This Cape Town Guy (And Ambitious Photographer) recently had the privilege of joining in on the wonderful journey with the Put Foot Foundation’s 2017 Rally. With little expectancy for the journey I was about about to embark on, after a kiss from my beautiful wife Jaimi, I headed out into the cold wintery early hours of a Sunday morning in the middle of June from my home town Melkbosstrand, and jumped onboard with an rowdy yet wonderfully friendly Aussie crew who I was assigned to for certain legs of our adventure. Jason, the leader of the Aussie pack “Reboot Yourself - Happy Day” was a legend to spend time with, himself having done the 2016 Rally, so his knowledge of what was on route, what to see and where to go was just golden. Jason you legend.
“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…
Saturday morning, just a week ago, Jaimi and I woke up at 05:00, packed my “Old Girl” with our dusty camping gear and hit the road en route to the beautiful Cederburg wilderness area to hike the infamous Wolfburg Cracks. We had heard a lot about the Cracks from our fellow hiking buddies and always wanted to give it a try. The weather forecast was good, and this looked like the perfect weekend to attempt this.
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.
Last weekend, Jaimi and I headed for a little get away up the east coast to a stunning little town called Franskraal, just 50 km passed Hermanus. Famous for it shark cage diving, Franskraal is really a place well worth visiting for her seascapes, landscapes, second hand stores and a friendly small town vibe. If it’s a chilled and relaxed time out that you need then this is a must on your map of “town’s to visit”.
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.
How would you like to come to Thailand to shoot our wedding? Damn guys, yes of course I would! Was the immediate response my mind was giving, but being the professional Cape Town Photographer that I am, I just played it cool and said, hey that sounds amazing, let me check my availability and get back to you soonest. Well as it turns out, this guys was available and was doing a little happy dance. With a sit down drinks meeting (the best kind of meeting OF course) at Greenpoint Hudsons, the deal was struck and four or so months later I was jetting off to the wonderful Thailand island of Koh Phangan.
Being a Cape town based photographer definitely has it’s advantages in the fact that this City, or this part of South Africa has some of the most beautiful settings, locations and landscapes that the world has to offer. So being surrounded by this beauty and with the fact that I always always love sharing my photographic knowledge and experience with others, the idea of Pack Your Camera was born.
So every now and then this Cape Town Photographer needs to let his hair down, get out onto the ocean and head out to where Monster Waves rumble. Yesterday was an exceptional day, with the 10 seater rubber duck powering through the rough surf we headed out to Kommetjie’s Sunset Reef, well know for her massive waves and big wave surf riding. The images you see are just a fraction of what I witnessed on this awe inspiring day. Often I just had to lower my camera and watch, even missing capturing some epic moments, but taking it all into my soul. I love the ocean and she loves to impress!
This Cape Town Photographer had a chance to head out to Thailand just a few weeks back to photograph a wonderful couple’s wedding on the beautiful Island of Koh Phangan. I will be blogging the wedding images a little later in this month but just as a starter I though I would post up a few images of the island that I captured, only a few, so as not to bore all of you wonderful people with the typical “Look at my holiday photos”.