A lasting memory - the photograph
- the photograph
Brides Essence interviewed wedding photographer Gerhard de Bruin of SilverZone Images in KZN.
Gerhard please tell us about yourself.
A: I am in my late 40’s, married with two lovely daughters. We live on the lovely dolphin coast of KwaZulu-Natal, a stones, throw from Ballito; almost on the beach. I come from a media background and worked at one of SA’s leading newspapers for 20 years as a inhouse photographer and a senior journalist. I then went out on my own as a professional freelance photographer. I love cooking, braaing, beer, rugby, women… I guess I am just your typical South African male. Oh yes and I forgot to mention I also love photography.
Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in the Karoo in a small town called Cradock, in the Eastern Cape.
Where are you based and what geographical area do you cover?
A: I am based in Westbrook, KwaZuluNatal about 6km from Ballito where I do a lot of my business. What made you choose photography as a profession? A: I have been interested in photography ever since I was a teenager and took my first photographs with an old Yashica camera that belonged to my dad.
Did you study photography?
A: Yes I studied it at School of Art at Port Elizabeth Technicon.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?
A: Over the last 30 years or so I have photographed a few weddings, however since I started Silverzone Images I have photographed alot more weddings.
How many weddings do you photograph per year?
A: It all depends on the year. On average around 22 per year. Remember I am not just a wedding photographer, I photograph a lot of other stuff too, so I have to make space for that as well in my timeframe.
Gerhard de Bruin