Outsourcing gives me more time to tackle other things that will bring my stress level down and therefore make me a better business person!
Can you tell us how you got started in photography?
My dad wasn't a photographer but was very into it and we used to go to car shows and (maybe out of boredom) I started wanting to take photos of the cars there. In highschoool, I wasn't sporty and had no other real interests so I fell into photography because I liked taking pictures. In college there was just nothing else I wanted to do. Not a glamorous story, but the truth!
What was the first camera you ever purchased?
The first one that was mine was an old Canon F1 that my parent's bought me (very old haha)
What's the latest piece of equipment you bought?
I don't buy a lot of gear but I switched (had been using Canon since I was 9 years old!) to Nikon a few years ago
On average how many pictures do you take per wedding?
Between 4500 and 6000
How do you find inspiration?
Real documentary and real photo journalism. I still long to be a photo journalist, one of my biggest regrets was leaving the newspaper world too early. Watching true photo journalists and wanting to emulate that in my work is my inspiration.
What would be your dream assignment and where would it be?
I have a passion for off road driving and Land Rovers so my dream is to be hired by Land Rover to document a long extended expedition, whatever that might be. I would combine all my needs: adventure, travel, outdoors, Land Rovers and photography. For a good cause also! If my pictures could mean something and contribute to a great cause, that would be a dream. In terms of location, South Africa would be great! Wherever though- as long as its adventurous!
How do you spend your day away from the camera?
Hanging out with my family, my kids. Watching my kids play sports! And/or building something, working on my vehicles.
How much time did you spend editing each week before The Image Salon?
I was never an extreme perfectionist with post-production, I would try to get through it quickly but I would spend at least one full day per week on it, now down to 30 minutes max!
Why did you decide to outsource? Why did you choose The Image Salon?
I have been trying to outsource for a long time, first tried in 2008 approx, tried 3 or 4 different companies. To save time AND because I hate editing! Actually I hate all post-production, but mostly editing. I am so used to it now, I could never go back. Also I am not good at it at all! It's gonna look better than what I can do, I know that! I chose The Image Salon back in 2014 because of Daniel and Davina - I am friends with them and had known them for years. I have always admired their images and their editing. I bought a post-production workshop from them actually- and following that workshop, I trusted they would be better than anyone else because they understood what I was going for. The Image Salon sees what I am trying to do with my images, without me communicating it! I have tried other companies that would edit based on an industry standard (correcting a silhouette shot to show the subjects for example) but I do not want 'industry standard', and The Image Salon gets that!
Now that you outsource, how has your business benefited from the extra time you have?
Not sure if my business has benefited but I am much happier! Outsourcing gives me more time to tackle other things that will bring my stress level down and therefor make me a better business person!