Dewald Kirsten

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Stepping out of your comfort zone…. The Dewald Kirsten Story

I have been married now for 2 and a half years to my lovely wife and now we have baba on the way as well, sjoe, some big steps there in life LOL, anyway, let me tell you guys a bit more about my photography career. When I was in grade 12 at school I was quite "arty" I used to sketch quite a bit and was pretty good at it, so I decided to go study photography, as I figured it will be WAAYYY faster to take a picture than to draw it. Back then digital was a thing of the future(in the year 2000....) LOL. If I am correct the top of the range DSLR cameras was only rocking like a 5 or 6 megapixel sensor! To cut a long story short I did not get a place at the college, so the day after my final exams, my dad, who had a plumbing shop back then, just said that I start the next morning at the shop. Not much I could do about it to be honest. 2001 Started and I worked for 4 months at Swartland Winery, hard work and not to bad pay back then. It was a seasonal job so after the 4 months it was back to the plumbing shop. I started getting good at it and I really enjoyed selling plumbing goods. Unfortunately my dad had to close the shop later that year due to the lack of business in a small town. Here I landed my first "big" job with a big hardware store in Table View, so off I went into the big wide open to the bright lights of Cape Town! Oh and wasn't they bright! Man we had a great time, great parties and not so great hangovers, but hell, what is one supposed to be like at the ages of 20-25, life should be a blur of wine, woman and song, not always in that order but you get the idea LOL. I ended up spending 9 years in total in the plumbing industry, and I have seen my share of toilets, taps and geysers, I was rocking it back then, it was fun and we had a great team. I met my wife in 2007, the year the global recession started, so in 2008 the booming property industry went, well, BOOM and many jobs where lost. In 2009(this is a long story for another day) I lost my job. We have also just gotten engaged and where planning a wedding, so just imagine the shock. But as they say, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger! In October that year I got a payout from my pension fund.... R36000 odd rand, for 5 years of hard labour for a boss! At that stage I was doing fly fishing trips as well, so in the back of my head I had this idea that I will be living on a tropical island guiding rich retired guys everyday, chasing monster Kingfish and bonefish on the flats and so forth, but I soon realized that that industry needs LOTS of money to make money and 36K was not going to cut it. At that stage I was in between two choices, buy a decent camera or go on a Tigerfish trip to the Zambezi, a trip I was busy marketing at that stage. Later that day i walked past the Kodak shop in the mall and there was the camera I wanted on a special.... so I bought it. At the stage I had no idea how what works and I had a small understanding of aperture and shutter speed. I have also put away enough money to cover all my basic expenses for 6 months, that should be enough time to find a job, right, right?? Nope, 6 months went past very quickly and I still had no job and we had a wedding coming up soon. So one day I went past the high school down the road from me here in Worcester(oh sorry, forgot to mention, I have since moved to Worcester from Cape Town), Montana High. There was a friendly cricket game on between the girls of the high school and the teacher was so kind to let me take some shots, after the game I got R450 rands worth of orders for the photos!! Kaching! I thought, well from there on it started, I photographed many school events and a host of other stuff in between. And here I am today, been doing this full time for almost 3 years now and loving every second of it! Yes there is its ups and downs and late nights and all the jazz that any other business has, but it is worth it. SOOOOO, you might be asking why the title? Well we got married in 2010, and with no money to spend, we did lots of the stuff ourselves, man I tell you, you can do a super wedding on a low budget(EXCEPT FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER LOL) and it rocked, people are today still talking about the big party we had. We had a friend take some photos for us and my wife's uncle as well. I even took some as well, but at that stage my knowledge was limited and although we where happy back then with the photos. The better I got the less I wanted to show any of our photos, looking back now, I should have gotten a seasoned pro to do the photos, payed some bucks and got the job done right. So now you can very well imagine that every time we would meet new people and I will tell them I am a photographer and show them some of my shots, the first question they will ask is: "So..Who shot your wedding?" So we finally decided do redo our wedding photos, now when we told that to some people, the first question they would ask is, "who will that be?" Obviously I will be supper full of S&^$t LOL, but I met this awesome girl, Celeste Prince. Her photography business is called Aglow Photography (follow the links to get to her profile on facebook and her website). She has assisted me with some weddings and back then I still said that one day I will be assisting her! So I asked her to do the shoot, and she jumped at the opportunity and so it was all arranged. Karin wore her wedding dress and I wore a suit!! I did not even wear a suit at my wedding! We shot at the stunning Die Eike Guesthouse in Rawsonville. We went all out, hair and make up(by the stunning Janel van Graan) the works. I just told Celeste that I am in her hands, I was not going to say or do anything, she had full control. It was fun, so with in this is my title. One has to step out of your comfort zone and see things from a new angle, do it in any job and you will appreciate your profession so much more! Leave it for a brief moment up to someone else to show you again how things should be done. It was weird in the beginning not to be behind the camera, but it felt good! By the way...we where about 2 weeks pregnant at this stage, LOL, we didnt know yet so we are saying we are having a honeymoon baby LOL So ladies and gents, after reading that super long post, here is the pictures, enjoy, leave your comments and feel free to share and go and follow Celeste, her work is stunning!  


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