I got my first camera when I was four years old, and I still have the photos to prove it. Old square black and white prints, slightly out of focus and yellowed over the years. Taken on a Kodak Instamatic 25. I’ve had many cameras since and my passion for photography grew stronger over the years. I did not however become a pro photographer after school. Life first had a few lessons to teach me. I got involved in a few businesses, learning more about selling and marketing along the way. All lessons that will help me with my ultimate business one day… being a pro photographer.
I made the switch in 2009. I was now a full time pro photographer. And I basically had NO idea what I was doing. I was on a very steep learning curve. I knew about marketing and selling, but I had a lot to learn about photography. I spent every single moment of my life learning and reading about and watching YouTube videos about my passion, my job. Photography. In fact, I still do, I don’t think you ever stop learning. I still spend all my free time learning and reading about photography.
I started off shooting weddings. The first one was in Welkom, Free State, December 2009. A Facebook friend of mine asked me to shoot her son’s wedding. To be honest, I have never been so scared in my life. My wife Surika edited the photos. I shot 18 weddings in my first year. It was more due to my selling than my photography skills I think. But, I was learning, fast.