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Medi-Clinic Family Magazine Cover



So, a couple of months ago (ok, more like 6 months ago, I’m still lagging on my blogging regime for 2013) I did a shoot with Medi-Clinic’s “Family” magazine, with Wilma van der Bijl, a former Miss South Africa, who survived breast cancer and shared her story here in the magazine.

You can read the article here:


It was an early morning shoot, as these things are, at Camp’s Bay beach. The idea was to get the ocean and the beauty of The Twelve Apostles in the background, with the soft dawn light still around. I got there early and got coffee. That is a must. Then I scouted the beach in near darkness and did some tests. I got my things set up and waited for the lot to arrive. Those quiet moments before a shoot are golden for getting your mind set on the job at hand, and to take in the privilege of doing what I do for a living.

Anyways, not that I have too much to share except that Wilma is a class lady, and an absolute pleasure to work with. Years of experience shows, with the added benefit of being a really cool person.

Working with Sean Robertson, the AD, is always good fun, and we’ve done work together over the years for a number of publications. Good times.


Sean also didn’t mind to stand in as a lighting substitute while Wilma’s hair and make-up got sorted. He also recently got into Weezer. That’s cool too.


Lights up, camera loaded, tests done. Time to shoot.


I am of the opinion that all AD’s should know their way around a reflector. Especially when there is a breeze. It’s just one of those essential skills they shouldn’t be without. Knowing something about design and publishing could be handy, I suppose, but essential?


The first round of outfits got done and from then on it was just change and touch-up…


Alet Viljoen was the make-up artist on the day. She was a pleasure, easy-going and fun. I don’t like hi-intensity, stressed-out scenarios. I’m a Cape Tonian, like, we, like, want to, like, not sweat it. Like. Just do the work and get it done. With smiles and fun.



Some different angles for the inside shots. Also note Sean with the reflector, or in this case diffuser/scrim. I rest my case. Had he not know how to hold it “just so”, the shot would’ve been a disaster.

And afters it was time for the obligatory team shot, and then coffee at a Vida e Caffe across the road, as we’ve had an early morning.


Wow, and I’m totally rocking that pull-over-and-chinos-senior-citizen-vibe.


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