Vicki Tertiens Photography

Welcome to another addition of Photo Friday! Today’s post doubles as an epic Flash-Back-Friday as I feature the wonderful woman who captured our family before Mila made her grand entrance into our lives.

My husband asked me twice if I wanted to do a maternity shoot and I said no twice before deciding last minute that I indeed wanted one. No back and forth was needed as I knew that I wanted to use non-other than Vicki Tertiens Photography. I’ve known Vicki for years, we actually attended High School together and thank goodness we still kept contact because she was my go-to-girl when it came to me wanting something outdoors, soft, loving and well, awesome! I had seen her the work she did with Sue Levy and I loved the look of it. You might know Sue Levy from the inspirational and motivational blog, Just Persue It.

We shot our shoot at a forest near camps bay and on the beach afterward. It was a two hour shoot where we captured the magic of the outdoors and the beauty of golden hour lighting.

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Serious Questions:
1. How long have you been a photographer?
Since 2010

2. Did you always want to be a photographer?
No, when I finished school, I didn’t know what I wanted to study, so I took a gap year. I worked as a receptionist at a well known gym close to home and later moved to the sales department. Though I learnt a lot and did well as both receptionist and in sales, I knew that I didn’t want to be stuck in an office all day, everyday, doing the same thing. I’ve always had a bit of a creative streak, so during my gap year I thought a lot about what I’d want to do for the rest of my life..
Photography was always a hobby of my dad’s, and that’s where I got exposed to the camera. He bought me a camera for Christmas the year I finished school and I guess the rest is history!

3. What is your primary style?
Im a natural light photographer. (I shoot on location in the outdoors with the sun as my main light source, not in a studio)

4. Do you prefer a specific type of shoot? Wedding, Engagement, Newborn, etc.
I love love… so any shoot that allows me to capture that, that’s what I enjoy the most!

5. What kind of equipment do you use?
I am a proud Nikon user

6. What has been your favourite location you’ve shot at?
I have this one spot that I just love shooting at (which is where we did your shoot) it’s called “The Glen” forest and another is definitely Bo-Kapp.

7. Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
It would have to be a wedding that I did of the most beautiful couple… not only was the wedding beautiful looking, but I sobbed the whole day long… (it’s the love thing… gets me everytime!)

8. What do you think distinguishes your work from that of other photographers?
You know, I couldn’t really say, besides what I’ve heard from almost all my clients is that they feel so comfortable working with me… lost of my clients would be really nervous before the shoot, but a quick chat and a laugh here and there and its like they were born to be in front of the camera. So not necessarily my work but how I make my clients feel, because I must say, there are some BRILLIANT photographers out here in Cape Town, and that’s fantastic!

9. Whose work has influenced you most?
I admire a lot of photographers, but I believe your own individual style is what makes you, you! However having said that, my ultimate favourite photographer is a South African wedding photographer, based in Somerset West, Abri Kruger… This guy is a magician!

10. What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
How to shoot on ‘manual’ because I started out on ‘auto’ and the difference is HUGE!

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Fun Questions:
1. Who would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?
My daddy… the ultimate survivor! (For real… he is like Inspector Gadget , I know I’ll make it out alive with him there.)

2. If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
Travel, travel and more travel!

3. If money was no object, what would you do all day?
Give people make-overs and take “before and after” photographs (the “after” would be a proper photoshoot… this is my dream job.)

4. Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
Oh my goodness… I’m not exaggerating when I say; ALL AROUND THE WORLD!

5. What is your favorite memory?
That would have to be the day I met Abri Kruger! His wife did one of my best friend’s weddings and he was doing a wedding at the farm next door. That morning I had told Mrs Kruger that I had the biggest photographic crush on her husband and that I am probably his biggest fan, she laughed so much at what I was saying, so later the evening while we were on the dance floor at my friend’s wedding, I looked over to where Mrs Kruger was standing and saw a guy standing next to her. Because of the lighting setting, they looked half silhouetted against the night skys, she whispered something to him and pointed at me, and that’s when I realised it was him! I literally ran up to him and jumped into his arms to hug him lol!!! I just rambled on and on about how much I love his work and that I’m a total fan, he laughed at my crazy reaction to seeing him and asked, “are you married yet?” I responded “no”, and he says… “okay, you let me know what that happened and we’ll make a plan!” – I died!

6. What is your biggest success up until now?
My biggest success would have to be my business 

7. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
The 60’s… I just absolutely love the music and the style in that time!

8. If you were in a witness protection program, what would be your alias?
You can call me Tris (from the movie Divergent)

I loved her answers, I feel that I now know way more than I did before and I hope you do too. Vicki is an amazing photographer with tons of experience. I remember feeling at ease and hearing her capture every single second of the day with my husband and I. She also met Mila after she was born which was very special to me. Be sure to check out her Facebook fan-page here and why not book a shoot!

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.

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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.

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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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