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About me

Hi and thank you for visiting the online home of my wedding & lifestyle photography. My name is Simone and I am a creative soul who is happiest, yes, you guessed it, when I am creating something.


I studied Fine Art at the University of Pretoria long ago and kind of fell into wedding photography by accident, but a happy accident.


My style is natural. I shoot pictures where the people in front of my lens are comfortable and themselves, some people are a lot more comfortable in front of a lens than others, so wherever your "comfy" zone is, is where I will meet you. I am not a posey photographer. If you like really posed photos then I am probably going to disappoint you. Honestly, I have delivered my best work shooting "fly-on-the-wall" style & the only really posed stuff I do is with the family formal group shots.

I shoot real stories where the focus is on love and relationship, those photographs that will still mean something to your grandkids one day. 

If you find any of this appealing please feel free to send me a message. 

I am based in Somerset West which is close to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek & Cape Town.

I can't believe you read all of this! But if you want to read some more, I have some lengthy testimonials written about my service that you can check out on my Instagram highlights + my facebook page ;) 

Thanks again.




"The thing you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people"

- Annie Leibovitz -

Let's talk

Somerset West

Cape Town

Tel: +27 73 795 3193 

hello@simonefranzel.com (preferred)


Karabo + Ntando

A friend of mine went for a photoshoot with her family. After seeing the results of the shoot, I was very much impressed. In that year, I had recently started a relationship with my then-girlfriend, now my wife. I wanted us to go for a photoshoot, and without thinking twice, I chose Simone. I had no idea where we wanted to have it and with my first consultation, she had the idea and the outcome of the shoot was impressive. When the time came for me to get married, it was not a big decision to make as to which photographer I will choose for my engagement and wedding shoot. The results were even better. My friends and family marveled at the shoot location which was also suggested by her. It was on a deserted highway. The wedding pics were marvelous. Besides her professionalism and time-keeping,  she is very talented and undoubtedly the best photographer I have ever worked with. 

EJ + Sanet

Dear Simonefranzel photography and anyone looking for a wedding photographer! This month marks a year since our blessed day of marriage. Looking back at the memories, I realize that you are the earthly hero of the day. Going through a really difficult time, and coming without having slept the previous night, you still managed to take amazing pictures, serve humbly and be professional and fun. If I could have the day over, I would honor and hug you sooo much more! Looking back we are really grateful for you :-) thank you for not only being amazing photographers, but also wonderful people! May you be blessed to keep on being a blessing!

Willem + Elcke

Simoné is someone that makes everyone feel comfortable and relaxed while she takes photos. There is usually quite a bit of laughing happening during photoshoots with her! She accommodated us with a wedding package specifically designed according to our needs and our wedding photos came out beautifully!


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