The two genres are so different from each other, but the approach is strangely similar…. We shoot mostly reportage style with our wedding photography and like to document real moments as they happen without interference from our side and while underwater photography takes a lot more planning and editing and is a lot more time consuming, the approach once underwater, is not unlike our wedding photography in that I simply “observe” and work towards getting the best shot at the right time!
As for the parts where we do give some guidance, for example during the couple shoot at a wedding, the underwater approach is far more specific for first-time private clients. Underwater modeling is very hard and while I fully trust my regular fine art models with my vision and with the direction of a particular series, private clients do need some help in finding their “water feet”. Careful attention needs to be given to everything from facial expressions and hair to hands and feet as well as guiding the dress or outfit – all while looking relaxed and keeping good buoyancy. No pose can be recreated exactly and there is zero communication once underwater, so we work on achieving only a few successful looks. In this sense, the initial approach is vastly different from the way we work with wedding clients, but in the end I still end up shooting what I see.
As far as editing between the two different genre’s is concerned, well, that’s a whole different story…
I love working with other creatives, so when an opportunity presents itself that I want to be a part of I am usually on board! My art background has certainly helped in building a network of likeminded people from a wide range of arts whose work I enjoy and admire, so I do hear about a lot of projects happening. I also love participating in local initiatives and simply being involved in creating beautiful work that will hopefully inspire and encourage other local artists.
Working with Spoegwolf was such a privilege and while the music video was a KykNet sponsored production, it was such a great experience to collaborate with them on something so special!
Coming up we’ve got Recuerdos traveling to the Western Cape in October and November for two more shows, the first in Hermanus and then for five shows in Camps Bay, Pieter Toeriens’ “Theatre on the Bay”. The show brings together three different art principles, music, dance and the visual arts and is something I could not be happier to be a part of! We’ll see where it goes from there!