PHOTOS THAT INSPIRE YOU
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Wilderness Beach Photo Shoot

Family photo shoot at Wilderness beach, South Africa. It is turning into a tradition with these awesome four. Last year I photographed this family while Anette was still pregnant with little Jack. It was so exciting to meet everyone once again.

Alldene and Ivan’s Wedding at Indalu Game Reserve

An incredible set up of Indalu Game Reserve outside Mossel Bay, beautiful couple and moving ceremony – what else can photographer wish for?! Thank you Alldene and Ivan for a very special experience. I wish your family lot’s of sunshine and happiness.
I would love to share with you some highlights from the wedding. A full photo story is coming up!
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WIN 50% OFF your wedding photo shoot!

Photo competition Your Foto Story

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 jenya@yourfotostory.com 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
Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Sveta and Sonya – new family shoot.

During my travels this winter I visited family in Russia. I haven’t been in Russia for more than three years, which made the visit even more special. My cousin Sveta gave birth to a gorgeous girl Sonya 6 months ago. I couldn’t resist and not to take photos of these two special people.

Here are some highlights from a new family photo story of mother and daughter.
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Carla and Gerhardt Wedding in George

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

Have you seen Montenegro like this?

Montenegro is a beautiful country, full of colour, warmth and hospitality. Montenegro is one of the former Yugoslavian countries, situated on the shores of Adriatic sea. It could be described as: Mountains, sea, bright colours and warm people.

Myself and my mother travelled to Montenegro in July, one of the hottest months of summer. We chose a winding Bay of Kotor as our home for the next 10 days. I was excited like a little girl, literally glued to the window, when I saw the views of the bay while descending. We stepped out of the airplane into the heat of + 40 C and I knew this is going to be good!

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

The Bay of Kotor is about 28 km long, cutting through the Dinaric Alps and has a shoreline of 107 km. In other words, you can drive alone the seaside for hours and you will be awarded with the most picturesque views of the turquoise water and lush mountains. If you are visiting Montenegro, rent a car and go explore all these beautiful roads. That was exactly what we did: almost every day we travelled to a new town of Montenegro to learn its history, unravel its beauty and meet new people.

Kotor.

Old town of Kotor have seen action from Roman Empire, Republic of Venice, and both world wars. A walk through the old town of Kotor makes you travel in time. So much happened in this city walls. Well, the town itself and the bay actually are World Heritage sites and protected by UNESCO.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

JZH_9489Lovcen Mountains.

Lovcen Mountain views left me speechless. It was was the most special experience of the whole trip. Twisting mountain road brought us to the top of the world 🙂 We went there specifically during the sunset hours to experience it in its full beauty. The road is a bit scary at times, but so worth the ride. There is a zip-slide for adventurous ones on the way as well as a very nice restaurant on the way back to enjoy the sunset meal.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Perast.

Perast is another cosy town of Kotor Bay, famous for close proximity of two islets of Saint Goerge and Our Lady of the Rocks. We visited Perast on the 22 of July in order to witness  a beautiful celebration. A string of boats from Perast sailed in procession to the tiny island of Gospa od Škrpjela, or ‘Our Lady of the Rocks’, which sits in the waters of the Bay of Kotor.
The legend goes that, once upon a time, sailors from Perast found a picture of the Virgin Mary and the Christ-child here in 1452. There after, the townsfolk vowed that every time a ship returned safely from a voyage, a new rock would be dropped on the site. Over time, their efforts created this tiny island, and a beautiful church was erected in honour of Our Lady.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Turquoise water.

Adriatic sea has has an amazing colour – a mix of light blue and green. Kotor is a very deep bay, its deepest part is approximately 60 meters. The unique feature of the sea floor is that it gets deep very close to the shore. That is how big ships and cruise liners are able to travel into the bay. Despite its depth, the water is extremely clear, and very inviting. Yummy I would say.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Bosnia and Hercegovina

One day we decided to travel to a neighboring country of Bosnia and Hercegovina. Interesting change of scenery compared to Mediterranean views of Montenegro. Its raw rocky mountain beauty strikes you the moment you pass the border control. We traveled to Trebinje, southernmost town of Hercegovina, located on the shores of Trebisnjica river. Town presented itself as a mixture of old Ottoman, Soviet and Serbian feel.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Montenegro vibes

For a Russian, it was very special to experience the culture and people of Montenegro. Majority of people speak Serbian, which is very similar to the Russian language. We spoke Russian to locals and they replied in Serbian, two different languages, but we understood each other perfectly.  It really felt like home. Even the customs officer told me at the border “Russia is sestra (sister) and Montenegro is a bratko (brother)”.  People are very friendly and laid back. There is no rush at all, I mean at all.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

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Carla and Gerhardt wedding.

I was lucky to capture another love story on the Garden Route at the wedding of beautiful Carla and Gerhardt.

These lovebirds exchanged their wedding vows on the 1 of August 2015 in front of their family and close friends at the farm-style venue Uitsig outside George. Here are some highlights of their special day for you to enjoy!

The full foto-story is on its way!

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

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

MONIQUE AND GERHARD

I will definitely remember Monique and Gerhard’s wedding for a long time to come.

These guys are free spirits and true romantics. Just a few hours before the ceremony Gerhard was still sending Monique love letters and they couldn’t wait to see each other at the ceremony! They were excited like high-school sweethearts out on a first date!

And what a beautiful ceremony it was…

The Barn in Plettenberg Bay was transformed into a wonderland wedding venue: elegant, cosy and quaint.

I thoroughly enjoyed the photography, especially working as a team with talented videographer/photographer Eon Coetzee from Eon Media. I am so excited to see his wedding video.

That day there were so many touching speeches and funny jokes. Things that cannot be completely captured, but lives on in memory for years to come.

Thank you for an amazing day! Your positivity touched me deeply.

Photography: Jenya Zhivaleva. Your Foto Story.
Venue: The Barn, Plettenberg Bay.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story

Monique and Gerhard Wedding.

I will definitely remember Monique and Gerhard’s wedding for a long time to come.

These guys are free spirits and true romantics. Just a few hours before the ceremony Gerhard was still sending Monique love letters and they couldn’t wait to see each other at the ceremony! They were excited like high-school sweethearts out on a first date!

And what a beautiful ceremony it was…

The Barn in Plettenberg Bay was transformed into a wonderland wedding venue: elegant, cosy and quaint.

I thoroughly enjoyed the photography, especially working as a team with talented videographer/photographer Eon Coetzee from Eon Media. I am so excited to see his wedding video.

That day there were so many touching speeches and funny jokes. Things that cannot be completely captured, but lives on in memory for years to come.

Thank you for an amazing day! Your positivity touched me deeply.

Photography: Jenya Zhivaleva. Your Foto Story.
Venue: The Barn, Plettenberg Bay.

Alina and Sergey’s Wedding on a Surf Tour to South Africa.

Alina and Sergey came to South Africa all the way from Ukraine to join Unravel Surf Travel on a Surf Expedition to KwaZulu-Natal. And guess what, they decided to get married while on surf tour with us! How romantic is that?!

It was a very spontaneous decision, as with so many truly romantic decisions, and preparations for the event only started weeks before the date. What a task! Dreams from Ukraine became reality in South Africa and, from opposite sides of the planet, a special wedding was taking shape!

Even the most challenging projects are possible when you’re part of a dream team. And thanks to our incredible hosts, Ali and Richard, Umzumbe Surf House was transformed into a wedding venue overnight!

We surfed in the morning and in the afternoon we had a beautiful wedding ceremony, on the shores of the Indian Ocean! Alina and Sergey celebrated their union in the company of their closest friends, in a truly special location. Now that’s what I call a memorable wedding!

Photography: Jenya Zhivaleva. Your Foto Story
Place: Umzumbe, KwaZulu – Natal, South Africa.

Nicola and Tinus Wedding.

Nicola and Tinus exchanged wedding vows on the 7th of March, in front of family and friends, at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, just outside Klein Brak River. It was a real international wedding. Nicola’s family came all the way from Wales to meet Tinus’s South African family and celebrate this special day. Being a foreigner, I know how important it is to share these special moments with family members from home, far away.

I knew that every single moment captured on that day will mean the world to Nicola and Tinus. And to their entire family. No pressure at all! I was on a mission, to quote Nicola’s mother: «to preserve that day through the lens, into an image, so that their special day will always be remembered!» Thank you Nicola and Tinus for a gorgeous wedding!

Photos: Jenya Zhivaleva Photography
Your Foto Story
2015