Billie & John
Choosing the right photographer is a huge decision as we entrust that person to capture the memories and special moments of a day that can never be re-lived, other than through the memories created through the photos. Finding the person who can take beautiful photographs is not difficult – finding that in a person you feel you can trust to capture the right moments, who really gets you and understands the brief – now there is the challenge.
Enter Simone Franzel J There are so many reasons why I would confidently and with a huge smile on my face promote Simone as a Wedding Photographer. The difficult part is putting them in order of preference!
Simone enters the (stressed and fairly chaotic) wedding planning stage like a cool calm breeze, and before you know it, all the worries and questions an anxiety regarding the wedding pictures have been taken care of by her. She has a wonderful way about her, great sense of humor, is super easy to work with, there are no dramatic phrases and over the top exclamations, just a good old chat over a cuppa, a few words of wisdom and great suggestions regarding what could be done, what would work…and suddenly you find yourself ticking the Wedding Photographer box on your to-do list with a huge sigh of relief.
In her professional capacity Simone was excellent. (Her social media accounts and portfolio also speak for themselves.) We gave her quite a tough brief and super tight time lines but nothing was too difficult or too much effort. She took a lot of time to help us plan the timing of events to ensure she got the best of the light for that specific venue and also visited the location well before the time to acquaint herself with the surroundings and to find good photo spots. So, when the big day finally came, she was good to go.
From seeing her in action, following was very evident: she is extremely comfortable working with people and makes everyone feel comfortable around her – this is very important when you are getting ready to be married; she is always calm when shooting; she has a fine and magnificent eye able to capture the most beautiful moments as they happen; she becomes invisible at times J – I heard the clicking but I could not see her! She is an absolute professional but effortless and so easy to deal with… I think you get the picture.
The pictures were absolutely beeeeaaaauuuutiful, and way exceeded our expectations. They tell the story of the ‘feel’ or the vibe of the day….the emotions, quiet moments, friendships, deep thoughts, history, of course the love – and reflect the realness of the entire experience. Exactly what we wanted, and she nailed it.
So, Simone, thank you so much for making our memories so beautiful and real, for making it an amazing experience (the wedding and working with you), for the no effort, for the calm, for the extra miles, really, for everything you did for us (and I mean everything) !! Much love B&J xx
Mieke & Pieter
In a world filled with people chasing money instead of dreams, it’s hard to find an individual with passion and love for the industry that they are in. A wedding photographer’s work is the only physical reminder that you have left after your big day. Choosing the right photographer makes or breaks the reminder of that essential day you promised your eternal love to another human being. Simone and her husband, Kobus, did not just do a fantastic job of reminding us of that day, but were there every step of the way. Getting to know us as individuals as well as a couple. Staying long after their job was done at the wedding to spend time with us and celebrate until the very end.
Pieter and I would like to thank them for an amazing experience and I would recommend them any day of the year.
Melanie & Ernie
Simone Franzel is a fantastic photographer, they are so easy to work with, felt like we were best friends the moment we met them and it made the day so much easier. Both me and my husband are not the biggest fans of photoshoots and they absolutely made us feel comfortable. We wanted to spend more time with our guests rather than taking a lot of pictures and must say they did a fantastic job capturing our wedding and every sweet moment.
There was a lot going on at our wedding and thanks to Simone we now have the pictures for memories! Xxx
Elcke & Willem
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!
Ntando & Karabo
In 2012, a friend of mine went for a photo shoot 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 photo shoot, and without thinking twice, I chose Simone. I had no idea of where we wanted to have it and with my first consultation, she had the idea. We went to Irene Farm in Pretoria 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 in Hartebeespoortdam. The wedding pics were marvelous and have been used for a few wedding competitions which some we have won. Besides her professionalism and time-keeping, she is very talented and undoubtedly the best photographer I have ever worked with. Karabo Moshoeshoe
Chantelle & Dewald
Simone isn’t just an incredible photographer, she’s a masterful storyteller. From our first meeting, it was clear we made the right decision to have her shoot our wedding. She’s not some weird person hanging around you on your special day, she fits in like a friend celebrating with you. Thank you for the gorgeous images, the laughs we shared and the beautiful memories you helped to create! Your fans, always.
Helena & Gerhard
I had a great venue and was worried in the beginning that the photographer I choose will not be able to capture the whole picture, but I was astounded by the way she captured the feeling of my wedding. Transferring emotion into a photo was what won me over. I got extremely professional service and I had my photos back before I knew it. Not only was she professional, but I laughed so hard during the shoot that it was almost the best part of the wedding. Thank you for an awesome experience and wonderful photos. Helena
Sane & EJ
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!
Tanya & Ronnie
Thank you for the amazing wedding photos and making our memories last forever!!
Simoné kry dit reg om, met besonderse fotos, die essensie van mense en mense verhoudinge vas te vang. Haar liefdevolle en omgee-hart straal deur haar fotos.
Marne & Jan-Paul
Simone is a professional, friendly and experienced photographer that will make you feel at ease during your shoot. Absolutely loved our shoot with her and looking forward to sharing more memories in the future!
Joni & Amand
Simone is the best photographer to have at your wedding! She is so much fun and will become your friend as soon as you meet her. She does wonderful work and really has such a creative eye to capture all the unscripted moments of the big day! The quality of work is amazing and overall she is the best. Can’t go wrong with booking her for your wedding or any other shoot.