About Deon and Reni
Behind The Brand
How would you describe your photography style?
Coming from a documentary photography background our style is influenced by American street photographers like Stephen Shore, Joel Meyerowitz and Alex Webb.
We’re always looking for that connection between people and trying to create good honest photographs that evoke emotions for years to come.
What is it that makes an image magical?
An image is magical when it becomes more interesting over time. We try to capture real moments, that beauty of life, and when it all comes together in one photograph it can really stir the senses.
What advice would you give to the camera-shy couple?
We like people to be them themselves honestly, so even shyness we feel is interesting to shoot. Our aim is not to craft an image through direction but rather to visually order what is already in front of the lens.
We do however love to take a timeless portrait and to capture a genuine moment we sometimes let the couple imagine that their future grandchildren will look at this photograph one day. No one is ever shy at that moment.
Do you travel interstate or internationally?
We’re a Dutch and South African couple and have been based in Cape Town for the last 10 years. We’ve shot many weddings in South Africa, Europe plus we’ve travelled quite a bit around the globe. Now that we’ll be based in Adelaide we’re excited to explore the whole of Australia. We’ll travel anywhere the weddings will take us.
As an estimate, how long does your editing process take?
We’ve got a thorough editing process and depending on the work load we’ll take a maximum of 8 weeks.
Describe a magical moment from a wedding you’ve photographed…
When we were in Brazil we photographed the wedding of the late composer Tom Jobim’s daughter Luiza. He wrote the song The Girl from Ipanema. In the evening Tom Jobim’s son and family friends performed his songs on stage. Everybody gathered around, sang along, danced, embraced and the atmosphere was just absolutely ecstatic. As an outsider it was amazing to be part of such a special and intimate moment and to really get a glimpse into the Brazilian culture.
Why we love it…
Their documentary-style approach tells each story candidly, effortlessly. Each frame exudes a raw sense of beauty, emotion and honesty.
For the couple…
Looking for engaging images that transcend trends and cliched setups – photographs that embrace the unchoreographed yet are artistically captured.
Location and theme are never an issue with Deon and Reni as they travel worldwide capturing love stories in a variety of settings.