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I am originally from Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, but now live in Johannesburg. I studied photography (amongst other visual arts, including 3D animation and graphic design) at The Open Window school of Visual Communication in Pretoria. Currently I am editor for the photographic magazine Photocomment where, other than being the editor, I am a contributor and writer for monthly columns where I write photographic tests/reviews. Obviously shooting is my main line of work. Photography and shooting is my life.
I always make my shoots interesting and fun. From my side if it's not enjoyable then there's no point in doing it but I get the job done. I take it seriously and keep it professional, but I keep it fun. I shoot throughout Gauteng (Johannesburg and Pretoria) and also occasionally shoot in my home town, Nelspruit.
My main line of shooting is studio/glamor/fashion but I do shoot a lot of sports and automotive photography as well. I also shoot swimwear, lingerie and pregnancy shoots. I have been known to do the occasional product and food photography shoots.
I'm versatile and adjust quickly to new shooting situations. If you want to inquire about a type of photography that I haven't listed, just ask me if it's part of my repertoire. I could even shoot your chihuahua's wedding if you asked me nicely enough, but generally I don't shoot weddings.
If you have a project you want me to do that I don't think I can pull off, I will tell you. I have a standard and an image to uphold and that I only want to improve on so if I think what I'm capable of for a project will be sub par to what I'm used to delivering, I will say no. I won't waste your time and mine by not providing the best work I can.
At the moment I can only accept paid assignments. A girls' gotta eat, right? (isn't that a line from a movie?) But seriously, I have rent to pay, a lot of expensive camera equipment to cover and a belly that needs to be fed. And not to mention that that stupid price of petrol keeps going up too. This isn't my hobby. It's my job and profession, and one which I spent a lot of money studying how to do well. Good universities don't come cheap. I need to recoup those costs. That being said, my rates are very reasonable and I won't rip you a new one. With me you get what you pay for. I produce quality and guarantee it. I'll be honest with you, if you really want the cheapest price, there are plenty of people out there with a camera who call themselves a "photographer" who'll probably do a whole shoot for R250, but don't be surprised when the results are not what you wanted.
But, all that being said, I will occasionally consider a trade-for-CD shoot. If you have a great concept and a great portfolio that I'm impressed by or have a "look" that I like, I'm happy to do a collaboration if it will benefit my portfolio as well. Don't be afraid to ask if you have a really wild idea. The more crazy, the more likely I'll agree to a TFCD shoot. (hint, I really love pin up)
On a personal note, due to my style of working and shooting, it's very important for me for the model to enjoy themselves as well. The more relaxed the model the better the results of the shoot. Trust to me is very important. Lately, photographers have developed a negative stereotype as creepy and dodgy, and rightfully so. There are many photographers out there that have contributed to giving our industry a negative image. Photography started out as an art form, and I still intend on keeping it that way. I keep things classy and try hard to build a relationship of trust. If you wan to bring a chaperone to a shoot to be more at ease, I'm very happy with that. In fact, I strongly recommend it.
Also, if you're not a very experienced model, don't worry. I'm very patient and am used to working with new models who aren't used to knowing what to do and need direction. I don't bite and am very happy to help you as much as I can. Because of my relaxed shooting style, you'll be laughing and having fun in no time. Promise :)
For those interested in what I shoot with and all that technical jazz, I have a vast range of fast aperture lenses for different shooting situations and types of photography for added versatility. Low light shooting situations with natural, available light is not a problem with my equipment. In fact, it's a speciality of the equipment I have
Pentax K5 body AKA Snappy (rated by DXO Labs (camera test specialists) as the 3rd best DSLR ever produced in terms of sensor performance and image quality. If that doesn't sell you then I don't know what will.)
Pentax K100D Super body as an emergency back up (trusty old friend)
Pentax K1000 35mm film SLR
Yashicamat 124G 120mm Twin Lens Relfex film camera
Pentax 10-17mm f3.5-4.5 fisheye
Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 wide angle lens
Sigma 17-50 f2.8 fast standard lens
Pentax 50mm f1.4 extreme fast portrait lens (my favourite and most used lens)
Pentax 50-135mm f2.8 fast long standard lens
Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro (legendary lens)
Tamron 70-300mm f4.5-6.3 (my only lens that can be considered modest, but it's already given me one magazine cover so it stays)
3x Portable flashes with brollies for easy location shooting with quality controllable light
2x 300w studio lights with a variety of modifiers
(and that's not counting the countless cameras I have shot with for testing and reviews. They span all makes, all models and all formats.)
Pentax might not be the first choice for professionals but it works well for me. Personally I believe it's the photographer that makes the difference anyway, not what brand he shoots. Show me a photographer who takes better photos than me because he shoots with Canon or Nikon and not because he's a better photographer and I'll prove you wrong. I let my images do the talking. Not my equipment. The proof is in the pudding. Damn, now I want pudding.
My camera equipment isn't just equipment to me. You could almost say I have a close relationship with my cameras and lenses and I practically consider them part of the family. If you ask me nicely I'll even give you the honor of letting you meet my baby, Snappy, my main camera. Yes, I gave her a name and yes, she is my baby, but it's because I love her and we've seen many amazing things and been to many unbelievable places together. If I really like you, I might even let you hold her but no promises there :)
On a completely unrelated note, if you buy me an ice cream after a shoot, I'll be your best friend forever :)
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