Wedding photographer Ruan Redelinghuys has won an international award for capturing a stunning image at an engagement shoot along the Garden Route.
South Africa (01 December 2021) – South African wedding photographer Ruan Redelinghuys has been honoured with an international award from The International Wedding Photographer Of The Year Awards.
Founded in 2017, The International Wedding Photographer Of The Year Awards showcase the work of incredible Wedding Photographers worldwide and strive to set the highest benchmark for wedding photography competitions. The International Wedding Photographer Of The Year Awards is open to all photographers, professional and amateur.
Ruan is based along the Garden Route, a magical part of South Africa that boasts both ocean and forest.
“I get to experience and see some incredible moments in this beautiful country. It is amazing to have clients trust you with these important events in their lives and then to share these experiences with them. I’m married to a talented creative genius, dad to a little rock-star and most days you’ll find me and our Scotty either in the office finalising projects or in the garden chasing anything that moves.”
Ruan’s submission was sent into the “Engagement/Non-Wedding” category. When discussing the winning image, Ruan shared that taking the perfect picture comes down to luck! This photo was more than a moment snapped in time. It was an adventure and a search through the Garden Route to find the perfect location. The photo also captures how we can dream of one thing, like a golden hour at the beach, and sometimes find something more beautiful in the every changing thing that is life.
“Sometimes it all comes down to a bit of luck. When the clients booked me to photograph a part of their adventure in the Garden Route, they requested a specific type and look of tree which we simply couldn’t find anywhere. Big and bold Umbrella thorn trees were simply not an easy find in the planned shoot area.
After the first part of their shoot in a private game reserve, we travelled to the coast for golden hour sunset portraits on the beach. As we drove through the Outeniqua mountains we were met with clouds and mist and knew that there was very little chance of golden hour on the beach.
We changed course and stopped for creative portraits in between the mist in the mountain pass and as luck would have it, we found a tree! We shot a couple of portraits in front of the tree before the client bravely climbed the first branch of the tree and we were able to create magic.”