Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Bezuidenhout's

I did a really fun family shoot on the beach last weekend for a lovely family that live in different parts of the country and got together especially for the shoot. There were a twin brother and sister of 23, another sister of 20 and the youngest sister of 15. The parents live in Sedgefield.




 

You get what you pay for

There have been several articles and discussions lately on various photography forums and group pages about what a photographer should charge for their services.

I get 3 or 4 emails daily direct from my website enquiring about the costs of shoots and only about 10% of these actually result in a shoot. I have had feedback from a few prospective clients that they had gone for a cheaper package.
A few of these prospective clients had also in the meantime added me as a friend on Facebook and therefore I also got to see the results of some of the "cheaper packages". I make a point of never running other photographers work down as we all had to start somewhere and I cringe when I look at some of my earlier work, but I have to say that there are some really nasty "photographers" out there with really poor quality results. Hence the title of this post. When I see the results of some of their shoots, my 1st thought is that I hope that at least they got the shoot for free and did not part with any cash for these shoddy images. However, this is not the only factor. The client also invested time and money in preparing for and going to the shoot, only to be dissapointed with less than lovely images.

Now it is definitley not just having good equipment that makes for a good photographer BUT the photographer that spends R8000.00 on a camera with 2 kit lenses from Makro/Walmart is just not going to be able to produce the same results that I can with my R80,000.00 investment in photographic, computer equipment and editing software.

Again, on a last note "Buyer beware, you will probably get exactly what you pay for".

Monday, December 12, 2011

Artistic Nude Shoot

Last week I did an Artistic and Implied nude shoot for a model.
 Here are a few images.




Friday, December 9, 2011

Emke

After I had arranged the previous shoot with Ashley and Dinita, I was approached by another model, Emke, asking if I still needed a model as she really wanted to do a shoot. After looking at her portfolio, you can easily see why I told her to come along for a shoot as well..




Lighting workshop

Last week I was approached by a friend photographer who wanted to buy a studio lighting setup and wanted to see how the lights worked. I put a post on a Facebook page asking for models to volunteer to help out with a shoot and got these 2 lovely girls. Dinita who I had shot a short while ago and her friend Ashley.










Black Shouldered Kite

Black Shouldered Kite
Taken with Sigma 150-500 OS lens

Lioness

Lioness
Addo Elephant Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Caracal

Caracal
AKA "Rooikat". Addo Elephant Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Winter Surfer

Winter Surfer
Table View, Cape Town, South Africa

Eric Harley leading off.

Eric Harley leading off.
Barrier Buttress, Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa