Sports Photographer - Thinus Maritz
Your business name:
Thinus Maritz Photography
Tell us a bit about your business:
I am a professional photographer based in Paarl in the Western Cape. I shoot a variety of genres, mainly being sports, weddings and corporate.
How long have you worked as a photographer?
I have been making money off photography for the past 18 years and full-time since 2004. I started selling DVD’s of photos in 2000 at my local High School and it just continued from there.
Do you feel it was an instant success or did it take a while to find its feet?
I started at school, working hard, building clients and over the years it just grew. I can say that it took a long to be taken seriously and to get to the level of clients I wanted.
If any, what kind of jobs did you have before your career took off?
From school days, I have always had 3 jobs. Photography, web design and IT. Let’s just call it multi-media.
Do you feel that you chose your "passion," or did it choose you?
It definitely chose me, I just started and never stopped. Still loving it.
What made you decide to follow a creative career choice (though possibly risky) rather than something more stable?
I like what I do, I am good at it and I have never thought about doing anything else, it’s now part of my lifestyle.
Have you ever doubted your talent? If so, how did you work through your doubt?
I thinks like all creatives, I always do. I keep pushing myself, always wanting to do better. If I have a bad day, I just keep telling myself, “You can do better than this”.
What is your favorite accomplishment?
Every time I get that feeling when I take a really great shot!
Tell us about any workshops you may offer:
No, none at the moment.
If anyone is interested, they can send me an email.
What is your favourite lens and why?
Definitely the Nikon 200-400mm f4 VR2. Such a versatile lens, being able to capture the action at a distance and close up gives me a wide variety of shots.
Are you working on any out of the ordinary projects at the moment?
I am working on some ideas and post updates on my website.
JUST FOR FUN
What is playing in your CD player/iPod right now?
Eddie Vedder, Into the wild.
What’s your favourite ’90s song?
Nirvana – Smells like teen spirit
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
Lots of stuff, getting there on time. Planning my day.
What were you like in high school?
A shy guy, with the camera in hand.
Knowing what you know now, what would you tell your high school self?
Talk to people, ask, learn and don’t be shy.