September = taking the time to push my boundaries ie Giving a speech at the South African Wedding Photographers Association party in CT on the 8th.

I know I made quite a few brides unhappy when I decided to take this September off weddings to push my boundaries and work on personal projects. I was beginning to  feel like my work was stagnating so instead of sitting around talking about all the things I would like to do, I made the time to do them. It’s not that I don’t enjoy shooting weddings, they are just so time consuming that they seem to take over every free second of my life and it’s therefore easy to become a bit lazy and fall into ruts. If you are really busy and working all the time  its often easier to take the safe route rather than being a bit fearless and going for gold! I think it is vital to take time out to throw yourself out of your comfort zone and to learn, study and grow. I had originally planned to work on some fine art projects but I decided to do something different and push myself technically which is always scary as I am not naturally a technical person. So I am going balls to the wall and playing with lighting, working on conceptual shoots and collaborating with stylists.

Do you feel like you are stuck in a rut, do you spend time talking about doing things rather then doing them, is your work starting to bore you, do you feel a bit lost????? Well then I encourage you to take the first step and JUST DO IT!!! No excuses. Once you start shooting for yourself its bloody amazing how your internal energy shifts. I know not everyone has the luxury of taking a month off to do this sort of thing. I have worked hard for this and sacrificed alot to do this but I know that this time will bring great things for me and my little business. If you cannot take time off … what about just doing that project that you keep talking about? It feels good , I promise!

The funny thing about making a decision is that the universe all of a sudden opens up the flood gates.

Not too long ago I received an email from Ian Mitchinson asking me to give an inspirational talk at the South African Wedding Photographers Association party on the 8th of September. Now that is seriously throwing me out of my comfort zone!!! Last year 2 of South Africa’s top top wedding photographers Jean Pierre Uys and Christine Meintjes were the guest speakers!!!! Apparently all the who’s who of wedding photography will be there so its all rather daunting but as I said … throwing yourself into uncomfortable situations pretty much always leads to growth. I have booked tickets and will be there with bells on.

I am going to be talking about

Using self introspection to develop and maintain a unique visual language in amongst all the noise of social media which surrounds us. I will share 2 basic techniques of visual methodology which I learnt during my Fine Art Degree and am now applying to wedding photography.

The party is going to be held at the Zulu Bar on Long Street starting at 7pm. Besides being a great networking evening, The Rudimentals will be playing and there are some fabulous prizes to be won (ie tickets to see Kings of Leon etc etc) Click here to find out more. Please do come say hi to me. Looking forward to meeting you all!!!!!

PS The lovely Jules Morgan will also be talking along with DuWayne and Custo Photography.


  1. Adi Weerehim on August 31, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Would you consider doing the same talk for us Durbanites sometime? Can’t make CT but would love to listen in….

  2. Niki Marusich on August 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    It sounds amazing Jacki – best of luck! I am so disappointed that I can’t get to the party. Would you perhaps consider posting a vid of your talk on your blog? I know people should go to the party if they want to hear, but it might be kinda cool for all of us that can’t make it 🙁

  3. iaan on August 31, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    This is great Jacki! I love this part of your post: “The funny thing about making a decision is that the universe all of a sudden opens up the flood gates.”

    I cannot agree more 🙂

    Looking forward to meeting and seeing what your “September” delivers!

  4. jo-ann stokes on August 31, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I promise us Capetonians dont bite…..and we wont boo you off the stage cos you arent a Capetonian either …lol!
    I am looking forward to hearing you …..see you on the 8th!

  5. Adri Meyer on August 31, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Jacki, so glad you are coming down to CT, and love your topic! So what I would love to hear right now. Really looking forward to meeting you. Will be welcoming you with open arms and lots of CT love.

  6. Gena D on August 31, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Awesome! well done to you on both counts!!! I’m sure you’ll be a success on the 8th. PS. When you gonna do a Jhb talk/ event??? Maybe part of Kiki??
    G xx

  7. Kate van Onselen on August 31, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    from what I have read on your blog and in exchanges I am positive that you will be awesome! September is also my month of change and so many good things are happening already. I am moving to Durbs as a part of this change and absolutely cannot wait, hope to catch you around 🙂 xx K

  8. Kerry on August 31, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I completely agree with Niki about the video idea, I was bummed at the idea of not being able to go to the party, and now even more bummed that I’m going not going to hear what you have to say, I bet you’re going to be awesome!!

  9. Ninette on September 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Hope the speech went well Jacki!! Great article and so true. Agree with Niki suggestion too.. Video a great idea!!
    Who knows.. inspirational talks may be your next ‘thing’ 🙂

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