A lensman who freezes moments

2017-02-09 06:01
 Sithembele Junior Qongqo has just opened his photography studio in Khayelitsha.

Sithembele Junior Qongqo has just opened his photography studio in Khayelitsha.

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A local snapper is hoping that bringing his photography studio into Khayelitsha will lead to more locals using his services.

Sithembele Junior Qongqo, 24, is the founder of Sithembele Junior Photography, an upstart company that offers couples, babies, events and professional photo shoots in Harare.

Qongqo, who graduated with a diploma at City Varsity College in 2015, believes that capturing moments is an essential despite the current perception that its a luxury.

“Look, booking a shoot for an hour is R450 and for a lot of people that money can be spent on other more urgent things like children’s diapers.

Most people don’t think photo shoots as a need but we need memories and photography is one of the best ways to treasure these memories.

So we offer couples shoots for lovers and baby photos for the new member of the clan and family portraits. So these are more than just pictures that you will be getting,” said Qongqo.

He said one of the key drivers for him for setting up his studio in the townships was that as an aspiring snapper growing up he couldn’t find any near his home.

“Back in the day, if you needed a quality studio you had to travel to town to book for a shoot. This made it a foreign and freighting experience and I am hoping make it a more comfortable space,” he told City Vision. He said that in the two years in photography that there are positive benefits from his work.

“A person comes in to the studio nervous and afraid but after a few shots, seeing how beautiful the pictures, they became confident.

It has such a good impact physiological as people leave the studio with a new found confidence,” he added that it was also good for professionals.

“If you are an artist, you need good quality photos which you can forward to media houses for promotional purposes. If your pictures are low res they will pixelate and can’t be used so having a good number of quality snaps is great for your brand,” he said.

He said one of the biggest challenges for his business was charging a low fee for shoots while studio equipment is expensive.

“It’s a balance you have to do to run a business but I’m confident as time goes things will pick up,” he added.

He said that his biggest highlight in photography was being the key photography for the Ityala Lamawele Show at the Artscape Theatre as it was one of his favourite stories growing up. Qongqo is available at SJ Square Harare. Contact him on 0610349433 or email jnrsithembeele@gmail.com.

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