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

STORIES FROM BEHIND THE LENS

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.

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  • I’m shooting a whopper of a wedding on Sunday after a 3 month wedding ‘break’. I’m VERY much looking forward to it. It’s gonna be wild @ohhappydaydbn @the.minerals @shangrace91
  • Does anyone else get nostalgic around this time of year and start to look at old family photos?
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Having photos taken with your children is your gift to them. They won’t remember much about these precious first few years, but through photographs you can share your memories with them. .
I’d love to photograph your family. Gift vouchers available for Xmas. Please message me for details. 🎄
  • What a milestone it is when your child turns one. Especially when it’s your first child. Not just for the child, but for you as a parent. While bringing a little person into the world is wonderful and full of happy moments, it’s also incredibly difficult.
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Now that Ellie is almost 2, I can reflect on that first year as a mom and see that for a while during that time I struggled with my new identity. Being a parent is all-consuming and that didn’t leave much time for me. I adore being a Mom, but I had to learn how to be me AND Ellie’s mom.
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That first year with Ellie was so precious and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Which is why I think it deserves to be celebrated. Every morning Ellie looks up at the photo of her and I and with a big smile and says ‘Mommy’ and then I respond ‘and my Ellie’ and we have a hug. She will never look at the photo and notice my messy hair, or the extra weight I was carrying or the fact that I nearly cancelled the shoot because I had spent most of the day crying from exhaustion. All she will see is her Mom and how much she adores her.
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And this is why I want to photograph you and your child...ESPECIALLY if you are a new parent. I want to celebrate you and the journey the two of you are on.
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Anyone else been asked by their partner what they want for Xmas? Anyone else been furiously tagging their partner in posts?
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This is one of those posts.
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If this is something you want to do with your little one, tag your significant other. Or if you have a friend whose partner might appreciate the gift suggestion, tag ‘em. I’m offering gift vouchers for Christmas - shoots will be scheduled for January and February.
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1. ‘You and I’ (Mom+child or Dad+child)
30 minutes 
50 high res edited images 
R1200

Vouchers available for other shoots too. Feel free to get in touch.
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Thank you @littlemlungu for allowing me to share these pics of you and precious Thea. And thanks @the.minerals for the little cameo appearance. ❤️
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#durban #durbanphotographer #kznphotographer #familyphotos #christmasshoot #1yearold #newmom #theminerals
  • As the sun dips behind the horizon and the city lights come on... magic hour!
  • Apart from taking photographs, I create workshops and talks for business owners on a range of different topics and presented by a host of speakers. @hoorayworkshops.
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I love this work because I get to be part of a little team. It usually starts with a few emails, then a coffee date, maybe a second. We take branding photos and discuss a launch strategy. Then the prep for the workshop begins and we discuss content. With each new workshop, I am part of a new team and it’s such fun.
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The second thing I love about running these workshops, is being able to offer brand photographs. Terez and I had such a good time getting pics for her brand @fregency. It’s so important to have pics of yourself so that customers can get to know you. Life is all about connections - and what better way to connect than via photographs.
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If you feel you would benefit from increasing your knowledge in the area of marketing, Terez and I would love to have you. @workatthesett is a cool co-working space and the perfect spot to put our minds to work.
  • Hey photographers! 📸👋
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The first few years of being a photographer can be very confusing.
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- 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.
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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.
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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.
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I’d love you to join me for a hangout session.
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~ 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.
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Thank you for this photo @wilmatowellphotography
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#thepurposefulphotographer #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #weddingtips #photographytips #photographymentor #photographer #kznphotographer #hoorayworkshops #businessadvice
  • Happy Sunday. ❤️
  • I’ve got that weekend feeling 🎉
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#weddingportraits #fearlesslyartsy #kznwedding #thevenuefontana #durbanwedding #durbanweddingphotographer #bridalportrait #happybride
  • This one is for the men...
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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.
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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.
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#groom #groomsportrait #bridegroom #weddingphotography #durbanwedding #kznwedding #weddingportraits #kznweddingphotographer #derrynschmidt