Styled Shoot

Behind The Scenes with Cape Town Productions

PRODUCTION – it’s what we do…..with passion!” True words from Cape Town Productions

On a recent international shoot I was hired to cover, in our beautiful Cape Town and her surroundings, I had the privilege of working alongside of one of Cape Town’s most professional and friendly production companies, namely Cape Town Productions. These guys really know their stuff…

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One Night In Cape Town - Kongos

Well what can I say… this Cape Town Lifestyle & Wedding Photographer has also been a massive follower and shooter of South African and International music, and bands for about 20 years now. Having photographed locally, and throughout South Africa, I have had the privilege of meeting and capturing some of my personal music favourites.

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Private Chef Neill Anthony at Ginger & Lime

Jaimi and I headed to the wonderful Ginger & Lime Food Studio in Fresnaye, Cape Town, and this time it was for a food experience with the Interactive Menu of “Private Chef” Neill Anthony. Taste buds at the ready, cameras loaded, we were certainly in for a treat from the culinary skills of this Zimbabwe born celebrity chef.

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1693” Food & Wine Pairing at Bellingham Homestead - Franschhoek

Set up in The Old Maturation Cellar (built in 1693) on the lawns of the Bellingham Homestead (which is now a museum of beautiful artwork and decor), the twelve seater lunch table was beautifully set, candles lit, heaters were on and I really felt like I was being treated as royalty would have been back in the early part of last century, but with the warmth and sincerity of a close family affair.

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Life Day Spa Fourways

Another shoot this Cape Town Photographer recently covered for Banshee 22. This time it was a trip to Johannesburg to shoot the ever popular Life Day Spa in Fourways. Just recently revamped, it was an opportunity for some stunning photography for their new brochure design.

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Bo-Kaap Styled Shoot

Probably one of my favourite parts of Sunday’s styled shoot was the images I captured here in the stunning Bo-Kaap residential area of Cape Town, just below the infamous Table Mountain Reserve. Being a Cape Town based wedding photographer has it’s spoils and shooting in this little neighbourhood was definitely one of those. The bright colours of the buildings and the colourful nature of the ever tolerating residents makes this spot a definite stop on every tourists “places to visit” map.

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Cosy Bay Styled Shoot

Sunday afternoon a week back saw us on a little trip to Cosy Bay on the Cape Peninsular, with a really brave model who had agreed to get into the cool Cape Town waters for this part of my styled shoot. Cosy bay is a beautifully little hidden bay just below the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, very popular for picnics, sundowners and photo opportunities. This day was overcast and a little dull so it was refreshing in a way to have this little Cape Town gem all to ourselves for the hour we were there.

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Long Street Styled Shoot

On Sunday morning this proudly Cape Townian based Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer headed into the city armed with cameras, a fantastic model and make up artists, and with a bag containing three stunning wedding gowns from a top Cape Town Designer. The first stop was to the streets of Woodstock for a few images along Albert’s Street colourful houses. The wind was howling and caused chaos with my model Keryn’s hair but made for some wonderful natural laughing images. Having a professional Make Up artist like Lesley-Ann Solomons on the ball, made both Keryn and my life a whole lot easier, fighting the elements.

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An Architect with Simplicity

On Friday last week I met with Architect Wynand Viljoen at Cape Town’s Old Biscuit Mill, Albert Street, Woodstock. The brief was simple, pay no attention to perfect exposures, under exposure is better than over exposure and contrasted light is what I enjoy.

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Sean Stevens Shoot

A week ago Sean Stevens arrived at our Cape Town Beach House, here on the West Coast of Cape Town, to prep and have make up done for a model style shoot he requested from me. Donna Hay, a fantastic make up artist in our area was on hand to work her magic with Sean’s hair and face, and what a fantastic job she did. Set up was complete for the shoot and armed with my Nikon’s we headed out to capture this Model, Tattoo Shop Owner, Comedian and Stunt Car Driver.

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A Shooting In Woodstock

Woodstock, Cape Town is one of my favourite locations to shoot. The culture diversity, the historical background, the rustic yet modernised retro feel about this crazy suburb are only a few of the reasons why I selected Woodstock for this particular style shoot. Gary and Abigail won a competition shoot which I ran on my Facebook page a little while ago. With over 500 entries into the competition they were selected as winners by a draw and it just so happens that their personalities added to the mood of this shoot.

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Liam Tomlin at Ginger & Lime

So on Saturday this Cape Town Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer received an invite to attend a cooking class at Ginger & Lime in Sea Point. Not only was it to be an ASIAN TAPAS cooking class but also an opportunity to photograph one of Cape Town’s finest Chefs, Liam Tomlin (Chefs Warehouse and Canteen), who was hosting the class.

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Photo Shoot Competitions

Yes the shoot competitions are designed to bring exposure to my photography but also allows for my audience to see just how into photography I am and how much I like to give back to my followers. This is a perfect way for me to say thank you for supporting and following my work.

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Photographer Of The Year - The Story & Associated Images

A little while back, this now Cape Town based Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer, exhibited a photograph into a competition to potentially win the title of Photographer of The Year at the CTICC in Cape Town. A little cheeky as I was still based in KZN at the time, but hey that’s what competitions are all about, exposing great photography no matter where you hail from. So after the three days of voting, your’s truly walked away with the title with this winning shot.

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Jolandi Rootman Profile Shoot

A couple of weeks back this Cape Town Photographer headed down to Derde Steen here on the West Coast just outside of Cape Town to do a profile styled shoot of this wonderful lady, Jolandi. It was a misty day and as we were looking for an outdoor shoot, the beach was the obvious choice, white sand, misty backgrounds. All in all a lovely setting for this shoot.

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Vintage Retro Fashion Shoot - Competition Winners

This Cape Town Photographer recently ran a competition for a couple to win an amazing full photo shoot.
Two winners were selected, one girl and one guy. Nina Dos Santos and Gary Payn were the lucky
two drawn and the first shoot happened two weeks back in the Blouberg area.

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Melanie & Jonty Rhodes - Loving Moments To Share

I love natural lighting and this magical home with it’s rustic white walls, wooden floors and door frames, minimalistic furniture was just the place that makes this guy really happy and excited to shoot in. Mel and Jonty, being as relaxed and welcoming as they are were only to happy to let me direct them and their family to capture the images you see in this post.

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One Plus Two Makes Three - Daniella & Jared’s Funky Bump Session

So every now and then I get a really funky young couple to shoot. Daniella and Jared Bee just so happen to be pregnant and yes indeed, they are a funky couple. So with a little planning and about and hour and a half of their time I managed to capture some really fun and arty images that will be a lasting memory for this lovely couple. And of course a story to tell for their little one, still snuggling warmly inside of mommy’s tummy.

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This Is Me: Denise Cowburn-Levy

Not only is Denise a pioneer in the stills production business here in Cape Town through her Cape Town Productions company, she is also a wonderful advocate to the Reach For A Dream charity, a lover of food through her amazing Ginger & Lime “for the love of cooking” cooking classes which she hosts in her own kitchen, and also owns and manages two beautiful homes in Yzerfonrein that she rents out for international fashion crews to utilise for photographic shoots.

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Ginger & Lime - Asian Seafood Experience

We joined Denise Levy of Cape Town Productions in her beautiful Fresnaye home in Cape Town to learn more about Asian cuisine. What an amazing evening of good South African wine, beautiful seafood and fresh SA Produce. Ginger and Lime approaches cooking from a very enjoyable hands on approach. We cannot wait to go back. Click the image below for more info.

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E-Sesh Style Surf Couple Shoot

The shoot was fantastic and I think the images speak for themselves. The warm soft lighting, an attractive looking couple, a photographer who loves shooting people and of course a talented make up artist, and voila! A styled shoot pulled off successfully and beautifully.

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Kirsten Murphy - A Model With Many Talents

This Cape Town Fashion, Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer recently had the privilege of photographing the wonderful Kirsten Murphy. Not only is she a well established and photographed model, Kirsten is also one of the top make up artists in Cape town, she is a Stage Actress, a Dancer and a Singer. Talented, to say the very least.

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Kirsten & Ian’s Love Shoot

A late afternoon shoot is what is always best for this part of the beautiful Cape Peninsular. Long summer days, soft white sands and beautiful mood enhancing lighting right up until the late hour of 20h30 are what every professional photographer longs for. This is just one of the beauties of this shoot.

Top-Cape-Town-Wedding-And-Lifestyle-Photographer-Adrian-Shields

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Get It Shoot

This shoot was at the wedding venue Talloula and was for their Easter Edition of the magazine.
Glynnis and her team were fantastic and the shoot was a breeze.

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Interior Shoot

This Cape Town Photographer was commissioned by a well know Interior Design company to capture this magnificent home they had just completed.

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Hartford House Food and Chef Shoot

Have a look at the black and white images I have posted below to get a look into what this 5 star kitchen’s master chef and his staff get up to behind the scenes.

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Settings Décor Shoot at Maroupi

This is one of my most favourite images from the Styled Shoot I was commissioned to do by website at Maroupi Wedding Venue in Umhlali in August. Their style is so fresh but simple at the same time and I loved photographing their beautiful décor. Next time I want to make sure I get Heather and her incredible staff in front of my lens!

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Foraging For Mushrooms

We head into the tree, me with my cameras in hand and Travis with long stick in one hand and a basket strapped over his back to hold the elusive mushrooms he is about to search for. I ask Travis about the stick, he says “I don’t like snakes, I just might need this”.

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Styled Couture Shoot

With the models, makeup artists, hairstylist and fashion designer all on board, we headed up Hartford House to begin the day of styled shooting.

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The White Dress Project 2008-2010

In the years to come Adrian will be launching a book capturing some of his work over the years. This will showcase both this design, film and photographic work. In what will hopefully be a DVD Book package. This coffee table book will cover Adrian’s model projects, his design work, band photography and marketing over the last couple of years.

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RagnBone Concept Launch - Tala Bridal Fair

Since last winter Jaimi and I have been planning on launching her RagandBone concept and now we have. As of this past weekend (13-14 August 2011) RagandBone has been officially been launched as a concept. My lady asked me to capture the behind the scenes and take some portrait shots for her!

We are very proud to launch and showcase RagandBone on Adrian Shields Photography.

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