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Shooting a BIRTHDAY PARTY?!

It’s not might often that I get requests to shoot birthday parties, nor do I actively market these. When these do come along, most of the time people aren’t aware of the cost of professional photography, or they want to pay you in cake or something along those lines. Then, on the odd occasion you get a client who phones you with a really cool proposition and you have to listen. D* (for the sake privacy at private funtions I don’t use names) she wanted to do something different for her censored’th birthday. Instead of getting pics of the event, which everybody does on their BlackBerries and iphones anyways, she booked me for a fashion/beauty/fun shoot as part of the event. She booked 3 make-up artists that would get the ladies ready and then we would spend an hour shooting these images.
The venue she chose for the day’s activities is breathtaking. Go see for yourself here: http://www.mwanzoleo.co.za/ We were hampered slightly by rain, but nonetheless we found a spot that we could shoo…

ICSC – Portraits

My passion for corporate portraits continues. In this case it is my good clients from Ilse Cilliers Strategic Communications/Round One Design.  They are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year (interestingly enough, so does Danie Nel Photography). In lieu of some publicity they wish to create around this event in their corporate communications, we were asked to come and take some portraits. Now, as any male photographer would tell you, stepping into an all female company (which I have done countless times and still am working), to take portraits, of ladies who are very self-critical of their own likeness, is dangerous to your own self-esteem. You might look at the images on the LCD of the camera and feel particularly good about yourself, and then you offer the screen to the subject, and you are suddenly cut short, just below the knees. Expressions like “Dreadful!!!”, “What a disastrous picture!”, “Delete it!” and the like are aimed at you with wild abandon, even though you might …

Video, Stills Animation…

For our video blogs/series’s, I’ve decided to put together a little opener, much like you’d see in a Universal, or Viacom, or MGM or 20th Century Fox production. What’s different is that mine is more like the tongue-in-cheek one’s like “Heel and Toe Productions”’s opener, and “You stinker!” and the “I made this!” from some other production company. Mine is based in an idea I got when Jeremy was working for me. He himself has been playing around with stills-animation and has done really cool work with it. Since, we’ve done some animations with stills, but this one stayed at the back of my mind. In the end we put it together in about half and hour of shooting. If so much. I could make it a lot more intricate and full of movement, but that would just become clever and lose the ultimate idea – just to be a branding mechanism. Also, since I’m mainly a stills photographer, I thought it would be appropriate to have a stills animation for my branding. The pics were lit with a single soft-box …

I can because it’s my party

This is my blog, so I can. Please go download, for free, or pay-what-you-want for my first album, burn it to disc, give it to your mates… and write a review for me in the comment section. First things I would do differently now (the album was released 2006).I’ll sing better. Way better.I’ll be more agressive with my guitars.Who cares. You tell me.