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Plettenberg Bay Photographer, Esther Reid

Plettenberg Bay Photographer, Esther Reid

Esther Reid is a Plettenberg Bay Photographer specializing in Weddings & Lifestyle photography.  She has over 15 years of experience in the industry and have worked in places like Zanzibar, Seychelles and London.  We asked her a few questions as our featured vendor of the week.

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Q: Tell us a bit about how you got started in your industry.

A: I have childhood memories of my Dad holding a video camera at every family event.  Whether it was a birthday celebration, a wedding and yes – sometimes even a funeral – he believed it was important to capture and share in all of life’s significant milestones.

I definitely share his passion for capturing the important, unforgettable moments in life.

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Q: Why weddings? Why do weddings make you excited?  Why do you love doing weddings?

A: Maybe it’s because a wedding is all about bringing two people, two families together. Or maybe it’s the only occasion where whole communities gather to celebrate.  Whatever the reason, a wedding is a celebration of love and I feel privileged to share in the magic of their love for one another!

15 years experience has taught me that no two weddings are the same.   I have learnt to be prepared to deal with unexpected curve-balls on the big day.  At times it may be a radical weather change or time delay; and sometimes it’s dealing with the complexities of family politics.  Whatever happens on the day – I see it as a reality shoot and there are no “dress rehearsals”.   That’s what keeps each wedding exciting and memorable!

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 Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?

A: I like to get to know my clients so that I can capture the energy and excitement of their love for one another.  I allow them to inspire me with their own creative ideas and personalities – so that their wedding photographs are unique to them.

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 Q: What is the highlight of your career so far?

A: What a roller-coaster ride it has been since shooting my first wedding in 2002!

The highlight of my career has been having the opportunity of photographing so many diverse cultures and ethnic groups, from Greek Orthodox, Jewish, Christian, Hindu and Moslem weddings – I am fascinated by the intricacies of the various traditions and cultures.  I have also particularly loved having the opportunity of working in Zanzibar, Seychelles and London.

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Q: What about being a Plettenberg Bay photographer (or the Garden Route) is special to you?

A: The Garden Route has such a rich variety of exciting venues for couples to choose from.  From the majestic mountains, to the lush green forests and pristine beaches – the Garden Route has it all!

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Q: What advice or tips can you give a couple wanting to get married?

A: Remember that once your wedding is over, the flowers have died, and the champagne has been drunk – the only tangible thing that you will have is your new partner, your wedding rings and your wedding photographs! As a bride and groom, you put a lot of trust and faith in your wedding photographer.   To get the very best images and a true account of the most important day of your life, it is imperative that you feel relaxed and comfortable with them.

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