Nowadays I seem to spend a lot of time in the studio shooting portraits and boudoir. I still photograph the occasional wedding, but not nearly as many as I used to. I have also done quite a lot of product photography, which is really quite technical and I love the challenge of presenting someones product just so.
Please go check out The Wine Barrel Co, which has just launched a new website and has some lovely products, all of which were photographed in the studio.
If you are interested in product photography please contact sandra on 079 752 2124 or email email@example.com
I was approached by Luxe magazine to be part of a feature on why photographers are choosing to live and work in estates in Kwa-Zulu Natal. For me the balance of secure living and privacy for my clients combined with the sense of space and tranquility are perfect for what I am trying to achieve. The images of the absolutely gorgeous Anke complement the style of the magazine very well. Click on the image, page 26.
I am told that when a man has a Harley-Davidson, it can be quite difficult to shop for birthday presents. What better than a photograph of his Harley!! If lucky you might get in the frame as well! To organise commissions, please contact Sandra on 079 752 2124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been working recently with some fantastic young models, helping to build portfolios. I have always tried to continuously develop my photography, learning from formal and not so formal sources. There are some incredible resources just lying around for free on the internet. Like the excellent set of videos on how to model by Jill Billingsley. Every prospective model and photographer of models should watch these. Then practice, then practice some more.
Available for commercial and portfolio shoots in and around Durban, South Africa – and further afield if you pay my airfare!!
The stunning Ms C recently competed in her first ever International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) Miss SA Xtreme Beach Bikini competition and finished 6th out of 30 ladies!! If an achievement with all the dedication and hard work involved does not deserved to be captured in an image, I don’t know what does!! I mean, wow, just look … C you look amazing. It was a pleasure to be able to work with you in the studio, the images are gorgeous and you are absolutely beautiful. Well done!!
Are qualifications important? What about recognition by professional bodies? Ever heard the phrase “don’t confuse qualifications with clever”? Yep, but did you ever go to a doctor who didn’t have a medical degree? A dentist? How about the lawyer who helped you buy your house – did they go to law school?
Was it the qualification that made you trust them? No, of course it wasn’t. But it does help to work out whether or not these people are the real deal, or if they just opened an office somewhere and decided to give it a shot. Same with photographers. While qualifications don’t mean much on their own, they do prove that the person has been in business for a while and can work to a professional standard.
When I was based in the UK I was a member of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) and I continue to be a member of the Master of Photographers Association (MPA). For both I had to prove that I could work to the required standard by submitting a portfolio of images. To be a Master Photographer this went further and I had to show that I was making my income from photography, and I actually had to attend a live judging of my images. I was delighted when the panel not only unanimously passed me but the head judge said he would have no hesitation in having me substitute for him if he couldn’t shoot a wedding. I don’t just photograph weddings, but that was the category I decided to be assessed on. (Did you ever ask yourself what would happen if your wedding photographer got sick? Are they a member of an association where they can call on the services of a reliable replacement?)
I am delighted to say that my recent application to SA Professional Photographers was successful. Does it make me a better photographer? No! But it does mean that if someone is trying to tell the difference between me and some guy with a camera, they at least have somewhere to start. I am listed in the Kwa-Zulu Natal secion of SAPP and would love to hear from you.