A sentimental South African

I love photography.  I love people.   I love shooting weddings and meeting all the interesting and wonderful characters that come with them . I’m ridiculously sentimental and I see the emotion in the tiniest of  things. I have experienced a fair amount of loss in my life, so I really do value the importance of family members and close friendships and I put my heart and soul into documenting that for you. I absolutely love LOVE and photographing it in in ALL its forms.

I’m Tanli (pronounced like Stanley but without the ‘S’ ). My parents made up my name…just like that, on the spot..no  exotic origin .  My mum thought I was going to be a boy and had settled on the name ‘Russel’, but turns out, I wasn’t a boy and they had to think of a new name,  pronto!

I am South African. I left the heat and the dust and the expanse of beautiful Africa and moved to the green and old and cold of the beautiful Cotswolds , UK. I miss Africa and waking up to 32 degrees at 8 am on a Sunday morning. I love England and now wear ‘jumpers’ ….a lot.

I have 2 cats, Kodak and Agfa. I love Kodak slightly more than I love Agfa, but thankfully Agfa cannot read this! I also have 2 children, but love them both the same!

I used to be a competitive showjumper and dressage rider and had 2 horses.. I miss them terribly and yearn to ride again. I also used to be a Marketing Manager, but I don’t miss that at all! Ha ! I much prefer being a wedding photographer.

My favourite film is ‘Legends of the Fall’…followed closely by ‘Last of the Mohicans’.

My favourite book is ‘If the sun doesn’t kill you the washing machine will’ by Peter Wood.

I’m addicted to buying stuff on ebay!  . I never go to bed before midnight. I make the best cajun chicken burger.

I figure choosing a wedding photographer is not just based on the actual photographs but also a little on the personality that you are going to spend most of your day with.


My approach is super simple : ) 95% of your day is shot unobtrusively, using a ‘documentary style’ approach. I blend in and shoot the day as it unfolds. I don’t boss you about and I don’t take over.  I want to shoot the day as it ‘felt’ and deliver a gallery filled with authentic, emotive, fun and creative images of you and your loved ones enjoying the day.  The 5% that is not documentary , is the bit where I shoot your family group photos and your couple portrait photos. My approach here is equally relaxed and easygoing. For the group shots, I ask you for a list, and I whizz through them all fairly quickly. I know how important these photos are to you and they do become a very treasured part of your wedding gallery, but I’m also aware that weddings are for getting together and not spending hours on photographs.

For the couple portrait shots, we walk , look for great light and shoot. Its super easy. No awkward posing .I really am good with couples that are nervous in front of the camera. Most of my couples  that book me, tell me how they were drawn to how natural my photos look and how the personalities of the couples seem to be captured.  99% of all my couples also tell me how they hate having their photograph taken, and inevitably, those same couples tell me how easy I made it for them on their wedding day. I would love to do the same for you

I'd love to be your photographer


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