Archive | December, 2011

* the most powerful images of 2011

this one is my favourite by far.  “all is fair in love and war” ?

Australian Scott Jones kisses his Canadian girlfriend Alex Thomas after she was knocked to the ground by a police officer's riot shield in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canadians rioted after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins. (Getty Images / Rich Lam)

imagine the day, when your only photograph from a wedding shoot is this one.  it would definitely be a notch up in hysteria ( of a different sort ), from a wedding i remember shooting a few years back, where the priest actually used the words “fellatio” and “erotica” in the wedding ceremony.  { his personal views on pre-marital sex, which he stressed cannot be intimate ( apparently ) but only be deemed as fellation and erotic ! }

A distressed bride attempts suicide in China after her fiance abruptly called off their marriage. Still in her wedding gown, she tried to kill herself by jumping out of a window of a seventh floor building. Right as she jumped, a man managed to catch and save her. (Reuters / CHINA DAILY)

here are a select few of my other favourites.   to view the entire 45 most powerful pics of 2011, click here./

A monstrous dust storm (Haboob) roared through Phoenix, Arizona in July.

Office workers look for a way out of a high rise building in central Christchurch, New Zeland on February 22. A strong earthquake killed at least 180 people. (Reuters / Simon Baker)

A protester gets sprayed in the face with pepper spray at an Occupy Portland protest. (Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian)

A girl in isolation for radiation screening looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, Japan on March 14. (Reuters / Yuriko Nakao)

A man sits in front of a destroyed apartment building following the Joplin, Missouri tornado. (Reuters)

Firefighters of Ladder Company 4 — which lost seven men on 9/11 — perched together on their aerial ladder, watching a news bulletin in Times Square declaring that Osama bin Laden was dead on May 2. Source:

Chile's Puyehue volcano erupts, causing air traffic cancellations across South America, New Zealand, Australia and forcing over 3,000 people to evacuate. (Reuters)

A woman cries while sitting on a road amid the destroyed city of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan after the massive earthquake and tsunami. (Reuters / ASAHI SHIMBUN)

Police spray Ugandan opposition party leaders with colored water during demonstrations in the capital Kampala on May 10. (Reuters / James Akena)

A student is punched in the face by a police officer in Chile. Students in Chile are demanding a new framework for education. (Reuters / VICTOR RUIZ CABALLERO)

An aid worker using an iPad captures an image of a dead cow's decomposing carcass in Wajir near the Kenya-Somalia border on July 23. (Reuters / STRINGER)

A Libyan rebel is pictured with Gadhafi's golden gun. (Getty Images / Philippe Desmazes)

A phone hangs off the hook on Wall Street. (Reuters / LUCAS JACKSON)

A woman hangs onto a street sign in chest deep water along the flooded streets in Rangsit on the outskirts of Bangkok on October 24. (Getty Images / Paula Bronstein)

Two lights from the former site of the World Trade Centers shine for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. (Reuters / GARY HERSHORN)

Phyllis Siegel, 76, left, and Connie Kopelov, 84, both of New York, embrace after becoming the first same-sex couple to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk's office. (Getty Images / STAN HONDA)


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* so you wanna be a wedding photographer ?

if you want to be a wedding photographer or you’re thinking about becoming a wedding photographer, then you have to read this fabulous, honest and beautifully written post by Durban wedding photographer Jacki Bruniquel ( don’t you just love that surname ? . . . sounds like she might be a formula 1 racing car driver > they all have those fabulous sounding names . .  Barrichello, Montoya, Fisichella > enough said * )  / /

salut to all the wedding photographers out there > click here to read Jacki’s post

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* the best 10 photos …. shew !

after much deliberation, wailing, gnashing of teeth and pleads from friends to help, here are my  10 “best of” pics from december 2010 to now.  not an easy task ! these images were submitted into’s international competition “the best of the best” where they choose the best wedding photographers from around the globe.   winners are notified in january.  i will load the best 40 that didn’t make the final ten next week !  let me know what you think *

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