Gerrit de Graaff

"I keep myself inspired by looking and references on a daily basis and always coming up with great new ideas for photo shoots."

Name: Gerrit de Graaff

Location: Pretoria / Gauteng / South Africa



Profession: Photographer

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About: I am currently a double majoring 2nd-year student in Photography and Communication Design at The Open Window Institute in Pretoria, South Africa. I specialise in fashion editorials, fashion shoots, character shoots, high key and low key photography, stock photography, beauty photography, portrait photography and studio Photography.

Tell us something about yourself. What you do, passion and aspiration in life?: I am a graphic designer with a photographic heart. I see the world different that most and I tend to capture the moment with the people that surround me. I love staying fit and in shape and I always try to bring out the best in everyone around me. My passions would be fitness, photography, designing and spending time with my family and friends.

Who is your inspiration in life? How do you keep inspired?: My Inspirations in life would be creative Art Directors and well-known photographers who inspire me like Steve Castings, Lucas Scorgio and Paul Hunter. I keep myself inspired by looking and references on a daily basis and always coming up with great new ideas for photo shoots.

What is your aspiration in life?: My aspiration in life would be not only to be world renown for my photography, but also a great designer high up in companies or have the privilege to have my own successful designing and photography company.

What is the most challenging part of your profession?: Most challenging would be to stay true to yourself and always try to bring something new and untried to the table.

We all make mistakes we wish we could take back. Tell me about a time you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.: Had a burst out with my Lecturer, but I would say I handled the situation right. We are on good terms now.

When you’re working with a large number of customers, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. How do you go about prioritising your customers’ needs?: I alway make sure my customers are comfortable, and they would also always know exactly where and how they stand with me. I will also always send the customers previews of what I would like to achieve, so they will know in someway what to expect.

Tell me about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities.: With last year end of year exam, the company where I originally printed my photography prints, closed down, thus with limited time, I had to arrange a new company for print. This company actually works out cheaper, and the work also seems of a higher quality, so it actually worked out for the best.

Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.: Usually, at every single shoot, I can persuade the model in getting the shot that I want. It's all about making the =model feel comfortable around you and also giving them a joyful experience, and in a way wanting them to come back for a shoot later as they enjoyed it so much to shoot with you.

Tell me about your proudest professional accomplishment.: My proudest professional accomplishment would probably be when I was able to shoot a Miss Pretoria Finalist on two occasions in our own private studio shoot.

How old do you have to be before it can be said you died of old age?: 80

Do glow-in-the-dark objects stop glowing when somebody turns the lights on?: No, it doesn't.

If parents say, “Never take candy from strangers” then why do we celebrate Halloween?: Because it's festive and a great time to meet new people. Depends on the type of CANDY you take.

If one man says, “it was an uphill battle,” and another says, “it went downhill from there,” how could they both be having troubles?: Because having it going up the hill would mean it's going worse and worse, but at a slower rate, but by saying its all going down hill, indicates that it is going bad or worse for you at a much faster rate.

Photo Credits: @gerritdegraaff