Over the last near decade I’ve photographed hundreds of women, but there’s one area of my portfolio that was lacking- men’s portraits. One model call and fun-filled, expressive session later at my Middelburg studio, and we created these portraits. Why do I say ‘we’? Simply because a photo isn’t taken but is a collaboration between photographer and subject; and what a pleasure to work with fellow artist, Adriaan.
Every woman I photograph is unique and special in her own way, with her own story to tell. Natasja is no different, she’s an amazingly strong woman who believes in doing what she can to motivate those around her.
A self-confessed ‘plain-Jane’ who never wears makeup, we decided to go with a bolder look but to keep the styling soft and natural.
Sometimes no matter how much you plan, life throws you a curveball and you need to just go with it. Initially I had planned for a Bridgerton inspired session, right down to sewing the period-appropriate dress- then load shedding happened, announced at the last minute.
When Bianca arrived for her session, there was no power for hair or studio lighting so we decided to wing it by digging through my studio wardrobe and accessories, and playing around with makeup. What we ended up creating is a beautiful witchy-woman session with a film-inspired, yet modern look.
One of the new joys of my recently revamped Middelburg studio, is that it’s perfect for glowing, natural light sessions. I recently had the pleasure of photographing the Smith family once again in my new studio.
I tend to draw much inspiration from traditional art sources, especially paintings, and this session was in large part inspired by the Dutch ‘Old Masters’ still life paintings of the 17th and 18th centuries.
As a mom myself, it never ceases to amaze me how fast our children grow up. It’s not until you put two photos, taken even a few months apart, side by side that you see just how much those little faces change. It’s the reason why I encourage parents to invest in quality photos of their children- so they have those memories before they’re gone.
I recently had Nadine’s gorgeous girls in my Middelburg studio for a classic studio session and for a different portrait.
I hinted at something ‘different’ and here it is: a composite image that brings the beach to you when you’re stuck 600km away from it’s shores.
Spending two months of the national lockdown stuck with no work and no creative outlet was, like for many photographers, a terribly trying time. However with South Africa now at level three, it means that photographers can work and create again, albeit with all the necessary precautions. It also meant that some of the ideas I’ve had swirling in my mind the last few months can be brought out into reality.
I adore music and spend many hours daily listening to everything from death metal to Mozart; however during lockdown I’ve been hooked on a forever favourite- Purity Ring. The etheral lyrics and music of this Canadian band struck inspiration to create images that reflect the feel of their music.
This past Saturday I meet with Marzaane at my Middelburg studio to create something decidedly different.