Archive for 'For Photographers'

July 21

I ran a workshop yesterday morning for a bunch of mom bloggers in Johannesburg.  It was sponsored by Epson and it was a photo and printing workshop to explain to the mom bloggers how to take better photos of their kids.  The idea wasn’t to have a really technical workshop, and the moms came with a variety of cameras from phone cameras to DSLR’s… and a few point and shoots too!  We also got to play with 3 of the Epson printers and print some of the photos taken during the morning.

The venue, The Oak Leaf, in Sandton was the perfect spot for the workshop.  They had child minders in the play area looking after the kids while the moms were in the workshop (well… kind of… because you can never expect little ones to not want to see their moms and that was expected so the door was always open to them).  The play area was perfect for the practice sessions too!

The printers we got to use were impressive! Some of the moms were printing wirelessly from their phones, and others were printing from their SD and CF cards. The quality of the prints were incredible, and I think I’m going to add a few prints to my standard packages now… the cost of the printing from the Epson L800 printer is negligable!

I didn’t take too many photos during the day, I was a little busy with helping the moms with their cameras… but here are some I did get 😉

Bronwyn aka @bron_stew, who I met for the first time!

Tanya from Rattle and Mum‘s little Max….

Lyndsay aka @getting_by

How gorgeous are Victoire’s little Amelie’s eyes?!


Gina’s little Faith 🙂

Nicki… I managed to get both her sons in a photo 🙂 and one with her!

and Max again, who enjoyed exploring the little lane next to the play area 🙂

Thanks so much to Epson for asking me to do the workshop! I enjoyed it immensely and I got to meet a few bloggers that I’ve only ever known online 🙂


I’m slowly phasing out DVD’s, and in fact, from now on DVD’s will not be an option with lifestyle shoots.  So… this meant that I needed to get proper branded boxes for my USB/memory sticks that I deliver the photoshoots on.

My last few batches of memory sticks were delivered with black boxes that were branded by the company that supplied the USB’s… and I didn’t think they were nice enough.  So to cut a long story short, I LOVE my new boxes and matching memory sticks so much that I had to show them off! I think they are gorgeous 🙂

I’ve had small white linen-look boxes branded with my logo, and filled them with either purple straw or white strips of paper… and then the package is tied with ribbon.  Because I couldn’t decide on one colour, I’ve got a few options for delivery, and I’ll decide based on the shoot which colour to deliver.

What do you think?

October 17

I often get asked about things that are in my photography kit, and tonight, I’m going to share 3 things that make my life easier, but are not lens or body related 😉

Things that save me time or make my life less stressful are well worth every penny as far as I’m concerned… especially because I don’t have that much time on my hands with a full-time other job and my photography business and my family.

1. Kelly Moore Classic bag

I’m sure I’ve blogged about this one before.  As you know, I take photos every day (they’re on my other blog and on Google+), I don’t only do photography for other people, I’m a blogger at heart ;).  So, I need a camera handbag (I’m not big on black masculine boring camera bags) that can fit a body and a lens or two, and my wallet and a few CF cards and batteries etc and whatever else my kids need to carry… enter my Kelly Moore bag.

I’m now on my second Kelly Moore bag… I now have a fuchsia Classic bag.  The first one was the B-Hobo, and although I use my Classic pink bag every single day, I must admit I did prefer that design.  This one I struggle with a bit because it doesn’t have a zip, it has magnetic clips which make the top gape, and the only combination that works properly is the body with a 50mm lens, or else I have to move all the compartments and lie the camera sideways to get it in.

But, saying that, I use it all the time… the only time I don’t use it at shoots is for weddings.  For lifestyle shoots, I can fit the 5D mkii, a 50mm f1.4, 24-70mm f2.8 and a 70-200mm f2.8 lens in it, and still have space for my wallet, mobile and CF cards etc.  I don’t generally use flash for a lifestyle shoot so there’s no need for me to take one.  It does get jolly heavy though 😉

How this makes my life less stressful?  Well, I don’t look like I’m carrying a fortune’s worth of equipment when I’m in a shopping centre.

2. Epson P6000 photoviewer

This is my newest toy and this is my first wedding season that I’ve used it, and I must tell you… it’s the bees knees!  Now you may think that it’s a strange thing for me to have on my list, but been an ideal thing for me.  I don’t work alone at weddings, generally, and it’s always been a pain to get the photos from the second photographer… it takes time, and usually involves me driving somewhere… and I don’t have time anymore.

So… enter this little gadget. It’s actually quite small too, it fits into a slot in my big camera bag that I use for weddings, and it’s light.

It has a 80GB storage capacity and allows me to download directly from CF or SD cards.  It keeps a backup of the photos for me, and allows me to see the photos too in a viewing screen with zoom capability (I can see RAW and JPG). It also has a tethering feature, but I’ve never needed to use it.

As soon as we get to the reception and we’re eating (and therefore not taking photos), I start backing up any full memory cards that the second photographer may have.  It’s a little slow to back up, so I find it necessary to start this early.  Then at the end of the evening, I just backup the last of the memory cards… and hey presto… I go home knowing I have all the images ready to start editing, without having to organise a meeting with the other tog!!

I LOVE this gadget to pieces! Although, this is actually a discontinued model, and there is a newer and bigger one on the market.

3.  Drobo 

Oh my Drobo… how my life has changed since my Drobo… no longer do I have to hunt for old photos on various external hard drives and worry about capacity… I know that this little beast can store months worth of images.

Not only that, but I feel a lot “safer” having my images stored on this device as it has built in protection from hard drive failure, as long as I have more than one hard drive in it.

I also connect it to my MBP using Firewire, so I’m not using any of the sparse USB connections.  Admittedly, I did buy the smallest one in the range because it’s not exactly cheap!! But it works 😉


As far as my next investment… I really want a Wacom Intuos5 Touch tablet now… I’m thinking that will save my hands and wrists a little.

Disclaimer:  this is not a sponsored post, and I wasn’t asked to blog about the items and my views are my own.


We’ve just got back from the iPhoneographySA exhibition at the iStore in Sandton, and the kids are now asleep… and I can blog about it 😉

What an awesome evening!! Marc Forrest and the iStore crew did an amazing job, and the photos looks incredible this year with all the printing done by Printwild (they do all my printing too).  The quality of the images were just amazing, and made me think that I could do much better with my iPhoneography!

This was the first image of mine that I spotted, sandwiched between Mike Sharman’s and Rubyletter’s photos 🙂

…and I spotted an image by my Bloem friend, Desi McCarthy, and had to take a photo for her so she could see how it was displayed…

My image with the power lines was placed just behind the sax player 🙂

And if you’re wondering about the 3 of mine that were on display:

I just love seeing my images printed and up on display… it’s such an ego trip, and I could see today, that there were many thrilled people hunting their images down 🙂

It was also awesome seeing so many people I knew 🙂 … it was a MASSIVE instameet actually!

So, if you’re in Cape Town at the end of the month, don’t forget to pop in at the Cape Town exhibition… it won’t have the same images though 😉 but I’m sure they’ll be just as incredible!

September 14

It’s time for the iPhoneography SA exhibition again… have you entered your phone images yet?

If you’re like me, and you love your phone images, and you love sharing your images via Instagram (or maybe not), and you live in South Africa, then you should consider entering 5 of your favourite images in this year’s iPhoneography SA exhibition.

It’s going to be taking place at the iStore in Sandton on 11 October, and this year it’ll also be exhibited in Cape Town on the 23rd of October!

Entries close on 26 Sept for the Joburg exhibition, and 8 October for the Cape Town exhibition, and you can submit your entries online on the iPhoneographySA blog.  You really don’t have to be a pro to enter your images, and it’s SO MUCH FUN seeing your images printed and displayed on a wall… I cannot begin to describe how I felt last year when my images were on display.  I wrote about it here.  I’m also super stoked that Marc used my train tracks image in the website header 🙂

Well, what are you waiting for?  Get out your phone, edit a few awesome iPhone images with some awesome iPhone apps, and enter them!! You’ve got nothing to lose!

This year, I’ve submitted 5 images (and then promptly felt like replacing the one AS I pressed the submit button)… the max allowed. In case you’re wondering, I used the following apps to edit them: Noir, VSCO and Snapseed.

This is the image I wish I’d submitted (this one was edited using CrossProcess)…

And if you want to know more about it, here’s an interview with Marc about the exhibition