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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Sales, Sales Everywhere



Wow I thought it was just me having a bad month but walking around the shopping center today, I know that it’s everywhere! So if you are lucky enough to either have a great credit card or actually have ACTUAL money left over on the 16th of the month, here is just a FEW of the places that is having a sale.


* Queue

* Woolworths

* Home Etc (50% sale)

* Body Shop (50%)

* Typo

* Hip Shop (50%)

* Earthchild (25%)

* Pick n Pay Clothing (50%)

* Naartjie

* Aldo (70%)

* Slops & Crocs (75%)

* Galaxy (70%)

* Milady (50%)

* Markhams (50%)

* Earth Addict (40%)

* Mechanics of Dressing

* Queenspark (End of season sale)

* Truworths

* Eyebar (R500 off sunglasses)

* CNA (75%)

* Foschini

* America Swiss (40%)

* Cardies (50%)

* Edgars (50%)

* Clicks (50%)

* Toys R Us (Massive markdown sale)

* Donna Claire (75%)

* Total Sports (50%)

* Due South

* Forever New (50%)

* Zara

* Boardmans (50%)

Okay go shopping – GO GO GO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ummm, no, sorry I won’t photoshop you thinner….

I’m getting a lot of dirty looks when I answer NO when somebody asks me to photoshop them thinner. No, I’m sorry I won’t do it. If I loose clients because of this, I have to deal with that. But this obsession with looking thinner and more beautiful is becoming out of hand. Ladies, let me tell you this now, once and for all. You are PERFECT the way you are. I don’t need to take away your double chin. I don’t need to take away that muffin top. Embrace YOU…. When I do a consultation my customers look at me like a goat at a new gate when I tell them I want them to go and stand in the mirror and tell themselves that they are beautiful. (And yes my husband might chirp in here and tell me to practice what I preach). I know I also look at myself and think I need to loose that 30kgs, I need to look a certain way to fit in. And I fail at believing I’m perfect just the way I am, daily.

But what message are we sending our children. I’ve found my 15 month old daughter standing in front of the mirror looking at her tummy (Okay I have an excuse here, I am pregnant!). But more disturbing is the fact that EVERY morning she comes into my room and jumps on the scale. I know she has no idea what the scale means, but the fact that she does it every morning because she sees mommy doing it, is crazy! What message am I sending my daughter if that’s the first thing she does in the morning?

I’ve done a lot of photoshoots in my career, and I’ve never had to use photoshop on a woman to make her look beautiful. I think it’s time we all step back a few steps, take a deep breath and get over what other people might think and maybe, just maybe, get over ourselves a little as well.


What to tell your photographer before the day of the shoot

So you have decided it’s time for a photoshoot. You are super excited and you are expecting something magical. You have visions of you running on the beach with your hair in the wind. You have found a photographer and booked for your photoshoot.

That’s it, right. Nope. You need to tell her / him what your vision is. Do you want it to be romantic, edgy, vintage. Speak to your photographer before the time. Esp if she / he might need to get props for what you have in mind. And don’t be afraid / shy to say what you want. If you saw a picture of something you like, send it to them. Just keep in mind that it might not work for you exactly it did for a super model. But if you have something in mind, practice in front of a mirror until you like what you see.

The most important is to have the confidence to go through with it. If you saw this beautiful woman walking out of the water, then try it! Say to the photographer what you would like to try and they will be able to discuss it with you and give you advice on how to make your vision a reality.

And be silly! Why not! Enjoy your shoot and make the most of it.


Welcome 2015

What a year 2014 has been! Personally it was a year with lots of ups and downs, but as Tipanga Photography, it’s been a year of UPs and more UPS! I’m so thankful to every client that has made it such an amazing year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I’m looking forward to a lot of new projects and lots of new, creative shoots! May your year be filled with peace, love, joy and happiness – and lots of photos!


Lots of love,



How to wear a corsage

How to wear and attach a Corsage

 A corsage is a collection of flowers worn most commonly by the bride’s mother and groom’s mother on a wedding day. 

A corsage can be worn on a bag, wrist, hat or most frequently on the lapel. 

The corsage should be worn on the left as should female buttonholes, female buttonholes are worn facing down, corsages are similar to a buttonhole, but with a bow added. It should be pinned with the flowers up as if they were in a vase. A good rule of thumb is to place the top of the corsage over the collarbone, with the flowers at a slight angle away from the face. The pin does not go through the stem, but goes over the stem tightly at an angle. To accomplish this, first push the pin through the fabric near the bottom of the stem and weave it back out again. Then the pin crosses over the stem at an angle (not straight across) and pinned through the fabric and woven back out again, ending up hidden underneath the corsage. The pin and stem should look more like an X and not a +. If the pin is not tight across the stem, then try again. You will end up with two pin holes on either side of the stem. For a large corsage two pins will be needed, crossing over each other making an X.



How to pin on and wear a corsage:-


1. With one hand behind the corsage and the other holding the stem of the corsage, flowers facing away from the wearer and toward you, place the corsage at a slight angle on the dress or lapel. This is an average of about 4 inches in from the tip of the left shoulder.

2. Make sure that the corsage is evenly placed on the lapel before attempting to pin it.

3. Use a Corsage Pin to pin into the fabric at the bottom left corner of the stem.

4. Weave the pin back out from under the fabric. Push it through about 1 inch, laying it at an angle over the top of the corsage stem.

5. Stick the tip of the pin back into the fabric on the other side of the stem. Insure that the stem is tightly in place with the length of the pin pushing it down.

6. Weave the pin back out of the fabric once more. Be sure that the very tip of the pin does not stick out, nor does it poke under the fabric and touch the skin.


7. Repeat this process with the Corsage pin at the top left corner of the stem, just under the heads of the flowers. Two Corsage pins will help to support the weight of heavy flowers on delicate attire.

Information from: http://www.alexandersflowers.co.uk/7.html

Book a training shoot

So you want to be a model but you have no idea where to start? I have been getting the same questions over and over and so I have decided to offer some training shoots for prospective models. This will include a photoshoot where I will help you find your best angles, the best pose for your body type, teach you what the difference is between a finishing school and a modelling agency. Give you suggestions where to go to further your modelling career, set up a modelling page for you.

Contact me for a booking and a tailor-made package for you:

tipangastyle@gmail.com or phone / whatsapp: 0814715425




What jean style should I wear?

I get asked this question a lot of times and I discovered this quiz online. It’s a quick way of finding out what would suit you best. But remember it’s only a recommendation. We are all built differently and the best way to really find out what will suit you best is to fit, fit and fit some more. Take the shoes that you mostly wear with your jeans with and also make sure that you have some decent underwear on. It really does make a difference.

And just my opinion – although there is size 24 (50) skinny jeans, it does not mean you have to wear them. No size 24 woman is skinny. And I’m a big girl, so trust me when I say it… But that’s just my opinion. If you feel you have it to pull it off, flaunt it 🙂

Follow the link to take the quiz – SheKnows.com

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Winter Fashion – Scarf Trends

With the Winter here and we are all hiding away under blankets and hoodies we have to find a way to be able to still have a social life. So I put together a few ideas that is trendy at the moment what you can do with scarves. So wrap yourself warm in your scarf and face the cold – head on.


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The Bug Trend

It’s hot. It’s fun. And it’s buzzing. The latest trends in clothing prints are bugs. Butterflies, dragonflies, bees, praying mantes even cockroaches (chills). If you don’t like the idea of a dress covered in bugs, this is a good option. Bring some fun to your outfit with these creepy crawlies.

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The Snood

The Snood stayed from last year’s trend and I can understand why. It’s bulky, warm and stylish. So get yourself a warm cosy snood..

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The Hooded Snood

What’s better than a snood? Well, a hooded snood of course! I personally need to go find myself one this instant. They are warm and just what you need in the icy windy we are experiencing today.

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Some personal flair

I believe in being an individual, so take some of last year’s old scarves and pretty them up. Ad buttons, butterflies, bugs (as that would be really THE thing to do), flowers – anything you feel like.

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Mid-weight Scarf

For those who don’t need to have something bulky and just want to feel something warm around your neck, this is the scarf for you. It’s not as heavy as the bulky scarves and you can use them even when the days grow warmer (yes that’s not happening in a while).

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Tribal Scarf

Go bold! Tribal prints are always in fashion and now with fashion’s new darling Lupita Nyong’o strutting down the red carpet in tribal prints, it has become even more popular.



There you have it. Use your old scarves, go buy new ones, make some – most importantly, be you..