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FAMILY BEACH SHOOTS AND OUTDOOR WEDDINGS THIS SEASON

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The summer has arrived in the Cape - big time. Perfect weather for time at the beach with loved ones and friends. 

Surprise your visitors from the North or from overseas with a professional beach or family shoot - at leisure.

Your holiday season is my quiet season away from the architecture, advertising and commercial shoots that I normally do. So you can have my attention on the beach or at a venue of your choosing for an hour or two. Contact me to discuss your needs and get a tailor made quotation to your needs. Prices start from R 1 990 for an entry level shoot. You'll love it!

Getting married? No problem. I love to do those, too.

Got a new camera and need some lessons? Give me a shout, too. I know my way around technology.

See:  More information on social shoots.

Email me now.


PLANNING A WEDDING

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Are you in the middle of organising a wedding and are looking for a great photographer? I'm an experienced photographer who has invested the right amount of time in developing my skills and I have made right investment in good equipment. As a busy commercial photographer, I undertake a few weddings each year. The brides, grooms and families are never disappointed. 



A word of advice. Book me early, since my calendar is filling up. Shoots are custom made to your wedding programme and your budget. No standard and boring service offering when you hire Gareth Griffiths Imaging and Photography! I would love to help you.

Want more advice: Click here and check out wedding photography advice.


OFFERING: FIRST LEVEL COURSE OR COACHING IN PHOTOGRAPHY

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The First Level Course in Photography
By: Gareth Griffiths, BSc (Phys Sci) Full accredited member, Southern African Freelancers’ Association - www.safrea.co.za


Aimed at: Small Group (3 maximum) or individual coaching
Cost: R 1500 payable: R 800 upfront before first lesson and balance at the final lesson. Cash or EFT. Non refundable booking fee upon confirmation: R 350.00 (private coaching) and R 200.00 (group sessions). Outcomes: Attendees should learn how to work their own camera as efficiently as possible. A basic understanding of the concepts of working with light, with people, with objects and with scenery will be covered. Finally, an understanding of the electronic end of photography; how to best store images, how to prepare for the best prints, how to email your work or how to prepare for upload to the internet. How to store your images.
First Session (60 – 90 minutes): Sit down over coffee and work though the basics and the controls of your camera. Take a few preliminary pics. Homewo…

FIRE TODAY - LIFE RETURNS TO NORMAL - OR DOES IT?

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It's obviously tough for the people of the Noordhoek Valley to resume normal life after a traumatic week, but thankfully our valley seems to be safe now. Admittedly, there is not much more to burn, but there remain a few existing hot spots that continue to smolder and emit white smoke. This is not helped by the strong "fresh" South Easterly wind which supplies the embers with copious amounts of oxygen. Gladly, the same wind has assisted in clearing the local air of smoke and ash so our normal clean atmosphere has returned. If only it was not for the grey landscape .....

Mountainside above San Michele / Silvermine - after Monday's fire - at sunset



We are so fortunate that the fire did not spread to our neighbours in Masimpumele and Sun Valley; and also that all of our local farms and businesses survived, thus ensuring continued employment for the people who need it the most.

Today's only negative is that there is a fire approaching from the South. The blaze that star…

VIEW OVER NOORDHOEK 'AMPHITHEATRE' EXACTLY ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE FIRE

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I was 'up there' with Civair doing some work for a client and snapped this peaceful panorama. Thought you might want to see it.



Chilling to think how much of the green stuff is gone. Thankfully the vineyard survived.

Media: Pics available of Constantia and Tokai bowl - exactly same time. Shout if interested.

FIRE IN NOORDHOEK - REPORT 4 MARCH - ONE PROPERTY DESTROYED

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Have been out on site since early this morning and here is a photo-story of the situation above Noordhoek Beach area. I have deliberately excluded pics of burned properties because as an ethical journalist I believe that is a time and place for them, but not today.

If you want to report damage to you property for my background information and so I can correct certain highly irregular reporting on the part of some of Cape Town's media, please email me on garethgriffiths.imaging"@"gmail.com   (note I have inserted quotes to the @ to prevent spammers from finding me!)

Are you in the media? I am too. Please contact me if you want to use photos or information. I offer them freely subject to a licence.

So this is the picture as of this morning:


Miracle - the Shark Spotters hut survived - how, I don't know!
 Before sunrise from the Beach. D-Zone area clearly viewable to the right. Monkey Valley Lodge Okay - despite reports on News24 and others

Monkey Valley from Chappies - Wednesd…

FIRE IN NOORDHOEK - ON THE GROUND REPORT

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Living in the Noordhoek Valley the past 36 hours has been rather like being on the set of Apocalypse Now (remember the epic movie?)

Social media reports of the big fire particularly in the Noordhoek Valley have been rather misleading and possibly contributed to panic rather than helped he situation.

A tweet by @vanhaywood that did little to help matters on Monday:



The tweet was picked up by big tweeters such as @KFM and @CapeTown and retweeted without verfication, even by the Lodge itself, which may have retweeted under some pressure.

However, this was the area looked like, via a photo from the beach taken at about the same time as the tweet:


The fire at 6.30 pm Monday. The Chappies road separates the lower Chapman's Peak area from the mountain.
This is how things played out after the arrival of the "Muizenberg Fire" #capefire late on Sunday 1 March.

Living in the area as I do with my family, my first inkling of the big fire was 01h00 Monday morning when I was woken up by the s…