Journal 2018-09-12T21:46:20+00:00


Sometimes the love story of a couple or the way that a family shoot makes me feel needs to be expressed in more than pictures.  Sometimes it is important to explain certain aspects of a shoot to potential clients in more than a simple FAQ post.  For such times these blog articles will fill the gap.

WEDDING QUESTIONS Let's answer some common questions couples have when planning their weddings. My twin sister is getting married [...]

ME AND MY FAMILY A little glimpse into my life and my family. When I shoot a wedding, I get to spend the entire [...]

MY BRANDING EXPERIENCE They say that change is as good as a holiday, and a change for my brand has given me renewed energy and excitement [...]

LEARNING FROM LUKE One of the most memorable families that I have photographed this year is most definitely The Roberts family. I cried a bit when [...]


  • Hey photographers! 📸👋
The first few years of being a photographer can be very confusing.
- Which lenses do I invest in?
- Where should I advertise?
- How do I book clients without experience or a portfolio?
- How do I price my services?
- What’s my editing style?
- What goes into my T&Cs?
- Insert 1000 other questions here.
I was full of questions and it’s taken me MANY years (3 years studying and 11 years shooting) to reach this level of confidence... but I didn’t get here alone. I’ve had guidance from mentors and friends, I’ve enrolled in courses and I’ve read blog posts. I’ve absorbed information along the way and been inspired by many different photographers.
I’d like to help answer some of YOUR questions. I’d like to share my experiences with you in the hope that my stories would offer guidance in your journey as a photographer. I’d love to have a look at your work, at your website and at your marketing strategy and offer my opinion. I’d love to hear your plans, your dreams, your goals - and become a friend.
I’d love you to join me for a hangout session.
~ Salt Rock
~ 22nd November OR 6 December ~ R3000
~ lunch and drinks included ~ theory and practical .
Pop me a DM if you are interested and let’s chat. Limited to 5 people per group.
Thank you for this photo @wilmatowellphotography
#thepurposefulphotographer #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #weddingtips #photographytips #photographymentor #photographer #kznphotographer #hoorayworkshops #businessadvice
  • Happy Sunday. ❤️
  • I’ve got that weekend feeling 🎉
#weddingportraits #fearlesslyartsy #kznwedding #thevenuefontana #durbanwedding #durbanweddingphotographer #bridalportrait #happybride
  • This one is for the men...
I know it might feel weird to have your photos taken but getting a pic like this takes literally a second and your parents and grandparents will be so grateful for it.
They might not ‘get’ the modern way of photography with heads chopped off, super dark tones and no one looking at the camera 🤣 so let’s make them happy and get a good old fashion portrait. It’s the one you can pop into a frame and gift them for Xmas.
#groom #groomsportrait #bridegroom #weddingphotography #durbanwedding #kznwedding #weddingportraits #kznweddingphotographer #derrynschmidt
  • Taking things all the way back to 2015.
Although I have a photography diploma, I had no real training in the event of weddings when I began shooting them. I learnt as I went along, taking experiences from each one to better myself.
I did everything I could to learn not just how to take good wedding photos, but also how to be a good person to have around on your wedding day.
I took this photo at my first wedding photography workshop with @kikitography. I admire you guys so much and love how open you were with your life story, your knowledge and your passion. 
I hope that I’m able to do the same.
I’d like to do a few live videos over the coming weeks but I haven’t got used to the ‘just talking’ thing. If you have any questions or any struggles, please pop them in the comments or DM me and I’ll address them. I’d be happy to answer questions from brides too - if you have any :) .
Have a good evening everyone ❤️
  • 👋 Hey photographers. Wanna hang out? .
I’m currently chatting with 2 photographers about mentor sessions and have decided that it might be better to get together as a small group and make a day out of it.
▪️22nd November OR 6 December ▪️@rayskitchensa Salt Rock.
▪️I am an open book. Ask me anything. No topic is off limits.
▪️Not exclusive to wedding photographers. All genres of photography welcome.
▪️ limited to 8 people.
▪️R3000 (lunch and drinks included)
We will have a private space at the restaurant and a lot of opportunity for chatter. I hope that by coming together as a group that we can share experiences and work through any challenge you may be experiencing. This is an informal hangout - perfect for someone who prefers intimate learning.
Please pop me a mail or inbox message if you have any questions or if you are keen to join our hangout session. hello@derrynschmidt.com
Join me on Facebook tomorrow morning at 10am if you would like to hear more about it or ask me any questions. (Even questions that are not related to the workshop but something you think I can help you with)
  • Yes, a marriage is between you and your partner but your bridesmaids/sisters/best friends play a big role in the wedding day and the build up to it. 
Tag a bestie and show your appreciation ❤️
@spencertanille @gaecokayne @kendrasemple
  • Cheers to the weekend!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Just a little reminder that if YOU are being toasted, you should remain seated. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Also, apparently it's impolite to clink glasses - but where's the fun in that?  I say go all out and have the party of your lives! CLINK CLINK!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Are you attending a wedding tomorrow? If so, where? I'm beginning to get wedding withdrawals. LOL! Have a happy weekend everyone!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#wedding #weddingphotography #weddingcouple #Weddingdinner #Durbanwedding #kznwedding #weddingphoto #derrynschmidt #weddingtips #weddingetiquette
  • ... a little black and white drama for you this morning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#wedding #weddingphoto #weddingphotography #kznwedding #durbanwedding #weddingportrait #blackandwhite_art