Render Jockey Studios

Hey all, I’ll be doing a new segment and calling it “Photo Friday”. This space is where I’ll showcase photographers that I’ve worked with, photographers I love and up-and-comers in the photography realm.


It’s no secret that I love photography and my go-to photographer has got to be Ryan Jonathan from Render Jockey Studios. This year alone he’s done our Family Shoot and photographed my Birthday celebrations at Isabella’s Cake Shop in Durbanville but it won’t end there, we’ve actually booked him for all our upcoming family events this year, which includes my daughter’s first birthday party and my husband’s 30th. What this man can do with a camera and a light will amaze you! My favourite thing about Ryan is his flexibility. He adapts to any environment and situation and is able to think on his feet and make his clients happy.

Enough with gushing about Render Jockey Studios, time for some Q&A…

Let’s start with the hard core questions:
1. Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path? I have a number of photographers that I learn from, mostly because of their ability to teach and explain their techniques.
I learn from guys like Gary Phong, Karl Taylor and Digital Rev. I knew about them after I’d already started taking photography seriously.
Before that, I’d been reading a lot of books on Understanding Light and how it works, travels and can be transformed. From there on it was a series of read, experimenting, repeat.

2. Exactly what it is you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that? My photos always have to freeze the moment aswell as the emotion of that specific moment. When someone looks at my work, they need to feel the energy, or the love, or the sadness that I capture in that image.

3. What was your career path? How did you get from being an aspiring photographer to actually doing it full time, for a living? My career path was always to become a Visual Effects artist. You need to have a good eye for detail and be able to convince people that what they’re seeing is real and not edited or fake.
I got offered a chance to shoot this wedding couple and things just took off from there. I made sure I understood my equipment, studied all the techniques and Id already known about lighting, so yes that’s how it all started.

4. What technology/software/camera gear do you use to keep focused on what you do best, as you photograph?
Currently I,m using a Canon 550D with a variety of lenses, primes being my favourite. I edit on Photoshop CC with Camera RAW.

5. What motivates you to continue taking pictures economically, politically, intellectually or emotionally?
Why are your questions so hard!? Haha, let me see. I think my pictures motivate me. I’ll always look at old edits I worked on and how good I think they are and think about why I like them. That keeps me going regardless of what others say.

Economically, the process is relatively priced. You get the quality of gear you pay for, so I just make do with what I have. I know in which situations my equipment wont perform well, so I avoid those areas until I upgrade.
Politically, no idea..
Intellectually, I do sometimes find it fun to constantly be working with the camera stuck to my face even though my clients tell, “You can stop now, take a break”. Id continue shooting because I know they’ll be moments I’ll never be able to reproduce, and afterward I’d always get asked, “Hey did perhaps get a picture of me doing that thing on the dance floor?”
Emotionally…mmmm I think the only emotion involved is the feeling of appreciation when people see my work and compliment me. Nothing beats that feeling!

Time for something a little lighter:
1. Other than photography, what is your “other” love in life? Video and Visual Effects, I have a deep passion for those things! Oh, if my fiance is reading this – then her as well!

2. If you had to have a song play every time you took a photo, what would that song be? Natasha Bedingfield – Pocket full of Sunshine, Although it has to be sung by Emma Stone. Did I mention that she’s the “other” love in my life?

3. People always ask one to choose between being rich and famous and happy and poor, but I’d like to know what your ideal combo would be? Happy and Famous definitely. I only chose fame though so that Id have an opportunity to show them how to be happy.

4. Is photography your 9-5? If you could do any one thing for the rest of your life what would that be? No, I’m actually a Motion Designer. I love working so it’d probably be a mix between traveling, being on set and editing. That would be ideal.

5. Any exciting projects or events coming up in your life personally or professionally? Life:Yes! I’m getting married at the end of November. Super excited about that! I’ll be moving out for the first time as well.

Work: I have some work coming up on a Woolworths commercial soon, basic stuff. In August i’ll be shooting a music video for a local Afrikaans rapper.
Then as usual, I have a handful of photography shoots booked sporadically throughout the year. Things are quite chilled this time of the year until you get to the warmer months – then it gets chaotic!

Now for my favourite part, the random & fun stuff:

1. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life? I have a lot!
Capital Kings – Living for the Other side
Jesus Culture – Come Away
Toby Mac – Me without You
Israel houghton – Te Amo

2. What was the first thing you bought with your own money?I was good at saving when I was a lot younger so, id hardly buy things I didn’t need. Plus my mother always curbed us from having what we wanted or having something entirely just for ourselves and not sharing with others.
So when I first started working, I was cutting grass for all the neighbours in our road.

3. What story does your family always tell about you? When I was a baby I would climb up the window bars. Once I got to a certain height, id stay there and start pooping. I know, its sad.

4. What would you name the autobiography of your life? There’s Waldo

5. Have you ever found Waldo? Yeah, he’s in my Autobiography.


I hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to check out Render Jockey’s Fanpage. Be sure to keep an eye on both of our pages as we’ll be launching an exciting competition soon!



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