Photography in all its forms has always drawn my attention and a good photograph creates a spark of interest. Living in Mossel Bay, I am so excited to see more and more weddings and events being held in this area, for the photo opportunities are endless. Whether it's in the beautiful Knysna forest, on a gorgeous Mossel Bay beach or on one of the many wild life farms surrounding Mossel Bay, the Garden Route and especially Mossel Bay are great spots for having a wedding or any kind of photo shoot. I decided to ask one of my closest and dear friends, Janine Lamprecht, if I could write something about her photography. I feel it is applicable and might help anyone who is looking for a photographer for a wedding or function in the Garden Route.
Born and raised in Mossel Bay, Janine is a freelance photographer and started her brand J9 Photography in 2013 . Although based in Stellenbosch, Janine still holds the Garden Route close to her heart and has regular wedding, family or couple shoots here.
Taking the first steps towards her dream in 2011 with her dad's old Canon DSLR she completed a 13 week photography course in Stellenbosch. She then decided to gain more experience by assisting other photographers on wedding shoots. Now successfully photographing her own shoots, her dream has become a reality.
"Thinking back, I cannot pinpoint exactly where my love for photography started, but it was strongly influenced by my dad. He always had a camera/video camera handy on our family holidays. I soon realised that these family pictures became my memories. This is what sparked my passion, since my memory seems to fail me at times." she writes on her website.
What's your favorite setting or place to shoot?
I don't think there is any specific place that I prefer above the other, but rather the time of day or season of the year. Twilight is known for its beautiful light and is also known as the "golden hour" just before the sun sets. I do like any outside photo session and I love any nature setting as a backdrop.
Tips for any aspiring photographer?
It doesn't matter what camera you have, get to know your camera. Play around with it in your own home, garden and environment. Don't be scared or shy to practice your hobby. When someone wants to take it more serious and go professional, take a course and assist or second shoot for another photographer. These are the best ways to learn.
I would love to be able to practice my photography full-time. I would also like to branch out to do more "wall art" photography. It would be the best feeling to see my images on display in someone's home or business.
Janine's passion and love for her photography is visible in each photograph. Her fascination - how a specific moment in time can be captured and in turn creates a memory that lasts forever - she clearly embraces behind the lens.
Janine can be booked for weddings, couples, families or newborn shoots.
Visit her website J9 Photography or Facebook page to contact her or make a booking.