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Wild horses| New Zealand Fashion photography

Wild horses| New Zealand Fashion photography

Our recent destination muse was New Zealand

 

We were lucky enough to be Wedding photographers in such a beautiful environment. I had the biggest urge to express my fashion photography skills but do it in such a way that would represent the true essence of this country. What better way than in the countryside with wild horses and a Auckland fashion blogger.

 

IF YOU TRULY LOVE NATURE, YOU WILL FIND BEAUTY EVERYWHERE

 

I’ve followed Holly for some time now and knew that she would be the perfect model for my fashion outlet! There’s some kinda magic that happens when you connect with your subject. In this case I had two! Holly and Galaxy, the most handsome horse ready for his close up. After scene one we chased the most incredible sunset over the fields filled with wild horses. I honestly have to say, it felt like we were in the middle of shooting Mcleod’s daughters. For those who don’t know, just the most iconic tv series about powerful woman running a ranch. Holly was definitely in her element, a city girl with a unbeatable crave for the outdoors. 

 

Model | Holly Estelle

Outfits | Trelise Cooper 

Accessories | Claire Hahn

Location | Ainsley Polo  

 

Nkima x

 

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London photographer | My favourite city locations

London photographer | My favourite city locations

THE JOY OF BEING A LONDON PHOTOGRAPHER

 

There’s so many amazing London cafes and hidden mews that would drive any explorer crazy, in the best way! That’s the joy of being a London photographer. I’m sharing some of my all time favourite locations and why I’m so in love with them… Other than the obvious. 

 

LETS DO WHAT WE LOVE AND DO A LOT OF IT! – MARC JACOBS

 

  1. MAYFAIR | Not only the gem for fashion boutiques and fabulous restaurants but also for beautiful London architecture and walks that would make you re live your city dreams to the fullest. 
  2. SOUTH KENSINGTON | The pristine pure white neighbourhoods and blossom infused restaurants giving us that extra flavour of life’s treasures. Take a stroll around Bibendum and get lost, it would be the best decision ever made. Also a great little spot is Onslow Sq. with a maze of white pillars. 
  3. COVENT GARDEN | It’s safe to say that this is my all time favourite location as a London Photographer! The pebble street packed full of insanely creative places like Petersham Nurseries, Apple market and the Covent Garden hotel just to name a few. The West end will keep you busy for the whole day, for me? Years!
  4. NOTTING HILL | My second favourite place, this one is a goodie. Colourful houses and wisteria draped crescents. Some great restaurants to visit is Farmacy for their yummy smoothies and breakfast bowls. i celebrate each birthday at Beach Babylon for hot chocolates and eggs Benedict’s by the fireplace.  
  5. SLOANE SQAURE | Such a gorgeous day out, Duke of York square has a food market on and Alberts bridge is waiting for you pretty in PINK!

 

Enjoy and take it in! 

Nkima x

 

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Get inspired by my London shoot locations here.

London Branding Photographer

London Branding Photographer

LONDON BRANDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Ever noticed how powerfully confident boss girls look in their branding photography? I can tell you this, that’s because they feel at ease with their photographer! Doing a London Branding session is the best creative outlet. More importantly, making your client feel fabulous and unstoppable is the trick of the trade.

 

“People will stare. Make it worth their while.” —Harry Winston

 

I love the feeling of making someone smile because they feel empowered and just plain wonderful! In today’s life it’s all about the person behind the business as much as it is about your work. People invest in you and your brand. What better way to showcase your personality than choosing your favourite location for your London branding session and letting the world know who you are. The experience will be fun and lighthearted, I love shooting in a natural way to get those in between laughs. There’s nothing more engaging than a smile. Have I ever mentioned how much I love being a London Photographer? I am constantly on the lookout for a cute little cafe with natural light and beautiful London architecture for those lifestyle shoots. The city really is our oyster. 

 

Would love to be your portrait photographer! See more of my business branding shoots here

Nkima x

Boss ladies below |

Cara Van Heerden

Katie Stocks

Kelly-Dee Towriess

Roberta Facchini 

 

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Top 5 tips for London Portrait Photography

Top 5 tips for London Portrait Photography

Sharing my top 5 tips

for London Portrait Photography 

 

Starting with Location

 

We had the pleasure of having a portrait photography session with Roberta Facchini,

We started off having a drink at a nearby cafe to chat all about brand values, which helped with knowing what she wanted her clients to see and feel. I would describe her as a strong business woman with a clear view of who she is and what she stands for!

 

  1. BELGRAVIA | Known for it’s luxurious cream buildings and chic cafes. It’s no surprise that I love this little piece of heaven. The natural colours bounce perfectly against each other and creates a soft-box for beautiful lit imagery. I know my locations but yet I still wonder and find new hidden spots on every session. This keeps the look and feel of my sessions fresh and exciting (for both parties). London is the perfect place for portrait photography! See for yourself below.  
  2. CAMERA EQUIPMENT | I am a simple gal. Who believes that less is more, and that is why I only shoot with prime lenses. So I own two Nikon bodies and 3 lenses. My preferred lens for portraits has to be my 85mm f1.4 Nikon baby. I like to call it the ”magazine lens”. The look and feel of it is just soft and romantic with that gorgeous depth of field (it also creates that blurry like fading that I adore so much! My 35mm f1.4 is my go to for wide travel/fashion photography and last but not least. My personal use lens, 50mm f1.4, the lightest most powerful little beauty. Crisp and clean, my kinda feels.  

“Oh yes, in my books fashion plays the biggest part in the shoot.”

 

  1. FASHION | Oh yes, in my books fashion plays the biggest part in the shoot. If you dress your brand or style the shoot will go your way. You have to think, what represents me? After all…My vibe attracts my tribe right? Be comfortable in your clothes, we want to capture you not a you that you saw on pinterest. This is all about self-expression and also an investment in your business. Being a London portrait photographer I myself take pride in how I represent my business through clothing and style. I love how you can showcase who you are as a business woman with the right outfit and right pair of shoes!  
  2. CONFIDENCE | How to make your clients feel at ease in front of you ain’t always an easy game but through the years I feel like I have improved so much by starting the session sitting down… I’m taking cafes, steps, coffee or tea in hand, flowers… The list goes on, anything that makes the situation feel natural and lifestyle! I love sharing a shot now and then with my client to give them that extra boost! After that the good old walking shots is always a winner to create that in motion ”pretty woman walking down the street” look! (Yes I do live in a movie)  
  3. INTERACT | It’s all about communication. I like to talk while I shoot to make you feel more relaxed. Ask questions about how your client feels during the session, really listen to the little details they are unsure of and reassure them that you are here to give them an experience. It’s not all about the images but also about the process!

 

For London portrait photography please contact me for further details 

Nkima x

Read our latest blog post about staying in London here.

 

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I’m back… as a London Photographer

I’m back… as a London Photographer

My beloved London. I’m here to stay, can’t wait to express my love for this city as a London Photographer!

 

It’s been a few weeks since we returned to the UK to photograph some amazing weddings in London. We had a plan a solid plan to move to Auckland New Zealand to start a family. Our reason being that me and Ricky (husband) both grew up on farms and love the outdoors. After almost a year of travelling the world (check out Nkima On Style) we realised how much love we still have to give to this wonderful, vibrant city!

It hit as as soon as we returned to London and had a camera in my hand. Being a London Wedding Photographer, you have endless inspiration… The world basically is our oyster. 


THIS BRINGS ME TO THE BIG NEWS … YES WE ARE STAYING. YES WE ARE POSITIVE. YES WE ARE CRAZY. AND YES WE ARE THE HAPPIEST WE HAVE EVER BEEN.

 

There’s no secret that it was the hardest thing for me to leave and pack up… But I am a believer that everything happens for a reason and I know that when a door closes to trust that little voice inside. It’s one of the hardest decisions we had to make as half of my family lives in NZ and the other in South Africa. That dream of living in the same country is not squashed but just delayed BY 2-3 years. I first want to put my stamp in London! We are so blessed to have the most amazing friendships to make the move back to London a joyful one. We have some plans up our sleeve to make these next few years incredible! 

 

London. The question is… ARE YOU READY FOR IT?

Thank you to my beautiful photographer friend Ana from White Chateaux for these pictures. 

 

Nkima x

 

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5 reasons I’m in love with Dubai | Dubai Photographer

5 reasons I’m in love with Dubai | Dubai Photographer

I am too excited to share my 5 reasons why I’m in love with Dubai! It’s impossible not to love being a Dubai Photographer and shooting Destination Weddings and Lifestyle work abroad. We visited Dubai for only one weekend, so we decided it was so fabulous we had to return this June/July. See our latest Dubai family shoot in mystical sunrise here.

 

WE DON’T WAIT FOR THINGS TO HAPPEN, WE MAKE THEM HAPPEN

 

1. Sunrise dunes in Dubai is a must for any destination photographer or traveller. We had the opportunity to have a BBQ true South African style on the dunes waiting for sunrise with this adorable family below. Breakfast and enchanting family sessions made our experience.

 

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2. El Chiringuito Dubai was one of those gems we saw on instagram and knew it was our kinda place! Beautiful views of the city and they have the most incredible bar filled with pure white dreamcatchers. Let’s just say I went a little photo crazy as they just represent how I always imaged Dubai’s hangouts to be.

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3. Souk Madinat is like a maze than you can totally get lost in. We spend hours walking around, finding the most interesting corners. The beautiful markets and canals will give you that cultural boost for your first time in Dubai!

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4. Cove Beach Dubai will make you want to move to Dubai, no seriously. Surrounded by stunning views like the Burj al arab with modern grey furniture is totally my vibe! Dreamy as it looks, we took the time to take it all in.

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5. Last but not least is Jumeirah Beach Hotel, a luxury family beach resort in Dubai. We had a stroll on the lengthy beach just in time for the dreamiest pinky tone sunset! As travel photographers we never put that camera down, and having one day in Dubai was not an exception. See our travel photos on instagram on Nkima on Style

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