South African Wedding Photographer
Lindie Wilton is a South African Photographer, her passion started when she was 5 or 6 years old when her parents bought a film camera. Today she is a successful wedding photographer, and today we bring you guys her story.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Lindie and I grew up in a small town called Ladysmith in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. It was there where I would either die of boredom or pick up my camera and take photos of everything and anything. I was 5 or 6 at the time when my parents had bought a nice film camera. I loved looking through the viewfinder and to compose different shots, even if there was no more film left I would still pretend to take photographs. I grew up almost always having a camera with me no matter where I went. It felt natural to me and I loved being able to make time standstill.
When did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
I guess I always knew I was going to take a lot of photos but I never thought I would be taking photographs as a career, especially not weddings. I completed school at age 18 and was torn between studying fashion or journalism when a close friend mentioned that if I don’t study photography I will never be satisfied. It’s almost 10 years later and I can honestly say that I am still never satisfied.
How did the idea of wedding photographer start?
While I studied we had to do a couple of photojournalistic assignments and that’s where I fell in love with documenting a moment as it unfolds naturally. To me that is what happens at a wedding, you are there to document the couple’s most beloved memories on their day as it unfolds in the best way that you can.
What is most important at the moment you take a picture?
I think of several different things when I’m creating that moment. Composition, light, scenery, expression, and emotion all play an important role. Capturing a feeling that translates uniquely into a moment and a connection between the couple.
From where do you get your inspiration?
Beautiful light, people, nature, and architecture.
How do you look for the perfect spots?
I usually go scouting before the shoot and visualize what the scene would look like with the couple and then of course how the light will fall, as it plays an enormous part in creating an unforgettable photograph.
Describe a typical shoot.
Butterflies hit, then comes the rush of creating unique and creative memories. Time flies.
Were you educated in photography, or are you self taught?
I studied photography for four years at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein, Free State and obtained a B.Tech Degree in Photography. I was awarded top op my class for two years running and won awards for best photographs and also exhibited some of my work across South Africa. A lot of my skills also came from self-teaching as well, by making mistakes and learning from them and trying new techniques. I feel that the best photographers have a combination of technical skill and creativity and my main goal is to achieve a perfect balance of just that in all my photographs.
What camera do you use most of the time?
I mostly use my Canon 5D mkiii DSLR and sometimes even use my iphone for more candid moments.
Which photo are you currently most proud of?
I have a love/hate relationship with my work. I don’t think there is a single photo that I am most proud of. One day I will love a specific photo or shoot that I took and the next I will think that I could do better.
Comparing where you are now with where you were when you first started, what could you have done differently to get to where you are sooner?
I am happy with the path that I am taking and loving the versatility in my work from photographing fashion, portraiture, travel, and weddings.
Favorite photography book?
Annie Leiboivitz, Ansel Adams, Irving Penn