Tell us a little bit about your background:
My name is Aiden Delport. I am currently 20 years old and live in Cape Town, South Africa. I have lived in Cape Town my whole life and honestly love my city so much!! Living and exploring in Cape Town is what drove me toward photography. I have always considered myself as a creative person. From a young age I loved music and art and I always strived to pursue a path that would lead me into doing something in the creative field. I discovered my love and passion for photography when I was in 10th grade and it’s just been an amazing roller coaster ride ever since then.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Wake up… coffee… grind… Sleep… repeat… haha nah I’m kidding
I currently work Monday to Thursday as a digital marketer for an awesome local company named Sealand Gear that makes bags from upcycled materials. So for now, wedding/ couples photography is just a side thing, however my heart lies in my photography and I have future plans to go into it full time… because I am honestly my happiest when I have my camera to my eye.
But back to the question… When I am not hustling hard during the week at Sealand I am either shooting with amazing couples, or spending time with my beautiful girlfriend who honestly spurs on my LOVE for LOVE. I also have amazing friends and during my editing breaks, there’s always room for a beer with them haha.
I know I answered that question in a bit of a jumble, but I’m a creative… my brain thinks in strange ways lol
Tell us a bit more about your creative process?
It all starts with inspiration. Being a creator, I am always striving for better… striving for ways to polish my skills and to improve. So I am constantly thinking of new poses, new shots, new environments to shoot in. I find that journeying through Instagram and Facebook and checking out other creators in my industry gives me a constant flow of inspiration. But I also don’t want to just copy what others are doing, so generally when I see something that someone has done that I absolutely love… I will stop and ask myself “Okay, how can I put my own spin on this?”.
I also find that shooting for fun helps LOADS. It lets you experiment without the pressure of a paying couple. You can get weird and wild and push yourself to new limits.
I have also spent HOURS… and I mean HOURS experimenting with Lightroom to perfect my tones and colours to truly represent me and my brand.
So to narrow it down, my creative process consists of constant reflection on my work, and constant thought as to how to push the limits, to get to the next level… but also to have loads of fun in the process.
How did you get into wedding photography?
In 2016 I was asked by a friend of a friend to shoot their wedding. At the time, I had done maybe 2 couple shoots, so I had like zero experience in anything wedding photography related. But when I got asked, I remembered something Richard Branson said…. To paraphrase he said “If ever you are given an opportunity or a shot at something, even if you're not 100% sure how you will pull it off, accept it and figure it out along the way”. So I just said “Hell yeah” and did it! I had multiple panic attacks on the day but managed to pull it off and from there, referrals just came in one after another and here I am, almost 2 years down the line and it’s been amazing!
Tell us a bit about your style?
I have always loved moody tones and have leaned towards that kind of colour scheme ever since I started. My style of shooting is very natural, I HATE posed photos and so every time I shoot, I look for those REAL moments. The moments that really show the couples love for each other. The passionate moments.
So yeah… guess I am a moody-romantic shooter haha
How has your work evolved since you started?
In the beginning I was really still finding my feet and discovering which style of photography I wanted to head down. If you look at my earlier work, it was a lot lighter, my shadows weren’t as intense. The colours were a lot more vibrant and poppy, where as now they are a lot more desaturated and moody. But aside from the colours, even the way I took photos is so different. I have become a lot more flexible and experienced when it comes to positioning my couples, which for me was probably the hardest thing. But to be honest, my photography is still evolving and changing all the time as I learn and try new things. I think that’s the exciting thing about it. You never have to stay in one place, you can just keep experimenting and finding new sides to your creativity which is great!!
What is your favourite part of the job?
THE PEOPLE…. It always has and always will be about the people. Nothing brings me more happiness than being able to capture and share in a couples true love for one another. That in itself is the most rewarding part of what I do. I get to leave a footprint in their journey together, to leave my little tag. Nothing really trumps that…
A lot of people have said to me “Oh the money must be good hey”... it’s never been about that. Passion far outweighs gain. So yeah… it’s about the people :)
What do you say to shy couples?
This is so funny cause literally every couple I have ever worked with has told me that they are camera shy. But I always just tell them the same thing… That there is literally zero pressure, and that they just need to focus on each other… if they feel awkward at any stage, they must just look at one another... I mean the person they are having photos taken with is the most important person to them. They should feel right at home.
I also crack a ton of jokes and keep conversation flowing so that everyone feels super chilled and relaxed :) Good vibes all round!!
How early do engaged couples need to book?
To be honest, I don’t really have any specific timelines in place for this kind of thing, but generally I like to keep it within a years notice. I’m not really super strict when it comes to that aspect though, but like i’m not taking in bookings for 2025 just yet or anything like that haha!