I’ve been trying to avoid the fact that I need to write this blog post for a few weeks now. I’m secretly hoping I don’t need to say goodbye to Candice for a few months next year. I really don’t want her to go. She is going to be an amazing mother, that I can [...]
I really don’t have words. You have to watch this!
Some time ago I wrote this blog post called ‘All you have to do is ask’. It was about giving credit and asking permission before you just ‘take’ images from photographers. Lately I’ve picked up a lot of negativity coming from photographers and artist online, about Pinterest.com and how Pinterest gives online users the opportunity to share content online, that they have no license for. This upsets a lot of photographers and rightfully so. But that does not mean Pinterest is a bad thing. In my opinion Pinterest amongst other online sharing, like people blogging your images, is a very good thing. Because the more people see my images, the better for me, but it just has to be done in the right way. So I’ve come up with a few basic principles, that will help all of us.
I know I’m not the only one that gets a bit overwhelmed with everyday tasks. I love my job, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I just feel like I just can’t keep up. I’m actually really hard on myself (which is a good thing in my opinion), because I believe customer service is everything. And if I could, I’d give my clients their photos the day after the shoot. But that’s not always possible. And with the break in, I really fell behind. But I’m almost up to date. So there is light at the end of the tunnel. :)
One thing I always want to do, is to keep learning. I love listening to other people. I love to hear their stories. I love to listen and imagine how they see the world. And by listening to other people, I get the opportunity to learn. And one of my favourite parts of leaning, is to be challenged and inspired.
In January I randomly stumbled upon a tweet, which said that Jonas Peterson will be coming to South Africa in February. I clicked on the link and then I read that he was going to do a workshop in Cape Town for photographers. Now for those of you who don’t know Jonas (but I’m sure most of you do), he has been voted as one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world!
This morning when iaan and I came back from our jog, we opened up our Macs and with a very sad face, we realized that one of the geniuses of our time passed away. Steve Jobs was a genius and the Apple world will miss him.
It’s funny how, when you don’t really know someone, but you appreciate what they do/did, you feel you had some sort of relationship with them. I definitely have a very strong relationship with anything Apple. And Apple has made my life much easier. As a design lover, techie geek and photo enthusiast, I’m sad to see someone like Steve Jobs go.
When Buro opened their doors in Stellenbosch (an local apple retailer), I read this quote on their walls and I loved it. And today would probably be the best day to share it with you. It comes from the Original Apple campaign in 1997.
Styled shoots are on of my favourite things to photograph and seems to be one of the highlights of my workshops. As soon as I downloaded these photos I couldn’t wait to blog them! I love the simplistic colours Betina’s hairpiece is to die for!
In the beginning of September I did a workshop with 10 girls here in Stellenbosch. The workshop was a fun, informal two days with loads of talking, discussing and some shooting. In my workshops I share a lot about my business and talk through all the issues and questions photographers have regarding the business of wedding photography.
I adore my iPhone 4. It’s always with me and when I see a fun or creative photo opportunity I love shooting with it. The reason I love the iPhone so much is because after I’ve snapped the photo, I can do all the editing in the camera with a few clicks and then I have the option to share it online immediately. Here is a few of my favourite shots on the iPhone so far.
After a 25 hour flight iaan and I finally arrived in the USA :) We arrived in LA at 13:00 (LA time) yesterday. It was a looooong flight and we were really tired, but the excitement of being here was just so much more than being tired. David picked us up from the airport and brought us to his house here in Santa Barbara. (btw, he has such an incredible view here!)
In some or other way iaan and I never get it right to pack our bags in advance. We always end up running around the last few hours before we travel anywhere. But as my friend Monic Dart always reminds me: “The USA also has toothbrushes, jeans and t-shirts, so if you have your passport, you are ready to go.”
So here we are, bags packed and ready to go. Iaan and I are on our way to WPPI 2011. One of the biggest photography get togethers in the world. If you want to read a bit more about this event, read more on the KIKI blog post.
Also a BIG announcement today : The KIKI site just went live!!! We know this is a really strange time to launch as iaan and I will be on a plane for the following 24 hours. And then we’ll probably be really jet lagged, but we just couldn’t hold it back! Iaan worked so hard to get this site live and we’re just to excited to show you what it looks like, so please head on over and have a look around! Please also spread the word to all your other photographer friends!