Unstuck Yourself Creative Photography Workshop Johannesburg 2017

So many wedding and portraits photographers are scared of their flash and panic when faced with tricky lighting situations. Often these same photographers can get stuck in ruts making safe images, which has them dreading work and serving clients who don’t resonate with them. Creative anxiety can also often be a huge problem and can debilitate new ideas and motivation.

If you are one of these photographers well then the next few lines are for you!

I know what it is like to feel totally burnt out and uninspired but with my Fine Art background, introspection and lots of reading I manage to push past the dark patches! 3 years ago I went on a trip to Bali to figure out what do with my life and my work. When I left South Africa I was battling with adrenal burnout and a broken heart. I had the most wonderful 2 life changing months in this magical land and by giving myself the space and time to think and dream I came home inspired and filled with a new lease on life. I realized whilst I was there that I wanted to help other people reach their potential and I dreamed up a workshop where I would teach other photographers to move from a place of “stuckness” and in to a place of creativity and self expression. My first “Unstuck Yourself Workshop” happened on a beautiful farm on the outskirts of Johannesburg last week. Not everyone can go to Bali for a shake up but you can take a day out of life to inspire yourself!

My aim for this workshop is to help you move past any fear you have surrounding your work and give you confidence to turn tricky situations into creative possibilities! I want to help you speak with your own visual language and create images that you are proud of! I have one spot open for the next workshop in Cape Town on the 1st of November.

Traditional Zulu Wedding – Nadja + Sandile

Nadja is a striking women with long blonde hair and twinkling eyes, she could be a German princess from a by gone era although her expressive face and enormous smile might have been too much for royalty of the passed. They always seemed to look so sad with those deadpan expressions in old paintings and pictures, and deadpan is not a way I would describe anyone from this family! Animated, inspiring, joyful, kind hearted, motivated and enlivened are however words that could be used! They are the type of people who I love to photograph. They are the type of people I love to be around!

On the 3rd of September 2017 Nadja married her Zulu prince for the 3rd time in a traditional Zulu ceremony in Eshowe where Sandile grew up and his family still live. It was such a wonderful experience for this photographer. I am fascinated by culture, by colour, by people and by emotion. This celebration was one of my most favourite weddings to shoot in my whole career and I hope you can tell!

Are you my new assistant???

My dear assistant Lizzy will be leaving me and I will be looking for a person to fill her role. Liz would have worked for me on a permanent basis for 4 years at the end of this year, and I have seen her grow in so many ways during this time. Besides learning so much from a technical and business point of view we have shared so many incredible life experiences together like visiting Mauritius, Sweden and Nambia. She has been a vital ingredient in my business and has added so much value. I am incredibly sad that she is leaving but I also know how much potential this girl has and I am so looking forward to seeing her fly.

The Orchards White Wedding – Sandile + Nadja

There is a famous Annie Liebovitz quote which says “A thing that you can see in these pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people” I wouldn’t be so bold as to ever put my work in the same league as Annie but I am going to steal her quote for this wedding story! I have found that I produce better work when I get to know my clients and when I first met Sandile and Nadja it felt like we had already known each other for lifetimes.

Sandile is South African Zulu and Nadja is German, they met in Africa, fell in love, fell pregnant, merged stories, cultures, families and lives. Years later they made it official and brought Nadja’s closest family and friends from abroad and got married under the African sky in two ceremonies. The first “white wedding” happened at The Orchards up in the KZN Midlands and the second traditional Zulu wedding happened in Eshowe a couple of days later.

Unstuck Yourself – A One day Creative Photography Workshop with Jacki Bruniquel in Johannesburg – 10 October 2017 and Cape Town 1st November 2017

Are you feeling like you are stuck in a rut when it comes to your photography?

Feel afraid to push your own boundaries and try new things?

Do you find yourself blindly following trends for the sake of it?

Are you struggling with the immensity of maintaining creativity whilst running your own business?

Are you terrified of putting your prices up, meaning that you are taking on so much work that you don’t have a moment for yourself or your family?

Do you feel like your work sucks and that this is causing you to feel inadequate?

Are you terrified of shooting in tricky lighting situations and messy rooms?

Does your flash give you anxiety? Are you feeling burnt out?