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Birthday party for an international model

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I've shoot a lot of model portfolios, big corporate events and also weddings from international clients the past few years, but one of my favorite events that I have photographed was the birthday part of the international model, Sari Rezeki. She is from Jakarta, Indonesia. She's traveling around the world where here clients book her. London,Bali,USA, Melbourne, etc. The birthday part was held at the famous Shimmy's Beach at the Water front in Cape Town. What a stunning location!
Also at the party was the international recognized musician, Keegan Williams. He also traveled around the world. He performed at the party with his band. I will posted a few pictures here.
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Friends shoot

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If you think of the word "friend" then you can immediately divide it in two categories. True friends and faked ones. Fake friends always have hidden agendas and they use the other persons for their own benefit. In a stage in our lives I'm sure we all know or have a fake friend. When you grow up as an adult it is important to grow into that person people can rely on. A fake friend is someone that is still a 'child' in many ways. The Google search explains a friend as a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically one exclusive of sexual or family relations.
Maritza and her girlfriends booked me for a friends shoot. They are 6 lovely girls with different personalities, but they have one BIG thing in common. They are good friends. Although some of them are married they still make plans to spend time together. To handle six lovely ladies in one shoot was fun and I enjoyed it. The shoots was done near Worcester, 120km from Cape Town in South Africa.
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Arrival rainy car photos

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Martin Arts studio booked me to take same creative photos of the arrival cars at a school matric farewell. Martin Arts studio is in my opinion the best video recording artist and team that I've been working with yet in my professional career as a photographer in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. I will highly recommend them. Martin's nr is 082 647 5959 or you can email them on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The evening of the event it was raining like crazy, but with the help of some plastic bags and tape I've manage to get some really awesome picture.
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Matric Farewell with Danelle

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matric-shoot9Your matric farewell is one of the highlights in your life on earth. A matric farewell is actually a turning point in every person's life. This is a celebration where you leaving your school years behind and stepping into the real world. It is huge. Danielle's matric farewell was an important event in her life. I was happy to photograph a few before shots for her at her home in Worcester, Cape Town, South Africa. She is one of 4 sisters and all 4 are unique in their own way. They all grew up in a strong religious and happy home.

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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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!

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!

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....