Food, Interior & Lifestyle - Andrea van der Spuy
Your name: Andrea van der Spuy
Your business name: Andrea van der Spuy Photography
Tell us a bit about your business:
I am a food, interior and lifestyle photographer. I love shooting in the studio and on location. I have very diverse projects, from advertising to architecture. I love it that way , it keeps it interesting, it challenges me and I keep learning.
How long have you worked as a photographer?
Do you feel it was an instant success or did it take a while to find its feet?
Definitely not an instant success. I am always learning and growing. If you are not learning, have you stopped living? Even though a challenging idea seems daunting and overwhelming, it always pushes me to create something I never thought I could. And there is nothing like the thrill of THAT achievement.
If any, what kind of jobs did you have before your career took off?
I love design and layout design in particular. I worked as a designer, doing layouts for magazines and books at a small studio in Cape Town, until one day the photographer didn't show up for a shoot and I volunteered to do it. I always knew I wanted to be a photographer.
Do you feel that you chose your "passion," or did it choose you?
I am not sure you can choose your passion.
Have you ever doubted your talent? If so, how did you work through your doubt?
Yes, I doubt myself all the time. I am forever working on self-doubt. I guess one thing I try and do as often as possible is to ask for feedback. I think constructive feedback is so useful not only to improve your own skill and offering but also to understand your client better.
What is your favourite accomplishment?
My happy marriage.
What is your favourite lens and why?
Mmmmmhm. I don't know if I can choose one favourite lens, I love different lenses for different projects / reasons.
Are you working on any out of the ordinary projects at the moment?
I have a project that I am always working on on the side. One day I hope it will be an exhibition. :)
JUST FOR FUN
What is playing in your CD player/iPod right now?
Lots of podcasts. I love podcasts. Anything from TED Radio Hour (anything from TED to be honest) to Akimbo by Seth Godin and Super Soul Sundays - love me a bit of Oprah!
What’s your favourite ’90s song?
Liquido 'Narcotic'. Also, GooGoo Dolls. Oh and I loved Macy Grey 'On How Life is'...too many.
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
Oh my goodness, ALL the things. Work, what I need to finish, my next shoot, what we'll have for dinner, how beautiful is nature, how good is my God. My thoughts never stop.
What were you like in high school?
Nerdy and very active, I love sport. Also very social. I don't actually know how I got around to everything if I think about it now.
Knowing what you know now, what would you tell your high school self?
You don't have to decide what you want to be forever, now. Actually, you don't ever have to be only one thing. Back yourself.
YOUR CONTACT INFO
Your website: www.andreavanderspuy.com
Instagram handle: andreavdspuy