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June 10th, 2011 | Uncategorized | Subcribe to RSS

Today’s post is the most difficult one I’ve ever had to write. There is no easy or less harsh way to say this, so I’ll rather say it as it is.

I lost half of Tamaryn and Nigel’s wedding’s photos.

There is so much to say about it and explain about it, but nothing will bring those images or moments back. The hardest part of it? The fact that people (the bride, groom and their families/friends) other than myself, have to deal with the consequences of my actions.

Again, I am so extremely, extremely sorry Tamaryn and Nigel…

What happened:

I lost the actual memory card on the day of the shoot. I have no idea how this could have happened and that i, even until now, hope for the card to ‘appear.’ (All my cards are marked with my name and number/email address.)

There is so much going through my head and so much more that i can write about this, but please do feel free to ask questions/comment below, because i know this is the biggest no-go as a photographer.

(Click HERE for their photo post.)

let me know what you think

  • Kat Forsyth
    June 10th, 20113:06 am

    One of my biggest fears is exactly this. I think you need to be commended for admitting this so openly and publicly – we’re only human and we do make mistakes, and things get lost in the blink of an eye. Just yesterday I got out my car with my parking ticket on my lap, walked literally ten metres away, realised, and turned back. The card was gone. In this case it didn’t matter, but it’s driving me crazy that it disappeared at all! But it happened so easily. Same as your CF card. I’m so sorry this happened, but again, well done you for admitting it openly here. I feel like I want to do something to help, but there isn’t really anything… *hugs*

  • rebecca
    June 10th, 20119:11 am

    Love you Zella x x x x x x

  • Nikki van den Heever
    June 10th, 201110:50 am


  • Jeannie
    June 10th, 201111:00 am

    I am terribly sorry to hear that. I commend you as well for writing this openly for us to read. Once again we are only human. I hope and pray your card will pop up somewhere and I am sure it will.

  • Dielda
    June 10th, 201111:01 am

    lief jou zella *mwha* ons is almal net mensies nie robots nie…

  • Christo van Deventer
    June 10th, 201111:06 am

    Ai Lizelle…this is definitely a photographers worst nightmare and l don’t wish it on everyone. Well done for being so BIG to publicly confess this. I think it is wonderful…photographers don’t share behind the scenes detail about some problems, mistakes etc. People just see the perfect images and project that onto the photographers personality when in reality, like Kat said, we are also only human…well done Lizelle, your work is always amazing…

  • Estie Thirion
    June 10th, 201111:07 am

    sterkte Lizelle…daai kaart SAL nog erens opduik!

  • Charlene Schreuder
    June 10th, 201111:11 am

    Lizelle, You are a photography genius..but geniuses are also human. I have always admire your work and now I’m also admiring your honesty. So soory to hear

  • Brian
    June 10th, 201111:12 am

    I can only imaging that dreadful stomach turning feeling you have when you realize something like this has happened. There is not much one can do but to try and keep your chin up and be as professional about it as possible! Your work is fantastic and a knock like this will soon be behind you and the lessons learnt, and I doubt it will ever happen again.
    Here’s to the next wedding! Bon courage!

  • Juné Joubert
    June 10th, 201111:13 am

    Biggest fear ever, prob for any photographer.. Grootste vrees ooit. Lizelle, you are a top top top professional photographer, countrywide, for sure. En bo-op dit ‘n “absolutely stunning person”. I pray that somehow all will work out. Thanks for being so honest and open. Jy is dierbaar. Baie baie liefde ******

  • Judith Doubell
    June 10th, 201111:16 am

    Shame Lizelle, you must be devestated. I know this is something all photographers fear greatly. I really hope it does come out at some point. Accidents happen, you didn’t do it on purpose. I really hope and pray that you find peace in yourself, because I’m sure you’ve been lying awake at night. You’re still a fantastic photographer and such an inspiration to all of us starting out. :)

  • Dee
    June 10th, 201111:16 am

    Ek hoop en bid vir jou en hulle, dat die kaart sy verskyning maak!! Sterkte girl!

  • sarah wood
    June 10th, 201111:17 am

    BIG hug! Job 12:10, there is no better place than those hands…xxxxxxx

  • Liezel
    June 10th, 201111:17 am

    ai dis nie lekker nie. moenie te hard op jouself wees nie. ons kan bid en hoop. wie weet, dalk maak daai memory card nog sy verskyning…

  • Monica Dart
    June 10th, 201111:25 am

    Zelle, i know how diligent and careful you are with your equipment and how much care you take – and this is absolutely devastating and an unfortunate thing to happen. Those memory cards are so small and it is such an easy thing to happen. With all your details on the back (and the fact that the cards can withstand pretty much anything -wind/rain etc) It is bound to turn up. xxxmoni

  • Charlotte
    June 10th, 201111:26 am

    Liewe Jesus sal jou ook hiermee help. Jy is amazing en ‘n wonderlike voorbeeld vir ons almal!! Ooh ja en die beste fotograaf ever!!!xxx

  • Lee-Ann Vigus
    June 10th, 201111:40 am

    Hoping the card will turn up!! keeping fingers crossed! As Kat said – commend you for being so open about this!

  • Lindy Kannemeyer
    June 10th, 201112:15 pm

    Voel regtig so jammer vir jou… Ons hou styf duimvas dat daardie memory card sal uitkom iewers…. Jy dink nie iemand sou dit uit jou sak gevat het???? kan dit wees????

  • Juanette
    June 10th, 201112:44 pm

    Lizelle, al wat ek kan doen is om vir jou ‘n groot vet drukkie te stuur *DRUKKIE* en jou in my gebede te hou!! xxx

  • Maré Rootman
    June 10th, 201112:46 pm

    Lizelle, I’ve known you for so long and I know that your heart and intentions are pure and real. This could’ve happened to any photographer, be at peace and know that you’ve done your best, we all love you so much!

  • Hannalee
    June 10th, 20111:22 pm

    I am sitting here teary eyed, Lizelle. Im very sorry about this unfortunate thing that happened to you and to Nigel and Tamaryn. This is of course precious memories but in the bigger scheme of things- they still had their wedding and the memories are in their hearts, they have each other and no one was injured or worse on this special day. Lots of hugs and kudos for having the guts to admit this so openly.

  • celeste
    June 10th, 20111:59 pm

    ek dink tog daardie kaartjie sal opduik dis soos noudie dag dat my 580EX flash head net verdwyn het uit my sak uit erens…..

    gaan terug, word rustig en gaan praat met almal by die venue
    sit beloningkie op

    onthou net ons kannie leer of beter word as ons nie die lesse leer nie en ook leer ons die lesse deur ander… vir seker sal dit nie weer gebeur nie
    x0x0 c e l e s t e

  • Heather Steyn
    June 10th, 20112:05 pm

    Lizelle – hier is ‘n virtual hug, vir jou bravery om so iets te kan se. Ek is so jammer dat so iets moet gebeur want dit is rerig nie lekker nie. Baie liefde en baie drukkies. xx

  • Heather Steyn
    June 10th, 20112:07 pm

    PS ek bid dat iemand daardie kaart sal optel erens!!

  • Elandre
    June 10th, 20112:14 pm

    Mater, dit suig! Maar ek stem saam Heather – ons bid vir divine intervention en dat die kaart in die regte hande sal beland. Don’t lose heart! x

  • minki
    June 10th, 20112:59 pm

    shame dame…dink aan jou! vertrou saam dat daardie kaart gaan uitkom…die foto’s wat jy wel gepost het is pragtig!

  • nikki
    June 10th, 20114:28 pm

    Zelli…my hart bloei vir jou en jou bruid want ek weet hoe presies hoe jy is met jou goed en wraggies waar dit kan met enige een van ons op enige dag gebeur. Ek weet dat terwyl ek shoot is my kop ‘n warboel van konsentrasie en partykeer skrik ek as ek om kyk en sien my kamera sak is dan nie langs my nie, dan het ek dit ‘n paar meter terug al vergeet, so hierdie unfortunate ding kan enige een oorkom. DAnkie vir jou opregte eerlike hart soos altyd. Ek bid saam met die res dat daai kaart wonderbaarlik terug in jou hande sal kom en indien nie, dat dit nooit jou liefde vir fotografie sal demp nie, want dit sal nou eers ‘n hartseer dag wees.xxxx

  • Surene
    June 10th, 20115:59 pm

    Lizelle, ek ken jou nie eers persoonlik nie, maar ek is mal oor jou werk en geniet jou posts altyd so baie – veral oor mens kan sien jou hart is so opreg en mooi en jy het so ‘n passie vir wat jy doen. Ek dink regtig aan jou en bid saam met almal dat die kaart sal uitkom. x

  • shelby joielala
    June 10th, 20116:50 pm

    I think we all have this fear and I applaud you for standing up and speaking about it. I’ve been a fan of your work for some time and will continue to follow you with even more respect than before. Chin up – sending you, the couple and their guests positive vibes all around! xoxo

  • Sarah Neal
    June 10th, 20117:04 pm

    Once I lost a wallet with my American green card in it. I was taking a trip in 3 weeks and it took MORE than 3 weeks to replace. I was really upset. I searched EVERYWHERE and went back to my husband’s place of work where I thought it had dropped out the car and looked. I was really thorough. Weird thing is every time I would go to that side of town I’d have this “still small voice” tell me to go check his job site again. Eventually I did so. Weeks later. I went INTO the building, scoured the ground outside the building. Then I leaned on the car and started to cry. Something told me to open my eyes. I’m not exaggerating – half a football field away in a grassy field full of rocks I saw a tiny corner of something square sticking out behind a stone. I ran as fast as my legs could carry me and sure enough… it was my wallet – everything still in it. I was yelling “thank you Jesus” over and over again so loud that I’m sure people thought I had lost my marbles. I’ll pray that card turns up. It’s every photographers worst wedding job nightmare….!

  • Adene
    June 10th, 20119:50 pm

    Lizelle, ek dink dit is elke fotograaf se grootste nagmerrie om dit oor te kom. Dit kan met enige iemand gebeur, jy is so eerlik om dit met die wereld te deel en dit wys net jy is mens xxx

  • Lauren kriedemann
    June 11th, 201111:29 am

    aaah Lizelle I am so sorry, i know how hard this must be for you. Thinking of you lots. xxx

  • Peta
    June 11th, 201112:14 pm

    Ai my mensie!Big Big Big hug…ek wens dit nie my grootste veihand toe nie…en ek het een..LOL…niemand nie!
    Al wat ek kan se is lig jou kop op, moenie dat hierdie insident jou grond toe vat nie, ons almal maak foute, jy is ‘n AWESOME fotograaf enwie weet miskien erens kom daai kaart tussen goeters uit!
    Dank aan jou en so baie liefde en sterkte vir jou!! Big HUG!!!!

  • Kirsten Mavric
    June 12th, 20114:34 pm

    As everyone’s already said, this is the worst nightmare for any photographer (especially a wedding photographer). So sorry :(

  • fei
    June 13th, 201111:31 pm

    wow, so sorry to hear that. I have been a fan of your photos. Best luck to you in finding the memory card back!

  • nastassja harvey
    June 20th, 20116:26 am

    aaah zella… my hartjie is super, super seer vir jou… ek kan net imagine hoe jy moet voel… :( jy is ‘n ongelooflike mens en ons verstaan nie hoekom hierdie dinge gebeur nie :( gaan baie hard bid dat iemand die kaartjie vind en terug na jou toe bring. miracles gebeur!! onthou net dat Pappa God jou baie lief het, moet dit nooit vergeet nie, ek dink so baie aan jou zellatjie X X X X