Life as an event photographer I shoot many different types of events for different types of clientele.
This particular shoot was an incentive shoot where you follow the guests around wherever they go.
This group was from China. Cape Town was their second stop after Johannesburg. They come here for business meet-ups, traveling and experiencing everything that Cape Town has to offer.
They arrive with a big welcome from the Cape Town Minstrels.
Shooting with my wide angle and flash bouncing off the roof.
Table Bay is central in town and situated in the Waterfront. I often find myself shooting conferences, meetings and lunches here.
This was their stay for the days that they were here..
While I waited for the group, I had a chance to shoot some of the beautiful scenery.
The best part about being an event photographer is that you get to see many places and experience lots of different cultures and food.
They started the day off @ UCT Business School. Work comes first!
This is were they got on the tour bus to start their touring.
Doing incentive shoots and carrying all the equipment is physically tiring, but NO PAIN, NO GAIN!
When it comes to my gear and what I carry with, I try to be as compact as possible but still need to make sure I carry enough to get what I want to capture.
Here I carried 2 camera bodies, my wide angle and 70-200mm zoom.
I’d rather carry a little bit heavier than having to run closer to my subjects to get a shot. Saves me from looking like a crazy person! ;p
Time for lunch!
This is the part where most photographers dread taking photos. There is a fine line to know when to engage with a crowd and when not to. Particularly when they are eating.
Meeting at the parliament with an ANC member. This was quite exciting to see myself as not many get to go inside.
Yeah I agree!
The Famous Group shot with ANC member, even though what he said didn’t make sense!
After the long day, time to chill.
This is when I get to be creative. This is not for the faint hearted.
Sevruga, a very popular restaurant at the V&A Waterfront. You can’t go wrong here if you love seafood and sushi.
I prefer to use natural light when is comes to food but when it’s pitch black outside what do you do?
My flash saves the day. When in this situation, a rule of thumb in food photography, never have the flash pointing at the food, always bounce.
As the night progresses, everyone gets very use to the camera! 🙂
It doesn’t end here, the next day started at the aquarium.
To be an event photographer you need to be versatile in many areas of shooting. You need to know how to shoot going from outdoors moving indoors, when to use a flash and when not too.
For example shooting through the fish tanks you can’t use flash but it is very dark. I use a lens that can handle low key together with my full frame and a high ISO.
From the beautiful aquamarine straight into business again. Great way to do business!
The speaker was Adriana Marais, a candidate for the Mars 2025 mission team. Very brave lady signing her life to go into space and future findings. I believe you can vote for her, just google her name.
Lunch is served at the Chinese restaurant in Gardens! My favourite lens to use for food shots is my old 50mm that has a macro feature on!
A quick trip up to Signal Hill and group shot done!
Some more fun posing shots. This bunch absolutely loved taking their photo.
And the last view of the day and also very famous photographic spot, the 12 apostles mountain view.
Thank you for reading, peace out!
This is a recent incentive shoot that I did for a fellow event photographer, Blowfish. They have a brilliant advanced photography team (incl. myself :p) You should check out their page: