Wishingwell Lodge is a small affordable lodge situated in Westville, it has a big Boma which contains a full kitchen and big screen TV next to the pool. It has 6 generous size rooms, many with extra beds for the children. It’s situated close to the freeway.
Shooting interiors is a time consuming job, every shot was taken with the camera mounted on my tripod and triggered remotely. Still, I enjoy every moment of it!
I recently spent two days up at Insingizi Lodge in Mid Illovo. It’s a popular wedding venue and it has a spa and stunning accommodation, 9 rooms in total. They are busy redoing their website and needed images of all the interiors and exteriors. Ruth and I spent a few nights there as a mini getaway after our wedding, and one evening while chatting to the the manager Ali I mentioned that I do photography. The next day an enquiry came through my website and she said she wanted me to do photos of the venue for their website.
Unfortunately the sun was a no-show so the pool photos didn’t end up being any good, but I’m quite proud of the way the rest of them turned out.
I was about to leave for a family shoot in Umhlanga when I received a call from a chap who needed some photos of his retail cart at Gateway, I told him I would happily swing past there on my way back from my other shoot. So I finished up the beach shoot and went straight to Gateway, I took a couple of photos of the cart and was finished about 20 minutes later. The next day I did a quick edit of the photos and sent them to the client, it was one of the quickest and most painless shoots I’ve ever done. A day or two after that, he called again and asked for some packshots to be done of his products, those pics can be found in the packshots gallery.
This is the Christmas shoot I did in December for Del Coursy Jewellery. It was a bit late to do the shoot which put a bit of extra pressure on me to edit and deliver the photos in a hurry, but I managed to get them finished in time. The image below lived on the front page of the Del Coursy website for over a month and also went into some magazines here in South Africa and also in the UK. Juliet and Adela were again our wonderful models.
This is the second time I’ve shot a corporate event in the Ushaka aquarium, it’s a really wonderful venue. The only thing is that when it comes to photography, it presents its challenges because I have to shoot in near darkness. I prefer not to use flash if I can help it, but sometimes there is no choice. It’s always a fine balancing trick to using the ambient light and the camera flash, but I believe I managed to strike a happy medium here.
The event itself was simple and fun, with a few speeches and a prize or two followed by dinner. The Gee Jays ended off the evening with some hilarious songs and jokes.
Two Acres is a garden market at coffee shop close to where I live in Hillcrest, they have a small separate functions room that is sponsored by the gin brand Hendricks. I was asked to go take photos of the decor and capture all the little trinkets and details. Never before have a felt so at ease shooting decor because it’s normally at a wedding where I’m in a mad rush before the next part of the day, so I was able to take a bit longer and find the things I might have overlooked if I had less time.
The cappuccino at Two Acres was also delicious, and much needed to fuel me the photo shoot.
DFA are the company who have been responsible for the supply of fibre optic lines throughout South Africa for the last ten years, they held a celebration at Sky Venue at the Maharani Hotel in Durban. It was quite a simple brief, I shot loads of arrival photos in front of the banner then some speeches and finally the big surprise was that the famed band Goodluck who performed. The butter chicken curry at the Maharani is always a treat!
I shot an event at the Hilton Hotel in Durban for Visit Dubai, the delegates were all travel agents from around KZN. The representative from Dubai Tourism said she was doing them all over the country before heading back to Dubai, the Durban one being the final one. I worked hard to send the images the next working day after the event, as with many corporates the images were urgent. It was a great way to end off a very busy week, with loads of events and shoots to edit and deliver. I was even given a goodie bag along with all the delegates!
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 factory shots if you’re squeamish.