Studio Portraits

2017 IT Web Personality of the Year

IT Web commissioned me to shoot the Cape Town nominees for this year’s award. It’s always a bit tough matching another photographer’s lighting for a national project, but this was an easier task somehow. There’s just something timeless about grey backgrounds and black & white.

Keeping it really, really simple with one small softbox to camera right did the trick. It’s all about positioning the lighting angle, the sitter and watching the distance from the subject to the background. Finally getting that bit of sparkle from the Baratang put the cherry on top. I’m afraid no tutorial can teach you how to connect with people. You either love human beings or you don’t.  People are unpredictable, products don’t talk back. Photograph your passion.

Keenan Horn | South African Hockey star

I decided to go all out for my last lesson’s training with up and coming photographers studying at the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography 2 weeks ago. Thys Lombard connected me with Keenan Horn, a rising star in the South African Hockey team. Kevin Winzler’s project with the Utah Football team and a bag of my wife’s cake flower inspired a “cooking” collaboration. As the old adage goes, there is no “I” in team, so a big shout out to Keenan, Thys and a special mention to my students in the Certificate class of 2017.