ABOUT ME

About me picAfter 10 years of working in the photography industry – time which was invaluable in shaping the kind of photographer that I am today – I decided to work for myself specialising in wedding, family and event photography. That became a reality in 2008 and I don’t for one second regret my career path. Several years and a lot of hard work later, I have travelled South Africa and internationally (to places such as Seychelles) for work, taken some great photos and met a bunch of amazing people from all over the world.

No two weddings or families are the same, each bringing with it their own challenges. It’s these challenges that constantly keep me on my toes, and drive me to work harder and be the best I can be. This is why I love what I do. READ MORE

Where do I begin? After High School, I travelled to the UK and it was during this time that I decided to pursue a career in photography. I remember thinking at the time, ‘How hard could it be? I just press a button and get to travel the world!’ My naivety shone through as I obviously had no idea what it would take to be a photographer.

In 1998, I enrolled at the Peninsula Technikon and took a three-year National Diploma Course in Photography. In those days we still used film so I had to learn how to get the exposure right first time, as well as learn how to develop film and prints (how things have changed!). After my studies, I worked on board international cruise ships as a photographer. Although the portrait-type photography I mostly did on the ships wasn’t very challenging, I did learn how to work fast and accurately. It was also while working on cruise ships that I developed a love for wedding photography. Who wouldn’t after photographing weddings on beautiful islands such as Jamaica, St Thomas, St Martyn and Grand Cayman?

When I came back to Cape Town, I got a job as a photographer’s assistant at a studio in Woodstockand worked alongside some incredibly talented photographers in the commercial and advertising industries. The skills and techniques I learnt during this time were invaluable in shaping the kind of photographer that I am today. After this four-year stint, I worked at Fair Lady for a few months while their photographer was on maternity leave. I also starting dabbling in some work of my own on the weekends. I enjoyed it thoroughly and decided that once my contract at Fair Lady came to an end, I would jump into the deep end and work for myself specialising in wedding, family and event photography. That became a reality in 2008 and I don’t for one second regret my career path. After a lot of hard work, I have succeeded in traveling for work, taken some great photos and met a bunch of amazing people from all over the world.

Oh, and somewhere in between all of that, I became a wife and a mother of two very busy, strong-willed kiddies. In fact, it’s thanks to them that I have a soft spot in my heart for family photography. No two weddings or families are the same, each bringing with it their own challenges. It’s these challenges that constantly keep me on my toes, and drive me to work harder and be the best I can be. This is why I love what I do.

(Photo credits: Abigail K Photography & Taryn Nicol Photography)

 

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