It's Thursday, which means its time to reflect back on some of the amazing sporting related shoots I have done over the years in #ThrowBackThursday.
I have had the honour and privilege of photographing some of South Africa's and the worlds most talented athletes in action, capturing what they do best. It is always a goose bumps moment when it becomes your honour and responsibility.
I am extremely excited for many more years of spectacular photoshoots with even more talented and inspirational athletes. Thank you to all athletes and event organisers for always putting on such a spectacular show.
It is #MotivationMonday! After a fairly busy last few days, I took a bit of a break from the BOOGS' Blog, but its back!
Monday is always the start of a new week, which means new goals and new challenges! I personally take the chance to set myself some new motivational targets as well as look back at some of the motivational moments I have captured over the years.
I love staring the week enthusiastic and motivated to achieve new heights and smash new goals! I'm excited to see what this week brings.
It's Friday, which means it's the end of another working week for most people! This is great reason to take a deep breath, smile and enjoy your weekend.
Over the years; a various events, there have been many moments of fun and entertaining memories that everyone would remember for a life time. It's always such a pleasure to capture those moments of happiness and pure joy.
One of the most entertaining things to shoot particular on a Friday, is Maritzburg United taking on their various opponents at Harry Gwala in Friday Night lights. The Team of Choice are undefeated when playing at home on a Friday for longer than I can even remember!
Friday should be a time for families to get together; understandably under lockdown that maybe a bit hard. But it's time to take a deep breath and remember how blessed and grateful we all are!
It's #WorkPlaceWednesday so I thought I would take a look back at some of the awesome "work places" I have been honoured enough to work with and shoot for over the years. I am fortunate enough to have the great outdoors as one of my work places!
It's so interesting to see how different organisations are structured and how they work. It's always awesome to work with them and get the images they have in mind, whether it be profile shots or "in action" photos.
I have had the pleasure of travelling all around the KZN, capturing a huge variety or organisations working in completely different working environments. I love this as I get to see a huge variety of careers at work and what other people love doing.
I can't wait to work with many more organisations in the future, capturing the ins and outs of their amazing companies.
It's the start of a brand new week, and that mean #MotivationMonday. Everyone needs a little bit of motivation to get their week going, so I thought I would go through and find some positive images.
Taking photos can be so inspiring and motivational to both improve my images as well as myself, so I thought I would share a few to help inspire everyone too.
In the future I hope to take many more motivational images that can be treasured for years to come. Heres to a great motivational Monday and hoping that everyone is keeping safe.
It's Sunday, so why not make it a Sunday Fun day. One of my greatest joys of being a photographer, is photographing those fun moments that have the ability to make everyone smile. So I had a look through some of my shoots over the years, that were filled with fun, happy memories that everyone could have a laugh and smile at.
Happy memories last a life time, whether it be memories with family and friends or memories with mans best friend. They are all memories that I love to capture so that you have something to look back on many years down the line.
I can't wait to get out there and capture some more of those priceless memories that everyone can remember. Just remember to have a #SundayFunDay.
It's shout-out Saturday, and I just wanted to give a massive shout-out to all those athletes that have been affected in some shape or form by the current Covid-19 pandemic.
All major sporting events have ground to a halt during this time, forcing athletes into a tight spot as training becomes difficult to near impossible depending on your living situation. It is hard to believe that such a sporting nation like ours has managed to survive so long without any form of live sport.
But, now with easing some of the restrictions comes with some great excitement that many athletes can return to training. The next exciting step is that live games shall return. However in a controlled environment, but is great news for all the sporting super stars around the country.
It is also great news for myself, as I am mainly an adventure sports focused photographer, a lot of my work has come to a complete stand still. I am extremely excited to get behind my lens again and capture these talented athletes back in action.
Everyone loves food, right? Over the years I have been fortunate enough to shoot some amazing restaurants, food as well as events that have some delicious food.
Food can sometimes be challenging to shoot, as photographing people eating food can sometimes be a bit unattractive, meanwhile making the food look good and delicious is the number one priority.
Food at sporting events can can also be vital to an athletes performance, from their hydration to what they eat, it all plays a roll in the outcome of the event. None was more present than when I shot the Absa Cape Epic, food and hydration stations were packed with delicious snacks and liquids that athletes could not resist.
Everyone has their different favourites when it comes to what type of food they love, its great to see that we are all different, or life would be so boring. Food to me can be like photographing a master piece, someone went through a great amount of effort to create such master pieces for all of us to enjoy.
I look forward to hopefully capturing the ins and outs of many more restaurants in the future, as well as some amazing events that have some absolutely delicious food.
One of my ultimate passions in life; other than photography of course, is cars! It is something that has run through the blood lines in our family for many generations. This been said, when ever I get the opportunity to take any form of car related photos I get excited.
Whether it be old or new cars, I love them all! One of my greatest highlights was covering the Landy Festival a few years back, it was also great to bond with others who are so passionate about cars.
I have also been blessed to cover some formal functions where cars have been involved. This is extremely special as I know I'll be taking images that will last a life time. Its always combining two great passions to create some amazing photos.
I hope that in the future I can capture many more car related and other events involving cars!
Being an adventure sports photographer, I do have the amazing opportunities sometimes to photograph all around the country as well as photograph some high profile international athletes.
It makes someone realise what a beautiful country we live in, each and every area is unique and beautiful in its own way. Being in lock down has made me realise how much I miss capturing those stunning moments around the country.
Sometimes, you just need to look out the box to see the true beauty in everywhere you go. Sometimes, I don't think we realise how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful world.
It's is Monday, which can only mean one thing, it's time to take things to a whole NEW LEVEL.
From the 1st of June, the government of South Africa is lowering the lock down level; to level 3. This news brings a lot of economic relief to a lot of South Africans, as they will now return to work.
"If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life."
For me however, being mainly an event based photographer, a lot of my work is still on hold as sporting events and corporate functions have all been suspended or cancelled all together.
But, during lockdown as I'm sure you are aware, I have revamped my website with some fresh new content of some of the amazing jobs I have had the honour to shoot, and just that gives me motivation!
While going through images from over the years, it brought back so many happy memories I shared with my amazing clients, getting to share their special day with them! I can't wait to get back out there and cover some more amazing events.
I look forward to being back behind the camera soon, at some of the countries most amazing events.
A few weeks ago, I had the amazing honour to head down to Kings Park Stadium; in Durban' to cover the fun and exciting Santa Fun Run for THIRSTI.
Such a fun filled event, as participants ran in and around Kings Park Stadium; the home of the Sharks, and finishing it off with an awesome snow shower and a tasty THIRSTI water handed out by some of the Sharks players.
At the end of the event, I think I had just as much fun as everyone taking part. Brings me such joy to see so many happy people enjoying a great day out.
Until next time.
One of the pleasures being a photographer, is bringing a new look to a client. It brings me joy, trying to match the images the client has in mind for what they have been imagining and dreaming of what the final product will look like.
A few weeks ago, I had the amazing pleasure to partner up again with Society 7 to give an amazing company; Hellochoice, a new look. We were after something simple but professional, but at the same time something different. We played with the area in and around their offices, trying our best not to venture to0 far and rather use what we had.
It was a great afternoon spent with an awesome bunch of people. Here's too many more.
Until next time.
You know what they say, rather late than never! And seeming the Urban Challenge is this Friday, why not? A rather belated blog from an event I covered a few months back. I had the amazing pleasure of traveling down to Infinite Adventures; to cover the Waterra Adventure Race series.
Athletes and myself arrived at the event to the site and sounds of rain. I don't really mind the rain, as it generally adds an extra element and drama to images, but with the rain came the mud, a lot of mud!! I guess it wouldn't be an adventure race without any.
Well done to everyone who took part, it was a great pleasure to be there and capture you all in action.
A massive congratulations to all athletes that represented South Africa at World Champs a few weeks after, you all made South Africa very proud.
Good luck to all those racing this Friday at the Urban Challenge, make it one to remember!
Until next time.
This past Friday, I once again had the amazing opportunity to grab my camera and head down to Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg, for a massive encounter between Maritzburg United and Bloemfontein Celtic.
The Team of Choice(Maritzburg United), have managed field an unbeatable team when it comes to playing on a Friday, whether it be home or away. The team have created a name for themselves, always finding away to either come out on top, or sharing the spoils with their opposition.
On last Friday's version of Friday Night Lights, it was no different! After a very intense first half; that ended goalless, it was all to play for in the second half. The visitors opened the goal count in the second half, and then shortly after doubling their lead to have a 2 0 advantage over the Team of Choice. However, the boys in blue had a never say die attitude. After converting a penalty from the spot, Maritzburg eventually found their equaliser in referees added time after the 90 minutes. The game ended 2 2 with both teams sharing the spoils.
It is always such an unbelievable atmosphere at Harry Gwala Stadium, and its always such an honour to be there to capture the action. Next home game for the team will be on the 27th(My Birthday ;) )
Good luck to the team who will be playing away in the TKO Semi Finals.
To read the team's match report on how it went down, Click here.
Until next time.
I recently had the privilege of covering the annual ROAG Series awards dinner for another year. This year, the 2019 edition of the awards dinner was hosted at the spectacular Hilton Bush Lodge.
I have had the honour of photographing the annual function for the passed 3 years, each year the ROAG team find a way to out do themselves; this year was no different. It was great to capture those small details that take up so much time and effort that make an event better than before.
The event was fulled with laughter and excitement, as all award winners were praised for all their hard work throughout the season. The function also created an atmosphere of fun, as various games and challenges were held throughout the night to give away some lucky draw prizes.
The Team of Choice have created a fortress at Harry Gwala Stadium! I once again had the amazing privilege to capture Maritzburg United on route to another victory in the 2019/2020 season.
The Team of Choice came out victors on Friday night's game against Highlands Park, after the match ended 1 - 1, Maritzburg got the better of their opponents from the penalty spot.
So... It's been a while!
2019 is flying by, it is scary to think we are in the final quarter of the year! However, I thought I would hit the pause button and share a stunning and unique event I had the pleasure over covering recently.
The Jump City Challenge, Stadium Dash took place recently in Durban. What makes this event so unique compared to other obstacle events, is that it managed to make use of most of Durban's top sporting stadiums!
Registration as well as the start and finish all took place within the Dome at Suncoast Casino, which made it easy for athletes to get to and from their transport when they finished their events. The Dome created such a festive atmosphere, which got everyone up on their feet, and in the mood to tackle the challenging 5km route.
Not only did the event have the opportunity to make use of some of KZN's iconic stadiums, it also had the opportunity to make use of the beautiful Durban beach front as well as the stunning city surroundings, making it a truly rememberable event for everyone who took part. The challenge also added in the additional curve ball, of finishing after the sun went down, adding additional thrill and excitement to an already awesome event.
Just like the majority of the athletes, I had an evening to remember! An event that is unlike any other! What a night! What an event!
Until next time!
This passed weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to be a photographer for Racefood at the 94th running of the Comrades Marathon. What an amazing brand and what an amazing race to be associated with.
Before I start, I would just like to congratulate every single runner that took part, you all inspired myself and many others. A special congratulations to Gerda Steyn (RSA); who won and smashed the woman up run record, as well as Edward Mothibi (RSA); who took the honours in the men's event.
A bit like the athletes of the Comrades, our day started before the sun came up. It was great to see such great team, as everyone played their part in order to get everything ready before the first runners arrived. The thick mist compromised visibility and light, making setting up that little bit more of a test(Myself included). with all the challenges, everything was sorted and ready to go before any runners had arrived.
I had a great time, capturing the emotions of the day. I would like to give a special thank you to my amazingly talented Girlfriend(assistant); Rachel. who assisted me thought the entire day!
From the 15-18th of May 2019, I had the amazing opportunity to be the official photographer at the Tour de Limpopo. The event room riders through some stunning roads that pass through the province of Limpopo.
The race been a UCI category 2.2 event, attracted riders and teams world wide, as everyone saw the opportunity to get their hands on some valuable UCI points, as well as prize money that went with it. This resulted in some tight unpredictable racing; that saw a different winner on each stage, as well as the leaders yellow jersey jumping onto the shoulders of 3 different riders throughout the duration of the Tour.
Each and every day, the morning starts with all athletes signing on; this is a way organisers can monitor who is still in the race and who has pulled out over night. It is a very basic process that is vital for the tour.
Stage 1 of the Tour de Limpopo, saw the riders take a 175km route from Bela Bela to Polokwane. The stage consisted of 3 sprints as well as 1 KOM hot spot. I had fun rushing between each spot, as well as stopping by the side of the road to capture the action. It was so exciting to photograph and watch how the racing unfolded through the day; from the heavily contested sprints to the drag up to the only KOM of the day. Even after such a punishing day, was great to see a small bunch sprint finish that saw defending champion Gustav Basson(TEAM TEG CONTINENTAL) take the honours.
Stage 2 saw a much quieter route from Polokwane to Tzaneen, with only 1 sprint and 1 KOM to speak of over the 96,6km route. However, even with less on the route profile, the stage include a hair raising decent about 15km from the finish. The stage ended up being a decisive day, with over night leader Gustav Basson(TEAM TEG CONTINENTAL) taking a tumble shortly after the sprint that saw him fall out of reach of other GC hopefuls. The stage came down to another sprint finish, which saw Connor Brown(DIMENSION DATA FOR QHUBEKA CONTINENTAL TEAM) narrowly nudge the win from fellow South African Clint Hendricks(TEAM PROTOUCH CONTINENTAL).
Stage 3 was a very interesting day for me behind the camera. The stage was 103km in length with no sprints and only 1 hot spot. The stage's party piece was a brutal finishing climb, that saw the peloton completely shatter. The climb up to The Old Coach House in Tzaneen, was the thorn in many GC hopefuls plans. With over night leader Connor Brown(DIMENSION DATA FOR QHUBEKA CONTINENTAL TEAM) having been dropped earlier in the day, it was all to play for with anyone who remained. Unbelievably, the stage still came down to a sprint finish, with Samuele Battistella(DIMENSION DATA FOR QHUBEKA CONTINENTAL TEAM) muscling his way passed Kent Main(TEAM PROTOUCH CONTINENTAL) and Eric Manizabayo(BENEDICTION CYCLING TEAM - Rwanda) to grab the stage win as well as the GC overall.
Stage 4; the final day of the tour, saw riders depart Tzaneen for Polokwane on a 116km route that followed the same route as stage 2 but in the other direction. The stage consisted of 1 sprint and 1 KOM before finishing with some fast and furious laps around the streets of the Peter Mokaba Stadium. I had lots of fun bouncing too and from the constant breakaways and the main peloton. The stage came down to another sprint finish, with HB Kruger(TEAM ALFA BODYWORKS/GIANT) been pipped to the line by Clint Hendricks(TEAM PROTOUCH CONTINENTAL).
A massive congratulation to all riders who managed to get it to the finish line after 4 brutal days of racing. And a special congratulations to all the category winners!
1. Samuele Battistella(DIMENSION DATA FOR QHUBEKA CONTINENTAL TEAM)
2. Kent Main(TEAM PROTOUCH CONTINRNTAL)
3. Connor Brown(DIMENSION DATA FOR QHUBEKA CONTINENTAL TEAM)
1. Samuele Battistella(Dimension Data FOR QHUBEKA CONTINENTAL TEAM)
2. Connor Brown(DIMENSION DATA FOR QHUBEKA CONTINENTAL TEAM)
3. Jason Oosthuizen(TEAM TEG CONTINENTAL)
1. Samuele Battistella(Dimension Data FOR QHUBEKA CONTINENTAL TEAM)
2. HB Kruger(TEAM ALFA BODYWORKS/GIANT)
3. Connor Brown(DIMENSION DATA FOR QHUBEKA CONTINENTAL TEAM)
1. Jason Oosthuizen(TEAM TEG CONTINENTAL)
2. Nolan Hoffman(PROUD BEGINNERS)
3. Gustav Basson(TEAM TEG CONTINENTAL)
Such an amazing tour to be part of, I can't wait to see how this Tour grows in the future. It was an absolute honour to be the photographer behind it all.
To see results head to their website.
To see images from each day head to their page.
To see some of my selected images head to my page.
Until next time
Over the passed few years, I have been fortunate enough to photograph the Aqulle Midmar Mile. The worlds biggest open water swim always promises some amazing memories, and there was none more memorable than the 2016 edition of the edition of the event.
The 2016 edition of the event, saw a double victory for South Africa in both the main events, with Michelle Weber and Chad Ho both crossing the finish line first.
I find open water swimming, to be one of the more challenging sports to photograph. With limited opportunity for close ups, and getting that perfect shot within a predicted split second always makes for a fun challenge.
It is always such an honour to photograph such amazing events like the Midmar Mile. It always brings up their own unique challenges that make it very entertaining to capture.
Until next time.
A night to always be remembered, this is what many pupils always take from their Matric leavers dance. On Saturday afternoon, I had the amazing opportunity to capture some memories that will never be forgotten with Calista Botha and Lance Redgard at the unique 79 on Ridge venue, as they prepared for the Voortrekker High School leavers dance.
What a fun, loving couple. I had lots of fun capturing the happiness and excitement of the night. It was also great to work with such a natural couple that didn't feel any pressure from the camera.
Here is a selection of some images that capture the absolute joy, love and happiness this couple possess.
What an awesome afternoon out.
Until next time.
Friday night, the 5th of April, saw a crucial clash for Maritzburg United as they took on Bloemfontein Celtic at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
In what has become a common assurance on match day, the rain belted down over Pietermaritzburg for the majority of the day. The rain however, failed to remove the enthusiasm and focused showed by the players of the Team if Choice, as they clearly had a job to do and were determined to do it right.
It is generally quite a close result when the Team of Choice and Bloemfontein Celtic take on each other, this generally causes a bit of tension between the 2 sides. However, the game started in great spirits, with the captains and officials sharing jokes and laughs before kick off, a sign of great respect for each other from everyone.
The game was a close encounter all round. With both teams showing the hunger to win the game. After the first 45, the scores remained 0 0 which was a sign of how tight it was. The visitors made an early lead when the second half started, and thats the way it remained for 90% of the game. Maritzburg United, then once again showed their hunger for victory, as their star goal scorer; Allan Kateregga, grabbed 2 quick goals before the final whistle.
Was a great time to be behind my camera. Heres to many more positive results!
See you at the next one.
Until next time.
This past weekend saw the first round of the PSL's Multichoice Diski Shield. This saw 2 big KZN teams clash, as Maritzburg United hosted AmaZulu at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.
The Multichoice series of tournaments, are tournaments where the premier soccer club have the chance for their reserve players to play competitively among one another. The result, some extremely entertaining and electrifying football, as players grasp the opportunity to show their clubs what they are capable of.
It was a great game on soccer to capture, with the visitors coming away with a 2-0 win over the Team of Choice. Well done to both sides.
I will be back at Harry Gwala this coming Friday night, as the PSL returns with a must win clash for Maritzburg United as they host Bloemfontein Celtic.
Until next time
So, its been a while since I have been here! I have had the pleasure of shooting some amazing events since my last visit, as well as been sidelined by some personal health reasons, but I thought I would catch up on my most recent event that took place this past weekend. I had the pleasure of being the event photographer at the Cordwalles Mudman that was held at Midmar Dam in the KZN midlands.
The Aquelle Mudman series, is a series of multipart based events that are hosted by various schools in KZN. The events are fun for the entire family, with an event for every age. One of the more entertaining and popular events that take place during the series, is that of the Mud Skippers.
The Mud Skippers, is an event for the littlies. The race follows the same multi sport theme as the main events, but with lots of fun twists. The kids were in their element as the course took them through various bubble zones, where almost everyone took their time to enjoy the bubbles. At points during the race, the parents looked like they were having more fun than their kids, it really is a race for the whole family.
The main Mudman events compromised of 2 distances; a half as well as a full distance events. By doing this the event has a race for everyone of any age. The racing was fast and thrilling, as eventual elite mens winner; Darryn Purtell, smashed the field as he won the event before the second place athlete even started the final run leg.
Along with some great individual winners, the Mudman series also gives competitors to compete in the events as a team. Schools encourage their pupils to enter as many teams as possible, this gives the opportunity of some pupils who are not strong in one of the disciplines, to still take part and compete for their team in one of the other legs during the event. It is a great opportunity to encourage team work, as in life we all need to work together as one.
All in all, it was an amazing event to be part of. I had an absolute blast being part of an event, and capturing a sport that's close to my heart. Well done to all competitors that took part, it looked like you all had great fun.
To view the even images on the events page, click here
Until next time.