Five and Thriving

This is Nathan.

We met up at our college (Waterfront Theatre School) and decided to go for a drive. We drove all the way up a winding road to Signal Hill – and stopped halfway.

Nathan is interested in photography, similar to me, but in a very different capacity. What I love the most of photography, and of photographers alike, we all do the same thing but the way we do it is so different.

What I love is that Nathan and I could take a photo of the exact same subject but the outcome (after editing and such) can be totally disparate.

We walked out into the trees and forest area along the side of the hill and took some snaps amongst them. Nathan is a very artistic character and he loves to delve a little deeper when interacting with people, he’s an old soul with a very big heart. I wanted to portray this through his shoot – finding something more than just a good looking man but seeing more into his soul and the sensitivity he shows to the world.

Our shoot became very “moody James Dean” but I was quite happy with the end result and so was he, which is always the most important thing to a photographer.

These are just a few that I took of Nathan… I mean James… I mean Nathan.

xxx

 

Third Time’s the Charm!

My third shoot was with the fabulous Shannon in Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town. We met in the afternoon as the sun was going down and had a ton of fun running around the gardens looking for spots 🙂

Shannon has an incredible presence in front of the camera – she is quirky and fun without being too “posey”. I loved the hippy vibe that we were able to capture through all the flowers and Shan’s choice of outfit.

So far this was my favourite shoot purely because of the setting and the light – we were able to just relax and have fun and try a whole bunch of different locations. Although it is probably over done and possibly overrated, Kirstenbosch was so beautiful and holds so many lovely places to shoot from.

A definite recommendation for anyone searching for some inspiration.

 

 

Second Time Around…

Grasping the whole photography thing is challenging but the most important thing to do is practice, practice and practice. Which is exactly what I did.

The second shoot I did was at the home of a girl I met earlier in the year, Roxy. She’s a very sexy and confident woman so I wanted to capture that by doing a boudoir shoot in her flat. I was still trying to figure out the light and a lot of the photos came through over exposed, but I managed to find a handful that I could use and edit for Roxy to keep.

In a case such as this, I assume it is better to have a speed light of sorts as the light in her bedroom was not great. I’m still figuring out all the tricks of the trade but what I learnt about this experience was that sometimes, on a job, when you don’t know your model that well, it can be quite awkward in terms of small talk and guiding them through the shoot – it becomes almost instinctual that you want to hurry up and finish quickly because you feel like you are taking up their time. I realized that it is so important to take your time and to take as many pictures as you can within your time frame… Otherwise you will regret it when you are sitting at your computer later and wishing that you had more options to choose from.

It almost helps to set yourself a number limit and force yourself to take a much larger number of pictures so that you are spoiled for choice later.

Still, Roxy was fab and so relaxed in front of the camera that it made my first boudoir shoot way more chilled then it could have been. Let me know what you think or if you have any tips regarding the light and the shoot –

xxx

My very first shoot…

My first shoot I did was with one of my best friends, Emile.

Emile is no stranger to a camera and I’m so glad because he was able to help me and guide me when I should have been guiding him! To be honest, it was a saving grace to have him as my first subject. I was nervous and unsure about what exactly to do and how to compose the right kind of picture but Emile was great, he basically did all the work and I just pushed the button! 🙂

What I love about photography is when I get to edit and bring out the specific colours in the photos; the red of a sweater, the green of the grass and even the brown tree behind the subject. Photography allows you to find tiny details within a photo that wouldn’t be the focus if you just looked at it normally.

We walked around his area in Cape Town, found a colourful playground and some great angles along the road. Take a peak and tell me what you think, I’d like this blog to be as interactive as possible!

Peace out lovers!

xxx

Getting StARTed…

Hello there fellow bloggers!

Coming to you live from the lovely Leicester – like I said in my bio, I am a budding photographer hoping to capture the world around me.

Starting out in Cape Town, I began taking photos of my friends who were all into theatre (much like myself) and jumped at the opportunity for some new head shots so of course, I obliged. At first I was tentative and unsure of what I was doing but then, with practice (and believe me, I’m still learning) I became more and more comfortable behind the camera.

What really helped me was the support I had from my first few models – they were all so encouraging! It’s amazing how much photographers can actually get from their model when they have a mutual respect and an element of fun between them. When we chat and laugh and have a good time together, the photos come out so much more eased and relaxed and almost “lighter”.

So, as I begin this journey as a photographer (and I hope you will take it with me), I ask for kindness, support and any advice you as a fellow photographer or simply as a fellow human being can give. Seriously, anything is welcome.

I will be posting up my pictures from different shoots I have done and will do, along with other shots I take along the way. I hope you enjoy them, share them, and call on me if you would like some of your own!

 

Chat soon blogosphere!

xxx