Friday, June 17, 2011

Portrait project

Not much to say except thanks to all the beautiful people who let me photograph them!!
Also big thanks once again to B for assisting =]


(I kinda cheated with this one of Trevor..His real tattoo was hidden so I Photoshopped one in for a more "dramatic effect"..Wanted him to look a little more hardcore: he's actually really nice and chilled =] ..)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A perfect winter's day

I'm a bad blogger! I have been meaning to update since about March and now that I've fallen so far behind (sooo many pictures to put up) I don't really know where to start.

For now: Playing around with f1.4
(It seems that since my last post, the quality of the pictures has been downgraded. The colour also seems a bit off =/ ..Anyone know why?)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Overcoming a struggle with confidence

So those who know me, know that I can be quite a shy, timid person especially when it comes to being in front of a camera. Even normal party pictures can turn into a mission when I'm around.

I feel excited about this year because I have a lot of goals that I've set for myself to assist in my journey to find what's within. I have a few ideas for personal video and photographic projects wherein I will explore my search for connectivity in regards to, firstly, myself, my spirituality and well- being and the relationships that I am surrounded by (family and friends).

Recently the photography major students at Open Window were privileged enough to be a part of an exciting new venture called "My Life in 3D". It is a new social networking site that is going to be launching soon. The idea behind the site is that certain events and moments that we experience produce a set of choices for us and our reaction to these things is what makes up our lives. We are much more than the sum of our parts.

The site attempts to address the problem of reality vs. perception (who we are versus who we think we are versus what others think we are). The site measures all aspects of our life (we capture the information as precisely and as honestly as possible) and can be used as a fun way to compare friends and connect with others. What makes it different to other sites is the fact that it was created with trauma counseling and psychotherapy in mind. Most of us fear to be honest with ourselves and the site will be used as a vehicle for us to build up an accurate history of events and moments, that if needed later on ,can help us decipher our past in reaction to our present as well as help us to predict upcoming patterns of behaviour in the future.

The 7 students who took part were asked to make a video out of a collection of photographs. The brief was pretty open and the main idea was to use these videos as part of a launch on Youtube to help promote the site. Once it's up I'll post a link!

My approach was quite personal and I decided to use this as an opportunity to express myself..

Here are a few still shots and soon I will be posting the completed video. A HUGE shout-out
of thanks to Bernard Brand without whose help and support I couldn't have completed this project! Really I thank you with my whole heart. Major kudos.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Liquid fun (part II)

Our second underwater test shoot was a complete success! We tried it at night, using two redheads for light and the result was quite simply astounding! It makes such a difference from under the water, as the footage looks quite murky and there is a wider tonal range from the lighting. Parts of the scene are really dark and the side- lighting really brings the dress to life.
For our final shoot we'll be in a pool that has no lines so it should look even better from outside the water.
Here's the result:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Liquid fun

Yesterday we had an underwater test shoot for a music video we're in the process of planning.

 Leandi, Celeste, Karien and I had to be up bright and early to meet at the gym on our campus (6am)!

Karien was appointed to wear the dress while Celeste and Leandi tested out different shots and angles. I was lucky enough to not have to get wet that early in the morning and I snapped a couple of shots of our endeavours.

It turns out singing underwater is not the easiest thing in the world and things didn't quite work out as planned. Nevertheless, we've come up with more ideas and I think we're all just itching to get started with the shooting.

The dress we're using is Karien's mom's wedding dress from the 70's.She altered it with pieces of champagne coloured material to add extra depth to the white of the dress. The result was pretty awesome!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Girls night out glam

Clothing and styling all by Mareli du Toit
Make up and hair by Mia Malan
Assisted by Liani Lombard

Monday, January 31, 2011


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