So why Photography & what inspires me ?
A friendly hello to you! I’m passionate and honestly excited about opportunities where I get to create, contribute, capture stories & moments and to meet so many interesting people. I try and always have an enthusiasm for life. I love learning more about different cultures on my travels, go on everyday amazing adventures, and seeing the sights while traveling to as many amazing destinations as I can. Hopefully many more in the near future. Maintaining an active healthy lifestyle really helps to keep up with the “day job”, but I love spending time in the sunny outdoors anyways. I’m a big night owl though and enjoy drinking a relaxing cup of coffee with a beautiful Sunset view. Some favorite things; the smell of rain, "people watching", dog hugs, (Yes!, dogs give hugs), going on spontaneous adventures, traveling and exploring stunning places, sunny summer beach days, dancing and singing out loud while driving, the Sunset (my favorite part of the day), a sense of adventure, laughing out loud, going on adventures and taking trips with my beautiful & clever rescue dog, amazing conversations, and big hearted beautiful people. I'm a BIG animal lover, and I love being creative and spending time with friends and family. Besides my passion for photography, I love collaborating on different creative projects. I'm also a part time fashion designer and creating beautiful Editorial dresses and unique pieces are always such a passion project!
Growing up on a farm, with four younger brothers and sisters, and being part of a big extended family has always been a positive motivator in my life to work hard. It enabled me with great people skills, understanding, empathy and an observant, details driven, work ethic. I have always loved photography and meeting people from all walks of life in the process. I try to capture the real, natural, raw moments between people. While first studying a degree in Sports management, I was fortunate enough to meet some amazingly creative people and perform and be part of really inspiring stage productions and projects. From there the creativeness just took over. I decided to pursue an advanced qualification in Photography and Multimedia Studies and for a few years now the amazing city of Cape Town, Stellenbosch and the beautiful Cape Winelands surrounding it, is considered “home base.”
In the last 6 years I’ve been part of some heartfelt documentary projects, a short internship at an amazing South African lifestyle magazine, and promotional campaigns for corporate companies. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best, most generous and truly talented people and creative individuals in the Event & Wedding service industry over the past 7 years. I can honestly say I’ll be able to pay attention to all the tiny details and moments when you book me to capture all the amazing moments in your big day and I’ll enjoy every second of it. Every opportunity is always a wonderful learning experience and while I also have a deep love for documentary photography and being part of many diverse projects, my experience of working in the Wedding & Lifestyle industry enabled me to focus on many things that I love to do. I’d like to consider myself a great “all-round” photographer. That being said, I enjoy focusing and are fascinated by people; therefore Portraits, Weddings, Lifestyle sessions, and other creative projects and pay the bills as a full time Destination Wedding & Portrait Photographer. The inspiring Ansel Adams said that “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, all the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” So true!!
I love a good quote, so here’s another: “Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, and how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark.” (Jay Danzie). Definitely very relevant in this industry.
Photography, or the art of observation as I like to call it, for me is truly a love affair with life! I am passionate about what I do and bring encouragement and that passion to the experience. I try and capture moments true to what each session / Wedding day feels like, not just what it looks like. At least that is what I aspire for my work to be.
I am a full-time Destination Wedding, Portraiture and Lifestyle Photographer, and a ‘can do, make it happen’, relaxed attitude is what you’ll always get when booking me for your big day, event, or any project or Portrait session. I love working with beautiful, natural light and believe my style reflects a romantic and documentary feel, while still capturing all the details. I love what I do, and I’m an excellent team player, so rest assured that if you book “Summerheart Photography” to capture your Wedding day, or any other event or photo session, my approach is simple... you will receive friendly, focussed, supportive and professional service. No effort is spared and I aim to help make your day a joyful, fun, memorable experience and capture and document all the memories and in-between-moments for you to cherish forever. Together we’ll capture real moments in a beautiful, natural way because telling a story,.. YOUR Story, is what it’s all about.
Encouraging you to be yourself, creating a fun experience, while spreading a little kindness, warmth, enthusiasm and capturing all the genuine, intimate, silly, funny, beautiful, heartfelt moments, is what a “summer heart” and Summerheart Photography is all about. That, and also the fact that I love the laid-back carefree lifestyle of Summer and traveling to exotic destinations.
If there is anything else you'd like to know.. You are MORE than welcome to just ask :) Enjoy browsing through and then go and complete the contact form, or send a direct email for any inquiries. I’d love to hear more about what you are planning for your Wedding / Event!