du Toit. Enjoy!

Anna-Louw van Rooijen by Anna-Louw van Rooije... @
It's taken me a ridiculous amount of time to get this post out - mainly because I've only just gotten round to finally editing my photos from our 2 week camping trip to Kruger earlier this year.

The Park was hellishly hot and dry, but man, I still can't get enough of this very special corner of the world. We did a north-to-south trip, staying over at Shingwedzi, Maroela and Lower Sabie. Some of our very special sightings included a stalking leopard all to ourselves, baby elephants being the biggest dorks in the mud, a black mamba (first time seeing one in the wild!), and birds too numerous too mention here without this post getting too long.

Although it was tough to see the extremes caused by the drought, it was also humbling to witness the resilience of nature. At the end of the day, it's essential for maintaining the Park's ecosystem in the long term. Some welcome rain has fallen since, and I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing Kruger in all its natural splendour again soon.

Here are some of my favourites. Enjoy!

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