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Fashion through the ages.

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Fashion that heals is one of the main Charity Companies that Jacques Smit Photography is involved. Tania and Marcelle are the 2 main persons into these projects. They got a very positive and strategic way of getting the community involved. Live fashion shows are one of the ways that they getting the community involved. All contributions of clothing are used to create outfits to host a Fashion Show with models that are also doing it for charity.
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After the event, some of the clothing is donated to various pre-approved charities. Selected items of clothing will be made available to the public at affordable prices. One of the objectives for them is to raise funds through sales, but they depend mainly on sponsorships and donations from the public at large. Their long term goal is to create a "Fashion that Heals" Angel Boutique, thereby creating opportunities for experience within the business sector. Funds generated will be used to purchase essential items for those in need at Old Age Homes.
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Josie Borain serves as the Face of Fashion that heals at events and meetings. Not only is she the Ambassador, but also a member that will create awareness within and around Cape Town with her well connected network. Josie Borain is the first South African model for Calvin Klein.

For 15 Years she was doing modeling full time. She also established her name as a leading photographer with over 20 years of experience. It was an honor for me as a photographer to also meet Josie Borain at this event where I was the main photographer for the live fashion show.

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Swangerskap foto sessie met Marvin & Leylany.

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Om n fotograaf te wees is seker maar een van die lekkerste werke as jy hou daarvan om met mense te werk. Ekt einde 2007 vir die eerste keer oorgeskakel om fotos digitaal te begin neem. Vanaf 1998 tot 2007 het ek al my foto sessies met film gedoen. In September 2008 het ek Marvin & Leylani se troue op Worcester gedoen.
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Ek onthou nog dat dit die troue was met van die meeste groep fotos wat ek al gedoen het. Dit was maklik 50 groepfotos wat ek gefotografeer het tydens die fotosessie na die kerk seremonie.
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5 Jaar later verwag hulle hul eersteling en het ek toe vir hulle n studio swangerskap foto sessie gedoen vir dit. Die dogtertjie is toe gister oggend vroeg al gebore en ek sien nogals uit daarna om so oor n week die fotos vir hulle ook te neem.

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Being a photographer is probably one of the best works if you like to work with people. I switch over from film to digital photography at the end of 2007 for the first time. From 1998 to 2007 everything was taken with film .In September 2008 I did photographed Marvin & Leylani's wedding in Worcester. I remember that it was the wedding the most group photos I've ever done. It was easily 50 group photos that I photographed during the photo shoot after the church ceremony.

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5 years later they expecting their first child and here is a few examples of the maternity shoot that I photographed for them in studio. The girl was born early Monday morning and I am looking forward to the new born shoot coming soon.
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Beautiful wedding with Gustav & Judith!

matricSo n week terug het ek n blog post gedoen oor Gustav & Judith se verlowing foto sessie. Mens besef nie hoe vinnig die tyd verby gaan nie. Dit voel nog steeds vir my soos gister wat ekke haar matriek afskeids foto gedoen het. Ekt so bietjie in my fotografie argiewe gaan rond krap en een van die fotos gekry wat ek meer as 10 jaar terug geneem het van haar.




























Hierdie was definitief een van die spesiale troues wat ek moes fotografeer.

bride-bridesmaidwedding-bride-judithDit het amper gevoel asof die geskiedenis hom herhaal. Daar was natuurlik meer opgewondenheid by Judith oor haar troue, want sy het geweet dat sy met haar droom man trou. En Gustav was ook opgewonde en het verseker geweet dis sy droom meisie met wie hy vir altyd sy lewe wil deel.

Die spog troue was gewees op die lieflike dorpie Franschoek in die Boland. Dit was ook, in my meer as 13 jaar van troues neem, een van die troues wat die beste georganiseerd was. Die onthaal was by die wereld bekend Haute Cabriere Restaurant. My mond het oopgehang van verbasing toe ek sien hoe vinnig die plek se diens is. Hulle het vir 116 mense gelyktydig bedien met steaks in onder een minuut en het ons nie lekker geeet nie. Uit die boeke uit!

My vrou, Tania, was my 2de fotograaf vir die aand gewees en ons het die troue terdee geniet. Dit was natuurlik 'n boere troue gewees en het met n lekker dans afgesluit tot laat nag toe.
















wedding-bride-judith2About a week ago I did a blog post about Gustav & Judith's engagement photo session. You do not realize how quickly time passes. It still feels like yesterday to me when I did her matric farewell photos. I delft around in my photography archives, and found one of the photos which I took over 10 years ago from her.

This was definitely one of the special weddings I had photographed. It almost felt like history repeating itself. There was of course more excitement by Judith about her wedding, because she knows that she marry her dream man. Gustav was also excited and certainly knew it was his dream girl with whom he will share his life forever.

The wedding was at Franschoek in the Boland. It was also, in my more than 13 years of weddings, one of the weddings that were better organized. The reception was at the world famous Haute Cabriere Restaurant. My mouth hung open in astonishment when I saw how fast and good the service is. They have 116 people served with steaks in less than one minute and we have enjoyed every bit of it. Out of this world!

My wife, Tania, was my 2nd photographer for the evening and we thoroughly enjoyed the wedding. It was a " Boere Wedding" and it ended with dancing till late night




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Engagement shoot with Gustav and Judith.

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To get engage to someone is one of the biggest decisions in life. An engagement is a promise to marry the love of your dreams and also to announce it publically that you choose this person to be your love one forever.
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The engagement is also called the time period between the proposal and marriage. I know Judith for 14 years now. In 2000 she booked me for her matric farewell shoot on their lovely farm in Grabouw. I remember that blue dress very well and will look up for those photos. That was still in my film photography years. Maybe I must post one together with her wedding pictures I just finished.
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Gustav and Judith booked their engagement shoot with me and I almost did spend a whole day on this one. We re-walk the path to that special moment in the Cape Point Nature reserve. That day I was only the reporter and document it for them. Here is a few examples of their engagement shoot.
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Swangerskap fotosessie met Darren & Loulia.

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Darren & Loulia het my geboek vir hulle swangerskap fotosessie so 'n rukkie terug al. Volgens beplanning sou ek n studio setup vir die fotos in haar salon op Worcester gedoen het, want in die winter tyd weet mens nooit wat die weer gaan doen nie.
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Die tyd van die jaar is dit gewoonlik storms buite en koud. Iets in die weer het verander so 2 weke terug op die dag van die swangerskap fotosessie. So 2 ure voor die shoot het Loulia my geskakel en gevra of ons dit nie sommer buitekant kan neem nie want die weer is so mooi. 'n Buitelig fotosessie is altyd n uitdaging as dit in die middel van die dag gedoen word.
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As fotograaf het ek die uitdaging aanvaar en ons het n ongelooflike goeie fotosessie gehad.
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Darren & Loulia booked me for their pregnancy photo shoot a while ago. In planning I would have a studio setup for the pictures at her salon in Worcester, because in the winter time you never know what the weather will do. This time of year it is usually storms out and cold. Something in the weather has changed on the day of the pregnancy photo shoot.

Two hours before the photo shoot Loulia contacted me and asked if we can do the maternity shoot outside, because the weather is so beautiful. An outdoor photo shoot is always a challenge as it is done in the middle of the day. As an experience photographer, I accepted the challenge and we did have an incredibly good photo shoot.
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Takeda corporate event.

"Takeda is a research-based global company with its main focus on pharmaceuticals. As the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and one of the global leaders of the industry, Takeda is committed to strive towards better health for patients worldwide through leading innovation in medicine, in accordance with the principles of our corporate philosophy of "Takeda-ism (Integrity: Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance). Takeda's ethical drugs are marketed in around 100 countries worldwide."

These words were taken directly from their website. You can see the website on the following link here.
http://www.takeda.co.za/za/takeda/

Lately Jacques Smit Photography is involved in a lot of corporate events. Sometimes it's difficult to do a blog post about a corporate event that you photographed, because you can't post the pictures. The global event was held at the Arabella Country estate near Kleinmond. I must say that they've got excellent board rooms for conferencing and the scenery are breathtaking. Here is the link to the Arabella Country estate.http://arabellacountryestate.co.za/ It's an honor to photograph and to be part of such a high class event.

Giving the best and more in 2013.

At the end of a year one realizes how fast time really has passed. And it's so nice to have as a Cape Town Based Photographer so many memorable events in 2012. Every wedding, family photo shoot, model portfolio, Maternity and Newborn shoot was a highlight for me. Each photographic client is special.

I just want at least name one highlighted event and that's when Jean-Pierre Uys asked me to photograph that big fat great Greek wedding in Bloemfontein in September with him. There were nearly 700 guests at the wedding and one of the most expensive weddings in Bloemfontein. Jean-Pierre Uys is one of the top wedding photographers in the World. Here is his online portfolio.
http://www.jeanpierrephotography.co.za/
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This year, Jacques Smit Photography focuses to ensure that the customer or client is getting value for money. Each photo session is an investment for the future. Such a moment can never be repeated!

I'm a Cape Town based Full time photographer specializing in model, wedding and portrait photography.

After more than 13 years in the entertainment and photography business my passion for photography grows stronger by the day. Photography is to capture beauty in time forever. I believe my photography clients deserve the best service also before and after any photography shoot. Jacques Smit Photography will go out of their way to deliver the best standard of photography.

With our experience we are ready for any photography situation that will occur and we have backup at all times to give you, our special client, the peace of mind that you deserve.
Jacques Smit Photography looking forward to be part of your photography dreams in 2013!

Family photo shoot with Sunelza.

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The summer season was a blessing for me. It was full of family photo shoots. Families are very important for stability in today's world. Sunelza booked me for their family photo shoot on a Sunday afternoon.

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Engagement shoot with Stian & Doney.

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Doney and Stian booked me for their couple shoot in December 2012. They are also engaged and this were official their engagement shoot also. They are very much in love and happy together.
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First Model shoot with Monique.

This is a pre model portfolio shoot in one outfit with Monique. She is a natural. You will never say that this is her first professional photo shoot! She is interested to be a fashion model for magazines. Not interested in ramp modelling. Will this be her first step into the world every young lady dream of? Watch this space...
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Wedding with Hein and Elmarie.

Every fairy tale has a beginning. Hein and Elmarie's fairy tale story began five years ago. They met through a friend. Hein said when she stepped inside she was standing under a light, and he could not believe his eyes. The only word in his mind was just WOW! They went out for three years and were nine months engaged.

Then the most wonderful moment happened in their lives. On February 23, 2013 they promised LOVE to each other forever. The fairytale continues and their wedding day was to celebrate it with their family and friends. What an honor it was to photographer their special day. This is the reason our photographers loved weddings and especially Cape Town weddings! It's full of love, energy and fairy tale moments.
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Christmas 2012.

Christmas. What's it really. Everyone is usually this time of year in a festive mood. Many of us forget what the day really means. Yes, it is a time of celebration for Christians, as we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ on earth. There are so many people who do not believe in Jesus, yet they also celebrate the day. God sent his own Son to dwell among us so that He can experience how we as humans experience it here. Even with his birth He had fled for his life.

We want to wish all our customers a happy Christmas. Enjoy the festival within limits and remember what it's really about. Blessings in Jesus name.
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Rich and Poor.

Positive thinking is one of the best assets in life! One other thing is that it's hard to be positive if you are poor and have no money. In every business or if you a working individual you must planned ahead. You need money to make money, but not everyone knows how to work with money. In a photography business you must also make sure you planned a head, because you are not guaranteed of a good income every month. Our Photographers walk in faith with God and we believe in ourselves.
rich-and-poorIn life you will always get the rich and the poor people. There is a very simple reason why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The rich, in general, are asset owners, while the poor, in general, are liability owners. If we compare the spending behaviour of asset owners to that of liability owners, it soon becomes clear why asset owners get richer and liability owners get poorer. Liability owners are most often income earners who exchange their time and labour for a salary.

The problem is that no matter how willing and able income earners may be, their time and labour - and therefore their earning capacity - is limited by the number of hours a day. They have no way of increasing their earning potential, so they spend what they have to cover their expenses and save or invest what little is left. Asset owners, on the other hand, own assets that generate an income for them. Asset owners do not pay interest; they earn interest and other forms of passive income. The assets that produce this passive income are acquired by getting a loan from the bank and using other people's labour to pay back the loan.

Because they understand that passive income is the key to wealth creation, asset owners invest in income-generating assets first and then spend what money is left. They do not make lifestyle debt - such as clothing accounts or credit card debt for living expenses - on which they have to pay hefty interest rates. They make only "good" debt - debt which finances assets that will appreciate in value and will generate an income.

You will know if you are in the rich or poor category.

Never stop believing in yourself. If your goals in life doesn't scare you then its not high enough!

Couple shoot with a well known Model.

This was a nice couple shoot with a well-known Cape Town Based Model, Letitia and her partner Jacques. He is an IT Technician. She only started modelling at the age of 19, but she has built up a lot of experience. She has fallen in love with modelling, photography and the industry. In her own words: "I'm set out to reach all my goals and dreams and I will work hard to get there!! Many people have told me that I have changed, but the truth is I'm still finding myself. I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday."
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Portfolio shoot updated with Monique.

Some people are crazy about photos and some just got that extra X factor. They are natural photographic models. It's all natural and they just have to be themselves. I'm a professional portfolio and portrait photographer and I prefer to work with everyday people who just want to express themselves in photos. "You are beautiful no matter who you are!" That's a top seller music hit and so true. If I can only show every person that they are beautiful then I'm reaching one of my goals as a photographer. All you need is a smile from your heart to the outside.
model portfolio shoot by jacquesThis is my second blog post with photos from the portfolio shoot with Monique. This is part of her first professional shoot ever. There's a big change that she is going to the USA later this year and we all wishing her a bright future and I hope the right people will see her photographic portfolio. She is now "the girl next door", but in a few months her photos could be in every fashion magazine.
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Father's day.

Father's day is just around the corner. One of the biggest problems today in the World, South Africa and in most household is that Fathers forget what it is to be a Father. They don't have any boldness and most of the time stands in the shadows of their wife's. Change starts with us as a family and then to others. Let's pray for our fathers. I did Google on the word Father and this is what I got:
profesional wedding and family photographer"Traditionally, fathers act in a protective, supportive and responsible way towards their children. Involved fathers offer developmentally specific provisions to their sons and daughters throughout the life cycle and are impacted themselves by doing so. Active father figures may play a role in reducing behavior and psychological problems in young men and women. An increased amount of father–child involvement may help increase a child's social stability, educational achievement, and their potential to have a solid marriage as an adult!"

Wow this is so true! Let's show our support for our dads every day, but extra special for Father's day. Beauty by Jess has an excellent special for father's day and it's affordable. Contact them on 023 347 2805. All the details are on the photo add. On top of that I'm giving a 50% discount on a photo shoot for you!

This will be a very special family treat!

TV display ad.

We are busy with the design of my new TV ads in the mall. It will give the people an idea of what professional photography shoots I'm doing. I'm looking forward to see them on display. Here are the 5 examples for the 20 second ad.

Most of the photographers are very quiet during winter time in South Africa. I'm very happy to be still busy. Last Friday I was doing a few hour long engagement shoot at Cape Point in the Cape Nature reserve. Their wedding is on the 22nd of this month in Franschoek. Almost my whole team will be active on this wedding. Beside me and my second photographer we also have a full video team, DJ and wedding planner.

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Couple shoot competition.

The previous photographic competition went very well. It was a family/baby shoot. Talana and Reme were the winning family. They are also getting married next year and I'm looking forward to the wedding. They are such a lovely couple and full of life.
couple photo shoot competition by jacques smit photographyThis competition is for couple shoot. You must comment on this post and tell me why you think you deserve to be the winning couple. Remember to post under your name and surname. Your friends and supporters can also comment on this post. They must just remember to mention your full name. The couple with the most support will be the winners. A make-up artist will be available for the touch ups to let you 2 look at your best!

That's not all! We will have a first and second place. The first place couple will win an One hour shoot with Jacques Smit Photography and the Second place couple will win a half an hour shoot with Jacques Smit Photography.

This couple photo shoot competition starts Today the 9th of November 2012 and it ends the 10th of December 2012! A sundowner couple shoot sounds very nice....

Where did it all start!

Where did it all start? This is the first photo ever taken. It was taken by Joseph Niepce somewhere in the 1700's.
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Cameras were invented many hundreds of years before photographic film or recoding media was brought onto the scene. The question is why? Why would someone build a camera if there was no such thing as photographic film and, similarly, no way of using it to produce a photographic image? For us today it doesn't make sense at all.
The first camera in the world was not invented with photography in mind!! Now it seems really strange. Let's look into it.
camera obscuraThe first Camera was called Camera Obscura. In Latin it means "Room" and "Dark". With some people the words Room and Dark will ring a bell. In the film days we were using a Dark Room to manipulate and develop film.

Camera Obscura was invented by the Chinese philosopher Mo-Ti. 5th Century BC. That is really far back in history.
It was used for artistic purposes as early as the 1200's. Leonardo DaVinci was one of the first people to use it in the 1500's. Now some of you will wonder what he was doing with a "Camera".
camera obscuraThe camera obscura, in its simplest form, was a light-tight box or small room built for the purpose of allowing light in through a tiny pinhole. This early version of a camera projected an image through a pinhole (or later on, through a lens) onto the back inside wall. The artist would then trace the image on a "cloth", paper or canvas.

This was a well-guarded secret! It save the artist a lot of time and it helps to accurate perspective in drawings. Like painting over a photograph! Cheat?? It was an artistic tool.

Family shoot with Eulanda.

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A few weeks back, I had a family photo session with Nicky and her son. Barely a week after this Eulanda booked me for a family photo session with her and her daughter. It is so nice for me as a photographer to do a family photo session and enjoy fun with the family. Eulanda's family photo session was very nice. Mother and daughter are certainly very fond of each other! Here are some pictures from the family photo session.
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