Sharyn Hodges is a photographer situated in Plettenberg Bay, The Garden Route, South Africa specialising in Wedding Photography, Engagement Shoots, Family Photography and Accommodation.
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“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind
Hi there, I am Sharyn
I am all about adventure wedding & elopement photography emphasised on grand adventure and epic landscapes. Putting people in the most magnificent backdrops, my photography style can be described as adventurous, unobtrusive and centred around telling an authentic story through photographs that are filled with emotion and beauty.
I am inspired by our dramatic and rugged coastlines, windy mountains tops, mystical forests and forever chasing that golden sun. I am not your average photographer, to be honest in this Instagram & VSCO age, everyone and their mum and uncle is an adventure photographer, wedding photographer and family photographer, but what separates me from them is, I actually live it out. Often I will be out on my most beloved Robberg Nature Reserve, hiking at some ungodly hour to catch the sunrise or hiking back in the dark because I wanted to capture the sunset in a new location. Often I will go out just to find a new location. Feel the sea temperature, finding hidden rock pools and imagining a photograph before it’s even happened.
I fell in love with being outdoors before I fell in love with photography.
That all being said and done, I absolutely love photographing weddings. One of my favourite things is the connection with my couples and understanding how their love started. I get to share one of their most exciting moments in their life and relationship. I love working with couples who share an appreciation for beautiful landscapes, not afraid to hike up a mountain, stand on the edge of a cliff, explore the deep forests or enjoy the tranquillity of a secluded beach.
The best way to serve my couples is to go beyond the beautiful photographs, I want to give them an experience. I believe I have extensive location knowledge and expert level outdoor wedding photography skills. I bring a calming influence to the day (even though I might be freaking inside, you won’t know about it), reassuring and hilarious, I like to think that after an hour you forget that I am even there.
So what am I doing if I am not hiking up a mountain, finding pansy shells on the beach with my two best friends Dani & Bear (the best dogs ever!) or travelling, well you can find me at my favourite local cafe drinking an almond milk cappuccino with a few mates or hoovering a really good cheesecake!
Sharyn is truly amazing ! We really hit the jackpot when it comes to photographers. Choosing a wedding photographer can be a pretty daunting task but from the moment I saw Sharyn's work I knew she had to be the one, and our expectations were definitely exceeded. I love most that every picture captured tells a story and that Sharyn went out of her way to make recieveing our wedding photography parcel as special as possible.
We received a beautiful wooden box with our names and wedding date ingraved on it that held our USB and some of our favorite photos printed out, presented beautifully among some special sovienurs that Sharyn had collected on our wedding day like the confetti thrown and some moss that she had saved from the forest at our wedding venue it was like opening up a time capsule and that to me was such a special touch. We were extremely impressed with the turn around time in which we received a sharable link to some of our wedding photos which was within a matter of days! She is also a dream to work with, everything flows naturally and lots of fun and laughs are guaranteed to be had.
I can't recommend Sharyn highly enough, can't wait to work with her again 🙂
Sharyn is not only madly talented, but an absolute dream to work with, having her bubbly can-do vibe around us through what was a crazy day really was a huge bonus.
We LOVED our photos and could not more more pleased with the whole experience working with Sharyn.
Each of Sharyn’s photographs reflect her bubbly personality, her depth, her uniqueness and her keen eye. She brought calmness and humor to our wedding day and gifted us with the most exquisite, timeless photographic memories. We have received so many compliments on our wedding photographs and could not have asked for a better photographer for our special day. She brings exclusivity and her images stand out in a flooded market for all the right reasons. She is exceptionally talented, passionate and a true artist.
If you're after an experience, rather than just a photo shoot, be sure to book with Sharyn. Her images, like herself, are honest, authentic, real. She captures timeless moments in the lives of families, couples and friends, without revolving the photo shoot around her.
In fact, she's way more comfortable blending into the background whilst you enjoy precious moments with your family. She just happens to capture the essence of those relationships from the sideline in a very fluent, easy and confident manner. She's a gem to work with, and her shoots are guaranteed to leave you with memories of lots of giggles, fun moments and lots of awesome images to treasure for years to come.
You get so much more than what you are expecting, because she genuinely cares about her photography, and that shines through in every image. Can't recommend highly enough!
Thank you for our crazy, fun, awesome couple shoot (even though the wind was relentless), and for giving me such precious memories to not only put in an album, but also to carry in my heart.