Here comes the bride - Jan Theron

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Brides Essence had the priv­i­lege of in­ter­view­ing one of Cape Towns top wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers Jan Theron.

Jan please tell us about yourself.

A:I was born in Paarl and I have ve been liv­ing in the Western Cape all my life. I am very much a so­cial per­son who loves get­to­geth­ers with friends. I love good food & wine, the out­doors, camp­ing, hik­ing & the beach. I love mu­sic and good movies. I love to cook and en­ter­tain my friends around a cozy fire. Last but not least, I love pho­tog­ra­phy - it runs in my blood– it’s part of my DNA.

Where did you grow up?

A:I grew up in Cape Town.

Where are you based and what ge­o­graph­i­cal area do you cover?

A:I am based in Dur­banville, where I have a per­ma­nent stu­dio that has been in ex­is­tence for the last 22 years. I cover as­sign­ments in the Western Cape as well as the UK, Europe and Greece.

What made you choose pho­tog­ra­phy as a pro­fes­sion?

A: I could never imag­ine a world where I would not be able to cre­ate pho­to­graph­i­cally.

Did you study pho­tog­ra­phy?

A:Yes, I stud­ied pho­tog­ra­phy at the Univer­sity of Stel­len­bosch. It is a 4-year course and I re­ceived my de­gree in pho­tog­ra­phy in De­cem­ber 1989.

When did your pas­sion in pho­tog­ra­phy first be­gin and what do you en­joy most about it?

A:My pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy started when I got my first cam­era at the age of 14. What I en­joy most about it is the fact that I can por­tray life the way that I see it and ex­pe­ri­ence it.

How long have you been a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher?

A:I have been a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher for the last 22 years, since 1991.

How many wed­dings do you pho­to­graph per year?

A:45, on aver­age

What sets you apart from other pho­tog­ra­phers?

A: The way in which I con­nect with my clients. I cap­ture my clients’ souls, not just their faces.

Are you plan­ning on do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent in this years wed­ding sea­son?

A: Yes, most cer­tainly. I do some­thing dif­fer­ent ev­ery year.

What are the lat­est pho­to­graphic trends and have you im­ple­mented any of them?

A:Trends can be dan­ger­ous be­cause it can go out of fash­ion much quicker than it came into fash­ion, so to speak. I do adapt to chang­ing times but I don’t nec­es­sar­ily im­ple­ment the lat­est trends.I have my own “look” and my own “style” and I im­ple­ment this in such a way so as to en­sure that my im­ages are “time­less”.

What do you of­fer in your bridal pack­ages?

A: I of­fer an unique kind of cre­ativ­ity. My pack­ages in­clude my time as well as all the edited high res­o­lu­tion im­ages on disc. Sto­ry­book al­bums, en­large­ments & can­vas prints are op­tional and can be or­dered at any stage af­ter the wed­ding, or the clients can pro­duce these di­rectly from their high res­o­lu­tion im­ages on their discs them­selves.

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