… my own personal photoshoot with the legend Mardee Maree, all the way from Port Elizabeth!
I have always been fascinated by the Western Movies, with cowboys and indians. I remember clearly as a little girl, being the eldest of 4 girls (my poor parents), I used to nag my dad to take us to the drive in. I knew exactly, somehow, when a Clint Eastwood movie, or any western movie for that matter, was screening. I used to force my parents to take us to the drive in even when it was pouring down with rain. Some of my childhood photos, I was always caught with an immaculate outfit (thanks to my dad), a toy gun in the left hand and a drawing book and pencil in the right hand.
Needless to say, my photoshoot was just about that, the Western inspiration … thank you Mardee Maree for making me feel so comfortable. As a photographer myself, I haven’t invested in photos of myself for a very long time, and boy was it a challenge … and extremely tiring after 4 hours of make-up and shooting!
My confidence of course came from a team that I trust: professional make-up artist and stylist Maureen Grobler and Jodine Viljoen for my hair, and photographer Mardee Maree, and of course Winston from the Diamond X Cowboy Ranch!!
I just have to mention, I am in general a very energetic and hyperactive person, with serious insomnia and ADHD (and yes I always pull faces, that’s just my thing), and it shows in the photos!!!
Please note that no animals were harmed during this photoshoot … and no disrespect to any culture with the outfits I am wearing!!Read More»
Fearless Photographers Conference
August 18 and 19 – Hard Rock Cafe – Kuta Beach in Bali
I was blessed and very fortunate this year to experience Bali. It started off with the Fearless Photographer’s Conference announcement. Just a bit of insight, Huy Nguyen is the founder of the Fearless Photographers! He is such an inspiration, a true gentleman and extremely humble.
Fearless Photographers is a directory of more than 2,500 of the world’s boldest wedding photographers for couples who truly love photography. Fearless Photographers are among the world’s best photographers and are not afraid to push the limits of wedding photography.
When I noticed that they were going to have a conference in Bali, and saw 5 fellow South African photographers attending, I immediately registered and did the happy dance. It was such an honor to share this experience with Laura and Jaco from Jack and Jane Photography, Jacqi Bruniquel, Monica Dart and Charlene Schreuders.
I have always wanted to experience Bali, and my sister offered to join me on this trip. She is really streetwise and travelled the world. I do not travel well, especially abroad … I just don’t! Having her by my side was a bonus!
The Fearless Photographer’s Conference took place at the Hard Rock Cafe in Kuta. We stayed in a little cottage called Poppie’s, and was walking distance from Hard Rock Cafe. One thing I must mention, Kuta is crazy busy, with an influx of tourists, millions of bikes and scooters, and a night life that keeps buzzing till early mornings.
The speakers at the conference included Erin and Ben Chrisman, Ryan Brenzier, Huy Nugen and Sergio, Erwin Darmali and Julian Wainwright. Each one of these speakers offered so much insight into their experience as top international wedding photographers. And may I add, egoless!
I also met some amazing photographers from around the world.
After the two day conference, we travelled inland to Ubud, and booked into our luxurious apartment at Kamandalu Resort and Spa. As you can see from the photos, this is truly God’s paradise!
Thank you Esli Basson from Fuji for sponsoring the Fuji XT1 camera for my trip. This will be a new addition to my equipment list for 2015.Read More»
Pretoria Studio Photographer
I have been so busy with weddings this year, and hardly had any time for some studio work. This was probably the first in 8 months, but loved every minute! Thank you Loerita!
The first photo has undergone some Photoshop Postprocessing, which you all know I love.Read More»
Gauteng Graphic Designer
Save The Date Invitation
All photography and designs © Darrell Fraser …Read More»