The more I dig the more I find, this time another awesome photographer from Port Elizabeth. The main reason I zoomed in on Chantelle Kendrick‘s photography is because in her work she places a lot of emphasis on showing emotion. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of photographers capture emotion brilliantly but there is something about they way she captures some of her shots that grabbed my attention.
I sent Chantelle a few questions and here is what she had to say.
What first sparked your interest in photography?
Years back I purchased my first SLR camera. Knew absolutely nothing about it…bought it purely because I could not handle the short comings of a point and shoot (mainly the delay between taking the picture and the camera recording it). As a result, never used anything but AUTO. Then a miracle came into my life, my son, Ethan. I took a few pictures of him, just goofing around, nothing serious. But everyone else seemed to LOVE it and my love and passion for photography snow balled from there. That sense of pride and love I had when I looked at my pictures of my son…was exactly what I want to deliver to any moms.
Did you go to school to study photography?
I am completely self-taught. Yes, I did a few on-line tiny courses…but I feet they didn’t really help me develop my skill. They more taught me how to use my camera on manual.
What I found worked really well for me, was purchasing international photography magazines each month and learning the photography lingo. They taught me how to use the various editing programs, camera functions and other various techniques to help me move forward with my skill. I also spent many hours surfing the net, looking for tutorials to teach me to go even further with my editing techniques. I still don’t know everything, the amount of information on the net is absolutely mind-blowing and hopefully I will have time in the future to learn even more.
How would you describe your style?
How I would describe my style…mmmm…I think I would say bold and in your face, literally J. I love the bright colors, natural light and the close-ups, especially with the little ones. Their eyes are just to expressive.
Thinking back to the shoots you have done is there one that springs to mind as your favorite and why?
Oh my, this is quite a difficult question. Most of my shoots I absolutely LOVE, but after thinking hard, I would say doing my ballerina shoot was my favourite of them all. At the time I had a Canon 7D, but knew I needed a full frame because the shoot was indoors, in a confined space and the 7D is known for its Noise. So I borrowed my friends Canon 5D III, what an amazing camera. The images came out stunning, exactly what I wanted!! And what makes it even sweeter was all the lovely compliments I got when I published them. My client that hired me, was so happy that she hired me again for other various shoots and now I am even doing her personal family photography.
What camera and other gear do you use?
I recently upgraded to a Canon 6D, BIG jump from the 7D. The only lens I use is the Canon 24-70 2.8 L. I can use it for everything: weddings, parties, newborn, kiddies, families. I don’t like changing lenses while on a shoot, so I find the 24-70 a very good all round lens. Because most of my shoots are done with natural light, I have the Canon 430EX flash, which has served me very well the past years.
If you want to see more of Chantelle’s work or get in touch with her, follow the links below.
Facebook: Chantelle Kendrick Photography