Where did you study?
Which photographers do you admire?
Benjamin von Wong, Kirsty Mitchell, Emily Soto, Amanda Diaz, Zhang Jingna / zemotion, Mario Testino, Rankin, Annie Leibovitz, Petra van Raaij,
Patrick Demarchilier, Miss Aniela, Ellen von Unwerth, Bella Kotak
Is your hair really pink?
Do you shoot Canon or Nikon?
What’s in your bag?
CAMERAS AND LENSES:
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L
Canon 70 – 200mm f2.8 L
Canon 580 EX II Speedlight
Canon 430 EX II Speedlight
Phottix Umbrella and Deep Octa
Collapsible reflector x 2
Phottix Strato II Wireless Flash Triggers
Rogue Speedlight colour gels
Which software do you edit your images with and how?
I have optimised my workflow around my tried and tested favourites: Adobe Bridge and Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop will always be my go-to because of the labour-intensive and precise, detailed retouching work I do so I prefer not to have unnecessary steps in-between the initial review process and the final product.
Do you prefer location or studio?
I am trained and competent in both, but I must admit that a good location just adds so much to a photograph. Working on location lends itself to endless possibilities concept-wise and therefore suits my style best, but I do love the technical aspects of working in studio as well.
Who built your website?
The awesome folks over at Digital Presence SA!
How do you find locations and collaborators?
I am super lucky to live in the Cape Town area where there are mountains, beaches, fancy hotels, rolling landscapes and so much more within just minutes from each other – it certainly does make a world of difference to have such fantastically varied options to choose from right on my doorstep! Additionally, I often come across something interesting by accident that I either build something around right away or I “file” in the back of my head for later use.
Generally, the same goes for collaborators: if there is something very specific I need for a shoot, I will hunt around until I find the perfect match to work with or otherwise, I will save a good find for when I can use it. It’s a very unique process that’s difficult to verbalise, but I’ve found that I become better at it with practice!
Where do your shoot ideas come from?
I have an abstract and rather grandiose way of thinking, which sometimes translate well into photo shoots and sometimes not. More often than not, I need to chisel them a bit until they’re a workable concept, but I enjoy letting the shoots evolve and take their own course as they’ve proven over and over to have a mind of their own.
My concept work is generally inspired by things I love – movies, mythology, superheroes, comic books, fashion, you name it. These are things I’ve grown up loving since childhood and I love paying homage to them through my concept work: there’s truth to shooting what you know!
I do not offer workshops at this moment, but I am available for one-on-one mentoring sessions and as a guest speaker for expos and art students. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.