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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Every now and then I do a bit of photojournalism work. I was commissioned by Hitachi to shoot a ceremony in which a Memorandum of Agreement would be signed between Japanese representatives and the mayor of Ethekwini. I’m not an engineer so I’m not entirely sure of the details but it has something to do with desalination and Hitachi would be providing technology. After the signing ceremony there was a site visit which they asked me to shoot too, it was within the restricted area on the bluff which I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to go to.

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Lexy has launched a range of beachwear and accessories, and came down to Durban from JHB to do a photo shoot. These are the images that are going to appear on her website and other marketing material. I met Lexy and her sister Kate on the Umhlanga beach, they arrived with a rack full of clothing and a tub full of accessories including bracelets, bags and hats. I got quite engrossed like I normally do when doing a photo shoot, then after a while I turned around and noticed that a bit of a crowd had started gathering on the promenade behind us.

Lexy was a great model, jumping around on the rocks and changing outfits multiple times in an instant. The brief according to the samples photos she sent was to take completely natural looking photos, nothing overly posed and no artificial light. Thanks for choosing me as your photographer Lexy, it was great fun.

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Kangelani Lodge are redesigning their website and were in need of updated images, so they called me in to take photos. We had to postpone the shoot originally because they had guests checking in at the last minute. I took photos of the exterior from the front and back, pool, bar, reception, lounge, dining hall and the rooms. I’m going to be going back again to get some night shots too.

If you feel like getting away to a rustic venue near a game farm then I highly recommend it. Rumour has it they’re going to be doing weddings from next year too, maybe I’ll get the booking to shoot the first one!

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I was asked by a company called Labora Shoes to put together two videos for an event they were hosting. One of the videos was about the founder of the company and the book that he had written about his life and rise to success, the other was about the foundation that he founded. I interviewed some of the recipients of the foundation and shot some scenes inside the factory to use as cutaways. This is a wonderful family who do a lot for the community by giving them work and changing their lives.

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