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Petra April

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May 24 2017

In my “home” time, to keep my creative juices flowing and to have the opportunity to capture real people beautifully, I run a humble, intimate little portrait studio in my home town, Prince Albert. It’s a project that brings much happiness and joy, and I aim to keep treating it like the love-project it is, with few sessions, tended with care and passion. In March 2017 I was so fortunate to do a couple of shoots in studio, in between other commissions and obligations. The lovely Petra answered a model call I put out earlier this year, and after interviewing […]

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I’aru Ikhuisi

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May 08 2017

I’aru Ikhuisi Piet Berendse, representing the Bushman or Khoisan rights and culture movement, Ikhuisi Bush Camp, just happened to be at AfrikaBurn this year, and I had the incredible honour of spending two hours interviewing him, chatting about Khoisan culture, customs, ceremonies, food, medicines, tracking, hunting, rock painting, and his opinion of the spectacle that is AfrikaBurn. I’aru (Cheetah) Ikhuisi (Vulture) is a leader in his community in the Northern Cape, and actively fighting for the rights of the Khoisan peoples in South Africa. He also teaches the Khoisan youth the customs and secrets of their culture, especially tracking – […]

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Fundraiser portraits for SPCA Karoo – Beaufort West

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Apr 16 2017

As part of a project I’ve been working on for a few years, I approached the SPCA committee in Beaufort West from whom I’ve adopted and with whom I have a long-standing relationship, about an idea for a fundraiser project. The idea was to create a calendar using images of people with their pets, so during the agricultural show in Beaufort West I had my mobile studio setup available and people could make a small donation and receive a portrait, while signing up to be selected for the calendar we plan to make. I was very happy with the outcome and […]

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Arno Carstens & Family at African Relish

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Apr 16 2017

Have I mentioned that my job rocks? Though I’ve not been traveling as much this year as I had last year this time, my year’s been pretty great as far as photography goes. In February, Arno Carstens, platinum selling, award winning musician, performed live in the local art deco venue, the Showroom Theatre, and he and his family who travels with him booked a cooking class at African Relish, the local recreational cooking school. African Relish commissioned me to grab a couple of snaps of them in the kitchen, with Chef Jaco Fourie showing them the ropes, for their social media marketing, […]

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Vanessa Botha

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Apr 15 2017

Vanessa Botha is a lawyer residing in Prince Albert, where my studio is situated. With her relaxed vibe, she came in for headshots. I used diffused natural light through a north-facing window, and a silver reflector for dramatic but soft light. We were both very pleased with the results, and I was honoured to have had her in my humble studio. Make-up Artist: Rachelle de Villiers of Salon de Belleza, Prince Albert. Assistant in studio: Dean Assegaai.  

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Marcelle’s Matric Farewell Portraits

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Dec 16 2016

2016 being such a year of firsts, I was quite pleased with my first time shooting in a hangar, complete with real planes! Beaufort West’s Central High School matric farewell happened in August 2016, and in between traveling and working I was able to fit in a special occasion portrait shoot with the lovely young Marcelle and her friend prior to their big evening. As it sometimes goes, they were running quite late, and we had all of 20 minutes to get in place, park the car, get the nervous young couple relaxed in front of the camera (and the family crowd), […]

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Photo & Film Expo 2016 – A fest of photography

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Dec 16 2016

2016 was a big year for me, and a year full of firsts. In October 2016 I trekked up to the Photo & Film Expo held every year at the Ticketpro Dome in Fourways, Johannesburg, on a solo mission, making use of every public transport system available to me. This had been my first time visiting Johannesburg, never mind solo, as I’ve managed to avoid the infamous big city of gold up until now. Not having a clue what to expect at the Expo, I packed a carry-on and a backpack, armed with my Nikon D610 and a 50mm 1.8 lens. […]

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Maria

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Jul 10 2016

I’ve know Maria Andela since I can remember. She and my parents are friends through birding and volunteering as Honorary Rangers, and we often spent time in her house in Beaufort West as children, and playing in her garden. I remember I had believed for a long time that she was somehow related to us because she felt like family. Great was my shock when my parents corrected me one day! When I was still “in school” (I was homeschooled, so school wasn’t something to be “in”) she had never hesitated to lend a hand and a word of advice […]

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