WE DO THINGS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY AROUND HERE...
This brand has come a long way since launching in early 2013. Since then we've grown from a one-woman show to an award-winning nine-member team, and have documented thousands of photo shoots.
Here's a few quick things you need to know about us:
1. We are natural-light, lifestyle photographers (and don't use studios!).
This means we use minimal gear, don't shoot in studios, and that our sessions are quick and fun, without the need to constantly adjust lighting and flashes.
2. We are fun, organised and efficient!
All of our sessions are designed to be easy-going, stress-free and a lot of fun.
We have a quick and simple booking-in system run via email by our lovely office manager Grace, and from initial enquiry to end delivery of product we aim to make each step of the way as seamless as possible.
3. We don't use props or supply wardrobe for the sessions.
Our focus is on documenting real life - so that newborn baby should look like a baby, not a pumpkin, wrapped up in your arms and not in a scratchy tutu. We cut out the frills, and encourage you to dress in comfy, casual complementary colours and clothes.
4. We love shooting at a few different locations.
We have a couple of fave Joburg outdoor locations for shoots, or can photograph an at-home session at your family home. Chat to Grace for more info.
5. We are based in Johannesburg, South Africa - but love to travel!
HEY! THANKS FOR VISITING MY WEBSITE - HERE'S A BIT MORE INFO ABOUT THIS BRAND AND HOW IT FORMED
I am a young female entrepreneur from Johannesburg, South Africa - and am so so lucky to work in a job that I absolutely love - photography!
Running my own business is the best thing in the world - I was never very good at having someone else be my 'boss', so now I get to call the shots (literally), and nothing could be better. Sure, working from 8am to 11pm almost every day can be pretty exhausting, but it's also fun when I get to sleep in on Monday mornings (after a busy weekend of photo shoots), or send emails while still in my pyjamas.
I studied a BA Corporate Communication and Psychology at the University of Johannesburg, and I love how I use so much of that degree every day - from marketing strategies to advertising campaigns, to social interaction and body language.
In between that degree, literally before, during and after, I moved to Japan for a few months, then China and then Cape Town, constantly seeking out new adventures. My love for travel grew.
I once did an intermediate photography course, in my very early twenties, but the class was so big, and I had NO idea what the instructor was on about, the whole thing was more of a deterrent than anything else. So for a good while all I did was snap holiday pics on automatic, with no real desire to pursue photography any further.
In the meantime I had taken up a tough job as a freelance wardrobe stylist and art director for the Johannesburg TV and film industry. This job taught me extreme discipline, how to manage high levels of stress, and the ins and outs of the entertainment world. It was incredibly challenging, exhausting and empowering.
It was then that I decided to go travelling once more and see if I could live overseas for a while. We went on an incredible European adventure, spent nearly two months living in New York, and then road tripped our way across America to LA. It was a journey of note!
Once in LA we set up a home base, and I was encouraged to pull out my camera again when a friend of mine requested head shots. I had NO idea what I was doing - I shot at the complete wrong time of day, my framing was completely off, and really truly, the pictures were HORRIBLE.
But something had ignited in me. Surrounded by a plethora of actors and models out in LA I was intrigued to see what exactly I could do with this little camera of mine, and I started recruiting friends as guinea pigs.
I turned to YouTube and the internet to teach myself the ins and outs of this business - I spent hours on acting agencies websites, reading blog posts by other photographers, and slowly but surely built up a basis of knowledge about what agents wanted, and what the actors wanted!
Two years in and I decided it was time to come back to SA to spend some time with my family - and with that decision came the biggest motivator to expand my business into the beginnings of what it is now - a full time family-focused professional photography business!
Returning home and being back with cousins and friends and all their broods of children was all I needed to open up the next step of potential to me - and in January of 2015 I did my first ever family photo shoot.
I slowly worked to build my client base, falling back on part time wardrobe styling work to supplement my income as I went - it was a tough balance, bouncing back and forth between draining weeks on set making TV commercials, getting home late at night to edit photos, and then scraping enough time in-between all that for actual client photo shoots. The days were long (and to be honest, they still are!).
But there was a turning point, about eight months in, when I could finally start declining the styling work, and focus full time on the photography business. And that's when it to really started to thrive.
So that's where I am now - motivated, committed, all in.
I'm very lucky to have an inbox full of requests, and a busy shooting schedule - so much so that I now employ six associate photographers - brilliant, creative visionaries who shoot under my brand, in my same style, and help me cover the large number of photo shoot sessions that come in on a weekly basis. I've also taken on a couple of editors and an office manager, as there are just only so many hours in the day.
Clients kept coming back for repeat sessions, and just like that I found my confidence and my calling.
But hey - it wasn't all smooth sailing. I was still living in one of the most expensive cities in the world, and I was working about seven other jobs to help pay the bills! Anything from catering to boutiques to events - I even had my own jewellery line that I was making after hours and selling in a few stores.
THE BEST PART OF MY JOB IS CAPTURING
THE REAL BEAUTY OF LIFE
We avoid anything styled (like conceptual shoots, cake smashes or studio shoots!), and aim to keep my photographs as natural and timeless as possible by focusing on things the way they are, without pushing for overly posed or fake photos! Please read up more about my photographic style here.
We've been offering photo books for a few years now, and they're such a lovely way to preserve your memories - visit this page to see more.
I now offer workshops and courses - Business Skills for Photographers - and have been honoured to talk at a couple of different photographic conferences.
So it's been quite the journey so far, filled with all the expected ups and downs. I wouldn't want it any other way.