Archive: For Photographers

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?

Celebration of South Africa’s Women’s Day

I had breakfast with a fellow photographer the other day and we were chatting about the nuances of being a wedding photo-journalist. There are some photographers who don’t shoot a single portrait on a wedding day and never move a thing or direct a single moment to stay true to the ethos of documentary photography.

I personally believe that there is a place and a market for all styles and approaches, however I love photographing portraits. Depending on the client and what they want from their wedding day I often aim to create images which portray my clients as the beautiful souls that they are to me.

Wedding Guests

This one is for my photographer friends …….

A good wedding photographer isn’t just a good picture taker. You need to have the people skills of a ninja, have an enormous sense of diplomacy, patience, assertiveness and humor. You will need to learn how to deal with different personalities whilst undergoing a huge amount of stress. No one wants to hire a bossy be –yatch and so much of your future business will happen as a result of word of mouth. The way you conduct yourself on a wedding day will sell you as much as your pictures.

How you deal with the wedding guests is as important as how you deal with your bride and groom. Whether you have a wedding of 6 people or 600 people you need to treat everyone with respect. They are an extension of the couple

Today I am going to take a tongue and cheek look at some of the guests you will encounter along the way.

How to unboring your wedding pics? – Start by asking yourself what you love about your job.

I recently gave a lecture to a group of 30 odd photographers on behalf of Nikon on “How to unboring your wedding Photography” and one of the questions I asked the audience was “What is it about wedding photography that makes you love it?”

I believe that in order to make authentic images we need to turn inward to discover what we really love and what we are drawn to instead of blindly copying trends or trying to do what everyone else is doing. If we know what we like and why, then we can apply these to our own work and use it as a map or a guide. If we keep coming back to this map we can create our own path instead of looking at everyone else and following the status quo which aside from being boring, can be an endless cycle.

Africa Centre Architectural Shoot with East Coast Architects and Raw Studios

When Bartjan Hooft from East Coast Architects contacted me to ask if I would be interested in photographing The Africa Centre in Mtubatuba I initially thought to turn down the job. I mean what on earth do I know about photographing buildings? After meeting with him and hearing that they didn’t want to hire an architectural photographer because they wanted to use someone with an artistic eye and a fresh approach my mind was slightly put at ease. It was however only when I read that they practice social and green architecture and had a good look through their site that I was moved to rise to the challenge. It must be mentioned that my boyfriend Riaan Van Jaarsveldt also had alot to do with the shift as he works in architecture and has a keen interest in the architectural photography, so we decided to do the job together.