Nkanyezi Gumede

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Nkanyezi Gumede





South Africa

State / Region




I'm all about the arts and creativity. We all have a different beauty to contribute to the world. I take it up as my contribution to capture this beauty and put it out there for all to see. I love photography, and I love the beauty of capturing authentic moments that can never come back again.

Nkanyezi, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

I started with photography as a kid in his school who always had a phone out and was always capturing moments in videos and photos. I never really took it seriously until a friend recommended o do it with more of a serious intention. A year later I started to notice my love for it and took it more seriously 

. My biggest passion has always been the visual arts. I used to draw as a young child, I've loved design all my life, and I have a love for photography and videography that cannot be rivalled.

I aspire to become a rebound creative and eventually hold the title of creative director. All in all, I want to be able to say I've lived a life of love and art.

Who is your inspiration in life Nkanyezi? How do you keep inspired?

I take inspiration from so many places that they all sort of blur into a beautiful canvas that makes up the art I create. These people keep me going; they keep me armed.

We all make mistakes Nkanyezi; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.

Hmm... There was one time when I wish I had taken more photos. It was the launch of a tech startup. I made a video presentation for them I called "The Mingle" and took a few photos, but when I delivered I distinctly remember the client sending me an email saying "these are great but is this everything?" And my heart sank into the deep recesses of fear. I showed him the video, and he said he liked it enough to throw some forgiveness my way.

Nkanyezi, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?

Well, so far I've not had to work with too many clients at one time. I've often had enough time to shoot then edit then shoot again and edit again without inconveniencing a client too much. However, I think good communication is key to any relationship both personal or business related.

Please tell us Nkanyezi, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?

Hmm. I was a student while doing photography and one time where I was requested by a friend (who is also a photographer) to be her second shooter for a wedding she was booked for on a Friday afternoon. I had a big psychology test coming up on Monday, and I wanted to use the time to study. I ended up studying the day before so that I make this wedding and have time to recover the next day because we were so incredibly tired after that great day of shooting.

Nkanyezi, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.

There was a time when I was told that the photos I edited for a client were too dark. I thought they were great and as such, I had to show the person how great they were. I constructed an entire narrative based on the drama of living in a world that wants you to be anything but yourself. This because of an entire article in a magazine.

Nkanyezi, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?

I think my first wedding was a great accomplishment for me. It was the first time I had another photographer to work with, and almost all the photos came out great. 

At one point the electricity went off, and we started talking photos by, and even those improvised photos came out looking great. It was all in all a great day.

Nkanyezi, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?

There was a time when we decided to do a random photoshoot on campus, but we didn't want to use the same old same old forest that we always use, and we didn't have an idea of another place to use. We found some smaller trees behind the library and used them to frame our models. In post-production, I thought to drain the colour from the leaves, and the result was amazing.

You can see the result on my professional Instagram page @nhezart_media

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?

I think the most important thing that amateur photographers miss is that gear means almost nothing. It doesn't matter which camera you got as long as your eye is always trained to find the beauty in the world around you

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?

I would love to collaborate whether it be with other photographers, clothing brands, car brands, outdoor activity brands and models who are always trying to create.

Photo Credits:

Photographer (for all pictures is me) 
Models: Sphesihle Ngwenya, Phindile Mahlangu, Lindiwe Khumalo and Buhle Juqu