Modern Ballito is a permanent home to numerous young couples who are starting a family or have babies and/or young children, so the demand for the services of a professional family photographer is considerable.
Ballito is also a mecca for tourists and holiday makers, and many of the latter spend their leisure time or annual leave here with their little ones, so holiday pictures are a must. Fortunately, certain talented photographers, amongst them Eloise from Eloise Photography, will gladly travel anywhere throughout South Africa in pursuit of perfect pictures for clients.
According to the national census of 2011, Ballito was home to a population of 23 135, but one expects that this figure has increased considerably by now, some 4 years later. The village was proclaimed a town in 1954, reaching borough status in 1986, but it still retains its essential village charm and welcoming ambience.
The main beach has coveted Blue Flag status, increasing the town’s popularity as a destination of choice, enhanced by the clear, warm Indian Ocean waters, where schools of Bottlenose dolphins play throughout the year, lending their name to this stretch of KZN coastline – the Dolphin Coast.
In the hands of a skilled photographer, a good quality camera almost seems to take on a life of its own. It tells a story through the medium of pictures, capturing the subjects in the moment, time and place and preserving it forever, allowing future generations and persons who were not present to share in the beauty and joy.
It is not just the image of the subjects and their surroundings that are important and distinguishes a nice picture from one that is great, it is also essential to recognise and capture the essence of the person, place and time, and never more so than in the case of a baby, since they develop, grow and change so rapidly.
Ballito offers activities and attractions galore for everyone in the family, for grandparents, parents, trendy youngsters, teens and children, so there is just as much to keep a good baby photographer busy and spoiled for subject matter choice.
In order to become a successful family portrait photographer like Eloise from Eloise Photography in Pretoria, one requires numerous skills and talents, the most obvious one being the aptitude to operate a camera proficiently. However, the ability to relate to people of all types and ages, a love of fellow human beings and the knack of putting them at ease is the factor that makes all the difference in the quest for a perfect portrait.
Many people freeze in front of the camera lens, and nothing detracts from a picture like a frozen, unnatural grin or awkward expression and posture, particularly because portraiture centres on faces. When the subject feels comfortable, relaxed and at ease, the magic begins. This is particularly true when the picture includes children and babies, whose expressions can change in a single moment, making timing vital too.
Nothing in this life is as precious as loved ones and one’s nearest and dearest, and the perfect, affordable and modern way to capture each wonderfully unique family unit is by having a professional portrait photo taken, preserving the moment, mood and personalities for posterity.
Some people cringe at the very thought of having a portrait picture taken, because they are under the mistaken impression that this implies something in the style of the stiff, old fashioned, dusty and often drab paintings of ancient ancestors often seen lining the walls of stairways, halls and passages in buildings of yesteryear.
Today, nothing could be further from the truth, even if the image is formal and captured with the subjects dressed in formal attire. The aim of portraiture in the 21st century is to depict the essence of people as they truly are, even when they are casually dressed and having a fun experience in front of the lens.
Certain aspects are important and should be taken into account, such as having good lighting, avoiding garments that are extremely boldly patterned or being surrounded by too much in the background which detracts from the subject/s. It is also not a great idea to attempt to photograph little ones late in the day, when they are inclined to be tired and irritable instead of playful and ready to experience new things, but these are things around which skilled operators are trained to work.
So-called happy snaps taken on holiday or at parties and gatherings are fine for the album, but when you require a really great image which is good enough to enlarge, mount or frame, you need the expertise of a professional person using high end camera equipment, such as Eloise Photography of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Although based in the Jacaranda City, Eloise travels all over South Africa, specialising in taking photos of special occasions such as engagements, weddings, anniversaries and family portraits, spurred on by her love of people and bringing out all their moods and unique expressions.
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