Arthur word Een [Pretoria Family Photographer]

Klein wriemelkous Arthur het nou onlangs een jaar oud geword.

Hierdie geleentheid is gevier deur onder andere te kom vir ‘n foto sessie met die oumas en oupas.

Klein Arthur het al die aandag en props vreeslik geniet.

Net ‘n paar gunstelling fotos van die sessie.

Graduation Photos [Pretoria East Graduation Photographer]

It is an absolute honour to graduate after you have invested so much time and energy into your studies.

Surely this occasion must be photographed and remembered forever?

This is where I come in.

I would love to assist you in creating your memories.

You are even welcome to bring your closest family with.

Please note that we do not provide the gowns, sashes or caps.

You must rent these from the official graduation outfitters.

You can select a white or grey background.

During your 15 minute photo session I will take as many photos as possible. 

This will include head and shoulders “headshots” as well as full length images if required. 

Your will receive 15 high resolution, digital images afterwards.

All images are colour corrected and digitally enhanced. 

Teeth and eyes can be whitened on request.  Skin smoothing can also be done as well as bags under the eyes be removed.

Any advanced editing will be subject to an additional charge of R100 per image.  Examples of advanced editing:- removing of double chins, changing colour of shirts, filling in hairline or creating hair volume, etc. 

Please allow ±24-48 hours for the editing/post production process to be completed.

The final product will be forwarded to you via Dropbox.

If you are late, this time will be deducted from the shooting time or your appointment will be considered cancelled.

I look forward to assisting you herein.

Packshots vs Product Photography [Pretoria East Product Photographer]

Product Photography is a very important side of advertising and marketing of any product.

It is the potential client’s first introduction to your product. You need to make sure that you get this step right.

If you fail, clients can easily believe that your product is of an inferior quality.

Your potential client should feel that they need this product.

The product must therefore look inviting and create a certain mood that suits the product. For example, bath products should give a clean, fresh feeling.

Photographers create the feel and look of an image by using a variety of lighting set-ups and sometimes props.

You, as the client will have different uses for different styles of images depending on the platform that the image will be used for, e.g. advertorial in a magazine, billboard or e-commerce websites and/or social media.

In the case of e-commerce sites, clients will usually require packshots.

Packshots are images of your products or product ranges, displaying the packaging, labels and appearance of products.

We will normally photograph these products on a white background in the form of a production line. One lighting set-up will be used and hardly ever will props or styling be introduced.

I obviously charge less for these kinds of photo sessions than for an advertorial product shoot that requires specialised lighting and styling.

Costing will be determined on the amount of products that must be photographed. I charge per hour. Please feel free to contact me for ‘n discussion and quote.

See examples below of packshots:

When it comes to specialised product photography, the ball game changes. It will usually involve a complex lighting set-up, styling, creating of a mood and props.

These photo sessions takes time and patience. It is normally done for just one product or a small range.

This will also include more difficult to photograph products, e.g. products with chrome writing or shiny surfaces. Products that create glare or some difficult to photograph liquids.

See examples below:

So clearly, not all requirements for product photography are the same and I can therefore not charge the same for packshots as I would for specialised product photography.

I would love for you to contact me with your requirements. I am always open to my client’s ideas.

Lastly, when it comes to your products, please make sure that you provide me with clean, high quality products.

If I have to apply a lot of post production editing to your product to make it appear perfect, you will have to pay for the extra time spent on editing.

Small imperfections like skew labels, scratches or bad printing on labels will make my work harder and cost you more.

I look forward to hearing from you and assisting you with your product photography needs.

Headshots for Pumzile [Pretoria East Business Portrait Photographer]

Pumzile is a repeat client. This time around I did some headshots for her. It was really lovely to see her again.

Always ask your clients in which line of business they work to make sure that the headshots will suit their sector of business.

Just a few favourites from the shoot.

Food Photography – Pretoria Food Photographer

Have you ever heard the expression: “eating with your eyes?”

This is definitely something we keep in mind with food photography.

The food that I photograph must be a feast for your eyes.

Just by looking at the image you should feel like your other senses are also ignited.

You should want to taste and smell the food in the image.

Food Photographers possess the skill to create beautiful images of food with ideal lighting, styling and a few other tricks.

Restaurants, Cook Book Publishers, Food Suppliers for Advertorial Purposes and even some E-commerce Sites will require Food Photography Images on a regular basis.

This is where I come in. Picksees Photography can help you create unique and beautiful food imagery for your restaurant menus, cookbooks etc.

I have been a full-time studio photographer for ±12 years now and operating in the Pretoria East area.

I work from my home based studio which is a quiet, comfortable and a private space with a kitchen on hand.

I also travel if you need me to photograph your culinary images at your restaurant space or test kitchen.

I use a variety of Canon Camera Bodies and Lenses as well as Elinchrom Lighting Equipment.

Back-up equipment are always on standby if needed.

During my 12 years of being a professional photographer, I have refined my process as follows:

Email or telephone me to discuss your photography needs and creative ideas.

Please provide me with the following information in order for me to provide you with a customised quotation:

  • What is the purpose of the Food Photography? Is it for a Menu, Cookbook, Advertising, E-Commerce, etc.
  • The amount of food set-ups that you would like me to photograph.
  • Do I have to travel?
  • The size of the images required. This will largely depend on the purpose or future use of the images.
  • Do you require any styling of your products. Perhaps a food stylist?
  • Will digital manipulation be required on any of the images.
  • Will we need a model or stylist?
  • Will I be required to use my own styling props like cutlery or plates or does your restaurant prefer me to use your signature serving plates.

I will then proceed to create a preliminary quote for you. If you are interested in hiring me we can proceed to have an on site meeting.

Once all the details have been discussed and agreed upon, I will provide you with a final quote.

Food Photography can’t be rushed. Food needs to be prepared and a shooting set-up created.

Styling and creating the perfect images takes time.

After our photo session is completed, I will do some post-production work on the images.

During this process colour will be corrected and little imperfections will be removed.

I will provide you with an online gallery of your images.

This will provide you with the opportunity to approve your images first.

If you are satisfied, the final product will be forwarded to you via Dropbox.

You are welcome to discuss any styling or creative ideas with me.

I would love to incorporate your ideas into the final product if it is within my means.

I will normally have a look at your brand before hand to make sure that I get the feel for your product and portray it correctly.

I am also open to discussions on exactly what it is that you want from the final product.

Good images of your food will really enhance your brand awareness.

Product Photography – Pretoria East

If you are a business owner offering an outstanding product, chances are you will have to advertise this product either via your own website, social media or print media.

To make a success of your business and sell products, you will have to do marketing and introduce the public to your product.

This is where I come in.

Picksees Photography can assist you with the photographing of your product/s in such a way that it would interest buyers.

Either by making use of pack shots or spending a bit more time on photographing your luxury items.

I have been a full-time studio studio photographer for ±12 years now and operating in the Pretoria East area.

I work from my home based studio which is a quiet, comfortable and a private space.

This is where I would prefer to photograph your products.

I use a variety of professional equipment and my studio set-up is already geared towards photographing your products in the fastest possible way, without loss of quality.

If however, your product can’t be moved or only moved with great difficulty, we can come to an arrangement to photograph at your factory or business premisses.

I use a variety of Canon Camera Bodies and Lenses as well as Elinchrom Lighting Equipment.

Back-up equipment are always on standby if needed.

During my 12 years of being a professional photographer, I have refined my process as follows:

Email or telephone me to discuss your photography needs.

Please provide me with the following information in order for me to provide you with a customised quotation:

  • What kind of product you would like me to photograph. Is it simple pack shots for a catalogue or an e-commerce site? Or is it a more luxurious product and the images will be used in an advertising campaign, etc?
  • The size of your product.
  • The amount of products that you would like me to photograph.
  • Do I have to travel?
  • In which format would you like me to provide the images? For example jpegs or png.
  • The size of the images required. This will largely depend on the purpose or future use of the images.
  • Do you require any styling of your products.
  • Will digital manipulation be required on any of the images.
  • Will we need a model or stylist?
  • Props? Wardrobe, built set?

Once you have accepted my quote, we can agree on a time that would suit both parties.

Clients are welcome to drop off their products at the studio and collect again once the shoot has been completed.

In the case of jewellery or other expensive items, it will be best if you stay for the photo session or arrange insurance for the time that your product will be at my studio.

All images will be go through a process of post production where colour will be corrected and little imperfections will be removed.

I will provide you with an online gallery of your images. This will provide you with the opportunity to approve your images first. If you are satisfied, the final product will be forwarded to you via Dropbox.

You are welcome to discuss any styling or creative ideas with me. I would love to incorporate your ideas into the final product if it is within my means.

I will normally have a look at your brand before hand to make sure that I get the feel for your product and portray it correctly. I am also open to discussions on exactly what it is that you want from the final product.

Good images of your product will really enhance your brand awareness.

Pretoria East Newborn Baby Photographer

A Baby is a Blessing
A Gift from Heaven above
A Precious Little Angel
To Cherish and to Love.

A baby is a blessing indeed. Such a special time in any couples life.

You are now a mommy… a daddy… a family. Bonded together. Why not capture this special moment with some special photos?

Years from now, you will be able to look back at these images and reflect on how tiny your baby was. How tiny his toes was.

How small her little button mouth was. The absolute perfection of your newborn baby.

Picksees Photography would love to assist you in creating these memories.

I do NOT travel for newborn sessions. I have a large amount of props, lighting equipment, and backdrops and it would not be feasible to travel with the quality of work I do.

I do all my newborn photo sessions in my studio in Silver Lakes, Pretoria East. You are welcome to contact me for special arrangements if you perhaps have a special needs baby, child or just circumstances that makes it difficult for you to travel.

How does it work?

Please email or whatsapp me to discuss availability.

Pricing and packages are available on this website.

Complete the booking form and pay the 50% booking fee.

I will also forward you an explanation of what to expect during your photo session, what to wear, how to prepare and my Terms and Conditions.

We often offer special offers for a combination Pregnancy/Newborn Photo Session.

Ideally, my preference from experience, is that newborns between 4-10 days old take the best photos.

After 10 days old the babies starts to stretch their limbs out a little more and are awake for longer periods of time. However, if your baby is older than 10 days don’t fret, I will still get amazing photos.  It might just take longer.

During your photo session I will take as many photos as possible.  Afterwards you will receive a link to the gallery where you can view your images and make your selection.

The amount of images in the gallery will depend on how much time we had to shoot and how many images your package provides for. 

If you are late, you will receive less images due to time constraints.

I will take photos of mom, dad and siblings during the same session.  No additional session has to be booked for family photos.

On the day of the shoot:-

Make sure baby has a nice, full tummy before you leave the house to come to the studio.  This way, the baby will still be full and has probably fallen asleep in the car.  I can immediately get started on the session when you arrive and hopefully get an hour or two of photos done before baby needs a feeding break. 

I also recommend parents trying to keep their baby awake in the couple hours leading up to the session.  If the baby has slept all morning and then arrives at my studio, they just might be ready for a long awake period, which makes the job of getting them sleepy all that much harder. 

So, some tips are to play with baby, talk with baby, maybe even give the baby a bath before the session – whatever it takes to keep them alert for an hour or so.  Then, when they arrive in my studio, they’ll be ready for a long nap!

Bring the baby in a button-up or zip-up sleeper.  Preferably a loose fitting one.  One of the worst things is when baby arrives sleepy in his/her carseat and then you have to remove shoes and socks, pants, and take a shirt off over their heads – which almost always wakes them up. 

Instead, it’s so, so simple to zip down and slip off pyjamas while baby remains asleep!  And if the pyjamas are loose-fitting, then ideally there won’t be many lines left behind on the baby’s skin.  You can even bring your newborn in only a diaper and covered with a blanket. This minimizes lines on the baby’s skin for photos.

DO NOT forget the dummy!!  If the baby takes a dummy, you can trust me that you’ll want it there during the session!

My studio is HOT.  Please dress lightly.  This is for your babies comfort.

I have many, many props/sets/backdrops that we have collected for boys and girls. If you see a certain set design, style or backdrop on our website that you would like me to recreate with your newborn, it is important to let me know BEFORE you arrive so I can prepare. If you do not have any particular requests then I will choose and design the custom sets and have them ready before you arrive.

If you would like to bring any additional props for the photo session – letters, numbers, hats, clothing, stuffed animals, rugby ball, ballet slippers, sports jerseys, etc. – please do! I will do my best to work them into the sets and let you know if I cannot accommodate them.

It’s completely NORMAL for your baby to get a little fussy. Most of the time this can be solved with more heat, a little rocking, and a bit of patience. As well, your baby will likely require a feeding at some point during the session and this usually solves the more dramatic fussiness issues. At that point I will all take a break and you will be able to give your baby a feeding.

Clothing for parents and siblings:-  simple, solid colours; avoid logos.

I am well aware that babies seldom do what we would like them to do. They get hungry, have dirty diapers, cry or just become fussy for no particular reason. Please do not worry about this. We will stop and allow you to sooth baby. At the end of the day, we all have the same goal in mind:- we want a happy baby, calm parents and beautiful photos. We do not want this to be a stressful experience for anybody involved.

Moms are treated very kindly in our studio. We understand that you just gave birth and that you might also be sleep deprived. So relax. I will do most of the bending and hard work.

All images are colour corrected and digitally enhanced.  Any advanced editing will be subject to an additional charge of ±R100 per image.

All images will be in colour, you can also select some images to be in black and white, sepia and other photo effects like the vintage colouring.

Please allow ±two weeks for editing to be completed and photo gallery to be uploaded.

The final product will be forwarded to you via Dropbox. 

Please note that our packages do not include prints. Only digital high resolution images. Some of our package will include a photobook.