I met Christine last year when I went to a Kiki meetup here in London. She is one of the warmest and friendliest professional photographers I’ve ever met and she’s just so giving. I also booked myself a place on her very first London workshop and it was one of the best business decisions I’ve made so far.
So today I’m DELIGHTED to share with you a few questions Christine was kind enough to answer for me :)
Heline: Hi Christine, thank you SO MUCH for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to me and answer a few questions. Please let us a little bit about yourself and how you got into photography. What do you think is unique about your style of photography that really draws clients to you?
Christine: I love simplicity and clean shots. I also love spending time on getting detail shot. Those are the small things most people don’t notice on the day, but the things a bride would want to look back at when thinking about here wedding day. So I’d say, simplicity and attention to detail :)
Heline: What main skill do you think a wedding photographer would really benefit from having in order to meet the needs of a demanding market?
Christine: Hard work :) you definitely need to be willing to put in the time and work really hard.
Heline: Could you share your favourite and most helpful online resource and tell us why you love it so much?
Christine: I don’t have a specific website I like to visit, I kinda like Google most :) whatever I want to see or learn, I just Google :)
Heline:Do you any words of inspiration you would give to someone who is starting out in the photography industry and who is finding it a little tough?
Christine: If you follow your dream and willing to work real hard, you’ll make it. But most of all, never ever compare yourself to anyone else! There is only one of you, so make it count!
Heline: I heard you are working on some special projects. Would you mind telling us a little bit about them?
Christine: Yeah, I’m involved with two other projects apart form christinemeintjes.com. The one is: www.theprettyblog.com. The Pretty Blog is a blog for bridal and lifestyle inspiration. My friend Nicola and I started it and we’re really excited about it! Also we just launched www.kiki.co.za. KIKI is, as I like to call it, a playground for photographers. It’s an online community for photographers that believe in the philosophy of sharing and learning from one another. We also sell products for photographers, we have a blog and forum as well as promote workshops etc.
Heline: What makes you jump for joy?
Christine: New ideas that work :) and a pretty wedding :)
Heline: Finally, what is new for Christine Meintjes Photography in 2011?
Christine: About mid this year, I’m getting a new website, which I’m very excited about :)
Christine, thank you VERY MUCH for taking the time to answer my questions. Please go and visit Christine’s website and blog to see her amazing work and you will see why it inspires me :) Below are a few of Christine’s favourite images. They are just FABULOUS!!!! Please be careful not to drool over your keyboard! LOL!