The Challenge:

Our cliePeter next to cyclistsnt Emperor’s Palace, wanted us to capture a variety of action-packed cycling shots for its Cycle Classic held in the vicinity of the resort to send to various media. The aim was to move away from the routine shots at the start and end, by shooting exciting images in different scenic points along the entire race route.

Peter’s dilemma was how to get good angles all along the route. Even driving in a vehicle, it’s difficult to take pictures of the cyclists, and then overtake them safely to get to the next vantage point.

The Solution:Action Shot

As a proficient motorcyclist, Peter came up with the concept of travelling on his motorbike next to the cyclists holding his camera in one hand while riding with the other. This bold approach enabled him to take innovative close up pictures from different angles and positions throughout the race.

The Result:

Never to be outdone in any situation, Peter rose to the challenge for his client, capturing a series of riveting action shots of cyclists along the route without distracting them or endangering his own safety.

The Challenge:

To transform a routine cheque The routine cheque hand over handover into an eye catching image to maximise our client’s media exposure.

This event involved various Estee Lauder fundraisers who had raised money for ex springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaars (MAD )Make A Difference campaign"

We wanted to capture an exciting picture to liven up the event and recognise several staff members involved in the fundraising.

The Solution:

We devised a picture to incorporate a fun rugby angle that still conveyed the message of our client as a caring organisation. Peter Morey discussed his ideas with The routine cheque hand over no2Francois Pienaar and Estee Lauder beforehand, an approach he has found works well with celebrities in a relaxed atmosphere.

The Result:

By getting the thumbs up from Francois and Estee Lauder and taking time to plan the picture beforehand, Peter managed to portray a lighthearted moment in a well composed image depicting one of the fundraising representatives leaping up in rugby-style up to grab the cheque.

1. Ask the photographer to show Nikon-d3syou some samples of his or her work – talk is cheap; the proof is in the photograph!

2. Do not underestimate the value of good references. Ask the photographer for contact details of previous clients – ask how the photographer handled the job, the level of professionalism, if he or she arrived at the shoot on time and whether the final product met the client’s expectations.

3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – for example, ask the photographer to explain certain pictures and the reasons for shooting it in a particular way, what settings were used and why. Real professionals should have a thorough knowledge of their equipment and be able to handle anything that happens during a shoot.

4. Check whether the photographer will edit your images or whether they’ll simply be cut onto a CD. You’re likely to pay more if unedited pictures need tweaking later.

5. Lastly, never merely settle for a photographer that offers the cheapest rates. It takes more than a fancy digital camera to be a great photographer! Rather look for an experienced professional that offers the best overall deal for your specific needs.

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The Challenge:

To take a family photo for Oupa and Ouma du Preez with all their children and grandchildren. The difficulty was that not everyone was available at the same time for the shoot. More importantly, having everyone in the same photo was a surprise for the unsuspecting old couple.

The Solution:

On Day 1, Peter Morey photographed the entire family except for Oupa and Ouma at a scenic outdoor location, leaving space in the picture to 'drop in' the grandparents. oupa-en-oupa

The next day, under false pretences, Peter photographed Oupa and Ouma at the same venue, ostensibly for a 'wedding anniversary photo.' We then photoshopped both pictures to appear as if the whole family had been photographed together - the wonders of digital technology!

The Result:

The family was ecstatic with the outcome and Oupa was delighted with his birthday surprise. However, he still remains baffled about how it was done....

By Peter Morey

When it comes to important corporate events, in my 33 years  experience as a professional photographer, I've realised that few PR's and execs realise the importance of giving a good accurate brief to the photographer they commission for the job. Don't get me wrong, some of my best friends are PR's, but often they have so many other things to worry about that they simply don't know how or why to brief a photographer before that all-important event.

Even though I always spend time preparing all my equipment before each shoot to prepare for any eventuality, it would make things easier for everyone if a corporate client spends a few minutes compiling a brief and sending it to me beforehand.  Firstly, remember that your whole function or event depends on the pictures you have taken, from capturing the important moments during the event, to the décor,layout and significant people attending it.

Some items on my wish list may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many of my corporate clients don't provide this information. Here is what my own brief 'wish list' would look like and in case you were wondering, it would be great to get this brief at least one week before the actual event!

1. Date, venue and time.

2. Approximate number of guests.

3. Guest list (I'm not being nosy, but you may have a couple of VIP's on your list and that is really important to know when I'm looking at photographic opportunities).

4. What is the aim of the event?

5. Will there be any surprise moments that will happen during the event? (Yes I do need to know if your CEO is going to leap out of a huge cake or abseil down your new building).

6. Approximate running sequence of the event programme and estimated duration of the event.

7. Do you have a band or musical performer? If so, how long they will be playing for.

8. Will I need to take pictures of large groups (15 or more people)…if so I’d like to view the venue beforehand and see where you want these pictures to be taken.

9. Are there any special moments that I need to be aware of and who needs to be in the picture? (Think cutting a ribbon, an award ceremony etc).

10. Lastly, is there anything unusual about the actual location I need to know about? If the event is to be held in a remote area at the top of a mountain or down a mineshaft it would help that I know what to expect.

Knowing the location is especially important. I like to do a recce of the venue beforehand wherever possible and to know where the most important pictures will be taken. It is very important to decide on and book your photographer at least one month before the event. The last thing you want to do is to leave this to the last minute and having to hire someone that is not equipped to do the job. It is very helpful if you can advise on what props or angles I can use to enhance your pictures as much as possible. This is especially important if you would your event to get some media exposure. I'll be looking for one picture that encapsulates exactly what your event is all about. Having a good brief helps us both, you'll be getting useful input you may not have thought of, and I'll be able to maximise my knowledge of photographic angles and conceptualisation skills to shoot the best possible pictures.

Event pictures can be used in a variety of ways, for example we are able to frame a montage of your favourite event pictures that will look great on your company wall or with our on-site framing services, as a branded gift for your guests to take home at the end of the event.

The main reason why you should brief a photographer beforehand is that you are likely to get a better end result. When pictures are well planned, you enhance the quality of your pictures and if media exposure is part of your objective, they will be more media-friendly.