Skip to main content

Medi-Clinic Family Magazine Cover

Mediclinic

SEE THE COVER HERE: http://mediclinic.digitalmag.co.za/mediclinic/14/#1

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: http://mediclinic.digitalmag.co.za/mediclinic/14/#22

MEDI1413_pg023R-1

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.

20130124_0001

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.

20130124_0073

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

20130124_008420130124_0091

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?

20130124_009520130124_010520130124_0106

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

20130124_015420130124_0169

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.

20130124_0241

20130124_022920130124_027320130124_0282

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.

20130124_0292

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

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Dangerous Photography Jobs

http://www.onlinecertificateprograms.org/blog/2010/10-dangerous-photography-jobs/This is taken from the above article, with permission:Photography can be a case of life or death. It may sound absurd, but professional photographers often go to great lengths and compromise their safety in order to get the perfect picture. Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph Mount Everest or a mission to cover the Iraq war, many photographers risk their lives just to do their job. Here are 10 dangerous photography jobs: Extreme Weather Photography
Extreme weather photographers aren’t storm chasers, but they do have an eye for photographing hurricanes, tornados, thunderstorms and other severe weather in their most vulnerable state. As you can imagine, this job is nothing short of extreme. Extreme weather photographers have to get close to the storm when everyone else is running from it, which puts them at risk for injuries and often death. BASE Jumping & Skydiving Photography
See…

Portrait Shoot: Pierre van Heerden

So a number of years back I did a shoot of Pierre van Heerden, South African actor, musical performer, playwright and comedian, at my old studio. It was just for fun, really. I was exploring some portraiture ideas, for a project I was considering at the time. We had a great time shooting these, exploring some cool ideas as we spent the morning talking rubbish, laughing and drinking coffee.

Fast forward some years later, and he contacted me to do an update of the images, but this time for his book.

The images were meant for publicity purposes, his marketing material and such, but what I want to share here is just some of the expression shots we did once we had those in the bag. Working with an actor in stills is great, as they know their face, they know expressions and have a large selection of facial "skills" to employ for a portrait.

I would simply call out a bunch of emotions/expressions and he would comply each time.



The "30 second portrait" I made is an idea…

Wiel - Hummer 3 - Hennie Bosman

When I was asked to shoot Shihan Hennie Bosman (highest qualified karateka outside of Japan in Kyokushin Karate, 8th Dan) and the Hummer 3 for a short feature, with no brief, except a location, I knew it was going to be interesting. I was basically told to do something action-orientated (Hennie has done stunt-work with the likes of Wesley Snipes and JC van Damme), and just go to x location and get back with pics ASAP.

With no budget for Propak 7IIB's, and the shoot being set-up for midday, I turned to my trusty polariser to get the mood and went ahead to just play with a very willing Hennie. Brett Hamilton, who wrote the feature, tagged along to hold a reflector, and to represent the mag and make sure I don't totally go wild. (He is a really able reflector holder and has earned the title of Le Gaffer)

After making Hennie do kicks from the bonnet of the car, jumping on the roof, awarding it a black-belt (I know...), screaming, making faces, driving the car through mud and having …