Photography Tips

I recently shared Ten basic photography tips on my photography FB page, I thought I’d leave them here for you folk to enjoy too.

You’re welcome.

All photos: Asherlove Photography by Kim van Vuuren










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Sometimes bravery is quiet.

There are times in our lives when we will be faced with moments that want to break us.  Circumstances that would have us buckle and memories that want to drown us. This is when bravery is quiet. 

Quiet and strong.

Facing these moments we can choose our response, overwhelming grief and inconsolable emotions. Or, we can take it on, face it and quietly absorb the moment and allow God to add a layer of healing to our hearts.  I like to choose the latter, it helps me grow, mature and develop an empathy I wouldn’t have otherwise.  God is good and if we trust Him with our hearts and lives, He ALWAYS turns our heartbreak into laughter.

Sometimes bravery is quiet. I have witnessed it today in another, and it is beautiful, the strength of facing a fear.

Friday Fun.

So the last few weeks has been a bit of a blur really…getting back into working on my Felt mobile business, getting a work space buddy,  one toddler with croup over the long weekend and setting up a new PC – it takes days. Days!

In between all this were two amazing nights out, the first was the chef exams, where I shared about the food and great conversation with hubby.  The second evening was the re-launch of a company I used to work for years ago, Impact Studio, and wow, what a fabulous night.  Champagne, snacks and their gorgeous new work space, jealousy factor one million! They have re-launched as a competitive creative agency offering photography, videography, design, marketing and promotional gifting.  It was amazing to be there to see how far the business has come in seven years and I wish them everything of the best going forward.

Only one problem.  Hubby was supposed to attend with me, but ended up troubleshooting a VOIP gate out on a farm in the freezing cold all evening.  He made it just in time for desert canapes and coffee.  So it was, in the end, an evening out for me dressed to the nines, no kids, champers and chats, a night well spent.

Have  lovely weekend of rest cause THIS mama is taking it easy this weekend!
Photo: Asherlove Photography by Kim van Vuuren

Food, photos and passing it on.

I’ve had a love of beautiful images from when I was a kid, sitting in my dad’s design agency in the 80’s and 90’s browsing Tony Stone stock image catalogues. So it’s no wonder as a food photographer I am obsessed with the perfect image, capturing yummy food at it’s best with gorgeous light and balanced styling.  

My other “boat floater” is teaching, so as I’ve aged a little, I have realised that to keep my years of photography experience and technical knowledge to myself wouldn’t be helping me or anyone else and then the whole “passing it on” idea would die a slow sad death.

So I decided to pass it on.

I now host workshops for the general public, not just chef students needing to learn the ins and outs of that side of their industry.  It’s for the average person who loves a great image, food and coffee and wants to translate that into something visually appealing.  Not only doI get to help some avid photographers I get to give out of my wealth of experience and help others improve their images.  Hey, I’m by no means the best of the best, but I have almost ten years experience in various photography genre’s, and I am passionate about food, well photographed food and helping people take awesome shots of their food.  My pet peeves include horrible photos used in marketing and advertising as well as amateur design.  So my philosophy is, don’t get mad at what’s out there, help make it better, make yourself available, teach, assist and help others improve their game so we can all enjoy lovely images like the one’s in the Tony Stone catalogues.

A night out and a glass of wine.

It’s amazing what an evening out can do.  Especially when you realise the last time you went out with your husband, alone, was over a year ago!  It’s been a busy few weeks and the blog has been neglected a little, but there is now lots to say, sitting across from my handsome enjoying some lovely red wine and good food we got to talk, laugh and generally be “us” again.  He’s inspired me with some blog post ideas and I think we only managed to talk about the kids once the entire evening.

We were at The Mills Academy chef students exam night in Jeffreys Bay.  This is the first time these students are serving guests a seven course meal after studying for almost two years, it was a treat.  From canapes to soup, fresh baked ciabatta and lamb shank, beautiful choux pastry and macaron topped genoise sponge, it was a taste sensation.  Congratulations to the two students who cooked for us, can’t wait to see what you produce at your final exam next month!

There was a great deal of speculation as to wether the nanny had managed to put the kids to sleep or not and what kind of carnage would be waiting for us as home.  We come home and they are ALL asleep.  I know I say all as if I have seven kids, but it feels like that sometimes.  Our two precious nuggets were asleep, a miracle, it will snow, I was speechless.  So not only did mom and dad get to dress up, go out, eat beautiful food, have a peaceful glass of wine and adult conversation, but we also got the added bonus of not having to do bedtime – endless patience, yoyos, stories, negotiating etc.

I feel good, even at 05:00 in the morning, I feel rested.  Like the break fairy just cut me some slack.

Finally. 

God bless my nanny, she’s amazing!

Crickets

I’ve been quiet.  I know.

Haven’t had much inspiration for writing this last week.  It’s been a “deep” week.  You know, when you have to dig deep in yourself to just function normally, chin up, keep going etc.

So hopefully soon, now that the air is filled with miraculous recoveries and lists being ticked, I’m sure I’ll have something to say soon 😉