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Welcome to our website and online blog. We hope to illustrate our artwork and love for photography to you.

We will try to keep this updated with all our latest photography work, still shoots and videos. Be sure to also check back from time to time for our product reviews we do on various brands.

Also some stories, tips and run down of camera or photography gear we make use of. Hope you enjoy the journey with us...

MY STORY


I've been shooting with Canon equipment for as long as I can remember.

My 1st camera I got as a 'hand-me-down' when I was about 10 years old. It was a compact Minolta camera though. The passion for looking through the lens and capturing moments in time started then already with that little compact.

This is similar to what it looked like...

Having moved numerous times whilst growing up, this gem somehow got lost and was never to be seen again.

Growing up in a time and age where cellphones were merely a fantasy and something to dream about, let alone camera phones, a camera was all means one had to capture the moment in time. To capture the emotion and tell a story through ones photos.

Photography was never something that ever crossed my mind as a career. In fact the artform was never even presented or mentioned to me, Coming from a poor and disadvantaged background, if you excelled at your school work, a lawyer or a doctor was all that was imprinted in your head :-)

Until a few years ago I decided to revive my passion. Through my life experiences, working, studying, trying to study and working to fund it, marriage, divorce, my creative flair started to blossom and wanted to come to the fore. I always loved people. Interacting with others, in work, socially, all around me. I've always been a bubbly joker, I love making people laugh, even if it is at me instead of with me.

Being the true humanitarian that I am and the constant longing to make a difference I did part-time voluntary work at a community radio station where I even further got to interact with people on an even bigger scale and make use of my creativity. I went knocking on a few doors, and before I knew, I was doing my own radio shows for 2 popular commercial radio stations within Cape Town. It was nightshift over weekends, whilst still having a 'day job'.

In the early 2000's I did a free photography cause that was funded by the RDP. Here I rekindled my love for photography. Yet I still had social responsibilities, A full time day job that pays the bills was the focus...not photography, it was not even considered to be a job. I managed to buy myself a 2nd hand camera to still keep the flame and my love for photography alive. It was a Minolta Dynax 300 and I still have it. Haven't shot with it in ages though. It was my first SLR



A few years ago when we started doing photography professionally as a part-time business, I acquired my Canon gear. I bought my first digital SLR. It was a Canon 500D.


Even though we went professional, due to financial constraints we had no choice but to buy entry level gear/equipment. It all started as a passion and love for photography. From doing one free shoot to another, not even charging people. Family, friends and even strangers that wanted to do TFCD. I still had a fulltime day job. We weren't in it to make money or to exploit people. One could not even call it a business, as for the times we did charge people, or started to do so, our services and bookings were far and few.

Bit by bit we bought more goodies and accessories. It made sense to buy Canon to keep everything compatible and I was comfortable with the functionality and menus of the current camera. We saved some money and bought a 2nd hand flash...

  • A Canon EX430.  
  • Then another Canon 500D 2nd hand, so now my wife could shoot too. She is totally self taught by me, and no, she does not shoot on auto only...lol. 
  • A 5-in-1 reflector, which we still haven't fetched at a client's house that we forgot it at about 2 years ago, 
  • A Phottix backdrop kit, with plain black material backdrop, which we bought at 'Kwaai Lappies' and my mother was kind enough to overlock and stitch for us. 
  • An extra 2nd hand lens, 
  • A stand with softbox and hotshoe flash fitting, had to get a trigger for this to work, 

A JYC trigger set I think it was, we bought it from our friends at Studio 22, whom we've been dealing with already since they've been in Goodwood a few years back, Always had good service from them, We do all our printing and purchasing from them. Whether photo prints, enlargements and also our books, through their Coffee Table Books service. Really helpfull bunch of guys. Reinard, Ziggy, Thandi, whom I don't think is there anymore, Jamima. Yumna, whom I think isat the canvas and framing. Be sure to check them out sometime, they are a must stop by place for any photographer ,amateur or pro. Also check out some of their camera equipment/gear and product reviews under our CAMERA GEAR

I now find myself doing what I love, what I am passionate about. I've taken the plunge and left my day job, the job that paid the bills. To fulfill my passion of working with people and being a full time photographer. All this could of course not be possible without the grace of the Almighty, neither without the support of family and friends. Most of all, my spouse, wife, partner and best friend. Whilst it is around 4am now whilst I'm typing this, with her sleeping. She truly is a gem of a woman, who supports me and stands by me. She is also my side-kick and our 2nd photographer when on shoots, what more could one ask for?

Our gear was stolen a year or 2 ago. Luckily it was insured and we could get it replaced. Because we do not own a studio, we offer to setup studio at the client's premises using our backdrop kit. We have done a few shoots like this, but most people enjoy the whole experience of going out to a studio, even though we can setup in the privacy and comfort of the client's home where they will have full access to their wardrobe to do outfit changes. Renting a studio is also always an option, but people aren't keen to pay more for this option. So, future plans is to hopefully have our own studio space in the near future.

So our Canon 500D's were replaced with the equivalent Canon 600D's. Still entry level, but nifty little machines that is capable of lots if on a tight budget.

Be sure to check out my tips, tricks and reviews on the photography gear under CAMERA GEAR on our site.

Looking back to all the shoots we have done, some of which I still have footage of, others which I lost due to hard drives crashing and not being able to recover the content. We have come a long way. From so many weddings, which was totally due to word of mouth advertising, to kiddies parties, engagements, 21st birthday parties, events covered, mostly automotive due to my love for cars, and also had a few press events where I sent our work to the local papers. Of which, some was even published in the papers.

We have been privileged to be part of so many people's lives and their stories. In making their lives memorable and capturing their moments in time.

Thanks for reading and being part of my journey....

Ciao ciao for now...ABDUL

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