Here comes the bride - Jan Theron
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.