Hey is that...?

No of course not, but he gets that all the time, which is exactly the reason we took our friend Christian and photographed him with intention of doing this. We thought it would be hilarious. It was.

Christian has cut his hair, shaved his beard but still makes awesome music with his band Vampire 9000. Check them out at http://vampire9000.blogspot.com/ Look out for something unusual we did for them on the blog.


Freestate Loving

Friedl and Mareesa put all the effort into their hand-made wedding and that is why it was so AWESOME! They chose a very special part of the country, somewhere we had not yet been, to hold this wedding made for photographing.

Held at the Oranje Guest House, not far out of Clarens in the Freestate in a mindblowingly beautiful area. Wide open veld, with weeping willows and lazy wheat fields nestled between sandstone cliffs - for as far as you can see. We fell in love with it immediately.

Though young themselves, Friedl and Mareesa took everyone back in time with vintage everything. From her wonderful dress, and (in their own words) his "sweet-jacket" to antique plates on every table. There is actually too much to mention so we'll stop there and leave room for another post later.

Take a deap breath - its a big post!


We set up a small portrait studio at the reception with a few props for people to have a laugh with - did they ever. We had the time of our lives shooting these. Click on them for a better view.

It did end well.


There is a big part of welovepictures that we have never shared with any of you. Our books. We don't shoot all these awesome weddings only to see them end up stuck behind wax paper in some cheap kitsch photo-album destined to gather dust. We shoot to make books!

We love books! What a wonderful concept though - a book? Beautifully printed pages, gathered together in, usually, some kind of order, stitched by hand and wrapped in fine leathers and materials or in our case - artists canvas.

Books bring such joy. They give us a reason to put up shelves and buy antique book cases. Coffee tables don't always have coffee on them do they, but we bet there are almost always books on them? Wonder why they aren't called book tables then? Hey and what awesome gifts do books make? And and...they smell good - right? Mmm...boooooks.

Anyway, here is Colin and Lucy's book. A vintage notebook look with rough edges designed to take you back in time. Fresh from the binders for you to enjoy. Colin and Lucy haven't even seen them yet.

Fine Art Everything.
The cover is made of artists canvas, the end sheets are smooth matt 270gsm and the inner pages are printed on 140gsm cotton paper. Everything is hand stitched together avoiding excess glue. They're special. Trust us.



Wrapped and Ready. We like to think of even the wrapping
as part of the design concept. This image also shows one
of a set of 2 gift books which also come with the larger book.

(Mel Mar are professional old style bookbinders and book restorers. Call Jay P on (012) 342 5877 if you need top quality book binding.)