Nina Buys Photography
What does a typical day look like for you?
I love a slow morning so I like to get up early, have my oats, listen to a podcast and take a walk to pilates training. When I get home afterwards, I start editing and culling until around 5pm. We always have coffee on the “stoep” late in the afternoon. In the evenings we have an easy dinner (we always light candles) and play with our cat.
Tell us a bit more about your creative process?
My creative process is very natural and unforced. I shoot what I think of and when it feels like the right time. I plan most of my shoots ahead of time in a notebook so I get the shots I need but I allow my mind to wander.
How did you get into wedding photography?
I shot my first wedding at the age of 15 and I just never stopped - i was always the girl with the camera and that just naturally shifted to wedding photography. I love love, and real moments!
Tell us a bit about your style?
I am a documentary wedding photographer with a moody and raw approach to editing. I don’t ever pose couples, I just let it flow naturally.
What is your favourite part of your job?
The food. Jk.
To witness people’s love is the greatest rush for me. I love seeing a couple so caught up in a moment that they lose track of time.
What do you say to couples who are shy in front of the lens?
I just chat to them! I get to know them and I help them to interact with each other rather than with the camera.
How early do engaged couples need to book?
As early as possible? Couples usually book around 8 months before their weddings, which I think is a good time frame.