Wildlife Photography – Cheetah


I am blessed to be able to return to South Africa as often as I do. I try to spend as much time as possible with my family, but I also love the opportunity to explore some of the excellent game reserves that are available, often not too expensively. The wilderness areas of Africa are so special, they can really refresh you. The emptiness, the stillness that you can find in the early morning is just so peaceful, but of course there is the added attraction of seeing some of the inhabitants, large and small. I was very fortunate to visit Thanda Game Reserve during my visit in December 2013, and as always I had a camera with me!


We had some wonderful viewings, the rangers are very expert and really know the reserve and the animals. We did not see leopard but we did see all the other Big 5 animals – elephants, lions, rhino and buffalo. And we were very fortunate to see cheetah on two separate occasions, once was two adult males, and the other was a mother with cubs! Stunning! So beautiful! The adult males – brothers, we were told – were quite relaxed, as you can see. The cubs did play hide and peek and their mom moved them on after a short while. Nonetheless, a real privilege!

I hope you enjoy these, more to come.






Calderwood Hall, near Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa


This blog replaces a previous one, and I have been a bit slow to move over some of the images and articles posted there. I was browsing back through and came across these delightful images of Lee-Ann, taken at Calderwood Hall, a simply gorgeous wedding venue near Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. It is so nice to come across photographs from some time ago and realise that they still make you smile. And if that happens for me, the photographer, I am sure it must happen for brides and grooms, mums and dads and sisters… 




Rock that frock, drown that gown, trash that dress … we did it all!!

I love, love, love cherish the dress shoots!! As I am sure you know, “Cherish” is when a bride decides to get into that gown one more time and get some different photographs from her wedding day. The type and style of images is a matter to be decided by the photographer together with the bride / couple. I have done a few of these shoots now and I always have such a great time. The bride is usually so much more relaxed than on her wedding day and there is always more time, allowing for experimentation and creativity, something just a bit more ‘outside the lines’.


For these shoots, and increasingly for wedding days, I encourage couples to work with me to create a moodboard using tools like Pinterest. This is a great way to share visual ideas of what you expect from the photoshoot.

When Gillian and Byron contacted me and said that they wanted to trash her dress, I was excited and nervous at the same time. While I have done lots of Cherish shoots in wonderful locations, no-one has ever completely destroyed their dress. This I can understand, these gowns are beautiful, and so flattering. So for me it was important, if we were going to Trash this dress, we were going to do it in a manner that we could get as many creative images as possible, even starting from some conservative romantic shots. When Gillian appeared for this shoot, she looked amazing, and so it was the perfect time to get some gorgeous couple shots of her and hubby Byron at the start.

Gillian was absolutely determined, we were definitely going to turn her dress into an art project, and boy did we!! First into a dam, to drown that gown, then paint which made for some very dramatic images. After that, Byron took charge, slashing the dress to the thigh with a knife so that Gill could show some leg. Then it was time to bring on the bike! Byron gunned the bike through some mud, which looked absolutely awesome on camera, especially with Gillian in the firing line! And finally, the dress was cut to just this side of modesty, to get some great Rock (that frock) Chick pics on the back of the scrambler!! 


At the end of the shoot, we had some wonderful pictures, a fantastic, re-designed, new-art wedding dress,  and all of us were buzzing!! What a day, what a photoshoot!! Guys, you were fantastic, your put everything into it, thank you so much! I hope you love your images as much as I do!!

For more images from this shoot, keep visiting my facebook page at  www.facebook.com/sandrakeddiephotography.



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