Jan studied Photography and Graphic Design at the University of
and graduated in December 1989. During his national service in 1990 he
worked as photographer for Navy News in Simons Town. As ship's
photographer during this same year, Jan accompanied the SAS Drakensberg
on a visit to the Republic of China. During the first half of 1991 Jan
Western Europe where he mostly did freelance photographic work.
he had returned to South Africa and continued freelancing for companies
Foschini and American Swiss, amongst others. He currently runs a
photographic studio in Durbanville, specialising in studio portraits,
portfolios, commercial / industrial photography and weddings.
Jan mainly uses Nikon 35mm equipment as well as Nikon digital equipment.
On occasion Jan would also do 6 x 4.5, 6 x 6 or 6 x 7 medium format
photography. However, due to the extreme pace and huge advance in
technology over the past few years, 35mm photography is currently
sufficient for the type of work which Jan spacializes in.
When photographing weddings, Jan prefers to use as much soft available
light as possible, with strategic fill-in flash where neccessary and
suitable. Whenever flash is being used during outdoor photography it
must be cosidered as "additional to" available light, with the available
light as the main light source at all times, always avoiding strong
Jan prefers to use Fuji film which, in combination with Agfa
low contrast photographic paper, provides images with natural skin tones
and accurate colour balance. These images are printed to exhibition
standard by a professional laboratory in Cape Town.
Nikon 18 to 35 mm,
Nikon 24 to 120 mm,
Nikon 80 to 200 mm,
Nikon 105 mm macro
Jan's motto for wedding photography:
"I strongly believe that professional photographers should never use a
set formula or "recipe" for wedding photography. I have developed my own
unique style to suit the individual personalities of each bride and groom,
and to complement them in the most natural way possible.
"I start by
consulting with the bridal couple well in advance in order to get to know
them as well as I possibly can before the wedding day. Each set of
wedding photographs should be tailored to suit the bride and groom in
order to fulfil their needs and suit their characters and tastes.
create images filled with light, love and joy, forever capturing the
special moments of happiness. After all, the wedding photographs are the
visible embodiment of the bridal couple's wedding day dreams.
should be fun and relaxed, and should be as stress-free as possible. I
work with precision and a well-developed sense of fun, ensuring that you
have sufficient time to mingle with your guests and celebrate your special
day. The fact that I have formed close friendships with many of my
clients adds to my enthusiasm, excitement and motivation for each and
every wedding in which I am involved."