Monica Dart qualified as a photographer in London, where she specialised in Fine Art photography. Her Fine Art photographs have been exhibited in the UK, France and South Africa. She has worked in the music industry in the UK photographing bands and this is where she learned to shoot quickly. Having moved back to South Africa four years ago after sixteen years abroad living in the UK, USA, Asia and Israel, Monica has turned her artistic flair into photographing weddings.
During the South African winter, Monica photographs weddings and photographic commissions abroad. Her innate sense of style and easy-going personality is reflected in her work which is intimate and emotive. Monica uses professional Canon digital equipment and offers several package options with prints, handmade traditional albums or Coffeetable / Storybook albums. All her packages include a hi-res DVD of edited images.
"My style leans towards a fusion of Reportage taken in a journalistic style – moments captured spontaneously as well as naturally posed photo's of intimate details. Most of my inspiration for my photography comes from the cinamatography in foreign films combined with my love of travelling and meeting new people. Sometimes couples are nervous being photographed or feel awkward in front of the camera, and appreciate a bit of direction from me. I tend to get them to walk and chat or to look over at something particular so there is union in the images.”
Her work has been published in various magazines such as “Wedding Album”, “Western Cape Wedding Guide” and “Discovery” magazine.
Websites, wedding magazines and bridal shows offer a broad scope of styles and this will give you a good idea for what you may be looking for.
Although photographers may describe their styles as photojournalistic, Reportage, traditional, illustrative, high-end fashion etc, do not always take this at face value. Often styles overlap and many photographers offer a combination of one or two styles. It is a good idea not to get caught up by the sheer volume of photographers, styles and buzzwords that are out there. If you meet with a photographer that you feel comfortable with and their work has a positive visual impact on you, then you are onto a good thing. Happy planning!
SWPP - Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (UK)