NVB – that’s me!
Hi, I’m Nadine van Biljon. My difficult to pronounce surname is courtesy of my lovely South African husband, so many people simply call me NVB.
We met working on a big boat when I was traveling around the world on my own, traumatizing my mother (that’s how she sees it) by undertaking various adrenaline-fuelled activities and experiencing some beautifully epic places.
One of those was New Zealand and that’s how it all began…
I PRIDE MYSELF ON GOING
over & above
FOR ALL MY CLIENTS
W e now live a slightly less frantic life outside London, in leafy Surrey, near Richmond upon Thames, with our two amazingly pesky daughters who share our love for the sun, sea, sand and…safari!
While I’m perfectly happy camping in the wilderness with hair that’s seen better days, I’m also a bit of a magpie, attracted to sparkly, shiny things. If there’s a chandelier to be found at your wedding you’ll most likely find me there, at the end of the night, loitering with intent to create something special with it.
My first career was a Sales Executive in the IT industry, managing clients which mostly required good people skills – just as well, given I’m no technologist! I still love business (and people) but knew I had a more creative streak bursting to get out.
So I took the plunge…I signed up for some photography training, bought a camera, pointed it relentlesly at my then 1-year old muse (this MAY be the reason she’s such a poser now!) and I’ve never looked back. That was six years ago now and I’ve come a long way.
Going over and above for the people who put their faith in me, to document their story with passion and creativity is what I’m all about. I strive to produce photography that overwhelms and inspires, but also entertains and moves people.
I ‘m super proud to have been awarded the title Photographer of the Year 2018 by the Masters of Wedding Photography for UK & Ireland, and to be included in The 100 Best Wedding Photogaphers in the World 2018, an achievement I could have only dreamed of when I first started out.
I’m an ambassador of Nine Dots, a community dedicated to helping photographers to “create your own awesome” to best serve their wedding clients. Hanging out with, working with, and best of all being friends with some of the industry’s top talent inspires me, keeps me on my toes and challenges me to keep getting better with every event I shoot.
I love to give back to the community and can often be found speaking at industry events, or mentoring other photographers through workshops or one-to-one sessions, and at the risk of sounding altruistic, I get a huge buzz helping other photographers succeed in making a business out of their passion. Its tough out there!
I’m honoured to have had my work featured in Brides and on blogs like Smashing the Glass, Love My Dress, FlyAway Bride, and English Wedding and to have had my work recognised by International Photography Award bodies.
It’s great that people in the industry like my work, but far more important to me are the wonderful comments I get from my couples when they first see their images. Truthfully, that is the greatest compliment and the greatest reward, and it makes my heart sing…Every.Single.Time!
Hopefully that gives you an inkling of what I’m about. I’d love to hear about you too so please get in touch and share something a little personal about you, your day or your wonderful fiancé(e). Maybe we can arrange a call to learn more about each other and how we can make the most amazing pictures of your wedding.