Going ‘exclusive’

It’s been a long time coming and I’ve been fighting with the decision for a while now. But this is where my heart is and I am a strong follower of my heart. From now on Tipanga Photography will no longer have a ‘studio’. I HATE studio shoots. I’ve never enjoyed them and they are killing my creativity. So from now on I will be focusing on more styles / lifestyle shoots. These shoots will be at locations throughout Port Elizabeth and be very specific to every shoot.

I have corporate clients and they do keep me busy so when I do the family / model shoots I am giving myself the freedom to do it the way I want to. I will still be doing budget photography in parks / beach etc. But the lifestyle photography will be much more exclusive and tailored. These shoots will cost more as they will be styled to every customer’s individual needs and props will be used specially for that specific customer. My focus will be more on boudoir photography as well as I feel that boudoir photography is such a special gift. There is nothing more satisfying that to show a woman how beautiful she really is – no matter what age / size she is. A lot of women has said to me that it was better than any therapy.


I am excited about this new phase and I trust that my clients have also grown with me and that these new options will be exciting for them as well. Welcome to the new adventure on our journey together.


To celebrate the start of this new phase you can win a styled lifestyle shoot. Simply email a photo of yourself to tipangastyle@gmail.com A winner will be drawn at the end of the week.


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Choosing a wedding photographer

So you have to choose a wedding photographer. It’s a VERY important decision as this is YOUR day. And you want to capture it as you remember it. You want to look at the photos and remember how beautiful you felt, remember that moment the ring was placed on your finger, the first kiss, those butterflies before the time getting dressed.

Because this is so important, you have to make sure you find the right photographer that suits YOU. You have to be comfortable with the person firstly. But also see their work before the time and decide that THIS is the type of photography I like. There can be 20 photographers at the same wedding and not one of their photos would look the same. Photography is art. It’s a matter of the photographer’s personality coming through. How THEY see it. And thus you HAVE to make sure that your eye and the photographer’s eye is in line with each other.

I see photographers advertising really cheap weddings. It’s great for your budget, but have you seen their photos? Have they actually taken wedding photos before? Do they have a website / page / portfolio you can look through?

My best advice – do your homework. Decide what will be in your budget and then look at all the photographers in your budget range. Only then make a decision. There are so many options, so many photographers. So take your time, decide what you have in mind and then stick to it. Somebody that only have been doing couples photography up to this point might just not cut it. And I’m not saying that they aren’t good. But they need to be able to show you what they have done. We all started from the bottom. We all started being ‘the second shooter’ at a wedding and did a lot of ‘free’ shoots to get a portfolio…. It’s hard work getting your name out there. But we all have to pay our dues. Do the free shoots to get to a point that we are comfortable enough to start asking for payment.

And remember you are the client, you have the right to ask questions, see our work and then decide what suits you

This is a time of joy, choose somebody that will add to your joy 🙂