Want to know more ?
I’m a passionate, friendly and positive person who is always excited to meet new, inspiring people. I try and always have an enthusiasm for life. I love to learn more about different cultures, go on amazing adventures, and love to see the sights and travel to as many amazing destinations as I can. Hopefully many more in the near future. I believe in maintaining an active healthy lifestyle, and love spending time in the sunny outdoors. I’m a big night owl though and enjoy drinking a relaxing cup of coffee with a beautiful view. I like the smell of rain, enjoy "people watching", love dog hugs, (..yes!, dogs give hugs ), going on spontaneous adventures, sunny beaches, dancing and singing out loud while driving, I'm a BIG animal lover, and I love to laugh and be creative and spend time with friends and family. A gorgeous sunset always puts me in a good mood and I am happiest spending time on a beautiful beach whenever I can. My rescue dog and I go on many adventures and road trips together :) Besides my passion for photography, I love collaborating on different creative projects and I'm also a fashion designer and love creating beautiful editorial and couture dresses! (self taught and still learning and often wearing my own designs)
Growing up on a farm, with four younger brothers and sisters, and being part of a big busy family has always been a positive motivator in my life to work hard. It enabled me with great people skills, understanding and 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 amazing creative people and be a part of really inspiring stage productions and projects and the creativeness just took over. I decided to pursue an advanced qualification in Photography and Multimedia Studies and for a few years now have been lucky to call the amazing city of Cape Town, and the amazing Winelands surrounding it, my home.
In the last 5 years I’ve been part of some heartfelt documentary projects, an short internship at an amazing lifestyle magazine, and promotional campaigns for corporate companies. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best and most generous people and creative individuals in the Event and Wedding service industry and 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. I love meeting, and am fascinated by inspiring people! 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 and Lifestyle industry enabled me to focus mainly on Lifestyle, Wedding and Portrait Photography. I believe all of this made me a better “all-round” photographer. 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, don’t you agree?
In truth, in this industry, 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. That’s another quote from “Jay Danzie”. Yes, I love a good quote!
Photography, or the art of observation as I like to call it, is for me truly a love affair with life! I am passionate about what I do and bring that encouragement and passion to the experience. It’s said that to make great art, you have to capture what it feels like, not what it looks like. What a wonderful explanation of 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 highlighting colorful clear details. I love what I do, and am a 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 the best, focused, friendly, relaxed, 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 your story is what it is all about.
Encouraging you to be yourself, creating a fun experience, while spreading a little warmth, kindness and 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.