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Behind the lens

What makes a photo really beautiful? 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," a phrase we often hear, but capturing the beauty of something or someone in a photo requires more than that. It requires a photographer who can spot the intricacies of life, the unguarded intimate looks in a couple's eyes, and capture the essence of a moment. 

 

While anyone can take a picture, often, the beauty of the moment experienced isn't captured, and all the pictures start to look the same. This is where I come in. As a photographer, my mission is to uncover the beauty embedded in the pages of your life's story and go further than what a fleeting Instagram glance would show. 

 

Photography captures a story's natural beauty, turning it into an unforgettable work of art. A photo is lovely when it tells a story that resonates with your soul, and I want to tell it through my lens. 

 

By capturing your event, we will give you the typical Instagram hits, but we will also give you something more—a preserved memory. We will tell your story with our photojournalistic style, garnished with a flair for fine art. Whether it's for your Instagram hits or your canvas displays, we'll give you something that truly captures the essence of your story.

A little bit about me:

 

Since you will not know me by my business name, I'd like to introduce myself: I am John van der Linde, a Namibian born and bred in Windhoek.

 

Next to Photography, people are my passion and that shows in the portraits I like to take, I focus on capturing emotions and expressions.

I always try to make my clients feel as relaxed as possible and encourage self-confidence and spontaneity - all the world may be a stage but all of life need not be staged. 

I am intrigued by the finer details. I love the raw reality of everyday life and the fleeting beauty of those in-between moments, and I do my very best to take every picture with that in mind.

I appreciate the people I meet, the places I go, the hours I keep, and the spontaneity in every shoot.

Since 2017, I have partnered with my girlfriend, Annika Mouton. She not only brings the feminine side into the equation (something that would comfort many brides-to-be during those nervous getting-ready moments) but also contributes to my mission with her journalism background and natural artistic talent.

UPDATE

Welcome back to my little corner of the internet! I'm delighted that you're here to join in the joy of capturing life's most beautiful moments.

 

It has been a while since I last wrote about myself, so I wanted to update you. My name is John, and I am a wedding photographer based in the stunning landscapes of Namibia. Ever since I picked up a camera, I have been captivated by the power of photography to freeze time, capture emotion, and tell a story without words. This passion has led me to specialize in wedding photography, where every snapshot contributes to a couple's love story.

 

In 2019, my love story took a beautiful turn when I married my soulmate. Becoming a husband has added a new chapter to my life and deepened my understanding and appreciation of the bonds I capture through my lens. The laughter, tears, and tender glances at weddings now resonate with me more profoundly, reminding me daily of the promises I made on my wedding day.

 

In 2021, our duo turned trio with the arrival of our delightful daughter. Fatherhood has been the most profound and joyful journey of my life. It's taught me about patience (a lot about patience!), the fleeting nature of moments, and the preciousness of capturing them — lessons that directly translate into my work. The way I see it, if I can keep up with a toddler, I can certainly capture your ring bearer sprinting down the aisle!

 

My family inspires me to appreciate the small, quiet moments as much as the grand, celebratory ones daily. They've shown me that behind every photo is a heartbeat, a shared whisper, and a promise—elements that I strive to look for at every wedding I photograph.

 

Whether you're planning a sunset ceremony atop the dunes or a vibrant celebration in the heart of Windhoek, I am here to ensure that your wedding photos are as authentic and unique as your love story. With a knack for catching the uncatchable and a taste for adventure (chasing a toddler is my daily workout), I promise to photograph your wedding and celebrate it with you.

 

Thank you for considering me for your special day. I look forward to capturing your moments and becoming a small part of your big story. Let's create memories that, like fine wine or a particularly strong toddler-proof lock, only improve with time.

 

A little about her by herself:

It's a free country, so I should probably say something about myself.

 

Since I can remember, I loved taking photos - I chose a digital camera instead of getting my first cellphone, but it was not until I met John that I really started thinking about photography as something more than a personal fancy. I studied journalism and greatly enjoyed creating photo stories and sharing the stories of people through my writing. However, I never went into the field because I wanted to help people, and that got me too personally involved.

 

That trait still exists, and I bring it along with me when we cover weddings. I like to be prepared for anything a bride may need during those sometimes stressful crisis moments. Whether it is double-sided tape or stain remover, I've got it. I see it as part of my job to keep the worry lines off the bride's face and contribute to her perfect day in more than one way. 

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