Famous for his expert use of lighting to create jaw-dropping images, Nelis Engelbrecht has firmly established himself as a much sought-after brand name in the wedding industry.
Despite this he remains humble, accommodating and super friendly. Luckily for our brides, Nelis is totally at home at Hudson’s having shot countless weddings here. It’s always a treat to see our venue portrayed through his lens.
There are so many factors to consider when selecting your wedding photographer. We asked Nelis to give us the inside scoop. He explains why you pay for experience and the impact this has on the only lasting element of your wedding day – your photographs.
Tell us a little more about your company and the service that you offer…
I offer many genres of photography but I am best known for my “strobing” – a term used to describe the work of lighting specialists. I provide my clients with a variety of indoor and outdoor shoots with both natural light photography as well as the option of shooting some dramatic images using flash lighting – my signature style. I capture and create special memories.
How long have you been working in the industry?
I was a hobbyist for five years before I went full time in 2010. I’ve been doing this professionally for nine years now.
What price range is your service?
My packages are between R22 000 and R35 000.
How many weddings do you estimate you have been involved in?
I have photographed more than 200 weddings in my career.
What is one of the challenges you face?
I think the biggest challenge us veterans face is competing with the younger generation of photographers. They don’t have the experience that we do but they can hire pro gear in order to display amazing images on their website – at half the price of an experienced pro. It’s therefore imperative to understand why experience is crucial and invaluable. Over the years I have had to handle some serious situations at weddings and make decisions that massively change the outcome of a couple’s images. Due to my experience I make the right call. That’s why our clients pay the price we charge.
What makes your service unique?
I think my personality plays a big role in my clients’ experience. Connecting with your client is very important. They need to feel like old friends as opposed to just a number.
My flash photography is very unique and is probably my selling point. Mastering all types of lighting as a photographer is a must. You get rainy days and dark rooms and you must still capture the moment perfectly – no excuses.
Additionally, the information I share with my clients is a big asset for them. Planning is everything. I assist with many aspects from setting-up their timeline to sourcing service provides and finally running the schedule on the day to ensure the best photos. As your photographers we are part of everything! That is what makes Nelis Engelbrecht Photography different.
Tell us about a wedding that you remember and why…
My own wedding was of course the most special! Being on the other side of the lens, having to trust the photographer and not interfere is very different. I had the best time ever. There have been so many highlights in my career as a wedding photographer. I have cried plenty of times! When you see the love and the emotion, it’s just so real. Every wedding is special for me.
What piece of advice would you most like to offer brides and grooms reading this?
Book a photographer that is hands on with everything on your day and gives advice on every small detail. Photographers with experience know exactly what works and what doesn’t. It will help you a lot to know these things and take them into consideration.
What is your service mission statement?
Laugh, have fun, have the best time of your life! Marriage is the greatest gift from God – embrace it.
Get in touch with Nelis
084 205 6676 or 021 981 9719 for bookings
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