Finally the second part of the Bohemian style photo shoot, at Gauteng wedding venue, Stukki Hemel in Bronkhorstpruit.
I love this venue for outdoor portrait photography.
It has great photo opportunities throughout the property. But, I have to mention that it wouldn’t have been such a success without make-up artist, Brigitte Soukup. She turned the girls into princesses.
Here’s my thought process behind the shoot. I was inspired by photos of classic Bohemian decor on a social page. Each day, for a few months, I would look at an image and thought “wow” this pulls on the romantic and nostalgic strings in me. I watched a documentary of Julia Roberts in Mongolia, “Wild horses of Mongolia” where people till today live a nomadic lifestyle. I felt the same strings pulling…
From dictionaries across the web the meaning of Bohemian could also be:
“living a wandering or vagabond life, as a Gypsy.”
“a person, as an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices”
and “Gypsy” means “a laborer who moves from place to place as demanded by employment”
Think of the era before the industrial explosion changed life on earth as we knew it. I would visualize how it would be to live in an era before the industrial revolution started technology boom… one thing’s for sure … it couldn’t have been easy measured against our lifestyle today. But most of all, they had a lot less “noise”… they didn’t suffer from information overload… I imagine they really lived in the “present”, their minds free of clutter, focused to serve the community which they belong to.
Freedom also leans itself to photography. The freedom to create whatever image I chose. The freedom to visualize beforehand how the end result should look … the artistic impression I’ll leave behind once the image is published and made public.
I had all these in mind, but the greater good is to leave my client with an experience she’ll remember… to give her the greatest gift of all … a set of images that let her true beauty shines through.
It’s a complete package when you are a portrait photographer … the creativity, the vision, an ideal client that wants her beauty and femininity to be found and portrayed in a way she feels comfortable with. I feel I have the luckiest, fulfilling and most exciting “job” in the world.
Michel is a grade 12 pupil with no modeling experience whatsoever. As with Christine, I guided her to certain poses and expressions. (View Christines’ images by Pretoria Portrait Photographer, Magda van Dyk)
Should you want to book an “out of the box” portrait photography session with me, hop over to the contact page to send me an email. We can discuss your ideas, or I can suggest a theme that’ll work well.
P.S. I am using a new way to watermark the images to protect my clients from unauthorised use by internet users/ magazines / etc… and to protect my art work. I try to keep it as unobtrusive as possible.
Enjoy the rest of the images …