Why You Should Hire A Specialized Photographer vs A Do-It-All Photographer

Why You Should Hire A Specialized Photographer vs A Do-It-All Photographer

A photographer with a focus on one or very few genres, will be much more well versed in their area(s) as opposed to a photographer who photographs any and everything.

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Guide: Planning A Photo Shoot

Guide: Planning A Photo Shoot

Planning is key to any decision. Booking a photoshoot is no different. Read on to discover the who, where and whats!

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Prints Available Soon!

And The Last One Is Off

Bonjour à tous!

Thank you to everyone for the continuous support and those few buyers of this print in the last few weeks.

I have gotten requests for larger prints of this photo, please place your order soon.

Rodney Bay, Gros Islet Saint Lucia.

Rodney Bay, Gros Islet
Saint Lucia.

En Martinique!

En Martinique!

Hopefully, they will be available by next month.

More details (sizes and prices) soon.
Thank you!

Best wishes,

Photographing: The Fight For Belle Vue by Travis Weekes

Such a fun cast!

Once I was introduced, I immediately felt like I was apart of the play. We all had our assigned roles. Mine was taking photos.
I'm so glad to have been included in this wonderful day and wonderful project, in some special way.
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The Cast (including me :D ), with Director Travis Weekes (The Travis Weekes Project).

The Cast (including me :D ), with Director Travis Weekes (The Travis Weekes Project).

Synopsis of 'The Fight For Belle Vue'

The Fight for Belle Vue tells the story of two brothers, Tonne and Kosh, along with their families who are caught up in a battle over the family estate at Belle Vue. Kosh would like to sell a significant part of the estate to Henri Laroche, an American investor, who wishes to construct a tourist resort. Laroche visits the island and attempts to seal the deal with Kosh. However, Kosh needs Tonne as a signatory to the agreement but the elder brother insists that the land which they have inherited from their ancestors should be left for succeeding generations.  
Whereas the disagreement over the land provides the central conflict in the play there are also serious issues of religion and identity among the members of this family. Tonne is a high priest of the African derived Kèlè religion, maintaining the tradition of his Djiné (Guinea) ancestors but Kosh and his wife Meredith have joined a Pentecostal church and consider Tonne’s practices as evil. Tonne, though aging is as determined to maintain the Kèlè traditions as he is to keep the land. Ironically, he believes that it is his sister in law Meredith that is guilty of evil practices and blames his wife’s death as a wicked act of jealousy perpetrated by her. 
Through the “The Fight for Belle Vue” also run the subplots involving the love relationships between Sandra the dancer and Gavin the aspiring politician. Sandra is Tonne’s daughter and Gavin is Meredith’s brother. Sandra is also the leader of a dance troupe who seeks Gavin’s assistance to acquire contracts for her dancers at a large hotel. Gavin in turn appears to see the popularity of Sandra and her folk dancers as his political base in the community. The plot and subplot merge when Meredith persuades her brother Gavin to use his influence with the Prime Minister to have government effect a compulsory acquisition of the land for developing the tourist resort. Tonne refuses to succumb to the pressure, his daughter and her dancers throw their support firmly behind him and “The Fight for Belle Vue” becomes more than a fight for land but also a battle of art, love, religion, politics and power.

BEGINNERS: Improving your photos

I feel stuck. How do I improve my photography?

Some people will just tell you to "go out and shoot as many people/events/(whatever) as you can". But this could be interpreted in different ways.

The answer is pretty simple, and can be applied to everything in life. Practice. Now wait. It sounds very cliché, but let me explain.

You may be feeling like you can take photos that are just okay, and you don't know how to make them better and start looking like the pros. But all the pros were once like you. With practice, your photos will go from "okay", to "better", to "good", to "great" and so on.

What do I mean by practice? How do I "practice"?

I take my camera outside (I love shooting in natural light) and start snapping photos, adjusting my settings every few shots to get the right exposure(I shoot in Manual). I always try to leave my ISO between 100 and 200 if the sun is on my side, but I feel guilty if I go beyond 400. I mainly adjust my aperture and shutter speed, depending on the type of shot I'm looking for. I go further by choosing an appropriate white balance and picture style. All of this will vary due to personal preference/taste.

After toggling with the settings, I find a subject (person, animal, object, scene etc) and I take several shots with different compositions each time. I review them in camera (and later on in post production) to see what I like, what I don't, what works and what doesn't.. AND WHY!!! It's important for you to do this with your own images because this is how you will get better! It's not much different from someone else giving you advice or vice versa, because you may ask or say WHY (very important) and that will lead to seeing things differently. Composition is probably one of my favorite aspects in photography.

And for heavier stuff, I pull out my flash and other bits and pieces, if needed. It's really important that you know your gear. Another thing that I do is look for various tutorials or tips on Youtube and use the same techniques in my work. Learning never stops.

Even in other professions, like music, you have to practice. Imagine a band comes to play and they didn't rehearse.. That's a recipe for complete discord!

You need to practice to be great at what you do. There's no getting around it.

Photographed by : Merth Weekes

Photographed by : Merth Weekes

What do I do after practicing?

To be honest with you, practicing never stops either. After you practice every day or once a week (or whatever works for you), THEN you can "go out and shoot as many people/events/(whatever)" you like! Because hopefully, after learning and taking note from what works and what doesn't and why, this will help you on your next shoot!


Extra: Learn how to read your histograms, because many people overlook it. You'll have an edge. ;)

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Thanks for reading, guys!


How do I take better photos of people ?

Maryse's secret on photographing people !

When I started photography, I HATED taking photos of people, but now I love it. There's so much to be learned from photographing live subjects : basic rules in photography (rule of thirds) and getting immediate feedback; their opinion on the photos, what they like and what they don't like would also be a tremendous help for all photographers at every level. Some/most persons that you will be photographing are most likely not professional models, but if that's the case (that you do shoot pro models), thanks for reading the blog anyway ! :D



Communicate with your subject : This is really important if you're meeting the person for the first or second time. Speaking with them will help "break the ice". Could you imagine (literally turn the tables : you are the model) how awkward the shoot will be if the photographer does not communicate with the model ? Or says very little ? The model will be uncomfortable and unrelaxed, and this will show in the photos. We do not want that.
Also, this will ensure maximum satisfaction for both parties in the end, as the model should have said what they like and do not like.


I often find myself and my client/friend happier with the photos taken AFTER reviewing the first few. This has definitely helped with my photography.


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Model : Derrelle Du Bois Taken with : Canon 60D and EF 100mm f/2.

Model : Derrelle Du Bois
Taken with : Canon 60D and EF 100mm f/2.