Meet Lucinda and Karel from One Fine Day. This husband-and-wife photo/video duo have their degrees in Interior Architecture and Civil Engineering, a beautiful baby girl and a very furry friend. Their journey has taken many interesting twists and turns “all working out for the greater good” as they thrive on capturing special, intimate wedding stories.

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Why did you decide to go into wedding photography?

We fell in love with being able to take part in and capture some of life’s biggest moments! It is the beginning of an exciting new chapter, a chapter of anticipation, emotion and fire; and we get to be part of it.

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What is important to remember when taking photos at weddings?

Share the couple’s excitement, yet be patient and respect their day. Even though you have a personal style, what works with one couple will not necessarily work with the next, so you need to embrace the differences and try to capture every couple’s essence. The way they love each other, the way they move, interact and react to one is never the same.

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How does it feel to be able to capture weddings again after a very tough 2020?

It feels fantastic! You know that bubbling feeling of excitement when you finally approach that long-awaited vacation, promotion or equipment upgrade? That’s what it is like.

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A few years ago, only a few people did wedding videos. Nowadays it’s almost expected. How has video changed shooting weddings?

Growing with the industry is a blessing, but we cannot elaborate on how it was before as, when we launched the company in 2016, we offered both photography and videography for weddings. Photos can be printed, framed and posted on social media while video lets you relive your moments that you might have missed or forgotten.

When a client has booked and is paying for both of you, it is your job to deliver the best product. So, when shooting photos and videos on the day, you have to respect one another and be mindful of each other’s roles throughout the day as it will reflect in the work. Make sure you communicate effectively and be mindful of where you are standing or placing equipment. You will be amazed at what you can create if you work with one another!

What is in your gear bag?

Photo:

  • 2x Nikon D850 DSLR Cameras – A common predisposition of the D850 is the large file format, but we do not mind as it gives us more leverage when editing. We also like its image sharpness tilting touchscreen.
  • Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art Lens – A small lens (perfect for when you’re limited on space) for capturing dreamy landscape photos or a wide-angle photo of the couple in the chapel. It does pull on the ends, so is not recommended for portraits.
  • Nikon 35mm f/1.8G FX AF-S Lens – We use this lens for most of our wide photos; however, we are looking to swap it out for the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens.
  • Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Lens – Useful for capturing all the details (like ring close-ups) at weddings.
  • Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens – Use this lens with bridal and groom portraits as it creates a beautiful bokeh in the background and accentuates the couple in all their glory.
  • Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED AF-S VR Lens – We love, love, love our 70-200mm lens! The fact that you can stand further away from someone, gives them room to relax and enjoy the moment together. It also lets us capture those moments nobody notices but longs to see afterwards… like laughs, hugs and tears. It is not as sharp as the prime lenses but adds a soft elegant feel. It also brings a romantic feel to the couple shoot with beautiful bokeh.
  • Godox 5-in-1 Collapsible Reflector – A champ for blocking the sun when it is too bright outside, and allows you to fill light and create magic with reflection in the eyes!
  • 2x Nikon SB-900 Speedlights with MagMod Kit – Produces that brilliant illumination needed for close-ups and dark environments.

Video:

  • Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Camera – We enjoy this mirrorless as it is a game-changer for video. It is very small and sharp, has excellent stabilisation, autofocus, slow-motion in full HD (100fps in 1080p) and low-light performance.
  • Nikon D850 DSLR Camera – Our secondary video camera, for now, replacing it soon with a mirrorless camera.
  • Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens – I use this lens for all my creative shots, thus I seldom swap it on the Z6.
  • Nikon 24mm f/1.8G AF-S ED Lens – For those memorable ceremony wide-angle shots. We use it on our stationary camera.
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens – Normally used for speeches and the first dance on our stationary camera.
  • Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED AF-S VR Lens – We use it for the ceremony, speeches and on the secondary camera at the couple shoot.
  • Zhiyun Crane 2 Gimbal – Add this with the mirrorless camera and you have a match made in heaven: smooth professional-looking cinematic footage.
  • Zoom H5 Digital Audio Recorder – A must-have for the ceremony and speeches! Simply plug it in with the DJ to record the microphone’s sound – what is video without great sound?
  • RODELink Filmmaker Kit – We use it to mic the minister and record the couple. Especially handy when it comes to the vows.
  • DJI Mavic Air Drone – It’s small, which makes it easy to travel with and easily competes with the big dogs.
  • 300 LED Light Yongnuo YN300 III – Very handy when you have low-light conditions.
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Tips for working with difficult clients

  • Most brides have dreamed of celebrating their perfect wedding day for very long. The moment is huge and sometimes things just don’t go quite as planned, so be mindful of how you react and remember to smile. Ask the bride what you can do to make her feel at ease. If that fails, ask a family member or friend who knows how to settle her down. A hug and a glass of champagne often do the trick!
  • Never decide on behalf of the bridal couple – make sure that the bride and groom make any and all of the decisions! Consult with the couple, voice your concerns or opinions but always make sure that they make the final decision, verbally.
  • Get excited with the couple and the guests. While you should stay professional at all times, you are allowed to enjoy the day as well. A fun photographer rubs off on people and can lift the entire mood when the camera is in the vicinity. Make sure they feel that their day is your most important priority.
  • Send a digital questionnaire to your couple about two weeks before the wedding ceremony. This should include basic information like a family photo list, contact information, colour scheme of the wedding and any sensitive information you should take into account on the big day, for example, divorced parents, disabilities and insecurities. This helps avoid awkward moments on the day of the wedding.
  • Never overpromise. If you get into a situation where you are asked to push your abilities, give your best but never promise a perfect outcome. That way they know beforehand that it might not meet their expectation completely. Couples can be very understanding if you are just honest.
  • Be confident. If you doubt yourself. the bride will pick up on it and it can cause a snowball of stress.
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Do you use presets when editing?

Yes, it saves so much time! We purchased presets from Christine Meintjies and to this day, cannot go without them. We tweak here and there, but it is a solid starting point.

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What has been your most embarrassing experience at a wedding?

  • Karel tends to tear his pants at weddings. This one time, in the middle of doing accessory videos right next to the ladies, his pants exploded! Not just tore – exploded with an unmistakable sound. He drove to the nearest town and bought the biggest pants he could find. It was so shiny and had pocket space for an apple in one and a water bottle in the other. We had a great laugh!
  • In the early days of One Fine Day, we had a wedding with a couple who were horse enthusiasts. For the photos, they got a large Friesian stallion along with a tiny female pony. We soon realised that the little pony was in heat and the very big male got wind of this. Needless to say, the photos were filled with a lot of astonished faces and me hiding behind a tree while taking photos (I have a fear of horses)!
  • This one is embarrassing from a business aspect – but I’m sure it has happened to most of us: It is usually time to swop memory cards after the family photos (because the card has reached its maximum capacity) but at this particular wedding, I could just shoot and shoot and shoot. I couldn’t understand but hey, why complain when things are going well, right? Turns out my camera was set to JPEG! Luckily it was an absolutely beautiful wedding venue and a couple that needed little editing – phew!
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If you could photograph any couple, anywhere in the world, who would it be and where?

We have discussed this before and we honestly do not know. We just love to see couples who understand each other, what it means to be loved and to love wholeheartedly. And if those couples want to get beautiful photos in the Kalahari or Greece, we won’t mind.

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

To see more of what One Fine Day has to offer, visit their website, or Facebook and Instagram pages.

One Fine Day Wedding Photography - Outdoorphoto Wedding Blog
One Fine Day Wedding Photography - Outdoorphoto Wedding Blog
One Fine Day Wedding Photography - Outdoorphoto Wedding Blog
One Fine Day Wedding Photography - Outdoorphoto Wedding Blog
One Fine Day Wedding Photography - Outdoorphoto Wedding Blog
One Fine Day Wedding Photography - Outdoorphoto Wedding Blog