Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Simply Asia

2011_01_05_143iAs a photographer it’s a great experience to walk into shops, homes, book-stores, mag stands or drive by billboards and see your work. To realise that your work has been viewed millions and millions of times, is sometimes a bit daunting! I’ve been shooting magazines for more than 11 years, advertising, stock, books, PR releases, bands, etc etc etc. Some mags that I’ve been published in has 1 000 000+ readers per week.Even the internet these days supply me with surprises! That’s where shooting weddings (which I also do) doesn’t quite get close. It’s great to walk into a house and see your wedding pics on a wall, but knowing your images were blown up to 9mx5m and put up over Johannesburg Central taxi rank, or 4mx6m at Gugulethu taxi rank and left there for a month… well, the eyes parading over your work certainly does increase. If I was clever, I’d like to calculate how many views it gets. Through Shutterstock alone I’ve sold just under 2000 images…. how many people have viewed those final artworks?

IMG00659-20110323-1005IMG00657-20110323-1004IMG00658-20110323-1005Anyways, the reason I post this is just that I walked past Simply Asia this morning, and saw my images up on their posters, and was reminded of shoot we did in the hottest day in January to get those images. The agency was Network BBDO. Herewith some images and memories. Many were taken with my BlackBerry, so bear with me. Yes, we do eat the leftovers and food. I know you wonder.

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IMG00412-20110105-1106Despite the incredible heat of the day, coffee was a necessity as in all shoots.

Because of the heat, and also because of the high flaming possibilities of Thai Cooking, the chef thought it prudent to move the stove to the porch, where it just happened to be a tad cooler. IMG00413-20110105-1107IMG00409-20110105-1041_2 On this day we gave my neighbours, www.senseoftaste.co.za, a run for their money with great flavours! The food stylist for the day was Lisa Clark. Not too much to say on the photographic front, only that it’s not as easy as it seems to shoot “simple” food shots. Because the food is so prominent, the styling and photography needs to be spot on. IMG00411-20110105-1044IMG00408-20110105-0951

Lessons learned? Air-cons must be worth every single penny.




Friday, March 04, 2011

Danie Nel WEDDINGS: R+M

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R has been a dear friend of mine for many years. So when I got an sms to ask whether I’ll be available to photograph his wedding, well, the answer was easy. In fact, I cut my vacation in half to come back and shoot his wedding, before returning to my holiday.

The day was hot, being middle of summer outside Wellington, but the heat did not keep us from having a great time. Harsh sunlight is a challenge, and vineyards in the middle of the day is not as pretty as one would imagine, but lo, there is always a way to make things work. If light gives you lemons, make lemonade, as the saying goes.

Apart from being attractive people, the two really worked nicely with me to get some lekker creative imagery. R, the groom, especially set a high bar for grooms to follow. It helps if someone is just that little bit more trusting of your skills!

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Workshop: Innovation Culture and Image

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Innovation & Image Invite page 1

Innovation & Image Invite page 2 

Reinhard and I are doing a workshop on Innovation culture in your business, with me complimenting his chat with speaking about corporate profile imagery and your innovation culture. This is going to be a blast!! Contact me for a booking form through www.danienel.co.za