As you can see in my portfolio, I adore taking photographs, creating and working side by side with people & nature, each inspiring me everyday to appreciate all that I have and all that I am,
Life is to be celebrated, cherished and documented.
(Photographs taken by Ricardo L. van Lingen)
Photography and Art have been my passion throughout life and I am fortunate to call my passion a full-time business, what a blessing it has been to nurture my talents into a business that I can grow from pure love and joy of capturing moments that will last a lifetime. Being a creative person is rewarding, especially when you are able to communicate your ideas from lens to photo clearly and to enjoy a process that is momentary and ALWAYS unique.
Capturing precious moments is what makes this experience worthwhile… I focus on both the finer and larger details to create a complete story that will be treasured and remembered for all your life – That is the beauty of photography.
I have studied Desktop Publishing and Interior Decorating. I completed an Intermediate Photography course at the Vega Photography School and a Wedding Photography Workshop at the Cape Town School of Photography. Both photography schools taught me to use my camera in a sophisticated manner, to think out the box and, most importantly, to be a professional business person at all times.
ON A MORE PERSONAL NOTE
I was born in Johannesburg and raised in Port Elizabeth, so there is no doubt that the people-loving and friendly nature has rubbed off along the way,
After school I decided to depart our shores to work as an Au-pair in Delaware, New York, then moved back to SA to Cape Town to continue my studies in Desktop Publishing.
I need to be near sunshine, beachsand and water,
I can eat ice-cream for breakfast (mango sorbet and pistachio are my fav-flav’s),
I am crazy about music and learnt to play the drum set and percussion at junior school and continued to play in our high school orchestra,
I can keep a beat with my feet and enjoy dancing to good music, sometimes i sing for my dogs – they love it…
Traveling to new places excites me to the core, I would love to be a travel or Nat Geo photographer
When I am not editing… (i do try and take time off i promise) you will find me either decorating my home, pottering in my garden, relaxing at a coffee shop or cafe (food is love after all), in a clothing or furniture shop (especially the second hand ones),
I have a wonderful and kind husband & we have daughter whom we love with all our hearts and soul, she was born in July 2017,
Animals of all kinds have stolen my heart (I have 3 dogs) & I want to steal every animal I come across (I secretly desire to own a farm so I have a place to keep all these animals safe and happy, aka small zoo), I recently held a hedgehog – such a cutie,
My family is pretty large and are my total support system,
I love my friends dearly, they are my extended family and I am most certainly a glam girly-girl, yes I absolutely own gold tekkies (sneakers), however no shoes nor make-up is my style too,
If I could live anywhere in South Africa it would be right where I am… in the peaceful, beautiful and rustic KNYSNA, with a variety of exquisite areas and landscapes to appreciate everyday (Outeniqua mountains, lush forest, ever-changing lagoon, blue-flag beaches, nature reserves and walks, the most beautiful waterfalls, elephant parks, game reserves, countryside, wine farms and international golf courses to name a few), it is the best place to call home!
So that’s “About Me” in a nutshell… I feel this intro will be a great ice breaker and eases you into knowing a tiny bit more about a person who will be an important part of your most personal day or life event. I would hope my photographs speak volumes and my creativity will inspire you first and foremost, this is merely a bonus.
I would love to hear more about you…