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Hirsch’s Homestore Food Photography Workshop Feedback

So last night it was the Hirsch’s Homestore Food Photography Workshop in Milnerton, and it was fun! There was a good turnout of just over 30 people plus staff, which made the whole experience manageable and interactive. Setting up took about 45 minutes and Jean got the risotto going so long, so that once the guests arrive, we could start shooting shortly after. Everyone was entertained to a lovely cup of cappuccino and something to nibble on, courtesy of Hirsch’s staff.We were set up in the beautiful Elba demonstration area. My wife and my sister-in-law took the responsibility upon themselves to document the event for us. A R62000 screen was made available as the monitor so everyone could see. I now want one. And that is a problem.The missus and I before things got going.Nardo van Eck from Hirsch’s introduced us and we got going. I pre-empted all Canon vs Nikon questions immediately and said I’d shoot either one, depending on who gives me the most money. The same for the Mac/PC debate…

FREE WORKSHOP

DISCLAIMER: I did not write the bio on the invite. I feel rather uncomfortable calling myself “renowned”.So, I’m not big on doing workshops. I’ve facilitated a couple of classes at Cape Peninsula University on Technology, and this and that, and have enjoyed the interaction for the most part, but have been a bit disillusioned by the flood of photographers hosting workshops these days, simply because they cannot find enough work to earn money. Not that there is anything wrong with a legitimate workshop and well-planned event, and you get your money’s worth, but I’ve been hearing too many complaints about big amounts of money spent on days where the lecturer on the day was a waste of time and money for all involved. I think there are very worthwhile photographer-teachers out there, and if only they’d offer workshops, I’d be too glad to part with some dosh.Anyways, Hirsch’s Homestore in Milnerton approached me to come facilitate a workshop – FOR FREE – at their store on the 17th of July. …

Danie Nel WEDDINGS: D&L

For this wedding of my good friends and family in the faith, I travelled to Gauteng. Our bride is from Russia where D had been visiting her and winning her heart (after meeting through Facebook acquaintances… I think… or through our church’s social network….). I was keen to see what opportunities this would bring. I’m no stranger to foreign and mixed nationality weddings, as by far the majority of weddings I do are actually international weddings in South Africa. The last couple from Russia I photographed insisted on an African beer-drinking ceremony at their wedding in the Slangkop lighthouse. This time around however, there were some chain-saw cake-cutting and throwing of glasses and drinking of vodka out of a shoe, but other than that, it was just pretty darn awesome.I might also mention that within half-an-hour of arriving in Jo’burg, I was given a GPS and a Toyota FJ-Cruiser and told: “You’ll pick up the bride and her mother, and take them to the venue 60km away. Don’t lose them.…