Newborn Photographer - Lizelle Krige
Your business name:
Lizelle Krige Photography
Tell us a bit about your business:
I'm a newborn-, maternity- and family photographer situated in Paarl, Western Cape.
How long have you worked as a photographer?
I've been a full time photographer for 5 years.
Do you feel it was an instant success or did it take a while to find its feet?
I started out doing photography as a hobby on weekends only but it took off really quickly and I had to quit my full time job within 6 months. I did study photography after I left school though but didn't pursue it until after my first child was born about 7 years after that. I believe things happen exactly as God plans it. I would never have thought that I would be doing what I love as a full time "job".
If any, what kind of jobs did you have before your career took off?
I worked for Sanlam for 10 years. Yeah an office job!
Do you feel that you chose your "passion," or did it choose you?
It definitely chose me. God had this path set out for me from the start and I like to say that it fell from heaven.
What made you decide to follow a creative career choice (though possibly risky) rather than something more stable?
Taking that leap of faith was huge for me. I like stability and I hate change. My side-line photography business got so busy that I had to choose either to quit my full time job and with it, that stable income, or to stop doing what I love. So I quit my job.
Have you ever doubted your talent? If so, how did you work through your doubt?
Oh yes, I did ALOT and I still do. I find taking a break and spending time with my family gets me back to being creative again.
What is your favourite accomplishment?
This is difficult. I don't think I've accomplished anything. I'm just trying to glorify God and his creation through my lens.
Tell us about any workshops you may offer:
Nothing yet, maybe in the future.
What is your favourite lens and why?
I love the Sigma Art 35mm f1.4. It allows me to get close to baby, it's fast and sharp and perfect to get those baby features crisp with just the right amount of DOF.
JUST FOR FUN
What is playing in your CD player/iPod right now?
Crowder - This I know
What’s your favourite ’90s song?
Savage Garden - I want you
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
Million things at once. I make lists in my head when I'm alone in the car.
What were you like in high school?
Typical teenager... know-it-all and ungrateful but I was a good student.
Knowing what you know now, what would you tell your high school self?
To not be so insecure and to participate more.