To photograph people who are in love is very special. While capturing love stories like this you rub on to their positivity and love.
Ksenia and Maksim traveled to South Africa for their honeymoon after getting married in Russia. They decided to commemorate their trip with a wedding photo shoot at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, just outside Mossel Bay.
Beautiful memories of distant travels in colourful South Africa.
Photos: ©Jenya Zhivaleva Photography
Make up by Yuliya Melnik-Greyling from YMG Beauty Studio
I truly believe that pregnant women are gorgeous, even though most of the time they don’t feel that way. They radiate light and love! I hope that with my photography they can actually see it and be reminded of their beauty and superpowers.
Maternity shoot at Glentana beach with beautiful family of Shelley and Johannes.
Your story, your relationship, your decision to commit to one another, your love for one another and your care – this is what inspires me to shoot weddings. I enjoy your story almost as much as I love shooting it!
I am a romantic. I want to hear the story of you and yours. How did you meet? And the proposal? Where did it happen? Were you nervous? What were your first thoughts? What dreams do you share?
I am always looking for inspiration. I am always looking for more stories. And to inspire you to share your story with me, I’m willing to share a gift with you.
Sharing your love story could make your dream wedding shoot a reality!
Send your love story with a planned wedding date to firstname.lastname@example.org to enter. If your story inspires me, you could win a 50% discount on one of my wedding photography packages!
I will look for the most romantic, exciting and inspiring love story to give away a 50% discount on the wedding photography package of your dreams!
A standard 8-hour wedding photography package includes the following:
- Photos of Bride & Groom’s preparations
- Photographs of venue and guests’ reception
- Wedding ceremony photographs
- Family photographs
- Bride & Groom’s couple-photographs
- Photographs of the post-ceremony reception, speeches, party, cutting of the cake and throwing the bouquet & garter
- A total of 200 – 250 high-resolution and individually edited images
Terms and conditions:
- You may only enter your story once and only one story per couple untill the 30th of November 2015
- Only stories written in English will be considered
- The 50% discount is only valid for weddings before the 1st of December 2016
- The booking is not confirmed until the remaining 50% is paid
- The discount is not transferable and your story earns you a 50% discount on your wedding only
- Extra services are available (wedding books, engagement shoot, extra hours, prints, etc.) but these will be charged extra at full price
- Depending on the location of the venue extra transport costs may apply. I am based in Mossel Bay, South Africa
- Jenya Zhivaleva Photography reserves the right to publish all entered stories on www.YourFotoStory.com and all associated social media accounts
I had the privilege of capturing another unfolding love-story on the breathtaking Garden Route of South Africa.
High School sweethearts Carla and Gerhardt exchanged their wedding vows on the 1st of August 2015, in front of their family and close friends, at the farm-style wedding venue Uitsig.
Utsig is situated at the foot of the scenic Outeniqua Mountains, outside George, and the venue offers a beautiful garden, ideal for wedding photos, with lots of fresh air to keep the nerves calm. There’s also the odd cow and some beautiful trees, which offers the perfect setting to play with the soft afternoon light.
Here are some highlights from their special day for you to share and enjoy!
Photography: Jenya Zhivaleva. Your Foto Story
Dress: Besters’ Bridal Boutique
Make up: Bianca Professional Make Up artist
Hair: Tangled Unisex Hair Salon ( Carinie Grobler )
Venue: Utsig Wedding Venue
Wedding of beautiful Surisa and Ronald. These love birds traveled all the way from Pretoria to celebrate their wedding day surrounded by the unique beauty of the Garden Route’s stunning landscapes. They have chosen Fancourt, South Africa’s premier golf resort in George, to host their big day. Surisa was incredibly calm throughout the whole day, impressive, considering that everything had to be arranged from Pretoria. The wedding ceremony was run and blessed by her grandfather, which made the event even more special. Surisa’s gentle nature, bride and groom’s evident love for each other and elegant style of the whole wedding blended so naturally together.
Surisa and Ronald’s wedding shoot was an inspiring collaboration with Eon Coetzee from Eonmedia. I can’t wait to see Eon’s wedding video creation!
Photos by Jenya Zhivaleva. Your Foto Story.
Garden Route . South Africa.
It was an amazing, fairy-like ceremony in the forest of Jubilee Creek and reception at Totties, outside Knysna. What a pleasure that was to photograph such a romantic couple, not to mention unique and creative decorations. Thank you Ilze and Tal for a wonderful experience! Full photostory is coming up soon, keep an eye on my blog or subscribe to follow, click the button on the right.
These two love birds couldn’t stop laughing throughout the whole engagement shoot. Deeply in love, playful and beautiful – that is how I would describe this couple.
Before the shoot we scouted some funky places in and out of Knysna. We started off by taking photographs in a cafe “Trobb” (Knysna) with a very cosy and creative set up and slowly moved to beautiful Buffels bay. I found out that both Ilze and Tal are fond of nature walks, hikes, swimming and surfing. therefore we were looking for spots that would represent their nature spirit. Buffels Bay river mouth, ocean rocks and foresty hills of Buffels Bay became our backdrop.
Ilze looked like a real fairy. Their genuine love was shining through.Thank you, guys, for an amazing shoot. Enjoy the photographs of our photo adventure.
Photography: Jenya Zhivaleva. Your Foto Story.
Garden Route. South Africa
Sometimes spontaneous moments are the best. No preparations and scheduled photo shoots, just grab the camera and photograph giggly couple in the sunset. That is what happened with Anne and Bernhard. Sunny, spontaneous, light and very much in love:)
Meet beautiful Russian couple Anya and Roma.
What started as a love-story photo-shoot, ended up with Roma on his knees holding a ring!
These two love-birds joined a recent Surf Еxpedition to Mozambique via Kruger Park, South Africa, organised by Unravel Surf Travel, June/July 2014.
Being an organiser and photographer for Unravel Surf Travel, Roma approached me in advance and told me about his plan to propose to his girlfriend, Anya, during our Surf Tour.
At more or less the same time Anya contacted me and booked a couple’s photo-shoot during the Surf Tour.
Obviously this was the perfect setup for a proposal! Anya would be convinced that she was getting ready for their couple’s photo-shoot, while Roma and myself were preparing for something far more special!
After an hour of taking beautiful photographs of the couple, we moved to a little beach-restaurant where Anya thought we would simply carry on shooting.
But as we moved onto the beach, in the gentle light of a setting sun, I stepped aside and Roma’s eyes started glinting mischievously.
He took Anya’s hand and opened his hand onto hers. At first she had no idea what was happening.
But then she saw the ring. At first there were no words. She had had no idea, but now it was clear. Roma wanted to marry her! She was surprised. She was happy. And I was quietly saying to myself “please say yes, please say yes!”
After a few moments, but what seemed like ages to Roma and myself, she finally said it. Softly. Yes.
There were lots of tears. There was laugher. And there were hugs all around!
It felt incredibly special to be a part of such an important moment in their lives!
They spent the rest of the night alone at their private dinner table on the sand, surrounded by nothing other than stars and the warm Indian Ocean waters along the coast of Mozambique…
All photographs by Jenya Zhivaleva
Place: Barra, Mozambique
Wedding photoshoot with beautiful Vanessa and Darryl.
Vanessa is the owner of the Besters’ Bridal Boutique in Knysna, hence the gorgeous dress and shoes, and Darryl is the artist behind Goldsmiths Knysna. It sounds like a match made in heaven. Wedding rings were designed by the groom as a wedding gift. Their ceremony was special indeed. Lots of smiles, tears and laughter.
Venue Simola Lodge
Dress by Besters’ Bridal Boutique
Jewellery made by Goldsmiths Knysna
Cake baked by Cake Frills
Make up & hair done by The Art of Make-up by Karin Chan
Eye Lashes done by GLOW Skin & Beauty
Decor hire by SRT Special Events Hire & Functions
This photoshoot was a collaborative effort between myself and Eon Cotzee (Eonphotography).
All photos bellow taken by Jenya Zhivaleva (Your Foto Story)