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.
A couple of years ago I was invited to talk at the Wedding Friends Conference that was held up in Joburg. They asked me to be on a panel of industry experts to talk about various topics relating to wedding suppliers. My topic was on whether photographers should share their images with other vendors at no cost. I planned to write a blog about it but things got pretty chaotic in my personal and work life after this conference and I just never got around to it.
The other day I heard a photographer waxing lyrical about the doomed state of the photographic industry. He complained how difficult things are due to the huge increase in the number of photographers in the world with the advent of digital photography. Today whilst backing up old hard drives I made a folder of all the many shoots I have done for my brother and his wife and it got me thinking. There may be more photographers now than ever before, but human beings now place more value on photography than ever before.
It’s been an incredibly busy season in Jax land. KZN winters are not quiet that is for sure! Here are some daft photos that Lizzy has taken of me in action over the past while. When I see photos of myself shooting I can only wonder what my clients must think but I am sure they are thankful I don’t wear dainty dresses and heels when they see the results!
If you had to ask a wedding photographer what their favourite lens is, chances are they will answer a 5o mm prime. The 35mm prime is also becoming increasingly popular with wedding photographers and has long been loved by photo-journalists. I am a little different! If you have a look at what is usually on my cameras you will find my 24-70mm 2.8 Nikon and the 70-200mm 2.8 Nikon. I choose lenses based on how quickly they focus, how sharp they are and what kind of result and or effect they give me. Lenses are at the end of the day a tool! I love my Nikon zooms, have got pretty used to operating with them and trust them both implicitly!
I have never really gelled with the 50mm prime and have never tried a 35mm prime but an old dog needs to learn knew tricks and I am always open to learning new ways of doing things so when Michael from Sigma got hold of me to ask if I would like to test out the Sigma 50mm 1.4 and 35mm 1.4 art lenses I jumped at the chance!