I was commissioned by an electronics company called Autotronix to shoot photos and video at their Lower Tugela Water Works site. I had a shot list which I was given and a site foreman who took me around, and off we went for the day in hardhats and reflective vests. The main aspect of the site that they wanted to capture was the electronics, cabling and boards as well as a few overhead photos and a couple of staff shots in between. It was a full day of shooting in may different spaces and environments, which was demanding from a technical aspect especially since I was shooting both still photos and video. Still it was well worth it and definately helped keep me on my toes!

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I was asked to do photos for the Riverside Day Spa to be used in their brochures, website and other advertising. I felt like I had been transported to another planet when I walked in there, because as a man it isn’t an environment I’m used to being in. They really have thought of everything, from the relaxing music and subdued lighting to the friendly smiles of all the staff. They have a lovely lounge area and coffee as well as a locker room for their clients to keep their belongings safe. I spent a couple of hours there and saw many ladies arriving for their treatments, and to my surprise a few men too!

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The Elangeni Hotel has become a regular venue for me to shoot corporate events, this time it was for BP. The day started with delegates arriving from all over KZN to be greeted with hot coffee, then they listened to formalities, asked questions and some of them received some prizes. A lot of them seemed to know each other and some of them owned not one but a few petrol stations. Also in attendance was Susan who is involved with the petrol station next to the wedding venue Brahman Hills which I often shoot at.

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It feels like forever since I’ve had the time to update my blog, in fact I’m going to have to do some posts and backdate them because I’ve had a ridiculously chaotic past few months. Today’s shoot however is of a budding actress and model named Tara who is on her way to the USA soon to showcase her talents, her agency got hold of me and asked me to do a portfolio shoot. Something simple and natural, that looks like a studio shoot but not quite a studio shoot. So here it is!

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I was on my way to another shoot when I got a call from one of my old clients, he told me one of their warehouses was empty and they needed professional photos to advertise it to potential tenants. The brief was quite simple, to show off the space and scale of the warehouse and offices. I did all the interior photos first and then finished off with the exteriors, in the hope that the sun had gone down a bit and the light wasn’t quite as bright. Sometimes it’s nice to do a shoot that doesn’t involve people, but after a while it got a bit lonely and I felt myself wanting to place people in the spaces to give it a bit of a human element.

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I often get called into businesses to take professional photos of the staff, premises and machinery. The photos get used on websites, in annual reports, brochures and other marketing material. Action Coach is one such company. I like to capture the staff in their work environment, it gives the photos an honest and real element that you wouldn’t normally get against a plain backdrop. Darryn and his team had the greatest smiles and a lot of laughs!

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I was called in to a company called Chilli Source to do their corporate staff photos. Being a design and advertising company, it was important to push the creativity. Luckily their office block provided ample opportunity to shoot. We used indoor stairs, couches and walls to compliment the compositions. We also did a lot of studio-type shots so that they can photoshop different backgrounds and get more creative with doodles and collages.

It was a fun morning, thanks for picking me Odelle, thanks to Ruth for all the assistance and thanks to Trent for keeping me hydrated with a fanta while I was shooting!

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Motion Tronic are an industrial automation business, I have no idea what that even means but they seem to sell and service all sorts of electronic machines and gadgetry that you’ll most likely find in factories. All I know is that they have a lot of complicated looking machinery there and the staff seem to be real boffins. They recently won a coveted service award and were proudly displaying the trophy in the reception.

I was called in to take some professional photos for their website and marketing material, and also a pic of them with their Christmas hats for their December emailer. The staff were easy to work with, which always helps a photo shoot run smoothly.

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I got a call from Stacey from A Brand Adventure, she told me she needed a photo shoot for a company in two days time and the images had to be ready the following day. Normally I would turn down a shoot with such a tight deadline, but since I’ve known her for many years I agreed. It was supposed to be a one hour photo shoot, but once we met them and got the brief it became apparent that it should be at least a three hour shoot. The amount of images they needed and all the different locations and people that had to be involved was going to take a lot more time than they initially planned for. Stacey and I flew through the shot list in record speed and were proud to say we did it in two hours.

The images are going to be used on their website and other marketing material, they wanted to appeal to new staff to highlight that it’s a great place to work.

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I was commissioned by Bradshaw Leroux to generate some video content as well as headshots to be used on their website and marketing material. This is a company who are extremely efficient in recruitment and placing people with physical disabilities in the job market and doing integration training too, as well as other services.

It was so wonderful to do some work for a local business, their offices are literally a 2 minute drive from my house. There were a lot of laughs between the filming and photos!

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