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Toyota Millionaires South Africa 2013

Toyota Millionaires South Africa 2013

Toyota Australia held an amazing event for their Australian Parts and Accessories devision as a thank you and Image Solutions Photography and Design was asked to be the function photographer for the function.

As always, no holds were barred and Toyota went all out with their big celebration. The teams at Dragonfly Africa and The Conference Room made sure that no guest were left unhappy and provided some of the more exciting evenings that I have been asked to be the function photographer for, for a long time.

The evening started with drinks at the Queen Victoria Hotel which had a surprise visit by a cheetah for the guests amazement as well as the chance to have their pictures taken with the cheetah. It was then off to a grand showcase held at the Jewel Africa where the guests could revel in the beautiful diamonds and even purchase some if the so wished. One lucky guest even won a diamond! Conversation and amazement at all the wonderful items on display was at the order of the day, all complimented by delicious canapes.

The evening continued on with fun and festivities held at The Grand in Granger Bay. Again, the interior was transformed into a spectacular gala hall with a stage for the bands and beautiful table arrangements. The bands were specially flown in from Australia for the evening. Guests were welcomed with the Cape Minstrels playing their tunes and with drinks in hand the guests made their way into the dining area. Glorious food, excellent entertainment, wonderful setting, awesome guests and a eerily misty evening made for an incredibly fun evening.

These are the type of functions a function photographer lives for!

Thanks goes out to Debbie Holmes (and her team) from Dragonfly and Colette Baini (and her team) from The Conference Room and Nadine from Toyota Australia for organising such a wonderful function.

Nico Grundlingh (Photographer Stellenbosch)

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Image of the Week 19-25 May 2013

Image of the Week 19-25 May 2013

The Little Mermaid is a statue depicting a mermaid, in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, the small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and has been a major tourist attraction since 1913.

As a true travel photographer at heart, the statue holds a specific awe as I remember always spending my nights out in Copenhagen walking around and taking pictures of the night life and the buildings. For some strange reason I always ended up here at the mermaid at around 5am when the sun started to rise. I can still remember the feeling of wonder looking at the mermaid. In this picture, I wanted to capture the feeling of the mermaid as she looks out over the ocean. The calm and serenity of the morning. I am sure that those who travelled with me, felt the same about her. In the next few weeks I will be showcasing some more Copenhagen memories and moments, so stay tuned and see what comes next.

Nico Grundlingh (photographer)

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Bride & Co. and Eurosuit Staff Portraits

Bride & Co. and Eurosuit Staff Portraits

Bride & Co recently contacted Image Solutions Photography and Design to be their staff portrait photographer and redo all their staff portraits in their stores in the Cape Town area.

As a portrait photographer I live for shoots like these. I just love meeting new people and try to make them feel special with regards to how they look on camera. I found the teams in the stores an extreme pleasure to work with. They were indeed a very gracious group and fun too. The time sure flew by and I was amazed with the enthusiasm and glee at every shop.

Bride & Co. as well as Eurosuit has been supplying fabulous wedding dresses and smart formal outfits for men for many years now and I am sure they will still be doing so for many years to come. Make sure to stop by any of the stores in the Cape Town area for a fabulous treat as you get to try on some of their wonderful outfits.

Nico Grundlingh (photographer)

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Image of the Week 12-18 May 2013

Image of the Week 12-18 May 2013

My true love of photography has always been with capturing everyday moments as they happen and trying to see the symmetry and beauty in life and what surrounds us.

I was travelling through Denmark and was spending time in their capital Copenhagen. What a stunningly beautiful city and very modern compared to most other cities that I have been to over the years. As with most of  my travels, I always try to do things the locals do. In this case it was using the local subway train system. As I was exiting one of the subway stations on my way to the Tivoli Gardens, I turned around just before the exit and was presented with the sight you see in the picture. All of a sudden, I could see what the designers had intended with the flow of people and the symmetry of the lines as the escalators disappeared into the distance. All while being juxtaposed by the large old fashioned clock beckoning the arrival of new transit passengers to hurry along for fear of missing their train. It was for me the perfect marriage between old and new, form and function.

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Werner Grundlingh - Awesome shot and great composition! Everyone is getting ready for the 3pm rush hour…

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Van Ryn Brandy Blogging Function

Van Ryn Brandy Blogging Function

Van Ryn Brandy held a brandy blending function for a group of food bloggers and Image Solutions Photography and Design were asked to be the function photographer for the afternoon.

What an unexpected function! The afternoon was filled with excitement when we heard that there will not only be a tour of the distillery, but also a brandy blending session which would include taking home your very own blend! As function photographer, I just love these sort of function. Of course there are a certain structure to the events, but the expressions and emotion that were expressed during the course of the day was absolutely incredible. I guess if you put seven beautiful young ladies in a room and add brandy to the mix, fun times are bound to be had by all!

Being the function photographer was indeed a privalege as it allowed me to see the inside of the distillery and their finer workings, but also to be able to enjoy the day together with the food bloggers and experience what other bloggers go through as well. They were indeed a vibrant and funky group of ladies. The cherry on the top of the cake, was the wonderful food prepared by Bistrot Bizerca from Cape Town which consisted of four different courses tartare prepared using the brandy form Van Ryn’s. It was indeed a hit with the food bloggers.

Thanks goes out to Marlise Potgieter from DKC (De Kock Communications) for contacting Image Solutions Photography and Design to be the function photographer for the afternoon.

Nico Grundlingh (photographer)

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Image of the Week 5-11 May 2013

Pix Magazine Publication

Image of the Week 5-11 May 2013

I was surprised and flattered to have one of my travel images submitted and published in the Pix Magazine for Feb/March 2013. It felt strange seeing my image published in Africa’s leading Photographic and Imaging Magazine, and I must admit it was very humbling.

I always liked the image, but never knew anyone else liked it too. The image was taken on one of my travels to Scandinavia, in this case Stockholm. I will never know who the gentleman was, but I can still see him walking away from me allowing me to capture this image I dubbed “Stockholm Wanderer”

Nico Grundlingh (photographer)

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Malans Guest House Stellenbosch

Malans Guest House Stellenbosch

Image Solutions Photography and Design was recently commissioned to be the decor photographer for Malans Guest House in Stellenbosch.

This beautiful little gem in the heart of the Stellenbosch tourist area is a beautifully decorated 4 room guest house with an adjacent flatlet on the same property. As decor photographer, I could see the effort and thought that went into the decor and rooms. The house has numerous antique items giving it an “old time” feeling. The owner Leatitia Malan, has a wonderful team supporting her, being always ready and willing to accommodate guests’ needs.

Malans Guest house is just a stone’s throw from the historic town centre and attractions. From a decor photographer perspective, this house is a must stay if you plan to visit Stellenbosch.

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