My first attempt at photographing interiors came as result of a phone call from my brother, Andrew (aka Guy With Camera). He's started this new side thing (check it out!) and was looking for someone to head up to the Midlands with a camera in hand to get some shots of a property there. I said I'd do it. Okay, I reluctantly and nervously said I'd do it.
I recently visited the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands to attend a mini conference and booked to stay on a farm in the Fort Nottingham area. Since I only had the early mornings to myself, I was torn between sleeping in (and staying warm), or getting up early to explore the farm. The next morning my characteristic fomo kicked in and I got up in the dark, put on as many layers as possible, grabbed my camera and tackies, and headed out. Below the farmhouse was a small dam, and I thought that might be a good spot to capture the morning light over the water. Half-way across the field, I realised I would have to hike a good few kilometres to the other side of the valley in order to get that sort of shot, so I changed course and walked in the direction of the rising sun. At this stage, there was just a faint glimmer over the hill.
The extended Clark family - a few of whom are good friends of mine - all happened to be on holiday on the South Coast, so we met up for an impromptu family shoot down at Lucien. The late afternoon light moves pretty quickly from glaring and bright, to golden, and then gone. So we had limited time. In addition to the race-against-the-light challenge, we also had the toddler-at-grumpy-o'clock thing to deal with. Sam (3 years, and in high spirits) told me that he had seen a whale hiding in the sea.
The plan was to pack a picnic basket, a skottel, a flask of coffee and head down to the beach in time to catch the sunrise with the Pringle family. In my enthusiasm/nervousness not to miss the sunrise we ended up arriving in near darkness! So there was a bit of a wait before we got going with the pics. But it was definitely worth it in the end. What a spectacular morning it turned out to be, with the colour palette changing slowly from deep blues and greys, to soft pinks and oranges, with a dramatic gold light lining the clouds.
We should really have discovered the Ramsgate Ramble years ago, but the sad truth is that we didn't. And I have no idea how that didn't happen. Any outing where my sister is involved must necessarily include flowers, hiking, photography, and silliness - not necessarily in that order.
Skogheim Conferencing & Retreat centre were looking to refresh the look of their site which was decidedly outdated. Having been up and running on the KZN South Coast for over 50 years, Skogheim has had thousands of guests through their doors and have relied on word of mouth, returning visitors and newsletters as their main source of marketing. They felt it was time for a new look and feel for their site. I migrated them from a Joomla site onto Squarespace keeping their existing domain name for continuity.