This was one of the quickest shoots I’ve ever done. I arrived at the FWJK offices in Umhlanga just before 9am, set up my lighting in the boardroom and in came the first staff member for their company photo. A total of four staff members rushed in on their way to and from meetings, I asked each of them to take a seat and smile while I take a few shots and literally 10 minutes later I was finished. It actually took me longer to drive there than the actual shoot took, incredible!
I was commissioned to do the company photos for Regal Meats. My job was to do portraits of the staff, some general photos in the factory and a group photo outside with the trucks. It all went well. I captured all the smiling staff for their company photos and did a few group shots, then went downstairs and did some general photos in the factory. Then when I went outside I asked if there was a ladder I could use to get a bit higher, I wanted to get the signage on the building and the trucks all in the frame. They didn’t have a ladder on hand so they decided to improvise, I had to stand on a wooden crate and they raised me up on a forklift!
All in all it was a successful shoot, but I don’t recommend looking at the shots I got in the factory if you’re squeamish.
Tracy and Antonino had a nautical themed wedding, largely because they met whilst both working on a ship. Antonino is Italian and was blessed to have family and friends fly out for the wedding, Tracy is South African and her parents have a home at Zimbali. We had a magnificent sunset which greeted us just as we started the creative shoot, we were on our way down to the beach when I spotted some rays of light shining through some trees onto the road so we stopped the cars and did a few photos. During the reception speeches I was walking past the front door and noticed a blonde lady posing for a photo next to the fairy lights, so I snapped a shot just for fun. Only later when I was editing the photos did I realize it was actually the well know Afrikaans singer Patricia Lewis!
Wishing you all the best Tracy and Antonino, thanks for having me document your big day!
It was so fun shooting the wedding of my good friends Darrell and Jess, it’s quite different to most of the weddings I shoot which are for couples I only meet either on the wedding day or maybe once before the wedding. It was a close-knit affair with our other friends Carryn from Desire 2 Hire who did the décor, and Dave Yapp from Top Jocks who spun the decks and kept the party going. Special thanks to my Ruth for all the help before, throughout and after the wedding day. The ceremony was held at Highbury Chapel in Hillcrest, we did the creative photo shoot at Summerveld and finally ended off with the reception at Bellevue Café.
Congratulations Darrell and Jess, it was an honor and a pleasure!
I’ve been wanting to blog this wedding for a while now but I’ve just been way too busy with so much editing. James and Sarah had a beautiful wedding in April, the ceremony was at the Maris Stella school chapel close to where Sarah grew up and the reception and photo shoot was at Talloula in Botha’s Hill. The decor was done magnificently as always by Glynnis at Talloula, and the food is always on another level. The DJ was John Roux from The Wedding DJ who I often work with.
James and Sarah were so kind and fun throughout their big day, they took it all in their stride and finished it off with a great party!
My amazing partner Ruth accompanied me to Ty and Bronwyn’s wedding, and she did some exceptional video camera work. I took care of all the photos that you can see in the post below while she shot all the video footage, even though she hasn’t done it many times she has a naturally creative eye and I’m grateful that I can always put my complete trust in her.
I edited the below highlights clip to Ty and Bronwyn’s first-dance song called Into the Mystic by Van Morrison, enjoy!
On the 27th of March last year I got an enquiry from Bronwyn, she explained that she is originally from South Africa but now lives in the USA. She was travelling to KZN to visit family with her new fiancé Ty and wanted to do an engagement shoot. So we made the arrangements and did a lovely sunrise engagement shoot in Ballito which you can see here. I sent their images off to them in the USA and thought nothing more of it. Then at the end of October I unexpectedly received another email from Bronwyn saying that they had booked their date and venue, and they had chosen Babylonstoren in the Western Cape. She said they were so happy with the engagement photos and asked if I was willing to travel down there to shoot the wedding too. My initial reaction was of surprise and delight, I’ll take any reason to go to Cape Town.
So in April Ruth and I spent a wonderful week in the Western Cape, we went to Paternoster and Langebaan and finished off with the wedding at Babylonstoren. The gardens and scenery were a treat to visit, and the food looked amazing. Ty and Bronwyn were lovely, down to earth and kind. Thanks again to Ty and Bronwyn for having us down to share their day!
Doing packshots is never as easy as it seems. All these products were very reflective and I had to be very careful, I used a closed lightbox with just the end of my camera lens sticking through an opening. Even still I got reflections which I had to remove afterwards in Photoshop. The other trick is to get angles correct, if you shoot the product from too high or too low then you end up with lines and edges that aren’t straight. Finally, maintaining accurate colours is also a challenge.
The great thing about this shoot was that I did it at my clients premises, so once I’d finished I was home within 10 minutes, but since I didn’t take any of the products with me I had to make sure they were all shot properly because I wouldn’t have been able to re-shoot it. I think they turned out great!
I recently spent two full days doing fashion photography in my home studio for a jewellery brand named Del Coursy. The first day was doing the packshots for roughly 150 items and the second day was the models shoot. Because I don’t have a permanent studio, I set up my backdrop and lighting in my lounge. In came the two models Monique and Monica from Models International, as well as Kendall from Nixon Make-up and the two Del Coursy ladies. We worked as a team to get the best possible images for the website. All the images had to be cropped to square to fit the format of the website.
Somehow I seem to have picked up a bit more fashion work recently, maybe it’s something I should look at doing more in the future…
I was commissioned by an electronics company called Autotronix to shoot photos and video at their Lower Tugela Water Works site. I had a shot list which I was given and a site foreman who took me around, and off we went for the day in hardhats and reflective vests. The main aspect of the site that they wanted to capture was the electronics, cabling and boards as well as a few overhead photos and a couple of staff shots in between. It was a full day of shooting in may different spaces and environments, which was demanding from a technical aspect especially since I was shooting both still photos and video. Still it was well worth it and definately helped keep me on my toes