Sabelo Mncwango
South Africa
State / Region
R450 per hour


I'm a self-taught photographer who loves fashion photography. I'm always eager new things, goal-orientated, curious, and always willing to pass on my knowledge about photography to people who are interested in that field. 

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Our readers would love to get to know you more Sabelo. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

Photography was not something I always had in mind in terms of career choices but I always had an artistic eye and a little bit of interest in graphic design. My love for photography came after a long time of capturing pictures with my cellphone, editing them with PicsArt (editing app) and then posting them on social networks. I then started getting encouragement from my peers and social media friends, telling me to do photography & graphic design. I then did some research (took a full month) and finally bought a camera. Subzero Images was born. That's what makes me unique. The fact that photography found me.

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

My passion is photography. I love all forms of art but photography is the one that speaks to my soul the most. I'm always striving to make sure that my next shoot is better than my last shoot. And I'd like to see myself working with the biggest fashion magazines in the world because fashion is also one of the things that I love. As to how I started, please refer to the previous question. 

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

My inspiration in life is all my fellow photographers that I've worked with and the ones that I want to work with. I find my inspiration through my everyday life. Being a fashion photographer you must always be open-minded as trends change every day. So new trends and old trends keep me inspired. My surroundings also keep me inspired as I tend to base my content through the locations I pass by wherever I go. 

We all make mistakes Sabelo, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I've never had bad situations as yet. I'm one person who always makes my point clear so we understand which direction we are taking. Whether as colleagues or photographer to the client. I'm also open to suggestions my colleagues make. Photography is about perspective, and you always have to understand that we all have different perspectives so it's always advisable to listen to what other people have to say. 

Sabelo, 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 prioritizing your clients’ needs?

I prioritize by first come first basis. Whoever books me first will obviously get their product first. But I always have someone working with me and have all that work checked to make sure it's the same standard as all of my work. And one thing that always helps is to keep the client up to date as to how far you are with their promised offering and telling them when you will finish. This helps you to not always work under pressure so you can deliver your best work at all times. Honesty is ways the key. 

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

I've never encountered situations like that because I take bookings that I know I will be able to handle rather than taking a lot of booking because I want to make a lot of money. The key is to make a quality product. Not a lot of money. Once your product is quality, money will come afterward as soon as you get enough resources to upscale your business or workload. 

Sabelo, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Can't think of anything right now. 

Sabelo please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
When I started as a photographer I was very skeptical. It's very hard in this industry, especially for a self-taught photographer. But because I was so passionate, curious and driven by this form of art, I managed to be a head photographer for an organization called The Fashion Squad, and I also became a photographer for South Africa's largest stokvel lifestyle magazine in just a year in the field. I never thought something like that would happen in such a short space of time in the industry. 

Sabelo, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I always find it difficult working with a large group of numbers. But being The Fashion Squad head photographer always gives me fresh ideas as to how I deal with that. And what I usually do is I cut them down into three or four groups, that way my images don't get too clustered with too many people in one picture. And it gives me more space to position my models wherever and however I want to be based on the theme. 

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

Firstly, allow for your work to be criticized. Take criticism as a tool of where you must improve. 

Secondly, collaborate with as many photographers you can just to broaden your understand of photography and also to learn new techniques that will help you develop your own style. 

Lastly, always have your camera with you. Inspiration is everywhere. 

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'm always up for all sorts of collaborations. From photography to fashion. I'd love to do collaborations with fashion brands and show them my ability to make great pictures in the most unconventional locations. 

Now for the best part Sabelo! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photo Credits:
Photographer: Sabelo Mncwango



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